What exactly did Paramount get for the $1.6 billion they're giving Dreamworks? They don't get to keep the animation films after distributing them; they're not holding on to the library. They've got a deal with Spielberg built in, but he hasn't picked his next project. In fact, there are only a handful of films on the current Dreamworks slate: Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers; The Last Kiss, a remake of a fair-to-middling Italian film led by Zach Braff; and the long-percolating Dreamgirls.
Todd McCarthy doesn't have much good to say about Terrence Malick's latest. "The skies surrounding Jamestown in The New
World are almost invariably flat and colorless, a condition that
unfortunately also describes the storytelling and dramatis personae".
Brokeback Mountain throws more critics awards onto the suddenly overwhelming pile, with nods from the San Francisco and New York critics orgs.