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2011: A Year in Review Part I

30 December 2011 7:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

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

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

30 December 2011 5:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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, »

- MovieWeb

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Overlooked Films of 2011

28 December 2011 1:22 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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:

Autoerotic

Autoerotic

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, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Freddie Highmore talks Johnny Depp, stolen identities and The Art of Getting By...

23 December 2011 5:11 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

In 2004, Freddie Highmore landed a role that child stars the World over could only dream of; the role of 'Charlie Bucket' in 2005's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. While a competent actor thus far, it was Freddie's endearing rendition of Charlie that earned him Worldwide recognition, gaining the respect of his peers, the audience and the plaudits in the process.

Since then, the talented actor has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, in front of - and behind - the camera, and continues to please audiences with his heart-warming, authentic performances. In the run up to his latest release, The Art of Getting By, Freddie sat down with Shadowlocked and spoke openly about his career to date...

1. Freddie [Highmore], you’ve made a brilliant transition from child prodigy to adolescent actor. How have you found the transition?

It's odd really; it seems to have come very natural to me. »

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Houston Film Critics Choose "The Descendants" for Best Film! Check Out Their Worst! Hint: It's Not "Twilight!"

14 December 2011 7:13 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

When the nominations for the Houston Film Critics awards were announced Monday, Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" led the pack with 7 nominations. But in the end, the black-and-white silent film gave way for "The Descendants" for the Best Picture win. "The Artist" only captured 1 award and that's for Best Score.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the Houston Film Critics Awards (Check out other award-giving bodies in our Awards Season coverage right here):

Best Picture

"The Artist"

"The Descendants"

"Drive"

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

"The Help"

"Midnight in Paris"

"The Tree of Life"

"War Horse"

"Win Win"

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"

Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Best Actor

George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Michael Fassbender, "Shame"

Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Best Actress

Viola Davis, »

- Manny

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From 'Win Win' to 'Bridesmaids,' surprises in the precursor landscape

13 December 2011 9:29 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Amidst the recent slew of regional critics awards lists there have been the predictable pre-Oscar nominations and wins peppered with a few unconventional and often well-deserved selections. One or two of the honors felt particularly surprising, though. The nomination that struck me as the most unusual was Houston submitting Alex Shaffer in the Supporting Actor category for his work in “Win Win” vs. one or a few of the other actors in the film. I am an admirer of Tom McCarthy’s understated (for lack of a better word) dramedy and applaud Houston for including the film in its Best Picture contenders. »

- Roth Cornet

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Bfca Announces Nominations For 17th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

13 December 2011 9:21 AM, PST | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

It's that time of year again, and the award buzz is starting to heat up. The nominations are in for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and while not all my nominations made it, the vast majority of them did, which makes me feel pretty good about how the year is going to turn out for all the award shows.

Take a look at the full press release below, and mark your calendar for January 12th! Let me know your thoughts, and if anything should have been nominated that wasn't. My picks to win are in bold, and I'll let you know if I nominated anything that didn't make the cut.

 

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) has announced the nominees for the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium. Hosted by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer, »

- Marc Eastman

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Your Complete Guide to 2011-2012 Awards Season! Winners, Nominees Take the Awards Avenue!

12 December 2011 9:27 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the Oscars.

Come and take the Awards Avenue with me!

And here we go (click on each link):

AFI Awards

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

British Independent Film Awards

Cinema Eye Honors

Critics' Choice (Broadcast Film Critics Association)

Detroit Film Critics

European Film Awards

Gotham Awards

Houston Film Critics Awards

Ida Awards

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Indiana Film Critics

Las Vegas Film Critics

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

National Board of Review

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

New York »

- Manny

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Houston Film Critics Love "The Artist," Hate "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1!" Check Out the Complete List of Nominees!

12 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" led the pack for the Houston Film Critics Awards, receiving 7 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Here's the complete list of nominees, winners will be announced on Dec. 14th:

Best Picture

"The Artist"

"The Descendants"

"Drive"

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

"The Help"

"Midnight in Paris"

"The Tree of Life"

"War Horse"

"Win Win"

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"

Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Best Actor

George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Michael Fassbender, "Shame"

Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Best Actress

Viola Davis, "The Help"

Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Armie Hammer, "J. Edgar"

Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Andy Serkis, »

- Manny

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Everything Must Go Review

14 October 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Will Ferrell is hardly the first actor who springs to mind as ideal casting for the role of an unemployed, beer-sozzled suburbanite whose life is in freefall, yet watching him in that very role here, an adaptation (or rather an “adding on”) of a short story from famed Us writer Raymond Carver, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else bringing as much conviction and such an understated beauty to the part.

