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Critics love and loathe ''Brokeback Mountain''

By MAL VINCENTThe Virginian-Pilot
SOME NATIONAL magazines are calling it "the year's most daring love story." Some critics are calling it a masterpiece with a "quiet, honest, heartbreaking quality that is rare." Both the New York and the Los Angeles critics' associations have named it best picture of the year (a rare consensus). With seven nominations, it leads all films in the upcoming Golden Globe festivities. It also received four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Thursday. But a writer on the movieguide.org . . .

4 years on, a cabin's-eye view of 9/11

By HEATHER TIMMONS, New York Times News Service
IVER HEATH, England - With a violent shudder, the front of a reconstructed Boeing 757 pitches toward the ground. Actors struggle not to slide from their seats, some screaming, one chanting, "Oh, my God." A camera flits from seat to seat, stopping to focus on individual vignettes of terror, as an actor playing a hijacker barks, "Sit down!" over the loudspeaker.After almost universally shying away from the topic for the past four years, Hollywood is turning in full force to the events of Sept. 11, . . .

Movies of 2006: The best is coming soon....

By RYAN PEARSON Associated Press (ASAP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Movietrailers are no longer just previews. They've become all-important viral marketing tools -- zipped around the Internet as hundreds of ''coming soon''-obsessed Web sites dissect them shot-by-shot and search for hidden messages.Fueling this phenomenon are sassy filmmakers and ever more creative marketers, who this holiday season chose to plug next summer's potential blockbusters with single-frame hilarity, coded messages, hot music and -- that all-time favorite -- a really . . .

''Into the Blue,'' ''Dark Water'' among new releases

The Virginian-Pilot
THERE’S NO commentary on “Grizzly Man” (audio: ***, video: ***, extras: ***), but it’s not like one is needed to understand why director Werner Herzog was drawn to the surreal story of Timothy Treadwell. Herzog has never shied from obsession — he dissected it in “Aguirre, The Wrath of God” and “Fitzcarraldo” — and Treadwell was obsessed. He may have been mad. A self-styled, grizzly bear guardian, he lived among them unarmed for 13 summers on the Alaskan Peninsula. He gave them names like Cupcake . . .

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