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San Diego Film Critics Select Top Films for 2013

December 11th, 2013 · No Comments

BEST FILM
12 YEARS A SLAVE
GRAVITY
HER
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SHORT TERM 12

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY
Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST ACTRESS
Adèle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Joaquin Phoenix, HER
Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Oscar Isaac, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Tom Hanks, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Elizabeth Banks, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Sally Hawkins, BLUE JASMINE
Shailene Woodley, THE SPECTACTULAR NOW

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Daniel Bruhl, RUSH
James Gandolfini, ENOUGH SAID
Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Sam Rockwell, THE WAY, WAY BACK

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Aaron Guzikowski, PRISONERS
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Nicole Holofcener, ENOUGH SAID
Spike Jonze, HER
Woody Allen, BLUE JASMINE

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Billy Ray, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12
John Ridley, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, THE SPECTACULAR NOW

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
DRUG WAR
NO
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
THE HUNT

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
BLACKFISH
LET THE FIRE BURN
STORIES WE TELL
THE ACT OF KILLING

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bruno Delbonnel, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Emmanuel Lubezki, GRAVITY
Emmanuel Lubezki, TO THE WONDER
Roger Deakins, PRISONERS
Simon Duggan, THE GREAT GATSBY

BEST ANIMATED FILM
DESPICABLE ME 2
FROZEN
GET A HORSE
THE CROODS
THE WIND RISES

BEST EDITING
Alan Edward Ball, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, GRAVITY
Christopher Rouse, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Eric Zumbrunnen, Jeff Buchanan, HER
Joe Walker, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Adam Stockhausen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Andy Nicholson, GRAVITY
Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy, THE GREAT GATSBY
K.K. Barrett, HER
Michael Corenblith, SAVING MR. BANKS

BEST SCORE
Arcade Fire, HER
Bjorn Eriksson, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
Hans Zimmer, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Hans Zimmer, RUSH
Steven Price, GRAVITY

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
12 YEARS A SLAVE
AMERICAN HUSTLE
PRISONERS
SHORT TERM 12
THE WAY, WAY BACK

KYLE COUNTS AWARD

Destin Cretton

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San Diego Film Critics Nominate Top Films for 2013

December 10th, 2013 · No Comments

BEST FILM
12 YEARS A SLAVE
GRAVITY
HER
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
SHORT TERM 12

BEST DIRECTOR 
Alfonso Cuarón, GRAVITY
Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Spike Jonze, HER
Steve McQueen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST ACTRESS 
Adèle Exarchopoulos, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Brie Larson, SHORT TERM 12
Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
Emma Thompson, SAVING MR. BANKS
Sandra Bullock, GRAVITY

BEST ACTOR 
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Joaquin Phoenix, HER
Matthew McConaughey, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Oscar Isaac, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Tom Hanks, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Elizabeth Banks, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Jennifer Lawrence, AMERICAN HUSTLE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Sally Hawkins, BLUE JASMINE
Shailene Woodley, THE SPECTACTULAR NOW

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Daniel Bruhl, RUSH
James Gandolfini, ENOUGH SAID
Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
Michael Fassbender, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Sam Rockwell, THE WAY, WAY BACK

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 
Aaron Guzikowski, PRISONERS
Joel and Ethan Coen, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Nicole Holofcener, ENOUGH SAID
Spike Jonze, HER
Woody Allen, BLUE JASMINE

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 
Billy Ray, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Destin Cretton, SHORT TERM 12
John Ridley, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, THE SPECTACULAR NOW

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
DRUG WAR
NO
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
THE HUNT

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
BLACKFISH
LET THE FIRE BURN
STORIES WE TELL
THE ACT OF KILLING

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Bruno Delbonnel, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Emmanuel Lubezki, GRAVITY
Emmanuel Lubezki, TO THE WONDER
Roger Deakins, PRISONERS
Simon Duggan, THE GREAT GATSBY

