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The Best Films of 2011

25 December 2011 11:56 AM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is apparently a statutory obligation for movie critics.

My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.

One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.

1. "A Separation"

This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific »

- Roger Ebert

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Blu-Ray Review: Excellent ‘Terri’ Defies Genre Expectations

14 October 2011 1:33 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Most movies about awkward teens feel like they’re mocking them as much as embracing them. I’m exhausted by the subgenre because of this fact — there’s a deep hypocrisy in so many of these movies that wants to make fun of their subjects and then tell you how bad it is to make fun of them. Imagine my surprise at the charming, wonderful, incredibly well-written “Terri,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. This is a hidden gem.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0

Terri Thompson (Jacob Wysocki) is awkward but not in the way that it’s usually presented in independent film. He’s a huge kid who has taken to skipping school and showing up in pajamas when he does come to class. He is a gentle soul but he’s presented as such a fully-rounded, believable person. He’s not the creation of an independent film screenwriter. He’s smart, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Terri – The Review

28 July 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I believe the only people who truly enjoyed high school are those who breezed through the experience. For the rest of us, those four (or more) years of high school falls somewhere on a sliding scale of misery ranging from an annoying itch to a torturous punishment inflicted by the worst kind of mad scientist.

Stereotypes are common in films about teenagers, especially when set against the backdrop of high school. The truth is, teenagers and stereotypes go hand-in-hand. Without teenagers, there would be no stereotypes, but the burnouts, jocks and preppies of the .80s no longer apply in the new millennium. No, the typical characters of the John Hughes era have evolved along a parallel plane into some not better or worse, but different.

Director Azazel Jacobs (Momma.S Man, The Good Times Kids) delves into the strange world of the high school outsider with Terri, written by first-timer Patrick Dewitt. »

- Travis Keune

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Film Review: ‘Terri’ Paints Honest Portrait of Adolescent Alienation

22 July 2011 8:22 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Nothing says “Official Selection at Sundance” quite like an obese teen grappling with an angst-ridden existence. There have been countless pictures centering on young, plus-size protagonists, though few feel three-dimensional. Tracy Turnblad and Claireece Precious Jones aren’t people so much as they are symbols of survival in the face of adversity. It’s easy to root for them, but it’s more than a little difficult to believe in them.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

I believed in Terri, the 15-year-old star of Azazel Jacobs’s perceptive new film, simply because he’s a great deal like a lot of the kids I knew in high school. When asked how he feels, Terri draws a picture of a face with a straight horizontal line for a mouth. The expression is neither happy nor sad. It’s simply beaten into submission by the daily hell of adolescence. Terri has no desire to pity »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Terri’ With John C. Reilly

6 July 2011 2:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest comedy edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Terri” starring John C. Reilly from the producers of “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson”!

Terri” also stars Jacob Wysocki, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Tim Heidecker, Justin Prentice, Mary Anne McGarry, Curtiss Frisle, Tara Karsian, Diane Salinger and Jenna Gavigan from co-writer and director Azazel Jacobs and co-writer Patrick Dewitt. The film opens in Chicago on July 22, 2011.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Terri” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Terri” starring John C. Reilly.

Image credit: Ato Pictures

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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‘Terri’ Cast Didn’t Set Out to Make an Anti-Bully Movie

5 July 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Alexandra Weiss / Ato Pictures Bridger Zadina, Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly in “Terri” (2011)

Coming of age movies get a rebirth every so often.

So it’s far from surprising that Azazel Jacobs’ new movie “Terri,” which tells the story of an overweight and unpopular high schooler, is being lumped into the sub-genre.

The cast of the film sees the story in a different light. While the movie has a lot of intense, one-on-one moments where John C. Reilly’s »

- Nick Andersen

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Exclusive: John C. Reilly Talks Terri

4 July 2011 12:22 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Azazel Jacobs directs John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki in the new dramatic comedy Terri, which follows a depressed high school vice-principle who connects with one of his students, an outcast who has lost his parents. Ryan J. Downey recently caught up with John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki, as well as their two co-stars Creed Bratton and Olivia Crocicchia, for a look behind-the-scenes of this sublime high school adventure. Check out our exclusive interviews in the clips below.

Click to watch Exclusive: John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki Interview!

Click to watch Exclusive: Creed Bratton and Olivia Crocicchia Interview!

