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The Top 10 Documentaries of 2011

29 December 2011 8:30 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

2011 has been a fantastic year for documentaries. In fact, you might see more than one on our best films of 2011 list. But in order to give the genre the recognition it deserves, we wanted to highlight all those that missed the cut. These films often provide more engaging drama with their veracity and technique than most narrative features and it killed us to skip over some we loved.

Just to mention a few that didn’t make the cut in no particular order: Tabloid, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, Public Speaking, George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Self Made, Project Nim, The Swell Season, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Page One: Inside the New York Times and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. But we’ve narrowed it down to just ten with write-ups from our own John Fink, unless otherwise noted. Check them out »

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Staff List: The 30 Best Films of 2011

28 December 2011 3:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

With more movies in limited and general release than ever before, 2011 was a ridiculously crowded year for both casual and discerning moviegoers alike. One by-product of the glut is a refreshing lack of consensus; so many films have been championed in so many corners – while those same films get trashed in others – that our cultural need to rally behind obvious points of praise and awareness have been gloriously undercut. 2011 was the year to see and love films that spoke to you, and to be prepared to argue the case with fellow cinephiles. In other words, 2011 was the year the gloves came off. To say that none of the 30 films on our staff-voted list is universally beloved is putting it mildly; but then, that’s the nature of polls like these.

Every year we’ve run this poll, there’s been a runaway winner; this year, the top 2 films were tied »

- Simon Howell

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National Geographic Films to Be Folded Into Hyde Park

22 December 2011 11:07 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ashok Amritraj  is expanding his fiefdom by taking over National Geographic Films and what's left of a $100 million film fund with Abu Dhabi's Imagenation.  As TheWrap reported Wednesday, National Geographic Films is being shut down.  Also read: National Geographic Films Shutting Down, Say Insiders (Exclusive) The money-losing studio has  brought in a scant $1.7 million in revenue this year, with five films in release, including “The Last Lion,” “The First Grader” and “Life in a Day.” The company is being folded into Amritaj's Hyde Park Entertainment, the companies announced Thursday. Hyde Park will be the managing »

- Brent Lang

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National Geographic Films Shutting Down, Say Insiders (Exclusive)

21 December 2011 9:58 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

National Geographic Films, which is associated with the hit documentary “March of the Penguins” in 2005, is shutting down, according to two individuals with knowledge of the independent studio. The studio has brought in a scant $1.7 million in revenue this year, with five films in release including “The Last Lion,” “The First Grader” and “Life in a Day.” "The Last Lion," a documentary about the dwindling population of big cats, took in the most of any film, just $635,000 in 61 theaters. The individuals said that the New York-based operation was shutting »

- Sharon Waxman

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #349: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

19 December 2011 8:36 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 10:10 - Review: The Dark Knight Rises Prologue 23:10 - Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 1:02:50 - Trailer Trash: Men in Black 3, The Dictator, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Rock of Ages, The Expendables 2 1:23:45 - Other Stuff We Watched: Hugo, The King of Comedy, Cape Fear, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Chillerama, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, 24/7: Flyers/Rangers, Trash Humpers, The Room, The Arbor, Snowtown, The Future, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Page One: Inside the New York Times, Life in a Day, The Zookeeper, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Melancholia, Mission: Impossible, A Carol Christmas, Blizzard, Noel, A Christmas Carol, Parenthood 2:32:50 - Junk Mail: Unrealistic Movies, Performances That Are Difficult to Understand, Metallica, Reed's Favourite Martial Arts Film, Demolition Man and Pizza Hut, Watching Bad Quality Bootlegs 2:52:40 - This Week's DVD »

- Sean

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Berlinale 2012. Brillante Mendoza's "Captive" Among First Competition Films

19 December 2011 9:13 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Berlin International Film Festival has just announced the first five films lined up for the Competition and five more for the Berlinale Special. The 62nd edition runs from February 9 through 19.