BEST ANIMATED FILM 
DESPICABLE ME 2
FROZEN
GET A HORSE
THE CROODS
THE WIND RISES

BEST EDITING 
Alan Edward Ball, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, GRAVITY
Christopher Rouse, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
Eric Zumbrunnen, Jeff Buchanan, HER
Joe Walker, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 
Adam Stockhausen, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Andy Nicholson, GRAVITY
Catherine Martin and Karen Murphy, THE GREAT GATSBY
K.K. Barrett, HER
Michael Corenblith, SAVING MR. BANKS

BEST SCORE 
Arcade Fire, HER
Bjorn Eriksson, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
Hans Zimmer, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Hans Zimmer, RUSH
Steven Price, GRAVITY

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
12 YEARS A SLAVE
AMERICAN HUSTLE
PRISONERS
SHORT TERM 12
THE WAY, WAY BACK

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SDFCS Roundup #7: DIE HARD 5, SAFE HAVEN, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

February 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Before we get to this week, a few holdovers:

Anders Wright and Diana Saenger on Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects.

Now, on to the good stuff.

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A Good Day to Die Hard

Brian Lafferty – East County Magazine
“I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone derailed the franchise.”

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“Seriously, if you have any desire at all to see A Good Day to Die Hard, I want you to stop, take out $20 from your wallet, and toss it in a fire.”

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“More Bond Knockoff than Bruce Vehicle.”

Alison Gang – U-T San Diego

“Not entirely clear if it’s McClane, Willis, or maybe the franchise itself that’s barely mustering up the strength to carry on.”

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Safe Haven

Diana Saenger – Review Express
“A great date movie with action and intrigue that might entertain guys as well as the ladies.”

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“… if I can sit through this somewhat comfortably, it should mean the Sparks’ fan club should feel right at home here.”

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
Review.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Beautiful Creatures

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“I kind of liked Beautiful Creatures. (Please, stop the snickering. It’s rude.)”

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“Simple: Better than Twilight, Not as good as The Hunger Games.”

Alison Gang – U-T San Diego
“A clumsy mess of supernatural hooey…”

Check out Alison’s interview with the stars.

Brian Lafferty – East County Magazine
“To say Beautiful Creatures has the fingernails on the blackboard effect would be an insult to both fingernails and blackboards.”

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
Review.

John Dies at the End

Brian Lafferty – East County Magazine
“Flooded with bizarre images and dark offbeat humor.”

Anders Wright has an interview with Paul Giamatti and Don Coscarelli about John Dies at the End.

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SDFCS Roundup #6: SIDE EFFECTS, IDENTITY THIEF

February 8th, 2013 · No Comments

First, some leftovers from last week.

Brian Lafferty reviews Bullet to the Head and the Academy Award nominated Shorts (Animated and Live Action) for East Count Magazine.

Rebecca Murray reviews Warm Bodies for About.com.

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Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“Spending money to see something you can get for free on nearly any cable movie channel just doesn’t seem like the smartest plan.”

Ted Gideonse – LGBT Weekly
“Basically a long, relatively well-acted Law & Order episode.”

Brian Lafferty – East County Magazine
“A masterful example of screenwriting and character development.”

A Letterboxd capsule by Glenn Heath Jr.

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Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“I’ve enjoyed layovers in airports more than this waste of nearly two hours.”

David Pinson – CinemaStance
Identity Thief gives some Funny People Nothing Funny to do.”

 

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SDFCS Roundup #5: BULLET TO THE HEAD, WARM BODIES, STAND UP GUYS, OSCAR SHORTS

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments

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Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“An entertaining Throwback.”

Lance Carter – The Daily Actor
“A totally enjoyable, leave-your-brain-at-the-door kind of flick.”

Glenn Heath Jr. – Slant Magazine
“Thoughtfully regards the pummeling power of weaponry at work.”

Scott Marks – SD Reader
“…you’re not likely to find a more enjoyable action picture this year.”

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
You’re not getting Citizen Kate here, or even Bullitt; but you’ll have fun with Bullet to the Head.”

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“If all you’re looking for is a throwback to simpler times, then Bullet to the Head will scratch that itch.”