Terri was released July 1st, 2011 and stars Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Tim Heidecker, Justin Prentice, Mary Anne McGarry. The film is directed by Azazel Jacobs. »

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Notebook Reviews: Azazel Jacobs’ “Terri”

2 July 2011 8:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Azazel Jacobs has an acute eye for houses that, without ever crumbling the low-key naturalism of his narratives, can mutate from mere settings to mysterious visualizations of the characters’ often bemused emotional states. The old Manhattan loft in Momma’s Man is by turns a found-object mausoleum, a womb, and a cavernous penitentiary, its bric-a-brac simultaneously cocooning and stifling the stranded protagonist. Terri has some of that densely expressive clutter in the cramped Californian cabin the eponymous teen loner (Jacob Wysocki) shares with his ailing uncle (Creed Bratton), a jumble of bookshelves, bulky TV sets and wooded passageways that give tangible shape to the younger man’s withdrawn nature as well as to the older man’s addled melancholy. (In the attic directly above Terri’s bed, mousetraps snap in the middle of the night like tiny twitches in a softly anxious psyche.) But where the outside world in Momma »

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New Terri movie clips

30 June 2011 8:37 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new clips from Terri, starring Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly! The Ato Pictures release opens tomorrow and is helmed by Azazel Jacobs from the writing by Patrick Dewitt and Jacobs. Also in the cast of Terri are Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia and Bridger Zadina. Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured. Remaining true to himself in the face of adversity, Terri becomes an unlikely hero. Filled with heart and humor, Terri is a comedy about feeling alone, and discovering there are others who feel the same way. »

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New Terri movie clips

30 June 2011 8:37 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new clips from Terri, starring Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly! The Ato Pictures release opens tomorrow and is helmed by Azazel Jacobs from the writing by Patrick Dewitt and Jacobs. Also in the cast of Terri are Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia and Bridger Zadina. Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured. Remaining true to himself in the face of adversity, Terri becomes an unlikely hero. Filled with heart and humor, Terri is a comedy about feeling alone, and discovering there are others who feel the same way. »

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New Terri movie clips

30 June 2011 8:37 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See new clips from Terri, starring Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly! The Ato Pictures release opens tomorrow and is helmed by Azazel Jacobs from the writing by Patrick Dewitt and Jacobs. Also in the cast of Terri are Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia and Bridger Zadina. Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured. Remaining true to himself in the face of adversity, Terri becomes an unlikely hero. Filled with heart and humor, Terri is a comedy about feeling alone, and discovering there are others who feel the same way. »

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Film Of The Week: Terri

29 June 2011 4:31 PM, PDT | GreenCine Daily | See recent GreenCine Daily news »

by Vadim Rizov

Terri sounds like a potentially unwatchable splicing together of two different kinds of movies: a Larry Clark cavalcade of teenagers with body issues and volatile hormones meets an uplifting crowd pleaser. The characters are stigmatized and/or isolated by their physical appearance and externalized mental problems. But having tackled the not-at-all funny topic of a grown man too paralyzed by a nameless fear to leave his parents' home in Momma's Man, director Azazel Jacobs has the appropriate slow rhythms and non-saccharine instincts to render unpleasant, difficult life moments in a tough-but-compassionate way.

At the forefront is awkwardly hulking Terri (Jacob Wysocki), an ungainly teen boy made daily sport of because of his size, whose best friend—seemingly by default—is obscenity-spouting Jd Chad (Bridger Zadina), who obsessively tears his hair out by the roots while waiting for his many disciplinary meetings, leaving a nasty bald streak on his head. »

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Terri Movie Review

28 June 2011 12:04 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Terri Directed By: Azazel Jacobs Starring: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Olivia Crocicchia, Creed Bratton With so many quirky coming-of-age movies out there, not only is establishing a unique and engaging lead character vital, but the same goes for the general tone of the film, too. While Terri does make use of some of the standard genre conventions, it packs so many innovative broad strokes and tiny details, it rises above the usual shtick, becoming something that makes an impact for all the right reasons. Terri’s (Jacob Wysocki) got it rough; he’s an overweight teen who’s been abandoned by his parents, must take care of his ailing »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Sydney 2011 Review: Terri

23 June 2011 1:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Sometimes it’s not the premise that’s enthralling but the characters and how they evolve in a simple, nicely told story. In Azazel Jacobs‘ follow up to his 2008 Sundance hit Momma’s Man, a shy, obese, socially removed student (the Terri of the title), who lives in a warm, derelict house with his only caring relative and walks into class everyday in his pajamas, is befriended by his high-school assistant principal. Mr Fitzgerald, you see, has a habit for nurturing underachieving outcasts by scheduling weekly heart-to-heart meetings in his office.