Update: The Berlinale's also announced that the members of the International Jury, presided over by Mike Leigh, will be Anton Corbijn, Asghar Farhadi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jake Gyllenhaal, François Ozon, Boualem Sansal and Barbara Sukowa.




France/Philippines/Germany/Great Britain

By Brillante Mendoza (Serbis, Kinatay, Lola)

With Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta

World premiere

From Ioncinema: "Based on a real-life event that occurred in 2001. It centers on Thérèse Bourgoin (Huppert), a French woman who works for a humanitarian organization on Palawan Island in the Philippines. While she is transporting equipment to Puerto Princesa, she is kidnapped by mistake with a colleague by Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, who are fighting for Mindanao independence."


Dictado (Childish Games)


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First Wave of Berlinale Titles Announced; ‘Flowers of War’ and New Herzog Documentary to Play

19 December 2011 8:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now that the fall “awards festival” circuit is finally at a close — but with Sundance looming in the distance — it’s easy to forget about Biff — the Berlin International Film Festival, that is. (See, I even have to give the name.) This might have something to do with their less-than-huge lineup; in terms of films playing in competition, last year’s biggest art house title was The Turin Horse, while the most mainstream was probably Margin Call. Nothing too slim, but not much compared to Cannes, Venice, or Tiff.

The first round of titles to play this coming February (via Twitch) do carry a few major titles, though. Among them are The Flowers of War (which we were quite ecstatic about), Guy Maddin‘s Keyhole, Extremely Loud…, Kevin Macdonald‘s Bob Marley documentary, and an expansion of Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss. A few other foreign titles carry potential, »

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Casting Bits: Jay Baruchel in ‘The Rebel Kind’, Saoirse Ronan in ‘How I Live Now’, Kaya Scodelario in ‘Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes’

14 December 2011 4:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Jay Baruchel has built a nice career playing lovable nerds, but for his newest role he'll be transforming himself into a full-on rock star. The former Undeclared actor has signed on to star in The Rebel Kind, based on a memoir by John Armstrong. As frontman of The Modernettes, Armstrong -- or "Buck Cherry," as he was called then -- was at the heart of the rising Vancouver punk scene in the '80s. Reg Harkema (Monkey Warfare) has written the script and is set to direct, with Patrick Carroll, Andria Spring, and Kevin Eastwood producing. The Rebel Kind will shoot next fall in Vancouver. Baruchel will next star in the hockey comedy Goon, which he wrote with Evan Goldberg. [Variety [2]] After the jump, Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan revisits World War II -- this time as a New Yorker -- and Skins star Kaya Scodelario steps in for Rooney Mara. Saoirse Ronan »

- Angie Han

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Justin Bieber, Werner Herzog to Finally Square Off for an Award

13 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

The fifth annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking will be handed out next month in New York City, with such inveterate documentarians as Errol Morris (Tabloid), Steve James (The Interrupters) and Kevin Macdonald (Life in a Day) facing off against the upstart likes of Alma Har'el (Bombay Beach), Tristan Patterson (Dragonslayer) and Clio Barnard (The Arbor). But look no further than the Audience Choice Award nominees for the most dynamic, high-stakes clash between old and new. »

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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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"Senna" Among the 2012 Cinema Eye Nominees

11 December 2011 12:16 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Cinema Eye Honors revealed the nominees for the 5th Annual Awards honoring Non-Fiction Filmmaking. Winners will be announced on January 11. Here's the list of the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors:

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking:

"The Arbor," Directed by Clio Barnard, Produced by Tracy O.Riordan

"Senna," Directed by Asif Kapadia; Produced by James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

"Project Nim," Directed by James Marsh, Produced by Simon Chinn

"Position Among the Stars," Directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, Produced by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

"Nostalgia for the Light," Directed by Patricio Guzmán, Produced by Renate Sachse

"The Interrupters," Directed by Steve James, Produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James

Outstanding Achievement in Direction:

Clio Barnard for "The Arbor"

Leonard Retel Helmrich for "Position Among the Stars"

Patricio Guzmán for "Nostalgia for the Light"

