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The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2014 Awards for Achievement in Film

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'Gone Girl' Tops 2014 Nevada Film Critics Society Awards


The mesmerizing, mystery thriller, Gone Girl, about a man whose wife has gone missing and the subsequent suspicions that point to him, was named Best Film of 2014 by The Nevada Film Critics Society. The movie also garnered Rosamund Pike the award for Best Actress.  In other major categories, the chilling crime thriller, Nightcrawler received three awards.  Jake Gyllenhaal was chosen Best Actor and Dan Gilroy won for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

JK Simmons beat out his competition as Best Supporting Actor and Jessica Chastain and Patricia Arquette tied for Best Supporting Actress.  Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects went to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi fantasy adventure Interstellar.

Below is the complete list of winners in each category:

Best Film - 'Gone Girl'

Best Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal 'Nightcrawler'

Best Actress - Rosamund Pike 'Gone Girl'
Best Supporting Actor - JK Simmons 'Whiplash'
Best Supporting Actress - Tie - Jessica Chastain for 'A Most Violent Year' and Patricia Arquette for 'Boyhood' 

Best Youth Performance - Ellar Coltrane 'Boyhood'

Best Director - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'
Best Screenplay - Dan Gilroy 'Nightcrawler'

Best Ensemble Cast - 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Best Documentary - 'Citizenfour'
Best Animated Movie - 'Big Hero 6'
Best Production Design - 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Best Cinematography - 'Interstellar'

Best Visual Effects - 'Interstellar'

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 December 2014 03:49

Judy Thorburn's Top Ten Films of 2013

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Judy Thorburn's Top 10 Films of 2013

When it came to the movie going experience, 2013 was like every other year, in that it was filled with some great movies, and to put it bluntly, some really bad ones.  Recollecting those that stood out as the cream of the crop, the following is my list of the ten best.  I find it interesting that the majority of my choices were based on or inspired by a true story. Although very different in subject matter, each flick featured great performances, unforgettable characters and struck some sort of emotional chord, whether excitement, sympathy, sorrow, anger, or joy.


Jacob Tiranno's Top Ten Films Of 2013

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2013 was a year of diversity. A year where a film about space and a picture aboutslavery conquer. A year of the underdogs and movies that didn’t fill thousands of theaters, but the ones that quietly slipped past mass audiences. It was a spectacular  year that offers viewers movies that can change their life along with the films that will be cherished and honored for years and years to come. This is my Top Ten Films of 2013. 


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:54

Louie Coruzzolo's Top Ten Films of 2013

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Another year flew by, which means that it is that time to reflect on the year that was. 2013 may proved to be a lot of things, but one of them is certainly being a year that showcased an array of diverse films. There was a lot to watch and love at the cinemas this year, and although I couldn't watch all of the movies that came out, here is my top ten films of 2013. 

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 06:25

Jacqueline Monahan's Top Ten Films of 2013

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This year flew by as swiftly as a pop-up facial tissue leaves its box before another is pulled. In that interim, I’ve seen an array of films, good and bad, but certainly not all of them. Listed below is a selection of ten of the best the year had to offer, in no particular order, except perhaps the first one. That deserves to be in the Number One spot.   –JM

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 20:25

West Fisher's Top Ten Movies of 2013

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Selecting my top 10 is never easy but what it came down to this year was sustainability.  I selected the movies I felt I could (and will) watch over and over again for some time to come.  I love all kinds of movies from all genres but the following 10 films are my favorites from 2013. 

The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2013 Awards for Achievement in Film

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The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2013 Awards for Achievement in Film


12 Years a Slave, based on an incredible true story of a free black man's fight for survival and freedom after he was abducted and sold into slavery, was named Best Film of 2013 by The Nevada Film Critics Society. 

 Alfonso Cauron won Best Director for Gravity, the intense story of a female astronaut who must find a way back to earth after being stranded in outer space during a NASA mission. The movie also won awards for Best Cinematography  and Visual Effects.

In other major categories Matthew McConnaughey won Best Actor and Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for their work in Dallas Buyers Club.  Meryl Street was named Best Actress for August: Osage County. The drama, about a gathering of a dysfunctional family where secrets, lies and heated arguments surface, also garnered the award for Best Ensemble Cast.  Jennifer Lawrence won the award for Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle.

