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2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years. There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one. I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more. I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film. However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list. You will find a great collection of films on those lists.
Directed by Sean Durkin
I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »
- Josh Youngerman
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, »
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
"Extra" has a sneak peek at five of the most anticipated movies of 2012.
The Extra List: Top 5 Movies to Watch for in 2012'The Avengers' (May 4)
Who: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson; directed by Joss WhedonWhat: The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans to help save the Earth from annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders.
'The Dark Knight Rises' (July 20)
Who: Christian Bale, »
From superhero flicks "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" to sequels "Men in Black III" and "Wrath of the Titans" to book adaptations "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the movies.
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2012 Movie Preview'Chronicle' (Feb. 3)
Total Film got their hands on a few images featuring Robert Pattinson in the upcoming film “Cosmopolis” directed by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Crash). “Cosmopolis” is based on Don DeLillo’s popular novel and stars teen-favorite Robert Pattinson (Water for Elephants, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1), Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Pet Dragon), Paul Giamatti (The Hangover Part 2), Kevin Durand (I Am Number Four), Juliette Binoche (Dan in Real Life), and Samantha Morton (Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Click Here for more photos, news and movie trailers from Cosmopolis. Synopsis: The film follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour journey across Manhattan, which starts as a »
- Brian Corder
Chicago – Some films never get a fair shot with audiences. They open in a handful of art house theaters scattered throughout the country before inconspicuously landing on DVD. Passionate movie lovers are left with the task of championing these unjustly obscure titles and helping them to acquire the audience they deserve.
Before I reveal my picks for the top ten Best Overlooked Films of 2011, here are the ten runners-up:
While Steve McQueen’s magnificent art film, “Shame,” plunges into the dark depths of sexual addiction, Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard’s “Autoerotic” takes a decidedly more playful approach to similar material. Though Swanberg has made a series of uncommonly intimate films about the sex lives of twentysomething Chicagoans, he’s never attempted a film as overtly comic as this one, and Wingard proves to be an ideal collaborator. “Autoerotic” is easily Swanberg’s most accessible film to date, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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
As the year draws to a close, Warner Bros. is beginning to look forward, as they’ve provided a few new images and synopses for choice options in their 2012 slate. This crop, only a small portion of their offerings for the next twelve months, consists of Bullet to the Head, Rock of Ages, Project X, and The Apparition. Nothing exhibited here is a big revelation for those who’ve been following the films for a few months — although I did learn that a movie titled “The Apparition” is coming out — but a new picture or two never hurt anybody. Now, let’s get down to business.
Up above you can see the picture for Bullet; you can read the specifics below.
In theaters on April 13
Director: Walter Hill
Writers: Screenplay by Alessandro Camon
Producer: Joel Silver, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
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
Because it's Christmas, the season of too many holiday-themed cookies, dinners, music (except for "Last Christmas," by Wham!, because that is the best Christmas song ever.), etc. what better way to spend some alone time at your computer away from those crazy and noisy relatives than with our excellent poll: Who Is The Best Onscreen Santa?
In compiling the candidates for this poll, I realized that there are way more awesome Santas in film than I thought. Therefore I had to be really picky and play favorites because, well, this is my poll. So without further ado, here are your five candidates...
From one of the most classic Christmas movies comes the most classic Santa on this list. Renowned character actor Edmund Gwenn's performance was so well-received that he won a Best Supporting Actor for it.
- Kara Warner
Break out the mince pies and hand me a glass of eggnog! In case some of you have been locked in a cupboard since October, or are a graphic designer, Christmas, like a speeding truck with its drunken driver asleep behind the wheel, is approaching full speed with headlights blazing. All over the western world we anxious shoppers are filling the malls and emptying our wallets, pausing only to munch on a festive turkey ‘n cranberry burger before launching ourselves once more into the breach. Soon we will all stagger home, tearful and loaded with useless crap only to discover that once more we have forgotten to buy sellotape and we will have to improvise with homemade flour and water glue to secure our wrapping paper. After a couple of strong drinks, we will shove our insecurely covered gifts under a leaning, shedding tree and try to forget what we »
- Cath Murphy
Next Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, millions of children will go to sleep with the whisper of magical sleigh-bells just beyond hearing, and the hope of multi-coloured, ribboned surprises to greet them when they wake, and the biggest part of that spell, and indeed the mystique of Christmas in its entirety is the red-robed, roly-poly gift-giver at the centre. Santa Claus is Christmas – it goes without saying – and as such he’s appeared in a load of films dedicated to the festive period.
