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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2011 - Part Two: The List

30 December 2011 8:08 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »


Let's pile on one last time and let that be the end of it as I now present my personal top ten list of the Worst Movies of 2011. As I noted in Part One yesterday, I didn't see all of the films many are calling the worst of the year, films such as Jack and Jill, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, I Don't Know How She Does It, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Beastly and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. I did, however, see my fair share of duds and of those I saw, these are the ten that top that list. If you missed Part One, that's where I essentially list my Dishonorable Mentions and I will link to it again at the end of this piece. For now, let's dive into the sewer and see what we find amidst the sludge. 10. Hobo with a Shotgun »

- Brad Brevet

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2011: The Year’s Worst Movies

29 December 2011 1:12 PM, PST | | See recent news »

By Scott Mendelson This time, it’s time to document the worst of the worst in cinema for the 2011 movie year. Of course, while most critics make a point to try to seek out the allegedly best in cinema in any given year, not quite as much effort is made to track down every would-be stinker. As such, I’ve tried to highlight truly terrible films that either ‘damn well should have been good’ or represent something greater than itself via its artistic failure. Anyway, without further pretentious ado, here are the nine worst films in alphabetical order, followed by the absolute worst picture in 2011.

The Art of Getting By

This film so slavishly followed that indie formula I’m always whining about (‘brooding young man solves his problems/comes of age with help of a selfless hottie’) to such a degree that with just a bit of tweaking, »

- Scott Mendelson

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Worst 5 Films of 2011

28 December 2011 5:44 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Every year, I wonder why I feel the need to call out five films that were the worst of the worst.  No studio exec is going to read this article think, "Matt Goldberg, that voice of sage wisdom, has spoken, and now we must cease production on all of our banal romantic comedies."  But I make myself sit through a lot of junk every year because I have the idiotic policy of finishing every movie I start.  And these movies were not only a trial, but they managed to waste a potentially good aspect and be shockingly offensive at the same time.  Don't look for The Zookeeper or Jack and Jill on this list; I prefer not to shove toxic waste into my eye sockets.  The five movies on this list had at least one enticing aspect: the talent involved, the premise, the success of previous entries in the franchise. »

- Matt Goldberg

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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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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Art of Getting By’ Sleepwalks Through Coming-of-Age Clichés

16 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Poor George Zinavoy. He’s been cursed with striking good looks, remarkable artistic talent, a dedicated mentor and a gorgeous woman who clearly desires to have sex with him. Thankfully, nothing appears to have gotten in the way of his stubborn pessimism, comfortable apathy and belief in the meaningless of existence. How can George be expected to care about his homework when he’s too busy contemplating his mortality?

For that matter, how can audiences be expected to care about such an unsympathetic, oddly soulless Holden Caulfield clone? He goes through the usual existential motions with all the urgency and conviction of a sleepwalker. As played by baby faced, moist-eyed Freddie Highmore, George registers as a mopey bore rather than a fatalist. Highmore’s genial sweetness lacks the raw edge and rebellious spirit that the character desperately needed in order to be the least bit credible.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

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Emma Roberts: 'I've matured as an actress'

12 December 2011 8:03 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emma Roberts has suggested that she's matured as an actress over the last few years. The 20-year-old star rose to fame in the family films Aquamarine and Nancy Drew, but has taken on more serious roles in movies like The Art of Getting By as she's grown older. Roberts said in an interview with Yahoo that she has enjoyed exploring more "adult" roles. "I love doing kind of more kiddish-oriented movies, but I also love doing adult things. And I think it's fun to do a mix," she explained. "You know, things where you're playing your age and things that maybe are more mature." The star continued: "So, I just kind of take my stuff based on the material and not so much [based on] how old I'm supposed to be or what the audience (more) »

- By Justin Harp

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The Art of Getting By – Blu-ray review

6 December 2011 8:22 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

The Art of Getting By

Directed by: Gavin Wiesen

Cast: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts

Running Time: 1 hour 25 min

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: November 29, 2011

Plot: An existential, mopey high school student (Highmore) meets a beautiful girl (Roberts) and starts to show more interest in life.

Who’S It For? Mopey high school students.


George (Highmore) is intelligent (we know this because he’s always reading) and rich (though not as rich as some classmates, so that’s supposed to make him relatable) but despite getting the kind of education and chances that many kids dream of, he skips classes, ignores homework, and generally behaves like he’s above it all. One day he starts talking to Sally (Roberts), a beautiful girl who’s doesn’t sound like she’s in high school. She has a laissez-faire attitude about men and sexual relationships that you would expect in a »

- Megan Lehar

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‘Brave’ starring Kelly MacDonald and Emma Thompson – trailer review

1 December 2011 10:45 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »


Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Starring: (voices of) Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly

Rating: PG

Release Date: June 22, 2012

Trailer Score: 9/10

Thoughts by Tsr: Pixar’s first female protagonist! Yay! And she has crazy red hair and Scottish ancestors and she rides her ebony steed dramatically through the storm! The animation looks phenomenal (it’s Pixar; of course it does), the characters seem wonderful (ditto), and it gives little girls an alternative to Barbie’s vacant grin. So excited!

