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Cinema had a pretty good year in 2011. The summer saw an onslaught of costumed hero flicks, which to my great surprise were all pretty good. Hollywood has turned off the cheese factor on comic adaptations, lining up great directors and better actors. The biggest surprise of 2011 was the remarkable success of The Artist, a charming silent film by French director Michael Hazanavicius. Since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, it has been a critical and awards favorite. The Artist should be a lock to win the Best Film Oscar.
My favorite film of 2011 is Gavin O'Connor's Warrior. I had no idea what to expect when I saw this movie in September and was completely blown away. A brutal fighting film, the fisticuffs pale in comparison to the gripping family drama. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton play two brothers, long separated by the childhood abuse of their father - Nick Nolte, »
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby The first official The Great Gatsby pictures became available online a few days ago. Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Isla Fisher star in this latest big-screen version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel. Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann, who became major world news after injuring his head a week or so ago, directs. Set shortly after the end of World War I, The Great Gatsby is told through the eyes of Nick Carraway (Maguire), a returning war veteran who becomes part of the upper-class universe of Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). There have been (at least) three previous The Great Gatsby adaptations for the big screen. A 1926 silent version is now lost. Only the trailer remains. Directed by future Oscar nominee Herbert Brenon, the silent starred future Oscar winner Warner Baxter as Jay Gatsby and Lois Wilson »
- Andre Soares
In 2011, I saw more new movies than I ever have in the past. Previous years I'd flirted with roughly two per week but, this year, thanks to a full Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Butt-Numb-a-Thon and other events like AFI Fest and the Los Angeles Film Festival, that number jumped up to 167. Several of those won't be released until 2012 and others won't get released at all, but it's still a more than sufficient cross section of 2011 releases to adequately speak on the state of film in 2011 and give my top ten movies of the year. (Note: Any film that didn't get an Oscar qualifying 2011 theatrical run did not qualify for this list. That's just my personal rule.) For me, 2011 was the year of "good, but not great." You know the type. A film that does everything right, is entertaining, emotional, but doesn't stick with you once you've left the theater. »
- Germain Lussier
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com:This is the third of several year-end wrap essays detailing the year in film. This time, it’s about highlighting the good or great films that slipped under the radar somehow. Some got rave reviews and wide releases but stiffed at the box office while some never made it out of limited release. All are worth tracking down and all are, with one exception I will point out, now available on DVD/Blu Ray/download/etc. And nearly all of them are not hardcore independent films, but seemingly mainstream dramas and comedies that would have likely merited a wide release even a few years ago. Once again, these will be in alphabetical order.
- Scott Mendelson
Chicago – In much the same way that current movie goers are surprised to learn that a film as beloved as “The Shawshank Redemption” only made $28 million on its initial run in theaters or that a drama that everyone can quote like “Fight Club” only made $37 million, the box office gross for Gavin O’Connor’s incredible “Warrior” will shock future generations. It pulled in a measly $14 million domestically (and only about $9 more worldwide), meaning that most of you haven’t seen it. You must. You will eventually. And you’ll be stunned that Lionsgate couldn’t get it to more people. This is a great film, one of my choices for the best of 2011, and it was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Perhaps it came too quickly on the heels of “The Fighter” and people weren’t ready for another work about fighting brothers but O’Connor »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Just in time for the new year, Warner Bros. has released their slate of films scheduled from January 2012 through December 2012. Some noticeables on the list include Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath Of The Titans, The Gangster Squad, Ben Affleck’s Argo, The Untitled Jay Roach Comedy on August 10th, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Below are a few new images, along with descriptions and trailers. From the lineup below, appears that Warner Bros. will be box office champs by year end.
- Michelle McCue
It's useless trying to sum up 2011 movies in a nutshell. As in every year, there were those that wowed (see below) and those that almost made you lose faith in all of humanity ("Green Lantern," "Jack and Jill"). And then of course, there were those movies that didn't live up to the hype.
But as I've always said, expectations are a bee-yotch. "The Descendants" and "Drive," for instance, are both films that I saw in advance, yet that had already been built up by fellow journos ("Descendants" as the Best Picture frontrunner, "Drive" as just Best. Picture. Ever.). I appreciated but was slightly disappointed by both. And then there's "Hugo," of which I saw an early cut that was overly long (Scorsese later edited it) with not-quite-finished 3-D.
Of the 150 or so movies I watched in '11, these are simply just the 10 I enjoyed the most, with an additional 10 honorable »
- Kevin Polowy
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their release schedule preview for 2012, which includes movies hitting between January and December of this coming New Year. These movies include Joyful Noise, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Project X, Wrath of the Titans, Bullet to the Head, The Lucky One, Dark Shadows, Rock of Ages, Jack the Giant Killer, Magic Mike, The Dark Knight Rises, Untitled Jay Roach Comedy (aka Dog Fight), The Apparition, Argo, The Gangster Squad, Gravity, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and The Great Gatsby.
Joyful Noise - January 13
Joyful Noise is a funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal. The small town of Pacashau, Georgia, has fallen on hard times, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but »
Director Baz Luhrmann suffered a mild head injury on the set of his latest film The Great Gatsby, which allowed the cast (including stars Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire) and crew to go home a day earlier than planned for the Christmas holiday.
