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Where are the end-of-the-year features?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Astute readers may have noticed that this is the last Friday of the year, and thus the time when I should be posting my “Best and Worst Movies of 2007” article and related features. They will be posted by Monday.

There are two reasons for the delay. One is that I didn’t accomplish as much during my week-long visit to the ancestral Snider homeland as I thought I would, waylaid as I was by family merriment and some under-the-weatherness.

The greater reason is that the studios made us wait a little longer than usual this year to see some of the key potential-top-ten-list films. It’s impossible to see everything in a year, of course, but this year there were a few titles I noticed appearing on other critics’ lists that I hadn’t seen yet. Then there were a few others that I had seen but wanted to revisit before finalizing my list. I’m trying to avoid the trap of “Well, this A- movie I saw in November is fresher in my mind than the A- movie I saw in March, so I’ll put it on the list and bump the March one.”

So I’m giving myself the weekend to get everything together. I might sneak in and post stuff early, but for sure it will be there by Monday. It’s probably best to just crawl into bed and sleep the weekend away to make the time go faster.

Friday movie roundup – Dec. 28

Friday, December 28th, 2007

With the heaping helping we got last Friday and on Christmas Day, we certainly don’t need any new movies today — and Hollywood was glad to oblige! Nothing opens wide today. Next week, only one thing opens wide (“One Missed Call”), and it’s barely being screened. So you have some time to catch up on what you’ve missed without falling behind.

“In the Dark” this week focuses on three limited-release pictures, all of which are worth seeking out (or waiting for, as the case may be).

Sure to be an Oscar contender is “There Will Be Blood,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a devious early 20th century oilman. It’s from Paul Thomas Anderson, director of “Magnolia” and “Punch-Drunk Love,” and it’s even better than both of those films.

Also generating buzz is “Persepolis,” an animated film about a young girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution of the late 1970s. It’s France’s submission for the foreign-language category at the Oscars, and it’s sure to be nominated in the animation category, too. It’s a marvelous little movie.

Finally, there’s “The Savages,” about two grown-up siblings figuring out what to do with their aging father. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney star. It’s funny and poignant and stuff.

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