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- Morrow McLaughlin

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 30, 2011

29 November 2011 8:54 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil A very fun film and one I've watched more than once and definitely recommend you give it a look as anyone that has ever watched a horror film, and hardcore horror fans especially, will enjoy taking part in how Tucker & Dale vs. Evil pokes fun at traditional horror film cliches with outrageous performances from Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine. You can read my full review from earlier this year right here.

Our Idiot Brother I'm happy to look upon it now and see Our Idiot Brother was able to manage over $24 million at the box-office on a measly $5 million budget. It's a film I enjoyed despite a few things that turned me off. Paul Rudd was perfect for the role of Ned, an idealistic hippie of sorts with a big heart and T.J. Miller delivers some solid laughs. »

- Brad Brevet

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Cool Clicks: Han and Lando, Galactic BFFs

29 November 2011 4:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

Moviefone remembers Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, BFFs from a galaxy far, far away.

Enter Hollywood Crush's "The Art of Getting By" Sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to NYC!

They don't call Mars the "red planet" for nothing! has the striking new "John Carter" poster.

Screen Junkies salutes a moviemaking maverick with a list of five Ken Russell films you should watch as soon as possible. fondly looks back on the apocalypse with an ode to a bit of '80s Patrick Swayze silliness, "Steel Dawn."

Wax on, wax off! JoBlo unearths some old "Karate Kid" rehearsal footage featuring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. »

- Bryan Enk

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What to Rent: New DVDs This Week

29 November 2011 3:05 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In addition to the movies below, the DVDs for Our Idiot Brother, The Art of Getting By, Another Earth, and The Smurfs are also available to rent this week. Friends With Benefits Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star as Dylan and Jamie, two Manhattanites who become quick friends and find that they have the same problem: they want to have sex without the burden of a relationship. They start a no-strings-attached sexual relationship, but fall for each other before the credits roll. This romantic comedy is as predictable as it is cute, with plenty of laughs courtesy of the super likable Kunis and moments like Jt busting out '90s hits. DVD extras include deleted scenes, a commentary track, and a blooper reel. 71% One Day In this adaptation of David Nicholls's novel, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess play Emma and Dexter, best friends with an occasional romantic streak. The »

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Interview With Gavin Wiesen On The Art Of Getting By

28 November 2011 3:22 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Interview With Gavin Wiesen On The Art Of Getting By

Director Gavin Wiesen, who just released his directorial debut called The Art of Getting By, slightly based the film on some personal experiences that one may have had or may soon experience in high school. Recently, he sat down with us to discuss the making of the film, some of his favorite directors and his upcoming projects.

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- David Wangberg

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Q&A: Emma Roberts & Freddie Highmore Are More Than Just 'Getting By'

28 November 2011 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

When the niece of one of the biggest actresses in the world and the protégé of one of the biggest actors in the world come together, you can expect they'll do more than just get by.

Of course, in "The Art of Getting By" (on DVD and Blu-ray this week), Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore do just that, but it's kind of the point.

Julia Roberts' relative and Johnny Depp's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" co-star play slackers and high school seniors trying to graduate by the skin of their teeth. When loner George meets Sally, he's inspired to broaden his horizons beyond skipping school and drawing all over test papers. He even goes to a party! With people there!

Of course all of his newfound social skills don't give him the nerve to make a move, even when Sally propositions him.

Such awkwardness was hardly evident when »

- Breanne L. Heldman

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Top Ten Movies Starring ‘Twilight’s’ Cullen Family

18 October 2011 8:02 PM, PDT | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Ta staff member Rebecca, is back again this week with a brand new Top Ten Tuesday. This week we’re bringing you the top ten movies starring the awesome Cullen family from our Twilight Saga films. We’re talking of course about Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed and Ashley Greene. Check it all out below:

*In no particular order*

1. Can’t Hardly Wait – Peter Facinelli

Multi-character teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Read more at IMDb here.

2. The Art of Getting ByElizabeth Reaser

George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

Read more at IMDb here.

3. AcceptedKellan Lutz

A high school slacker who’s rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.

Read more at IMDb here.

4. ThirteenNikki Reed

A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend. Written by Nikki Reed and also stars Sarah Clarke and directed my Catherine Hardwicke.

Read more at IMDb here.

5. GirlfriendJackson Rathbone

A young man with Down’s Syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.

Read more at IMDb here.

6. SkatelandAshley Greene

In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Read more at IMDb here.

7. The Family StoneElizabeth Reaser

An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

Read more at IMDb here.

