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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
Jessica Chastain will be honored at the upcoming 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Tree of Life actress will receive the 'Spotlight Award' on January 7. The Palm Springs Festival will be held from January 5 to January 16. Chastain, who recently said that she wants to continue to challenge herself, has starred in seven movies this year including The Help and The Debt. She is one of 14 honourees at the film festival. The rest of the recipients are composer Howard Shore along with (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
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, »
Oftentimes, box office-owning movies and the films that make us think, cringe, belly-laugh and get choked up tell two very different stories. Sure, sometimes these two qualities overlap and we're able to share an experience at the theatre that gets people out in droves, not for simple escapism but to watch someone masterfully tell a story.
But when it came time for us to look back at what 2011 offered us at the movies, we set our sights on quality, innovation, acting and wow factor and didn't allow ourselves to persuaded by the mighyt dollar. It was surprisingly easy.
Read on while we give you our list of the year's top films, ranging in tone and genre from clever comedy to quiet ultraviolence, something resembling a true story and at least one Jessica Chastain movie. Girl was everywhere this year.
Read on for our list of the 10 Best Movies of 2011. »
- Andrea Miller and Emma Badame
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s the best of the best. Of course ‘best’ is a subjective term, so you might want to consider these my ‘favorites’. Despite what everyone likes to whine about at the end of every year, 2011 was in fact one of the better years in a good long time. Maybe it was the effects of the 2007 WGA strike wearing off, maybe it was just dumb luck, but on the whole, movies, especially mainstream movies, were pretty on-spot more often than they weren’t. But just as important, most of the year-end Oscar bait was actually quite good, so this is a year where I don’t have to half-heartedly apologize for having a list filled with movies nobody saw and mainstream pictures that no one admits to liking. Even if it took 1/3 of the year to really get cooking, 2011 was an uncommonly solid »
- Scott Mendelson
The Welsh star showed up to see McAdams at work on the as-yet-untitled romantic drama and was taken by surprise when director Terrence Malick roped him into shooting scenes.
Like just about every Us-based critics group — year in, year out — the Online Film Critics Society has placed its focus on English-language productions this awards season. True, critics' fave The Artist, a French-made production, is in the running in several categories, including Best Film, but Michel Hazanavicius' comedy-drama is a) silent (which makes it seem less "foreign") b) set in Hollywood c) features several American/British actors in supporting roles. In any case, Terrence Malick's family drama The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, topped the Online Critics list of nominees, with a total of seven nods. Those include Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Malick), and supporting nominations for Pitt and Chastain (photo, with Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan). [Full list of Online Film Critics Awards nominations.] Nicolas Winding Refn's thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks, was next with six nods. The film itself, »
- Andre Soares
Lee Byung-hun, I Saw the Devil This year, the Austin Film Critics went for some unusual — though not exactly "surprising" — choices. Well, with one exception: Jee-woon Kim's revenge thriller I Saw the Devil, their Best Foreign Language Film. To date, Us-based critics have gone instead for Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, or Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins. Earlier this year, I Saw the Devil, about a young man (Lee Byung-hun) out to avenge the murder of his pregnant wife, won an Asian Film Award for Best Editing. [Full list of Austin Film Critics winners.] Martin Scorsese's 3D ode to the magic of movies, Hugo, was selected as the Best Film of 2011. Elsewhere, Us critics have been leaning more heavily toward another ode to the magic movies, Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white silent comedy-drama The Artist, which, curiously, failed to top any of the Austin Critics' categories. Take Shelter's »
- Steve Montgomery
The Online Film Critics Society, of which I’m a member, has announced our nominees for our 2011 awards. The Tree of Life received the most nominations -- seven, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography -- with Drive coming second, with six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Click over to ofcs.org for the complete list of nominees. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2012. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
So what were the top films of 2011? It's a really tough question to ask, and a pretty bold one to answer among peers with equally strong opinions. I've been reading through a lot of the 2011 film retrospectives, top 10's, and best of lists with many critics complaining about 2011 being a light year for great film. I personally disagree. Sure the mega-plexes didn't offer much substance in 2011, but cheer up Charlie because if you stuck close to the arthouse theaters then you found the golden tickets. The nominations and votes of the Smells Like Screen Spirit staff have been tallied and scored to represent the collective opinion of the total results. As always we encourage you to agree or debate in the comments section; so without further ado I give you Smells Like Screen Spirit's Top 10 Films of 2011: 10. Bellflower "Painfully discussing the highs and lows of love, as well »
- Dave Campbell
Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugo I Saw The Devil: Austin Film Critics Biggest Surprise Winner Best Film Hugo, directed by Martin Scoresese Top Ten Films (runners-up) Drive by Nicolas Winding Ref Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen Attack the Block by Joe Cornish The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin I Saw the Devil by Jee-woon Kim 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike Melancholia by Lars von Trier Best Foreign Language Film I Saw the Devil, South Korea, directed by Jee-woon Kim Best Director Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Best Actor Michael Shannon, Take Shelter Best Actress Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive Best Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter Best Original Screenplay Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen Best Adapted Screenplay Drive, Hossein Amini Best Cinematography The Tree of Life, Emmanuel Lubezki Best Original Score Attack the Block, »
- Steve Montgomery
Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Lars von Trier, Kirsten Dunst, A Separation, John Hawkes : Online Film Critics Surprise Nominees Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive Hugo The Tree of Life Best Film Not in the English Language 13 Assassins Certified Copy A Separation The Skin I Live In Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Best Animated Feature The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas Kung Fu Panda 2 Rango Winnie the Pooh Best Director Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive Martin Scorsese – Hugo Lars von Trier – Melancholia Best Lead Actor George Clooney – The Descendants Jean Dujardin – The Artist Michael Fassbender – Shame Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Michael Shannon – Take Shelter Best Lead Actress Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin »
- Steve Montgomery
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Or in this case, I give you 14 films.