This is the comedy superstar by way of Bill Murray in Lost In Translation, and even if the film has failed to connect to a similar-sized audience, state-side, to the one who flocked to see that Tokyo-set May to December romance, Ferrell’s second foray into (semi)serious territory (following 2005’s Stranger Than Fiction) delivers his strongest performance to date, and one of the year’s very best films.

Ferrell is Nick Halsey, a veteran salesman who is »

- Adam Lowes

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New Clients at UTA, CAA, ICM and Paradigm

29 September 2011 8:44 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Tia and Tamera Mowry, best known for their 1990s sitcom "Sister, Sister," have signed with UTA. The twin sisters currently star on the Style Network's reality series "Tia & Tamera." Tia also stars on the BET comedy "The Game." She is also represented by manager Adam Griffin of Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Entertainment and attorney Brad Small at Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman and Goodman Llp. Tamera is also represented by manager Tracy Steinsapir at Main Title Entertainment and attorney Kevin Garlitz at Loeb & Loeb.Writer-actor Barry Rothbart, who will appear on the new season of MTV's "Punk'd," has signed with ICM. Rothbart, also a comedian, was named one of the new Faces of Comedy at this summer's Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. He is also represented by management company 3 Arts Entertainment.Alex Shaffer, who starred in Tom McCarthy's Sundance breakout "Win Win," has signed with CAA. »

- help@backstage.com (Daniel Miller)

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365 Days, 100 Films #55 - Win Win (2011)

26 September 2011 11:27 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Win Win, 2011.

Directed by Thomas McCarthy.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young and Jeffrey Tambor.

Synopsis:

Mike Flaherty’s loss-prone high school wrestling team picks up a new star athlete. The means by which Flaherty acquires him, however, are morally dubious.

Win Win opens on Mike Flaherty’s (Paul Giamatti) morning jog. “Where’s daddy?” his daughter asks, as the film cuts back to his wife waking up in bed at home. “He’s running”. “From what?” she innocently replies.

It’s easy to sympathise with someone being short on money during these strained times. It’s even easier when Giamatti plays that someone. He’s the ultimate down-on-his-luck everyman. He’s even better than William H. Macy, because Giamatti has a backbone. A slightly curved and hunched backbone, maybe, but a backbone nonetheless.

You know how you have leading men? Well, Giamatti is a leading man, »

- flickeringmyth

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Exclusive: Alex Shaffer talks Win Win

6 September 2011 1:18 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Alex Shaffer, the teenage lead of indie drama Win Win, has an amazing, Lana-Turner-in-a-drugstore discovery story. The story was written and casting agents were searching for a teen wrestler and placed an ad in a New Jersey newspaper. Alex didn't see it, but a friend from his wrestling team did, and encouraged him to audition. Even though Alex didn't quite fit the specifications in the ad, and hadn't acted (since a sixth-grade production of The Pirates of Penzance), he auditioned ... and the rest, as they say, is history. Alex not only managed to hold his own, but to shine alongside such respected actors as Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, and Jeffrey Tambor. And shockingly, the success of the film and praise of his own performance doesn't seem to have gone to Alex's head at all - he was remarkably nice, and down-to-earth in our conversation (shortly after Hurricane Irene hit the »

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Win Win

3 September 2011 10:26 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

As the end credits rolled, the first thought that occurred to me was that Win Win felt real. These were basically good people trying to do what is right but imperfections spoil any hope for total bliss. Heroes prove to have feet of clay and monsters don’t seem so monstrous once you get to know them.

The film, out on DVD from 20th Century Home Entertainment, is another terrific showcase of the wonderful Paul Giamatti. He’s become the everyman of his generation, infusing his characters with traits and flaws’ that make them feel real enough you’d expect to find them living down the block. Here, he’s private lawyer Mike Flaherty, suffering from a decline in business thanks to the economy and he is presented with a short-cut so grabs it. He has a court appoint him as guardian to Leo (Burt Young) so he could collect »

- Robert Greenberger

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Interview With Alex Shaffer On Win Win

31 August 2011 2:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Interview With Alex Shaffer On Win Win

In 2010, Alex Shaffer was a wrestler at Hunterdon Central High School. During his sophomore year, Shaffer won the 2010 New Jersey State Wrestling Championship. His wrestling career is currently on an indefinite hiatus after breaking the L-5 vertebrae in his back. In 2011, Shaffer is receiving high praise for his cinematic debut performance in Win Win.