John C Reilly is on hilarious (dare I say it) career best form as the kind of teacher you always wanted your teacher to be – kind-hearted, cool-headed, down to earth but ultimately flawed like the rest of us. He relates to Terri’s tardiness and strange behaviour (Terri has a penchant for rat catching too! »

- Oliver Pfeiffer

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Terri Movie Review

20 June 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Terri Directed By: Azazel Jacobs Written By: Patrick deWitt Cast: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Bridger Zadina, Olivia Crocicchia Screened at: Broadway, NYC, 6/15/11 Opens: July 1, 2011 We’ve all been through high school. Some of us have seen movies about those trying days and read novels like “Catcher in the Rye.” We gather from the media that high school kids break themselves up into cliques: the jocks, the Einsteins, the hot girls, the cool guys. But nobody wants to hear about the outcasts, the untouchables, those who are not brainy or athletic or cool or hot and therefore suffer on the margins of what could be »

- Brian Corder

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Terri Movie Review

15 June 2011 8:10 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Terri Directed By: Azazel Jacobs Written By: Patrick deWitt Cast: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Bridger Zadina, Olivia Crocicchia Screened at: Broadway, NYC, 6/15/11 Opens: July 1, 2011 We’ve all been through high school. Some of us have seen movies about those trying days and read novels like “Catcher in the Rye.” We gather from the media that high school kids break themselves up into cliques: the jocks, the Einsteins, the hot girls, the cool guys. But nobody wants to hear about the outcasts, the untouchables, those who are not brainy or athletic or cool or hot and therefore suffer on the margins of what could be »

- Brian Corder

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John C. Reilly Does His Thing In the First Clip for ‘Terri’

2 June 2011 11:28 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A clip for the Sundance hit Terri has been released. Starring newcomer Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly (Cyrus), the film focuses on a lonely high school outcast (Wysocki) who slowly comes into his own. This heart warming indie is the work of director Azazel Jacobs and writer Patrick Dewitt.

The film is set for limited release July 1st from Ato Pictures.

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Orphaned to an uncle who is fading away, mercilessly teased by his peers and roundly ignored by his teachers, Terri is alienated and alone. When the dreaded vice-principal sees something of himself in Terri, they establish a friendship which opens Terri up to the possibility that life is not something to be endured, but something to be shared, and even enjoyed. Cast: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Bridger Zadina.

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Terri Preview With Images, Trailer, And New Poster

1 June 2011 2:30 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

After getting a lot of attention at Sundance this year, Terri is coming your way, and I'm really hoping this is one that won't get lost in the shuffle leading into the big summer titles. If nothing else, I can't remember a film with John C. Reilly that wasn't well worth the time, but beyond that, this one has a lot of positive reviews.

Take a look at the new poster, a slew of images, and the trailer. I think you're going to want to make sure you get to this one.

 

A hit at the Sundance 2011 Film Festival, Terri is a moving and often funny film about the relationship between Terri, an oversized teen misfit, and the garrulous but well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) who takes an interest in him. Terri is produced by the team behind Blue Valentine and Half Nelson, and directed by Azazel Jacobs (Momma »

- Marc Eastman

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First clip from Terri shows John C. Reilly enforcing the rules as principal

1 June 2011 2:11 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here is the first clip from Terri directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Creed Bratton(The Office), Olivia Crocicchia, and Bridger Zadina. The clip shows Reilly   The film is a coming-of-age tale about an overweight and unpopular teen (Wysocki) who dresses in pajamas but strikes up an unlikely friendship with his school’s vice principal (Reilly). 

Synopsis:

Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured.

Terri arrives in limited theaters on July 1st. Check out the trailer Here and watch the clip below:

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- Tiberius

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Terri movie clip, poster and images

1 June 2011 5:57 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See a movie clip, poster and images from Terri, starring Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly. Azazel Jacobs wrote the story alongside screenwriter Patrick Dewitt. Also in the cast are Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia and Bridger Zadina. The comedy opens on July 1st via Ato Pictures. A hit at the Sundance 2011 Film Festival, Terri is a moving and often funny film about the relationship between Terri, an oversized teen misfit, and the garrulous but well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly) who takes an interest in him. »

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