Fox Searchlight is bringing 'Grand Budapest Hotel' back to theaters as Oscar beckons

Fox Searchlight is bringing 'Grand Budapest Hotel' back to theaters as Oscar beckons

Will Academy members remember the March favorite?

Don't call it a comeback, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been here since, um, March.

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Florida critics spring for 'Birdman,' Linklater, Keaton, Pike, Simmons and Arquette

Florida critics spring for 'Birdman,' Linklater, Keaton, Pike, Simmons and Arquette

'The Raid 2' shakes it up a little by winning a foreign film honor

I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category.

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Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

An interesting year that brought a Best Picture winner and a stylization opportunity

It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days.

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Marion Cotillard
Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

'Two Days,' Palme d’Or-winner snubbed from Oscar’s Foreign Language Short List

Nine films advance to final consideration

Friday morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Foreign Language Film short list for the 87th Academy Awards. Out of 83 films, nine made the cut, with familiar titles like "Ida" and "Force Majeure" making the cut, along with Golden Globe-amplified "Tangerines" slipping in over expected contenders.

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American Sniper
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

New 'American Sniper' trailer swells with action, music, and praise-filled quotes

Can Bradley Cooper carry this picture into Oscar territory?

"Do you ever think you’ve seen things or done things that you wish you hadn’t?" goes the new trailer for "American Sniper." For those who haven’t, the two-minute sizzle reel is happy to oblige.

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Kevin Hart
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Kevin Hart, Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Keaton honored at the first People Magazine Awards

Say hello to 'triple threat' Jennifer Lopez

For those who thought the Hollywood Film Awards were a bit too virtuous, PEOPLE Magazine decided 2014 was the year to throw a hat into the awards ring, conjuring its own set of accolades to hand out during a star-studded gala event. Thursday night, the winners of the first annual The PEOPLE Magazine Awards were announced during a two-hour NBC special hosted by Nick Cannon. Completely comprised of talent-based honors, Jennifer Aniston took home the show’s Movie Performance of the Year — Actress award for her work in "Cake," while Michael Keaton earned the Male equivalent for his turn in "Birdman." Hey, PEOPLE is following the awards circuit!

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How the ticking of a clock helped editor William Goldenberg pace 'The Imitation Game'

How the ticking of a clock helped editor William Goldenberg pace 'The Imitation Game'

Also: Sharing a surreal moment at the Oscars with George Clooney

Two years ago, William Goldenberg took the stage of the Dolby Theater on Oscar night as the Oscar winner for Best Film Editing on "Argo." This year, he is firmly back in the race, having cut Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game." I recently spoke to Goldenberg about the film, his approach to editing and his career to date.

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'Birdman' and genre love from Las Vegas film critics

'Birdman' and genre love from Las Vegas film critics

'Boyhood' shut out again?

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is the latest regional critics group to unveil award winners for 2014. It was "Birdman" that came away the biggest hit with seven awards, including Best Picture. And for the second time today, a critics group has totally shut Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" out. I'm beginning to wonder if that's a reaction to widespread acclaim, but maybe not; after all, it's #2 on the Las Vegas critics' top 10 list. Just an interesting note.

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Characters and Conflicts: 10 best movies of 2014

Characters and Conflicts: 10 best movies of 2014

And another 10 worth considering

A top 10 list is a such a subjective quandary. It should speak to the consensus of cinematic quality to a degree, but it also needs to reflect the films that moved you personally. A great piece of cinema can entertain and it can inform, but as art you need to feel something from it. It needs to haunt you. It needs to stick with you. Therefore, in theory, the list should be the films that immediately come to mind when you ponder the last 12 months. As a critic, it's a reflection of your taste at the time. There is no justification; it's an opinion. Simple as that.

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Roger Deakins looks back on 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and the days of cinema alchemy

Roger Deakins looks back on 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and the days of cinema alchemy

The master cinematographer considers the film his best work ever

It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days.

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