Steve James for "The Interrupters"

Danfung Dennis for "Hell and Back Again"

Outstanding Achievement in Production:

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- Manny

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Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur takes top honours at the British Independent Film Awards

5 December 2011 7:34 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just last week the Gotham Awards and Spirit Awards honoured the best in indepedent cinema from the past twelve months, and last night it was the UK's turn as the winners of the 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced in London. Taking the ceremony's top honour - Best British Independent Film - was Paddy Considine's acclaimed directorial debut Tyrannosaur, which also picked up Best Actress (Olivia Colman) and Best Debut Director (Considine), with its haul of three accolades making it the most celebrated film of the evening.

In the other main categories, Lynne Ramsay was named Best Director for We Need To Talk About Kevin, while Michael Fassbender took home Best Actor for Steve McQueen's Shame and Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) and Michael Smiley (Kill List) were honoured in the supporting categories. Ralph Fiennes was also presented with the coveted Richard Harris Award for his outstanding contributions »

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Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur Wins Big At The Moët British Independent Film Awards

4 December 2011 3:48 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The cream of British independent film stepped out in London this evening for the annual  Moët British Independent Film Awards. The gongs are now in their 14th year, and this evening were hosted by none other that Chris O’Dowd. The big winner on the night was Tyrannosaur, which picked up not only Best British Independent Film, but also nods for Paddy Considine for Best Debut Director, and Olivia Colman for Best Actress.

Best Actor went to Michael Fassbender for the upcoming Shame, with supporting actor nods going to Michael Smiley for Kill List and Vanessa Redgrave for Corolianus. Best Director went to Lynne Ramsay for We Need To Talk About Kevin – its only award on the night, with Best Foreign Film going to A Seperation. Best Documentary went to Senna.

Here’s the list of the winners and nominees in full (winners in bold).

Best British Independent Film

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British Independent Film Awards Winners Announced

4 December 2011 2:40 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It has been a fantastic year for British independent film with Steven McQueen’s Shame, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and the directorial debut of Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur, heading up a fine list of nominees.

There was a particularly strong set of nominees competing for the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director with Richard Ayoade’s wonderful coming of age love story Submarine and Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block being firm favourites here. Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin made for a fine return for director Lynne Ramsay and there’s a lot of love for Andrew Haigh’s Weekend, which was represented tonight in two categories.

It’s great to see Paddy Considine’s film do so well, not least the award for Olivia Colman, and the awards represent a very promising time for the British film industry, with some very strong voices emerging in the last year. »

- Jon Lyus

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"Tyrannosaur" Tops the British Independent Film Awards 2011

4 December 2011 2:20 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Live streaming of the British Independent Film Awards this evening came off much more smoothly than last night's hiccuping and lurching feed from the European Film Awards, which is a damn fine thing, considering that the show was far, far more entertaining. Particularly since host Chris O'Dowd became increasingly inebriated as the evening wore on.

So, the full list of winners and nominees:

Best British Independent Film: Tyrannosaur.

Also nominated: Senna, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Best Director: Lynne Ramsay for We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Also nominated: Ben Wheatley for Kill List, Steve McQueen for Shame, Tomas Alfredson for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Paddy Considine for Tyrannosaur.

The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director: Paddy Considine for Tyrannosaur.

Also nominated: Joe Cornish for Attack the Block, Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus, John Michael McDonagh for The Guard and Richard Ayoade for Submarine. »

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Tyrannosaur, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Colman: British Independent Film Award Winners

