WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Lovely Bones’ bows, ‘New Moon’ reigns

Posted by · 4:25 pm · November 29th, 2009

Mark Wahlberg in The Lovely Bones“The Lovely Bones” finally landed this week, to decidedly mixed reviews.

Kris and Anne offered their thoughts on the film (among others) in this week’s Oscar Talk.

In Off the Carpet, we combed through the Best Adapted Screenplay contenders (which now include “District 9”).

“New Moon” surprised nobody with a record-breaking box-office haul last weekend, and its dominance is set to continue.

This week’s Long Shot column surveyed the growing buzz around populist contenders in this year’s Oscar race.

With his performance in “The Messenger” generating dark-horse awards buzz, we interviewed Woody Harrelson.

We also caught up with Willem Dafoe, currently on screens in both the talking-fox films of the year.

To remind you that the season is well and truly here, the Golden Satellites announced their nominations.

In other precursor news, the BFCA announced a number of new categories for their annual awards.

Continuing our rundown of Best Original Song contenders, we examined tracks from “Crazy Heart,” “Invictus” and two from “Nine.”

Speaking of “Nine,” an underwhelming quartet of posters was unveiled for the film this week.

This week’s edition of Tech Support spotlighted the Best Makeup category.

Ten films were Oscar-shortlisted in the Best Animated Short category; we featured Australian entry “The Cat Piano.”

Away from the current season’s madness, our Great Performances series continued with a rewind to 2002.

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  • 1 11-29-2009 at 4:47 pm

    Me. said...

    The Lovely Bones reviews improved a little. It’s now 64% fresh on rottentomatoes… I hope it goes higher to 70 or 80%.

  • 2 11-29-2009 at 5:05 pm

    Jake D said...

    Benjamin Button: 71%, Metacritic 70

    Lovely Bones is definitely still in the race.

  • 3 11-29-2009 at 5:07 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    now that youve seen the lovely bones kris how will that impact the predictions? You seemed to have liked it quite a bit, anymore developments on your thoughts? is the sound design worthy? visual effects? performances? score, cinematography? sorry im annoying, but im very curious about this one

  • 4 11-29-2009 at 5:07 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    agreed jake

  • 5 11-30-2009 at 12:52 am

    Alfie said...

    David Poland seemed to like it a lot as well.
    It is starting to look like those early reviews may (hopefully) have been the minority voice. Its RT rating is creeping up.

  • 6 11-30-2009 at 7:17 am

    ninja said...

    Bones will pull through with positive reviews. It was the influx of unhappy book fans that lowered the rating somewhat but it seem that all the changes Jackson did are right on the money.
    Does seem to be the Button of 2009, though, more admired for creativity than loved. But who cares, relaly, since all everyone want to know is how`s Avatar? When is that one going to be screened?