Thanks for reading We Got This Covered »

- David Wangberg

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Blu-Ray Review: Excellent ‘Win Win’ With Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan

30 August 2011 6:17 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The best film of the first quarter of 2011 was a sublime little gem from the great Thomas McCarthy (“The Station Agent,” “The Visitor”) called “Win Win.” The clever, character-driven dramedy with Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan was recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD, and it deserves to find (and very likely will with word-of-mouth) a loyal audience on the home market. This is a great movie.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Mike (Giamatti) is an everyman for the days of the economic crisis. He struggles to keep his business together in the face of rising bills, pending expenses, fewer clients, and even an about-to-explode hot water heater. He worries every day about losing the financial backbone of his family (which includes two daughters and his wife Jackie, played in another lovely performance from the always-great Ryan). Mike sees an opportunity in Leo (Burt Young), an older client on the edge of dementia. He »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Get Win Win on DVD!

26 August 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The comedy Win Win has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and M&C.s giving away two copies of the DVD edition! Win Win is the story about a struggling lawyer and suffering high school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) delivers an amazing performance showing that in the game of life you can.t always lose them all. Mike struggles through life as a lawyer who in his spare time is a wrestling coach for the local high school where they can.t seem to win a single match. One day Mike comes across a teenage runaway named Kyle (Alex Shaffer), who through some investigating finds out he is a champion wrestler and »

- Patrick Luce

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Movie Review - Win Win (2011)

25 August 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Win Win, 2011.

Directed by Thomas McCarthy.

Starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer, Burt Young and Jeffrey Tambor.

Synopsis:

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) decides to ‘innocently’ relocate an elderly client with dementia, Leo Poplar (Burt ‘Paulie’ Young), into a nursing home to receive his guardian benefit. This duplicitous act comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer) of the client he's double-crossed comes into his life.

Let me start with a bold statement - Win Win is charting in my Top 10 Best Films of the Year. This is a well-written and rich story that is filled with phenomenally believable characters, performed spectacularly.

Writer/Director Thomas McCarthy immerses us into modern suburban New Jersey in a dreary financial climate, that contextualises protagonist Mike Flaherty and gives him an ethical choice to make – do I do the ‘right’ thing »

- flickeringmyth

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Exclusive: Director Thomas McCarthy Talks Win Win Blu-ray

24 August 2011 3:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Thomas McCarthy takes us behind the dramatic comedy Win Win starring Paul Giamatti, on Blu-ray and DVD today!

Struggling attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), who volunteers as a high-school wrestling coach, takes on the guardianship of an elderly client in a desperate attempt to keep his practice afloat. When the client's teenage grandson runs away from home and shows up on his grandfather's doorstep, Mike's life is turned upside down as this Win Win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for.

Co-written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, Win Win is an inspirational comedic drama that shouldn't be missed. The film makes its Blu-ray and DVD this week. In honor of this release, we caught up with Thomas McCarthy to chat about Win Win's home video debut.

Here is our conversation.

Can you take me through some of these special features and why you included them on this disc? »

- MovieWeb

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New on DVD: 'Win Win,' 'The Beaver,' More; 'Green Lantern' Gets DVD Release Date

23 August 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Win Win Paul Giamatti is Mike, a lawyer who can't pay his bills and coaches a losing high school wrestling team. When a teen runaway who happens to also be a wrestling champ comes to town, it looks like Mike finally might be a winner...only it turns out the kid is the grandson of a client he has ostensibly been ripping off.  As the teen's life intertwines with Mike and his family's, let the bonding begin. Yeah, it's a little too neatly tied, but this dramedy's well worth a look for the superb performances by all (especially Alex Shaffer as Kyle, a real-life wrestler making his acting debut). Extras: Two deleted scenes, director commentary, Sundance 2011 interviews, music video (DVD/Bd).  The Beaver Quit giggling like a five-year-old at the title and the premise of...

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