Warm Bodies
Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
” I’ve got my fingers crossed that this is a sign of things to come in 2013.”

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
“If only the movie were as good as the soundtrack.”

Stand-Up-Guys
Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys

Alison Gang – U-T San Diego
“..a thoughtful little buddy caper comedy that wisely exploits the audience’s natural affection for its aging stars.”

Diana Saenger – Review Express
“Funny, engaging and reminds us Hollywood rarely turns out actors like this anymore.”

Scott Marks – SD Reader
” A love story with guns.”


2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts

Alison Gang – U -T San Diego
“..sample a delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.”

Anders Wright – San Diego City Beat
“Some are better than others, but there’s not a bad one in the bunch.”

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SDFCS Roundup #4: HANSEL & GRETEL, QUARTET, 56 UP

January 28th, 2013 · No Comments

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Scattering of diverse reviews this week.

Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Ted Gideonse – LGBT Weekly
“I had a sad.”

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“Dumb, but moderately fun.”

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
“Passable Entertainment.”

Michael Apted’s 56 Up

Brian Lafferty  - East County Magazine
“Nothing in these people’s lives are predetermined.”

Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet

Josh Board – Fox 5 San Diego
“Amazing magic artistry in an intimate theater.”

Robert Patrick – CinemaSpartan
“The script is like staring down the barrel of a Benadryl bottle.”

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SDFCS Roundup #3: THE LAST STAND, BROKEN CITY, MAMA

January 18th, 2013 · No Comments

Three new major releases this week, including two that star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mark Wahlberg respectively.

Kim Jee-woon’s The Last Stand

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Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
“The January curse maintains its hold on the film industry with this one.”

Brian Lafferty – East County Magazine
“Will he [Arnold] regain his superstar status?  Only time will tell.  But The Last Stand is a good start.”

Rebecca Murray – About.com
“Never, ever get your hopes up based on a RottenTomatoes rating…”

Josh Board – FOX 5 San Diego
“Isn’t this exciting? No, it wasn’t.”

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“The Last Great Action Hero’s return made my inner-eight-year-old very happy.”

Robert Patrick – CinemaSpartan
“Like watching your friend play Need for Speed on a video game console for an undetermined amount of time.”

Jeri Jacquin – Movie Maven
“A totally overblown and hokey film.

Ted Gideonse – LGBT Weekly
“Schwarzenegger can’t say ‘Last’.”

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Allen Hughes’ Broken City

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Lance Carter – The Daily Actor
“The actors performances are so muted that it feels like Hughes filmed the rehearsals.”

Jeri Jacquin – Movie Maven
“Proof can be a powerful weapon.”

Josh Board – FOX 5 San Diego
“So much of this goes wrong…”

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Andres Muschietti’s Mama

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Jeri Jacqiun – Movie Maven
“Dark, scary stuff.”

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“There is an effective unease that seeps through most of the film.”

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SDFCS Roundup #2: GANGSTER SQUAD

January 11th, 2013 · No Comments

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The first big release of 2013 is getting a shellacking from our critics. Click on the links below for full reviews.

Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad 

Glenn Heath Jr – Slant Magazine 
“A Cartoonish Gangster Exercise…”

Ian Forbes – Sobering Conclusion
A ho-hum gangster flick that’s not worth much more than a lazy afternoon on free cable.

David Pinson – CinemaStance
“Not the Noir You Were Looking For.”

Josh Board – Fox 5
“The script from The Untouchables, and characters from Dick Tracy…”

Ted Gedeonse – San Diego LGBT Weekly
“Rat-a-tat-tat.”

Diana Saenger – Review Express
“I was glued to the screen.”

Updated 1/15.

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SDFCS Roundup #1: Top 10 Lists 2012

January 9th, 2013 · No Comments

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Happy New Year! Our first resolution of 2013 is to help inform more readers about our diverse membership and their work. So starting now, SDFCS will begin a weekly roundup of collected works by our critics.

First up in 2013: Top 10 Lists galore!