4 December 2011 2:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Peter Mullan, Tyrannosaur Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Four British Independent Film Award Acting Nods Best British Independent Film Senna Shame Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy * Tyrannosaur We Need To Talk About Kevin Best Foreign Independent Film Animal Kingdom Drive Pina * A Separation The Skin I Live In Best Director Ben WheatleyKill List Steve McQueenShame Tomas AlfredsonTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Paddy ConsidineTyrannosaur * Lynne RamsayWe Need To Talk About Kevin The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director] Joe CornishAttack The Block Ralph FiennesCoriolanus John Michael McDonaghThe Guard Richard AyoadeSubmarine * Paddy ConsidineTyrannosaur Best Actress Rebecca HallThe Awakening Mia WasikowskaJane Eyre MyAnna BuringKill List * Olivia ColmanTyrannosaur Tilda SwintonWe Need To Talk About Kevin Best Actor Brendan GleesonThe Guard Neil MaskellKill List * Michael FassbenderShame Gary OldmanTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Peter MullanTyrannosaur Best Supporting Actress Felicity JonesAlbatross * Vanessa Redgrave »

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Watch – British Independent Film Awards Live Stream

4 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This evening, London hosts the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) 2011. I’ve placed the nominees below the live stream which you can watch below courtesy of LOVEFiLM.

We’ll be on the red carpet at backstage for this evening’s event so keep your eyes peeled for live updates and interviews.

The event should kick off at 18:00 GMT.

Watch live streaming video from lovefilm at

Bifa Nominees

Best British Independent Film

Senna Shame Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tyrannosaur We Need To Talk About Kevin


Best Director

Ben WheatleyKill List Steve McQueenShame Tomas AlfredsonTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Paddy ConsidineTyrannosaur Lynne RamsayWe Need To Talk About Kevin


The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]

Joe CornishAttack The Block Ralph FiennesCoriolanus John Michael McDonaghThe Guard Richard AyoadeSubmarine Paddy ConsidineTyrannosaur

Best Screenplay

John Michael McDonaghThe Guard Ben Wheatley, Amy JumpKill List Abi Morgan, »

- David Sztypuljak

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The Moët British Independent Film Awards Are Tonight! Watch It Live!

4 December 2011 4:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve not really spoken too much about the Moet Independent Film Awards have we? Well, we’re going to now as they take place in London tonigh (Sunday 4th December). This event truly kicks off the 2011/ 2012 awards season for us, and it’s going to be a beauty.

We have high hopes for Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman (below in the aforementioned movie), Drive for foreign indie film, We Need To Talk About Kevin… We want them all to win really as there is such a fantastic short list this year.

The action all kicks off tonight at 8pm and the event will be hosted by the truly talented star of The I.T. Crowd and this year’s Bridesmaids, Chris O’Dowd. You can watch the whole thing live and exclusive through LOVEFiLM, with the build up kicking off at 6pm. We’ve embedded the stream below, »

- Paul Heath

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Amazon studios: one year on

1 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »'s movie studio promised to throw the development process open to the masses. One year on, how has the crowdsourced screenplay caught on?

There is something wrong with modern Hollywood – we can agree on that. Too many remakes and sequels and prequels; far too many computer game and toy adaptations. Everyone thinks the profit-focused, top-down system is too busy chasing "pre-branded content" to find new talent, and too risk-averse to take a chance on original stories. Industry insiders complain as much as moviegoers, but viable alternatives are thin on the ground. Until a year ago.

In November last year,, the online book merchants turned internet visionaries, announced the launch of a new kind of movie studio. Their idea was to throw open the gates to all comers, regardless of geographic location, industry connections or – some would say – talent. The goal, according to their own website is: "To »

- Ellen E Jones

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The Story With The Best Documentary Short List Is, Once Again, The Snubs

19 November 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every single year come awards season, it's always upsetting to see the blatant misfires on the Academy's short list of films eligible for the Best Documentary Oscar. Just last year [1], the big story wasn't so much that Exit Through the Gift Shop or Restrepo were up for the award, it was that films like Catfish, Best Worst Movie and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work were snubbed. This year it's more of the same. Much more. Fifteen films have been chosen that will be narrowed down to five to tangle for the Oscar itself and on that list are several exceptional documentaries: Bill Cunningham New York, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory and Project Nim (above) just to name a few. Not on the list, however are Constance Mark's Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, Steve James’s The Interrupters, Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss, Errol Morris' Tabloid, Ian Palmer's Knuckle, »

- Germain Lussier

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