Two themes seemed to keep popping up in 2011; nostalgia and forgetting. The forgetting specifically came in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. Friends with Benefits, A Separation, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Descendants, and 50/50 all had a key character with Alzheimer’s. On the flip side, nostalgia seemed central to many films. The Artist is an homage to silent films, while Hugo pays tribute as well. The Muppets and Winnie the Pooh told stories that could have existed when those timeless characters were first created (tapping in to our nostalgia). Young Adult exists because of high school nostalgia. Super 8 is the nostalgia of Steven Spielberg through the eyes of J.J. Abrams. Midnight in Paris is most-definitely an obvious nostalgia for Paris in the 1920s.
Don’t forget to remember. That »
- Jeff Bayer
Jessica Chastain is to be honoured at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival. The flame-haired actress is to receive the Spotlight Award for her roles in films including 'The Help', 'The Tree of Life', 'The Debt' and 'Coriolanus', with festival chairman Harold Matzner claiming she was among the best actresses of 2011. He said: ''Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema's most versatile and most sought after young actresses.'' Composer Howard Shore is to be given the Frederick Loewe Music Award for his part in »
Jessica Chastain has been selected to receive a top prize at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner says, "Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema's most versatile and most sought after young actresses."
Matzner adds, "Howard Shore is a master composer who has consistently delighted audiences of the more than 80 films that he has scored."
Chastain and Shore will be handed their prizes at the festival's awards gala on 7 January at the Palm Springs Convention Center. »
Jessica Chastain and compower Howard Shore have been added to the talent lineup that will be honored at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.Chastain will receive the Spotlight Award, recognizing her performances this year in The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus.“Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema’s most versatile and most sought after young actresses,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.Shore will be given the Frederick Loewe Music Award for his work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. He previously received the same award in 2005’s for composing the score for The Aviator. “Howard Shore is a master composer who has consistently delighted audiences of the more than 80 films that he has scored,” Matzner said. “In Hugo, the labyrinthine setting of a Paris railway station, »
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The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its final honorees for this year’s Awards Gala. Jessica Chastain will receive the Spotlight Award for her work in “The Help,” “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter,” “The Debt” and “Coriolanus,” while composer Howard Shore will be feted with the Frederick Loewe Music Award for “Hugo.” Shore previously received the honor for his score for “The Aviator" in 2004. “Howard Shore is a master composer who has consistently delighted audiences with the more than 80 films that he has scored,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “He has received universal acclaim for 'Hugo,' with his »
- Roth Cornet
I simply assumed that photos of Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara working with Terrence Malick were from the set of his upcoming Lawless. It’s silly of me to expect the ordinary with this director — his films would be enough of an indicator, but the offscreen persona solidifies that — and Mara confirmed my error to EW.
She put it rather simply, saying that production won’t commence “until September.” This, however, slightly conflicts with a comment by Malick‘s longtime production designer, Jack Fisk, who said they were “about to start another [film] in June.” All due respect to Mara, but unless they’re talking about his other pending project, Knight of Cups, I’ll take the word of a confidante over that of a newcomer. She even sounded a little unsure about her own involvement, calling Lawless “something that I hope to do.” A busy schedule could normally be an issue, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
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Jessica Chastain and compower Howard Shore have been added to the talent lineup that will be honored at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Chastain will receive the Spotlight Award, recognizing her performances this year in The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus.“Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema’s most versatile and most sought after young actresses,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. Shore will be given the Frederick Loewe Music Award for
- Gregg Kilday
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has now stocked its annual Awards Gala with 14 honorees, adding actress Jessica Chastain and composer Howard Shore to its previously announced lineup. Chastain will receive the festival's Spotlight Award at the Jan. 7 gala, while Shore will get the Frederick Loewe Music Award. Also receiving awards at the gala are George Clooney, Glenn Close, Stephen Daldry, Michel Hazanavicius, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams and the creative team behind "Young Adult": director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody and stars Charlize Theron and Patton »
- Steve Pond
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