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“True Grit” reactions hit the Web – AWARDS SEASON ROUNDUP

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

There were so many “True Grit” reviews on Twitter today, you’d assume the movie was opening this Friday. It isn’t. You won’t be able to see Joel and Ethan Coen’s western until Dec. 22. But Oscar bloggers seem to be in love with it. Anne Thompson writes that the Coens “are at the top of their game, honoring the great John Ford with a tip of the hat to Anthony Mann.” HitFix’s Drew McWeeny writes that “True Grit” is “one of the most crowd-pleasing films I think the Coens have ever made, accessible and simple and mythic and beautiful.” But Erik Davis of Cinematical says the film “isn’t quite the masterpiece some were expecting, but it’s so much fun to watch that many will leave the theater thirsting for more.” And Emanuel Levy declares it’s “not as great a picture as the Coens’ No Country for Old Men.” The one, true condemnation of the film seems to come from Jeff Wells, who says the film, “while beautifully made with some deliciously formal old-west dialogue (much of it straight from the Charles Portis novel, I gather) and a smart, spunky debut performance from Hallie Steinfeld, is essentially a cold and mannered ‘art’ western that matters not.”

This isn’t Oscar news, though film trackers will want to know that the first round of Sundance 2011 titles has been revealed.

Black Swan” stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis discuss awards as the film prepares to open.

Rabbit Hole” has a new poster.

The L.A. Times profiles “The Fighter” director David O. Russell.

The Carpetbagger (aka, Melena Ryzik) is back on the beat.

And finally, E! Online blames Neil Patrick Harris for the selecting of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as Oscar hosts.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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