8. Stick ItKellan Lutz

Check out a scene with Kellan here.

After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman, Haley’s rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.

Read more at IMDb here.

9. The Lords of Dog Town – Nikki Reed

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970′s. Based on a true story. Directed by Catherin Hardwicke.

Read more at IMDb here.

10. DreadJackson Rathbone

Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.

Read more at IMDb here.

Which movies are your favorite? Did we leave any off your list? »

- Evie

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Restless review

18 October 2011 4:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Gus Van Sant returns with Restless, a drama about terminal illness and ghostly WWII pilots. Here’s Caroline’s review…

Gus Van Sant has been known to deviate between the experimental and the mainstream during his career, but for every Milk or Good Will Hunting, there is a film such as Restless, which employs many of the director’s strengths but somehow seems to organise them into something twee and unappealing.

In this film of morbid echoes, the couple in question mirror that of  Harold And Maude, as the film's protagonist, preoccupied and haunted by death, meets a girl who only has three months to live. Earnest male leads have had a little bit of a resurgence of late, with The Art Of Getting By and Submarine both employing detached teenage boys and presenting their characters with the challenges of love and companionship.

The strength of Restless, then, lies with Mia Wasikowska, »

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First Official Images of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Showcase Emma Watson Sans Wand

13 October 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you’ve been in high school at any point since 1999, you’ve at least heard about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, if not read it. The novel, written by Steven Chbosky, became popular amongst the angsty crowd who felt like they didn’t fit in and saw themselves in the sullen lead character of Charlie. That it was published by MTV was lost on its fanbase, but funny for the rest of us to point out. A decade later, Chbosky is taking his novel to the big-screen, directing his own adaptation. A couple of official stills have been released in support of the movie, showcasing its two stars Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and you can check them out above and below or in much bigger form over at Collider.

Here’s the synopsis, also taken from Collider:

15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, copes with »

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First Look at The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson

13 October 2011 2:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Summit Entertainment has released the first images from The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky directs the adaptation of his own novel, which centers on "15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs."  The novel has a devoted following since it was released in 1999, but it sounds like it's in the vein of The Art of Getting By, Restless, and every other whiny teenage guy coming-of-age story that I want to punch into oblivion.  But I'm curious to see how the lead Harry Potter actors will perform beyond the characters they defined, and perhaps have defined them. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Nina Dobrev »

- Matt Goldberg

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Michael Angarano To Be Seduced By Julianne Moore’s ‘English Teacher’

5 October 2011 8:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Budding ingédude (male ingénue, let’s make this a thing) Michael Angarano has been a regular facet on the film festival circuit of late with noteworthy roles in a variety of indie features, including Gentleman Broncos, The Art of Getting By and Red State. Yet his most intriguing effort was his portrayal of the impulsive, hopeless romantic at the center of Max Winkler’s underseen directorial debut Ceremony. There Angarano played Sam Davis, the younger half of a May-December romance (opposite Uma Thurman) with so much verve and humor that he was unsettling yet unceasingly engaging.

Happily, it looks like we’re not the only ones who noticed, as Variety reveals that Angarano’s been tapped for Craig Fisk’s The English Teacher, in which he’ll play a former student and current romantic interest to Julianne Moore‘s title character. Thankfully it looks like this May-December romance will tonally »

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: October 4, 2011

4 October 2011 9:09 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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The Lion King (Diamond Edition) The Lion King domination now moves over to home video and as you can see from the image to the left you have plenty of buying options. You can get the four-disc version with the 3D edition of the film, the two-disc version in either DVD or Blu-ray packaging or the eight disc version with the complete trilogy of films -- The Lion King, The Lion King 1.5 and The Lion King 2.

As for my suggestion, I will have a brief review later today, but the two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo should be enough to satisfy, but then again I don't think I've ever watched The Lion King 1.5 of The Lion King 2, are they any good?

Beauty and the Beast (Five Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) What, you didn't know the 3D version »

- Brad Brevet

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News Bits: War Horse, Lorax, New Year's Eve, Another Earth, Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, and More!

30 September 2011 4:23 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Welcome back for another edition of News Bits.  What is it you ask?  The film world can get quite overwhelming at times in the news that releases.  Unfortunately some of this news is just too small to warrant a full article. Rather than deprive you of the news, we've created this section.  This week in news bits we’ve got posters, blu-ray news, trailers, and more!

* The first teaser poster for Dreamworks' The Lorax adaptation has been released.

* Because I found this for some reason very interesting, I had to show you this Ninja Turtles tattoo that's been floating around the internet.  I just can't stop looking!

* The first poster for War Horse (Spielberg's other film this year) has been released by Dreamworks.

* Dreamworks has released a Bunch of new clips and videos for Real Steel.  Here's one of them above and you can head over to the RealSteel YouTube page for more. »

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