But who has played the best, and indeed definitive Santa Claus from the movie world? If I could stretch the rules a little, I’d suggest it was that clearly CGIed geriatric who stars in the Coca Cola adverts. He’s like a great big walking ball of Christmas joy. And those rosey cheeks could warm even the coldest of Scroogey Grinch hearts.
Here are my »
- Simon Gallagher
A new banner has been released for the upcoming David Cronenberg drama Cosmopolis, which doesn't have a release date locked down yet. Take a look at this new banner below, which features star Robert Pattinson, from this adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel.
Cosmopolis comes to theaters in 2012 and stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Gadon, Jay Baruchel. The film is directed by David Cronenberg. »
We've been tracking Ari Folman's film The Congress for three years. That's because Folman's last film was Waltz With Bashir, a great animated look at a soldier's unreliable perspective on war. The Congress is something quite different, however. Based on a story by noted speculative fiction author Stanislaw Lem, this one features Robin Wright, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Paul Giamatti and Danny Huston in a story -- greatly reworked from Lem's text -- about an actress who makes a deal that changes her future in ways she could never predict. It is a sci-fi story, of sorts, and the film is being constructed in an usual manner. There is a big live-action component, but a good amount of the movie will be animated. A new interview with Folman makes the film sound like it is on track, but taking time to complete. Folman told Cinemascope  (via Anne Thompson ) that there is »
- Russ Fischer
Though it's taking its time to get here "The Congress," Ari Folman's ambitious follow-up to his celebrated "Waltz With Bashir," continues to tease, and this new look dug up by Thompson On Hollywood (via Cinemascopian) is the most intriguing yet. If you feel like you've been hearing about this movie forever, you kind of have. Based on the short story "The Futurological Congress" by Stanislaw Lem, the first footage for this one started knocking around as far back as the spring of 2010, but the high concept seems to be one Folman is eager to get right before he shows it off to the world. Starring Robin Wright, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Paul Giamatti and Danny Huston, the story follows an aging, out-of-work actress (Wright) who accepts one last job so she can make ends meet to care for her disabled son (we presume McPhee). The twist? A major studio will scan »
Much as I loved Ari Folman‘s Waltz with Bashir, the rate of updates on his next film, The Congress, was sluggish enough for me to entirely forget that it even existed. But what a nice way to be reminded: Along with a first photo that can be seen to your right, the director gave Cinemascopian (via Toh) a decently-sized update on the project, wherein he explained its current production status.
As Folman said:
“We just returned from a round of rough-cut screenings in Israel and Europe. The film has 70 minutes of live-action and 50 minutes of animation, the live action part is locked (except for the effects) and the animation is still in the Animatic phase, but most of the designs are done. We’re now going into an insane journey of finishing the animation in 10 months, in five different countries: here, in Jaffa, Poland, Belgium, Germany and Luxemburg. After that, »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
More than 20 years after introducing himself to audiences via the doofus mechanic Lowell on the sitcom "Wings," Thomas Haden Church has become one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors. Transitioning from TV to film in the late 1990s, he enjoyed a career resurgence in 2003 in Alexander Payne's "Sideways" playing a caddish best friend to Paul Giamatti's sad-sack writer, and has since found his way into movies both big (Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3") and small (Sam Levinson's directorial debut "Another Happy Day").
Next up for Church is Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo," in which he plays Duncan, older brother to Matt Damon's character Benjamin, a bereaved father who purchases an ailing zoo. Church talked to us in New York about finding common ground between himself and his on-screen sibling, creating stories that are both believable and wish-fulfilling, and, well, buying a zoo.
Talk about »
- Todd Gilchrist
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"Is this annoying? Are you sure you're not sick of talking about movies?" I had just met someone who worked for a production company, someone who had seen everything from the indiest indie to the biggest blockbuster, and I suddenly realized that I was maybe bombarding him with movie questions. Perhaps he didn't want to spend an hour talking about the same thing he talked about all day. He assured me that it was fine and that he actually didn't get sick of these conversations. And so I proceeded. "What did you think of 'My Week With Marilyn'? Do I really have to see 'The Tree of Life'? What are your favorite movies of the year?" We began going over our lists, and I told him how much I adored 'Beginners' and 'Midnight in Paris.' I'd have to think about the rest, »
- Lori Fradkin
It was recently announced that Don Coscarelli’s latest film, John Dies at the End, will be making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Until then, we have a new photos from the film that have recently been released:
“It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.”
To view the »
- Jonathan James
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