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The Spirit Awards celebrate the best in low-budget filmmaking. But within those honors, the John Cassavetes Award goes to films with even lower budgets: those made for under $500,000.
Associated Press reviewers Christy Lemire and David Germain usually have a fair amount of overlap in their top 10 lists, but this time, they agreed on only one film. Here are their picks.
Associated Press reviewers Christy Lemire and David Germain saw the same films in 2011, but they clearly weren't seeing the same pictures.
It's late Friday night outside the arthouse Roxie Theater, and a line is forming down the block. Twentysomethings -- mostly men -- stand around joking and waiting to file in. The smell of pot permeates the cold, damp air.
Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire would like to agree to disagree more often so they could make fun of each other's Academy Awards picks, but they're in general consensus this time.
It's a city where perception is reality and image is everything. But Hollywood is having trouble keeping up appearances in the midst of the nation's economic downturn, even during its splashiest, most self-celebratory time: awards season.
"Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" didn't exactly do gangbusters at the box office when it opened in July 2004. The comedy about stoner pals with major munchies searching for tiny hamburgers in the middle of the night made about $5.5 million its first weekend on the way to an $18.2 mill…
Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire like to differ, but they generally agree on who will win the top prizes at Sunday's Academy Awards.
There was a time around 1997 when no matter where you were -- in the car, on the StairMaster, at the dentist's office -- you couldn't help but hear "My Heart Will Go On," the soaring Celine Dion ballad from "Titanic."
Over her long and storied career, which included 12 Academy Award nominations and a record four wins for best actress, Katharine Hepburn personified a peculiarly American, dignified grit.
Bill Paxton has been an actor, director, producer, even a set dresser for Roger Corman.
As documentary filmmakers, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine looked up to Michael Moore.
As the fighting in Iraq drags on, a new genre of film is emerging and evolving into something vastly different from the classic war movie canon established by previous generations.
Looking at winners of the best-director category at the Academy Awards over the past decade is a study in extremes.
Peter Bogdanovich -- director, actor, film historian -- gets to wear all those various hats at various times during this year's American Film Institute Film Festival.
Today's horror movies are more likely to be dripping with blood than irony, with films like "Wolf Creek," the "Saw" series and this week's "Hostel" representing a return to their grisly, low-budget '70s roots.
"Bohemia is dead," Taye Diggs' character proclaims disdainfully in "Rent." Now it's being reincarnated, with the film version of the long-running Broadway musical hitting theaters this week.
It could have been just another slasher flick, and one of the last of a rush of films Miramax is releasing as the founding Weinstein brothers sever ties with parent company Disney for good.
This is not a story about drinking with Johnny Knoxville, something that's been written so many times by now, it has practically become its own subgenre within the gonzo journalism canon.
The Boston Red Sox have been known to drive their fans crazy. For longtime, wicked-diehard Michael Chiklis, they helped keep him sane.
Before he ever threw a punch in "Hooligans," Elijah Wood had to fight just to get the movie made.
Director's cuts are usually longer, beefed up with precious footage -- at least in the filmmaker's mind -- that ended up on the cutting-room floor the first time around.
Unlike last year, when it was obvious that the hobbits and elves would rule Oscar night (and they did), this Academy Awards race looks tougher to call. Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire duke it out -- and disagree -- over several of the main categories:
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