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David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE
Release
Date
Picture
Studio
Comment
Oct 5
Michael Clayton
WB
A soft front-runner, but a great little film
Dec 21
Charlie Wilson’s War
U
The 800 lb gorilla over the hill
Nov 9
No Country For Old Men
Mir/
ParVan
Just plain strong… very challenging
Dec 7
Atonement
Focus
Costume drama… not a classic, but unique and working momentum from P&P
Sept 21
Into The Wild
ParVan
Well loved, but box office challenged
Dec 21
Sweeney Todd
DW
Could the operetta emerge?
July 20
Hairspray
NL
The $100m+ dark horse comedy
Oct 12
Lars & The Real Girl
MGM/Kim
The heart film that needs to be seen
Dec 26
The Savages
FoxS
The black hearted comedy that hits home
Oct 26
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
Think
Lumet still bringing it in his 80s
Dec 17
The Diving Bell & The Butterfly
Mir
The great art film… such a challenge
Dec 14
Juno
FoxS
Terrific little comedy… but will The Academy go for the knocked up teen?
Nov 2
American Gangster
U
Big, slick, but does it linger?
Dec 26
There Will Be Blood
ParVan
PTA’s opus. Geeks dig it!
Sept 7
3:10 To Yuma
Lions
The western riding high at the box office
The Current Long Shots (in aphabetical order)
Nov 16
Beowulf
Par
Could it be important?
TBA
The Bucket List
WB
The dark horse warm comedy
TBA
Crossing Over
TWC
Wayne Kramer is great with actors and this is an interesting story… if it’s ready
TBA-Dec
The Great Debaters
TWC
“Officially” announced in defense in a NYT story… Denzel’s 2nd Contender
Nov 21
I’m Not There
TWC
Sublime… but perhaps too challenging
Nov 9
Lions For Lambs
UA
Apparently needs some mint jelly to make it less dry
TBA
The Lucky Ones
Lions
3 soldiers ona road trip… may or may not get a 2007 berth
Sept 28
Lust, Caution
Focus
Perhaps too close to someone else’s home
Oct 26
Things We Lost In The Fire
DW
Dark, small, and intimate… tough
Dec 14
Youth Without Youth
SPC
Coppola holding this one so tight, it is already bleeding to death
Pretty Much Out Of The BP Race (by release date)
June 8
La Vie En Rose
PictH
June 22
A Mighty Heart
ParVan
May 4
Away From Her
Lions
July 13
Rescue Dawn
MGM
Aug 24
Ressurecting The Champ
Yari
Sept 14
The Brave One
WB
Sept 14
Eastern Promises
Focus
Sept 14
In The Valley Of Elah
WIP
Sept 29
The Darjeeling Limited
FoxS
Oct 12
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
U
Nov 16
In Bloom
Mag
Nov 16
Love In the Time Of Cholera
NL
Nov 16
Margot At The Wedding
ParVan
Dec 7
Grace Is Gone
TWC
Dec 7
His Dark Materials
NL
Dec 14
The Kite Runner
ParVan

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