No don't worry. Gothamist doesn't plan to subject you to yet another film Top 10 list. If you want a good ... uhm ... "overview" of this year's Top 10 lists, you might want to check-out The Reeler's Top 10 Top 10 lists. (Nos. 10-6 appeared yesterday. The top five went up this morning.) If you're looking for something more traditional, you should probably look at The Village Voice's Take 7 film critics poll.

2005_12_mg29_matchpoint.jpgMeanwhile, After last week's ridiculous number of new releases, Hollywood now gets to yawn its way into the New Year. There's only one new major release this weekend, but it's one of the more highly anticipated end-of-the-year releases: Woody Allen's Match Point finally arrived yesterday, and the buzz has been overwhelmingly positive. Even the generally self-deprecating Allen says in the new Feb. 2006 issue of Premiere, "I think it turned out to be the best film I've ever made." Whether or not that's true, we can't yet judge for ourselves. If you're still trying to play catch-up with the other 15 odd films that have opened in the past few weeks, though, we can help point you in the right direction. We stand by last week's "Gothamist Picks" of Cache (Hidden) and The New World, although we recognize the latter certainly isn't for everyone. We also heartily endorse Brokeback Mountain, and if you find that you can't even remember all the new releases you should have been seeing, we'd also suggest you make your way to Good Night, and Good Luck, The Squid and the Whale, The Constant Gardener, Paradise Now and Pride & Prejudice. While both are flawed in their own ways and overlong, Peter Jackson's King Kong and Steven Spielberg's Munich are also both worth your time. And although we think there's more than plenty wrong with The Family Stone, a phenomenal cast combined with some nice (albeit cliche) family holiday movie moments makes it a fair choice. Meanwhile, we'd suggest you stay away (far, far away) from the unfortunate adaptation of The Producers as well as the lush but quite dull Memoirs of a Geisha, and the just not-that-funny The Ringer. Ray 2005Walk the Line and Syriana have filmgoers split; we found the tremendous performances the only reason to see either as both films suffer from filmmaking not quite up to their lofty ambitions.

A Gothamist Pick: While the large multiplexes remain full of all the end-of-year new releases, there are still plenty of other options around town as well, and the best of them all takes place on New Year's Day at the IFC Center. All month, the IFC Center has dedicated its "Weekend Classics" series to the work of the late, great German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. This Sunday starting at Noon, for one $20 ticket price, you can watch his most famous collection of films, the "BRD Trilogy", a project Fassbinder completed shortly before his untimely death in 1982 at the young age of 37. The trilogy is an examination of post-war Germany through the stories of three strong and dynamic female characters. The screenings start with 1979'sThe Murder of Maria Braun, followed by Lola (1981) at 2:10 PM and concluding at 4:15 with the remarkable Veronika Voss. Lola also screens tomorrow at Noon, and star Barbara Sukowa will be on hand to introduce. The IFC Center will also screen Veronika Voss at Noon on Saturday and Monday.

MIdnight movies and other repertory screenings around town after the jump:

Midnight Movie Smackdown: Both the IFC Center and the Landmark Sunshine really get into the "Midnight Movie" spirit this weekend, although the Sunshine's selection only screens Friday night taking a break on New Year's Eve. However, if you want your midnight '70s XXX porn in 3D featuring John Holmes, you surely won't want to miss The Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy. Meanwhile, if you're more into the schlock horror form of "Midnight" cinema than the porn, you'll want to head over to the IFC Center for New Year's Evil which will be screening Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 12:15 AM.

Other screenings of note:

  • Film Forum's "Essential Hitchcock" series continues today with the great Cary Grant/Ingrid Bergman thriller Notorious while tomorrow and Saturday feature Dial M for Murder being shown the way it was originally intended (but rarely seen) in dual-system 3D, and the New Year begins with The Birds on Sunday and Monday.
  • MoMA's series "Maysles Films: Five Decades" concludes on Saturday at 5:15 PM with the groundbreaking and still fascinating Salesman. (Read Gothamist's interview with Albert Maysles.)
  • The Two Boots Pioneer spends the weekend showing an eclectic selection of double-bills, highlighted on New Year's Eve with what they're calling the "End of the World, End of the Year Double Bill" starting at 7:30 with Stanley Kubrick's brilliant political satire Dr. Strangelove (inexplicably) followed at 9:15 by Rock Around the Clock.
  • Yesterday the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center began a second series of "Cartoon Musicals" including everything from Woody Woodpecker as part of the program "Walter Lantz's Swing Symphonies and Musical Miniatures" (tomorrow at 1 and 5 PM) and Betty Boop and Popeye in "Rhapsody in Boop: Betty's and Popeye's Biggest Hits" (Saturday at 8:30) to the much more recent but still classic South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Sunday at 8:30 and Tuesday at 1:30). Make sure to check-out the entire schedule.