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12 Best Films of 21st Century

Time to revisit 'Mulholland Drive'

(Newser) - BBC set out to find the best films of the 21st century by polling 177 critics around the world. They've decided that David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive is the one most likely to end up a classic, as it sits atop the list of 100. The... More »

There Will Be Blood Best of the Best: Critics

Eternal Sunshine and Lord of the Rings tie for second

(Newser) - Back in the day, P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood wasn't even unanimously considered the best film of 2007. But it comes out on top in Gawker 's aggregation of critics’ “Best Films of the Decade” lists, “its straw in the whole damn cinema’s milkshake.... More »

Hopeless Is Hot in Hollywood

Movies and viewers love to get miserable

(Newser) - Bleak is the new chic in Tinseltown, writes Dan Zak in the Washington Post. Cloverfield's crowd-trampling monster, the psycho serial killer of No Country for Old Men, and the twisted oil entrepreneur of There Will Be Blood (need we mention the Dark Knight?) highlight the "raw misery of the... More »

Non-Mainstream Seduced Oscar

Non-Americans are dominating as increasing revenue comes from overseas

(Newser) - For a Hollywood award, Oscar wasn't too fond of Tinseltown last night. The Academy Awards were dominated by a crew of crack European actors—and a pair of maverick brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, operating far from the Hollywood mainstream. It was a record year for the number of Oscars... More »

Movie Lovers Get the Point at Box Office

Political thriller opens in first on slow Oscar weekend

(Newser) - Vantage Point took top spot at this weekend's box office by nearly doubling the yield of number-two pic Jumper, Variety reports. The Dennis Quaid political thriller banked $24 million to Jumper''s $12.7 million and number-three The Spiderwick Chronicles' $12.6 million, both in their second week. Disney’s Step ... More »

Oscars Pose a Threat to Good Movies

Small, 'self-involved' clique hands out the awards: NYT critic

(Newser) - Oscar night may seem like fun, but it has quietly turned the US market for serious films into a “brutal blood sport,” critic AO Scott writes in the New York Times. The highly commercial fare of January through August is followed by an “avalanche of art” after... More »

Brit Honors to Day-Lewis, Atonement & Coen Brothers

Step closer to Oscar at BAFTA

(Newser) - In what many see as a prologue to the Oscars, Atonement was named best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards yesterday, and Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award for his power performance in There Will Be Blood, reports Variety. In a surprise win French... More »

There Will Be Blood Takes Top Honors

Grabs best picture, actor, director awards from US film critics

(Newser) - There Will Be Blood, a riveting movie about the greed and corruption of oil prospecting in America a century ago, captured several of the highest awards from the National Society of Film Critics yesterday. Director Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of a 1927 Upton Sinclair novel earned awards for best picture,... More »

Treasure Shines Again

National Treasure: Book of Secrets keeps top spot as Alvin out-sings Legend

(Newser) - National Treasure: Book of Secrets shone in the top spot again this weekend as filmgoers kept flocking to the movies, Variety reports. Alvin and the Chipmunks crooned its way into second, humbling I Am Legend, as Mike Nichols-directed Charlie Wilson's War claimed fourth over Juno, an offbeat dramedy that nabbed... More »

Blood Makes Critics Swoon

Oil film impresses with strong performances

(Newser) - There’s no avoiding it: There Will Be Blood is another long, “indie-flavored, male-centric American art film,” says Variety’s Todd McCarthy. But the “boldly and magnificently strange” flick still has critics enthralled. Following an unsavory and maybe unhinged oil tycoon’s rise to power, the film... More »

Atonement Gets 7 Globe Nods

Charlie Wilson's War follows with 5

(Newser) - The WWII-era romance Atonement leads today's Golden Globe nominations with seven, including best drama, best actor, and best actress. Also among the seven drama contenders—there are typically five—are There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Great Debaters, American Gangster, Michael Clayton, and Eastern Promises. No ... More »

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