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Nicholas Bell’s Top Ten Films of 2012: (Picks 5 to 1) Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is #1

31 December 2012 1:45 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

5. Amour – Dir. Michael Haneke (Austria)

Winner of the Palme D’or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the second for auteur Michael Haneke, much mention has been made about this being Haneke’s warmest, most human film. I agree that the film is quite moving, giving us two cinematic legends at their late career best, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant (who came out of retirement to do the film), and a moving supporting performance from Haneke favorite, Isabelle Huppert. However, I don’t really agree with classifying this as a warm or even human picture. Haneke’s glacially cold gaze doesn’t warm up at all here, simply showing us a final act of kindness born just as much out of pragmatic selfishness as it could be out of love. This is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life and nature, and those desperately looking for evidence of Haneke losing »

- Nicholas Bell

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Sliff Day Nine – Knuckleball!, Finding Virginia and More

16 November 2012 6:26 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The  21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival has just been voted Best Film Festival Ever!……..maybe……if it hasn’t it should because this year’s fest has provided a breathtaking variety of docs, dramas, foreign flix, comedies, shorts, and….you name it!

Sliff.s main venues are the the Hi-Pointe Theatre, Tivoli Theatre, Plaza Frontenac Cinema, Webster University.s Winifred Moore Auditorium, Washington University.s Brown Hall Auditorium and the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Il

The entire schedule for the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival be found Here.

Here is what will be screening at The 21st Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival today, Friday, November 16th

Alter Egos

Alter Egos plays at 5:00pm at the Tivoli Theatre – Read The Wamg Review By Dana Jung Here

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- Tom Stockman

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Looper's £2.4m opening fires some life into a feeble UK box office

2 October 2012 7:09 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Strong ticket sales is welcome news for cinema chains, and marks a benchmark for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in lead role

The winner

Just when it looked as if September was going to go by without a single film opening above £2m, Looper arrives to kick some much-needed life into a sickly UK box office. Its three-day gross of £2.43m is hardly record-shattering, but following a run of films opening around or under £1m – Killing Them Softly, The Sweeney, Dredd, Lawless, Anna Karenina – it is welcome news for the nation's cinema chains. It's also a new benchmark for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a lead role. Premium Rush recently debuted with a disappointing £115,000 from 159 cinemas. Last November, 50/50, co-starring Seth Rogen, kicked off with £410,000 from 228 venues. In 2009, (500) Days of Summer began its run with £1.24m, including £383,000 in previews. Debuts of films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, where Gordon-Levitt is not the lead actor, »

- Charles Gant

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Barbara – review

29 September 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A German director deserving to be better known in England, Christian Petzold has a particular interest in the problems attendant upon his country's reunification. In Yella he forged a gripping business thriller out of the dilemmas of an accountant escaping from her psychopathic husband in a moribund town on the Polish border to work in Hanover for a shifty businessman exploiting companies on the brink of collapse. His new film centres on Dr Barbara Wolff, a paediatrician exiled to a remote East German hospital on the Baltic coast east of Lübeck in 1980 after having had the temerity to apply for a visa to join her lover in the west. The cruel Stasi are all around, undermining decent relationships, ever ready to conduct strip-searches at the hint of any offence against the state, and they rightly suspect Barbara of being up to something – in fact plotting to get out illegally.

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- Philip French

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Oscar Updates: Rule Changes, Germany's Submission, Child Stars

31 August 2012 10:19 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Oscar, continually bewildering himself with rule changesRULE Changes & The Big Show

If you thought you heard paradoxical wild-mild applause at Oscar's new rule changes that was, uh, me. The Art Direction category will now be called Production Design which is all well and good since it's the Production Designer (aka the boss) that wins the prize, not the Art Director (who reports to him/her). The Best Original Song category finally gave up its horrifically unfair voting procedures where you could sabotage competitors rather than voting for them (yuck) by scoring them with low marks and now it'll be a simpler process with a standard five nominees and ranked nomination ballots like all the other categories. I'm going to pretend that this is The Film Experience's fault for our years of bitching about how screwed up that voting process was. Oh shush. It's possible we talked some sense into them. »


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Berlinale 2012. Christian Petzold's "Barbara"

13 February 2012 11:34 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Of all directors working in Germany today, Christian Petzold has the surest hand and, while, after just one viewing, it's too early to stake a claim for Barbara as his best film yet, it is, in many ways, a culmination of his stylistic progression towards a classic yet vividly contemporary cinematic language. Referencing influences in interviews — like many directors who can afford the time, Petzold likes to screen films for his cast in the weeks of rehearsal before shooting begins — he's been citing quite a few of late from both Golden Age and New Hollywood. The ghost of Marnie moves through Yella (2007) in the way a camera follows a woman up a set of stairs. Jerichow (2008) transposes The Postman Always Rings Twice from the oppressive shadows of film noir to a sun-drenched summer in present-day Germany. Of the three films that comprise Dreileben (2011), Petzold's Beats Being Dead is the one »

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Berlinale 2012. Ten More World Premieres Set for the Competition

9 January 2012 7:31 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Nina Hoss in Christian Petzold's Barbara

"An additional ten world premieres will be screening in the Competition program of the Berlinale 2012," the festival's announced today:



By Alain Gomis (L'Afrance, Andalucia)

With Saül Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Djolof M'bengue

"What goes on inside the head of a man who knows he has only 24 hours to live?" begins a report from the Afp. "Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis takes viewers through this final day."



By Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow, Dreileben)

With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld

The synopsis from The Match Factory: "East Germany. Barbara has requested a departure permit. It is the summer of 1978. She is a physician and is transferred, for disciplinary reasons, to a small hospital far away from everything in a provincial backwater. Her lover, a foreign trade employee at Mannesmann that she met on a spring night in East Berlin, is working on her escape. »

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Berlinale Announces 2012 Competition Slate; Billy Bob Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' to Premiere

9 January 2012 7:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2012 Berlinale has announced ten additional films as part of its Competition lineup, including Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car." In addition, Angelina Jolie's directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" will screen as a Berlinale Special screening. The ten films announced today join the ten announced in December and the opening night film "Farewell My Queen" from Benoit Jacquot to round out the festival's competition slate. The ten competition titles announced today: "Aujourd´hui" France/Senegal By Alain Gomis (L´Afrance, Andalucia) With Saül Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Djolof M'bengue World premiere "Barbara Germany" By Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow, Dreileben) With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld World premiere "Cesare deve morire" (Caesar Must Die) Italy By Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Padre padrone, La notte di San »

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