See the 2012 films our members found most worthy by clicking on the links below.

Rebecca Murray from About.com has a surprising #1 pick: Silver Lining’s Playbook.

David Pinson of CinemaStance.com recognizes the under-appreciated Hit and Run, in at #10.

Kevin Finnerty of Showbiz Junkies has selected a diverse group indeed, including End of Watch, ParaNorman, and Seven Psychopaths.

Glenn Heath Jr. of Slant Magazine champions Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s This is Not a Film.

Scott Marks of The San Diego Reader offers his 2012 film year in review: Best, worst, and even a few guilty pleasures.

At his blog Sobering Conclusion, Ian Forbes muses about the highs and many low lows of 2012.

U-T San Diego film critic Alison Gang offers up some wonderful insight about her favorite films of the year.

Diana Saenger’s Top 10 list is now up at Review Express.

Lance Carter of The Daily Actor includes the lovely Hello I Must Be Going, among others unique choices.

Yazdi Pithavala champions Life of Pi and Cloud Atlas, among others at his blog, Spaces in My Mind.

Josh Board’s Top 10 List is a mosaic of great offbeat choices. Check it out over at Fox 5.

The Movie Maven, aka Jeri Jacquin, logs her Top 10 films of 2012 with notes.

San Diego CityBeat film critic Anders Wright gives love to a range of films as diverse as Starlet and Zero Dark Thirty.

Ted Gideonse expresses his love for gems like Bernie, How to Survive a Plague, and Moonrise Kingdom at LGBT Weekly.

As always, thanks for reading!

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San Diego Film Critics Select Top Films for 2012

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

BEST FILM 
WINNER: ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
THE MASTER
ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST DIRECTOR 
WINNER: Ben Affleck, ARGO
Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER

BEST ACTRESS 
WINNER: Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ
Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS
Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE

BEST ACTOR 
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Hugh Jackman, LES MISERABLES
Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
John Hawkes, THE SESSIONS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
WINNER: Emma Watson, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Amy Adams, THE MASTER
Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Rebel Wilson, PITCH PERFECT
Samantha Barks, LES MISERABLES

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
WINNER: Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Alan Arkin, ARGO
Christopher Walken, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
Matthew McConaughey, KILLER JOE
Philip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 
WINNER: Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER
Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, MOONRISE KINGDOM
Sarah Polley, TAKE THIS WALTZ
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 
WINNER: Chris Terrio, ARGO
David Magee, LIFE OF PI
Tony Kushner, LINCOLN
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM 
WINNER: THE KID WITH A BIKE
AMOUR
HEADHUNTERS
HOLY MOTORS
THE INTOUCHABLES

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
WINNER: THE INVISIBLE WAR
BULLY
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
SAMSARA

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
WINNER: Claudio Miranda, LIFE OF PI
Ben Richardson, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Robert Richardson, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Danny Cohen, LES MISERABLES
Mihai Malaimare Jr., THE MASTER

BEST ANIMATED FILM 
WINNER: PARANORMAN
BRAVE
FRANKENWEENIE
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
WRECK-IT RALPH

BEST EDITING 
WINNER: William Goldenberg, ARGO
Brian A. Kates and John Paul Horstmann, KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Tim Squyres, LIFE OF PI
Leslie Jones and Peter McNulty, THE MASTER
William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 
WINNER: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, CLOUD ATLAS
Sarah Greenwood, ANNA KARENINA
Sharon Seymour, ARGO
Eve Stewart, LES MISERABLES
Adam Stockhausen, MOONRISE KINGDOM

BEST SCORE 
WINNER: Jonny Greenwood, THE MASTER
Alexandre Desplat, ARGO
Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Mychael Danna, LIFE OF PI
Alexandre Desplat, MOONRISE KINGDOM

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
WINNER: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

BODY OF WORK FOR 2012
WINNER: Greig Fraser (cinematographer: ZERO DARK THIRTY, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN)

KYLE COUNTS AWARD
Dan Bennett, Member Emeritus SDFCS, former North County Times Film Critic, Festival Director of the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival

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