winners//2014 LAS VEGAS CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS

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Las Vegas feels the same as Utah when it comes to Best Picture, awarding Birdman its highest award.

Best Picture
BIRDMAN

Best Diretor
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, BIRDMAN

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon, WILD

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton, SNOWPIERCER

Best Screenplay
BIRDMAN

Best Art Direction
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Best Cinematography
BIRDMAN

Best Costume Design
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Best Editing
EDGE OF TOMORROW

Best Score
BIRDMAN

Best Song
"I Love You All" - FRANK

Best Animated Film
THE LEGO MOVIE

Best Foreign Film
IDA (Poland)

Best Documentary
CITIZENFOUR

Best Action Film
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Best Comedy
TOP FIVE

Best Horror/Sci-Fi Film
THE BABADOOK

Best Family Film
THE LEGO MOVIE

Best Ensemble
BIRDMAN

Breakout Filmmaker of the Year
Damien Chazelle, WHIPLASH

Youth in Film
Jaaeden Lieberher, ST. VINCENT

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award
Bill Murray

Top 10
BIRDMAN
BOYHOOD
WHIPLASH
NIGHTCRAWLER
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
WILD
SELMA
THE IMIATION GAME
SNOWPIERCER
UNDER THE SKIN

winners//2014 UTAH FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS

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Jessica Chastain garnered a win from the Utah Film Critics group. And, Birdman continues its Best Picture rise with another win.

Best Picture
BIRDMAN

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, BIRDMAN

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike, GONE GIRL

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Best Adapted Screenplay
INHERENT VICE and SNOWPIERCER

Best Original Screenplay
BIRDMAN

Best Cinematography
NIGHTCRAWLER

Best Animated Feature
THE LEGO MOVIE

Best Non-English Feature
WE ARE THE BEST!

Best Documentary Feature
CITIZENFOUR

winners//2014 PHOENIX CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

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Won't it be interesting if neither Boyhood nor Birdman win the Best Picture Oscar? Stranger things have happened. Adding another trophy to its collection, Birdman was named Best Picture by the Phoenix Critics Circle. Reese Witherspoon gets another nod and Emma Stone finally nets a win.

Best Picture
BIRDMAN

Best Comedy Film
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Best Horror or Sci-Fi Film
SNOWPIERCER

Best Mystery or Thriller Film
GONE GIRL and NIGHTCRAWLER

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, BIRDMAN

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon, WILD

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, WHIPLASH

Best Supporting Actress
Emma Stone, BIRDMAN

Best Director
Alejandro G. Inarritu, BIRDMAN

Best Screenplay
BIRDMAN

Best Animated Film
THE LEGO MOVIE

Best International Film
FORCE MAJEURE and IDA

winners//2014 AUSTIN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS

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The critics in Austin awarded their hometown film, Boyhood, as the year's best, which may not be a surprise. Also getting notice is Jake Gyllenhaal for his work in Nightcrawler and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. Both have received nominations from other societies, but have rarely won.

Best Film
BOYHOOD

Best Director
Richard Linklater, BOYHOOD

Best Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal, NIGHTCRAWLER

Best Actress
Rosamund Pike, GONE GIRL

Best Original Screenplay
NIGHTCRAWLER

Best Adapted Screenplay
GONE GIRL

Best Cinematography
BIRDMAN

Best Score
BIRDMAN

Best Foreign Language Film
FORCE MAJEURE

Best Documentary
CITIZENFOUR

Best Animated Film
THE LEGO MOVIE

Best First Film
Dan Gilroy, NIGHTCRAWLER

Breakthrough Artist
Jennifer Kent, THE BABADOOK

Best Austin Film
BOYHOOD

Special Honorary Award
Gary Poulter, for his outstanding performance in JOE

AFCA 2014 Top Ten Films
BOYHOOD
WHIPLASH
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
BIRDMAN
SNOWPIERCER
NIGHTCRAWLER
SELMA
THE IMITATION GAME
INHERENT VICE
GONE GIRL

review//ANNIE

Grade: D+

ANNIE
Directed by Will Gluck
Starring Quvenzhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne

It's the hard knock life for anyone hoping this modern-day adaptation of the classic Broadway musical Annie lives up to the saccharine delight of the original. The title girl in question is finely played by Quvenzhane Wallis, but her surroundings drown any possible momentum her cuteness could provide. What we're left with is a failed attempt at modernizing a classic that was fine being left alone.

Annie, in case you've somehow missed this cultural milestone, is a sunny firecracker of a young girl who happens to be an orphan. Well, actually, in this version she's a foster child. She doesn't let a little unhappiness ruin her day and she never leaves home without her smile. Despite living under the rule of the evil Ms. Hannigan, Annie explores the perils of the big city in the hopes of finding her parents. When she crosses paths with the rich Daddy Warbucks (or, Will Stacks, as he's known here), she finds an unconditional love to fill the void. Carried by catchy and memorable songs (less as much in this one as with the original version), Annie is a delightful story.

With material that should be kind-hearted and inspiring, the saddest part of Annie is how the heart of the story is left on the floor. In an attempt to update an already classic tale, director Will Gluck instead creates a materialistic farce of the classic story we all know and love. There are moments that shine, like many of Wallis' nuances, but the majority of the movie feels overdone, overworked, and overly not-enjoyable. The most glaring misstep is a tie between Cameron Diaz's unfortunate portrayal of Miss Hannigan and the dialogue she's forced to say. In an effort to create a topical comedy, Gluck has overly-dated the picture leaving any chance of it feeling timeless on the dirty welcome mat.

Sony has had a hard time of late, so the success of Annie will be something they'll be watching closely. Too bad this one isn't likely to lift them out of their professional and financial woes, but maybe the few smiles it'll bring will be worth the payoff. There's no denying the charm of Wallis and, despite it being totally wrong for her, Diaz does give it her all. It's so bad it'll make you flinch, but it will also leave you humming the original versions of the classic songs.

Sometimes it's better to not mess with an original that work. Just ask Coke.

Rating: PG
Runtime: 118 minutes