"We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane. He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head and we had to get the doctor."
All of the cast and crew will return next year to resume filming on this adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Luhrmann was directing a scene from the remake that stars Leonard DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire when he bumped into a camera crane. Explained co-producer Anton Monsted, ”We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane. He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head and we had to get the doctor. »
- Lynette Rice
Walt Disney Pictures, along with Pixar and Marvel Studios, has released a preview of their upcoming 2012 release schedule for movies opening between January and December of this New Year. These movies include Beauty and the Beast 3D, The Secret World of Arrietty, John Carter, Chimpanzee, Marvel's the Avengers, Brave, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Finding Nemo, Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph.
Beauty and the Beast 3D - January 13
Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™, introducing a whole new generation to the Disney classic with stunning new 3D imagery. The film captures the fantastic journey of Belle (voice of Paige O'Hara), a bright and beautiful young woman who's taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle's enchanted staff: A teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, »
It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.
Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.
As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide.
Tell us your favorite movies in the comments section, and for a taste of sour, check out our picks for the 5 Worst Movies of 2011.
So many movies this year promised edge-of-your-seat action and nonstop popcorn scarfing, but few delivered like the fourth installment in this would-be aging franchise. Tom Cruise is at his best, reminding us that his charisma and ability to sell a crazy fight »
- NextMovie Staff
Many people may call Warrior a modern day Rocky. It’s not. The brilliance of Gavin O’Connor’s Mma drama is that it is a multi-layered story, dealing with the breakdown of family relationships. The story is about the turmoil between two brothers, Brendan (Joel Edgerton, upcoming The Great Gatsby) and Tommy (Tom Hardy, upcoming The Dark Knight Rises) and their relationship with their father Paddy (Nick Nolte, HBO’s Luck). The Mma is just the vehicle that pushes their tense relationship forward. Having said that, the Mma battles are just as brutal as any Mma match you’ve seen before. The creative team employed some of the best Mma trainers and athletes to deliver the truest Mma experience on the big screen. The Blu-ray release is just as fierce as the movie. O’Connor didn’t skimp out on giving viewers special features. Not only can the standalone »
- Bags H.
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
The Plot: Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.
The Buzz: One of two Spielberg films in release this weekend (War Horse being the other). I’m not too crazy about the animation, »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Back for their third year we are proud to present the annual HeyUGuys movie awards – The Truffles.
At the end of each year our wonderful team of writers like to round up the various movieland highs and lows into our own unique categories, to reward the diverse, the challenging and the downright lovely and both tar and feather the cinematic outcasts which offended, disgusted and just plain irritated us.
It has been a tremendous year with some intriguing debuts and some howling missteps from seasonal filmmakers. We had planets colliding, blocks attacked, apes rising and the usual spew of remakes, sequels, prequels and the rest.
Here’s our take on the filmic landscape after a whole year of 2011.
First up on stage…
Best use of an old, familiar song on the end credits – Hobo With a Shotgun
Not only were we offered a loving and thoroughly entertaining tribute to those scuzzy, »
- Jon Lyus
The Great Gatsby has one of next years most impressive casts and we have the first official images, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, from the film due for release 25th of December 2012. The film is based on the legendary 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and follows the character of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), whose path crosses with Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a millionaire bootlegger during the ‘roaring 20′s’.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures »
- Craig Hunter
The first official Great Gatsby shots have been released. The pictures show Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire in their starring roles. Warner Bros Pictures' adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel features Maguire as would-be writer Nick Carraway. After his arrival in New York City in 1922, he is drawn into the decadent and morally ambiguous world of his cousin Daisy (Mulligan), her philandering husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) and party-mad millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). Mulligan has revealed that she (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
From Warner Bros. Pictures, here’s your first official and divine look at Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire & Carey Mulligan in Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated film of 2012 - The Great Gatsby. Only thing these ”pretty” people – this generation’s Robert Redford, Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow - are in need of, is the soft focus lens so heavily used in the 1974 version.
- Michelle McCue
"...would-be writer 'Nick Carraway' (Tobey Maguire) leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, 'Jay Gatsby' (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, 'Daisy' (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, 'Tom Buchanan' (Joel Edgerton).
"Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.
"As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, holding a mirror up to our own modern times and struggles..."
"The Great Gatsby" was »
- Michael Stevens
Warrior Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy give knockout (pardon the pun) performances as estranged brothers who end up meeting in the ring. Edgerton is Brendan, who goes back to Mma fighting as a way to keep food on his family's table and slugs his way to a prizewinning competition. Hardy is angry Iraq vet Tommy, who enters the same competition as his brother has, being trained by their recovering-alcoholic dad (Nick Nolte) whom neither son can stand. Sure, it's predictable (most sports movies are) but this one is elevated by masterful performances on everyone's part and some terrific fight scenes care of director Gavin O’Connor. Extras: Audio commentary, making-of documentary, featurette on the philosophy of Mma, gag reel, deleted scene (DVD/Bd); the Bd adds an in-depth look at the film...
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