Monday, December 10, 2012


(Author's Note: It's December! It's a busy but wonderful time for film critics, bloggers, and all-around cinephiles. We are all playing catch-up on the movies we've missed this year and compiling our list of the best of the best. You'll start to see some "best films of the year" lists and awards in this issue and the weeks to follow. I eat this stuff up and hope you will too!)


This Week
  • Any Day Now* / 100%
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey / 73%
  • Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet* / 75%
  • The Loving Story* / 100%
  • Save the Date* / 50%
  • Stand Up Guys*
  • Yelling to the Sky* / 20%

Last Week
  • Bad Kids Go to Hell* / 29%
  • Cheerful Weather for the Wedding* / 47%
  • Deadfall* / 50%
  • The Fitzgerald Family Christmas* / 62%
  • Hyde Park on the Hudson* / 58%
  • Playing for Keeps / 2%
  • Waiting for Lightning* / 44%

* = limited release


  • The Bourne Legacy / 56%
  • Dreams of a Life / 67%
  • Following CC / 76%
  • Gayby / 90%
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift / 37%
  • The Qatsi Trilogy CC
  • Ted / 69%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes
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Entertainment Weekly has ranked the "25 Best Movie Posters of 2012." I just might do my own Top Ten of this come January when I will be honoring this great year for cinema. The poster for "Killing Them Softly" is indeed one of the best.

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The American Film Institute has announced their top ten movies and television programs of the year. It's no surprise to the likes of "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Zero Dark Thirty," but "The Dark Knight Rises," that is rather surprising.

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The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has also already announced their winners for this year in the movies. "Amour" takes the top prize while "The Master" and "Holy Motors" receive the next honors. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" garners quite a bit of love too.

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There are few better ways to start your week than by reading Scott Mendelson's astute observations on the weekend box office. "Skyfall" went back to the top after five weeks in theaters.

In this week's Criticwire Survey Matt Singer asks the critics which films from 2012 were overrated or underrated. Read the many responses here.

Netflix users, you may have noticed a bunch of new Disney titles now available for streaming. This is part of a deal the two big companies have made for each other. It's means quite a lot both now and down the road. This article on CNN Money has all you need to know.

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In case you missed this, you must not miss this. Check out David Ehrlich's own "The Best Films of 2012: A Video Countdown." He cuts his top 25 films of the year to beautiful music from this year's films. I blogged extensively about this countdown over the weekend.

Watch "V/H/S" on VHS. Huh. That's neat. (Source: Total Film)

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