Below is the complete list of winners in each category:

Best Film - 12 Years A Slave

Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress - Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Best Youth Performance - Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief)

Best Director - Alfonso Cauron (Gravity)

Best Ensemble Cast - August: Osage County

Best Animated Movie - Frozen

Best Production Design - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Cinematography - Gravity

Best Visual Effects - Gravity

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:30


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CINEMACON 2013 Showcased Industry Pros, Latest Technology and Upcoming Blockbusters

Link to Judy Thorburn's coverage of CinemaCon 2013 on http://www,theflickchicks.com

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:31

Judy Thorburn's Top Ten Films of 2012

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I love all kinds of movies, in every genre, as long as they are finely acted, well done and hit some sort of chord with me. That said, true life, suspenseful covert operations, intense dramas, a delicate subject matter, magical fantasy adventures, charming comedy dramas, and harrowing stories of survival, make up what you will find in my eclectic list of best films for 2012.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 22:46

Jacqueline Monahan’s Top Ten (Plus) of 2012

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As usual, if I didn’t see a particular film I could not include it here.  Of those I DID see, here’s a 2012 end-of-the-world ranking, plus a few more that could not be squeezed into the top ten, but make a damn fine collective 11.  Excluding directors, synopses are limited to ten words or less.


The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2012 Awards for Achievement in Film

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The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2012 Awards for Achievement in Film

"Argo", Ben Affleck's suspense filled political thriller about the rescue of six Americans during the 1980 hostage crisis in Iran has been named the best picture of 2012 by the Nevada Film Critics Society.

Affleck, who directed and starred in the film as CIA exfiltration expert Tony Mendez, tied as best director with Kathryn Bigelow for her work on the gripping, Zero Dark Thirty, which recounts the ten year mission of a female CIA agent determined to find and kill Al Queda terrorist leader, Osama Ben Laden.

In the other major categories, John Hawkes won best actor in the deeply moving The Sessions for his brilliant and sensitive portrayal of a severely disabled man who, as a virgin, decides to hire a sex surrogate so he can experience the joys of intimacy with a woman.

Helen Hunt, who co-starrred with Hawkes as his tender and caring sex surrogate in The Sessions and Jennifer Lawrence who starred as a troubled young widow in David O. Russell's endearing comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook tied for Best Actress.

Below is the complete list of winners in each category:

Best Film - Argo

Best Actor - John Hawkes (The Sessions)

Best Actress - TIE - Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress - Sally Field (Lincoln)

Best Youth Performance - Tom Holland (The Impossible)

Best Director - TIE - Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)

Best Ensemble Cast - Lincoln

Best Animated Movie - Frankenweenie

Best Production Design - Les Miserables

Best Cinematography - Life Of Pi

Best Visual Effects - Life Of Pi


CinemaCon 2012

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Movie Industry Giants and Cinema Owners Celebrate The Movie Going Experience at 2012 CinemaCon

Link to Judy Thorburn's coverage of CinemaCon 2012 on The Flick Chicks website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 06:30

The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2011 Awards for Achievement in Film

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Hugo, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain Top The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2011 Awards for Achievement in Film

Las Vegas, NV - The Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS) has announced its 2011 winners for achievement in film.

Founded in 2011, NFCS's membership includes critics from newspapers, radio and TV, magazines, and qualifying on-line publications.

Every year in December the organization votes on awards for the previous calendar year’s films.

Among the categories: best picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, animated movie.

The list of 2011 NFCS winners are:

Best Film - Hugo

Best Actor - Tom Hardy (Warrior)

Best Actress - Jessica Chastain (for her outstanding work in several films of 2011 including The Debt, The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter)

Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks (Drive)

Best Supporting Actress - Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)

Best Child Actor - Asa Butterfield (Hugo)

Best Director - Martin Scorcese (Hugo)

Best Ensemble Cast - The Help

Best Breakthrough Performance - tie: Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene) and Rooney Mara (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Best Animated Film - Puss In Boots



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