Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…
First but least, as always, it's time for the National Board of Review selections. Their top pick: Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," which was also the fave in Toronto in September. No, I still haven't figured out who these people are, either, but they've been doing this sort of thing for 99 years and describe themselves on their web site as "the oldest organization devoted to motion pictures as art and entertainment." OK.
The NBR top ten (in alphabetical order):
... and then...
In addition to naming five top docs (plus winner, "Man on Wire") and five top "foreign language films" (plus winner "Mongol"), the NBR also picks ten cherce "indies" -- so as to spread the
love publicity around:
All the 2008 NBR lists are here.
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Glenn Kenny comments on awards season, Sean Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, and the actual Oscars.