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The Year In Review, Part Two: The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of July-December 2011

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  • December 30, 2011 12:31 PM
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In trying to understand the year, you've got to look back, recap it and understand its individual touchstone moments, and see how it adds up and affects the whole. Or so they tell us anyhow. You've seen our round-up of all the top news from the first six months of 2011. Now; part two, with all the notable moments from July to December that helped shape and define the year. See you in the new year for much more.

My Favorite Films Of 2011: Kevin Jagernauth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 11:01 AM
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The annual top ten list is pretty much an exercise in futility to some degree. With a race to cram in as many movies as possible as the clock on the year winds down (and let it be said, I didn't get to see everything I would have wanted to) combined with the added duty of then ranking them, it's safe to say that in three months (not to mention three years) feelings and impressions on the movies I've seen will have changed. But in considering the list for this year, I went with the former adjective -- "feeling." Because at the end of the day, the movies that will linger with me the most, that I will want to share and encourage others to see are those that struck a deep chord that still resonated days, weeks and months later. Others are just movies that thrilled and entertained with an inventiveness and creativity unlike anything else I saw on the big screen.

Flip The Pages Of The Out-Of-Print 'Blade Runner Sketchbook' By Syd Mead & Ridley Scott

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 10:36 AM
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With Ridley Scott revisiting his earlier work with his "Alien" spinoff/prequel/whatever "Prometheus," and with another "Blade Runner" movie on the horizon, while purists may shudder, he'll be introducing the movies that made him famous to a whole new generation. And there is something exciting (and kind of envious) about younger movie lovers experiencing the terror of outer space and the dystopia of a rain-soaked 2019 Los Angeles for the first time. But for those us who have been around the block already, there is something to take a look at if you think you've seen it all.

The Most Profitable Movies Of 2011 & More Poor Expenditures

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 30, 2011 10:27 AM
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Being a Hollywood executive is like being a gambler. Coming home with $2000 in your pocket is pretty impressive, and some execs would happily brag about such a thing. But few like to openly discuss the fact they left the house with $4000.

All The Songs In 'We Bought A Zoo' (Yes, That Was Temple Of The Dog You Heard)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2011 10:08 AM
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While audiences seemed cool on the idea of Matt Damon hanging out with a bunch of animals in "We Bought A Zoo" (Vulture has a few pretty good theories on why that happened) they've been missing out a movie that has more heart than you might expect, and keeps the twee factor surprisingly dialed down. And being a Cameron Crowe film, he can't help but curate yet another mostly solid selection of songs, though it's not without a couple of headscratching choices.

New Posters For ‘Wanderlust,’ ‘The Baytown Disco,’ ‘Mirror Mirror,’ ‘Gone’ & ‘The Rise Of The Guardians’

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 30, 2011 9:26 AM
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2012 is just a few days away, and there are a slew of new posters for films that will be released in the new year (assuming none of them switch over to The Weinstein Company, at which point, their release dates will be changed seven times before the film is inevitably dumped on Blu-ray. What up, “Shanghai”!).

Watch: Clive Owen Stars In Spanish Burger King TV Spot, Still Less Humiliating Than 'King Arthur'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 30, 2011 8:59 AM
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Clive Owen is a respected actor, who starred in a number of acclaimed theater productions in the U.K. before going on to become a major TV star, thanks to Stephen Poliakoff's "Close My Eyes" and the popular TV series "Chancer."
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2011 By The Numbers: The Year In Box-Office Flops

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  • December 29, 2011 5:33 PM
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No one likes to celebrate flops. No, really. OK, maybe when an arrogant, mouthy producer or star delivers a turd that had it coming, or some awful franchise finally stumbles, but especially in the latter case, when does that ever happen?

The Year In Review, Part One -- The Notable Highlights & Lowlights Of January-June 2011

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  • December 29, 2011 3:47 PM
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Well, with twelve months basically in the can, it’s time to put the year to bed, and hopefully, into a little perspective. 2011 was, well, just another year in movies, and that's not to say it was an uninteresting year, it's just that while things are evolving, and not always for the better, Hollywood, indies and the general state of filmmaking kept on trucking like they had to.

2011: The Year In 3D

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 29, 2011 2:31 PM
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If there is a single cinematic subject that seems to unite commenters, bloggers, filmmakers, distributors and exhibitors in vehemence, it has to be the rise/fall of the exciting new format/gimmicky fad that is the post-“Avatar” 3D film. However, rather frustratingly if you’re, say, researching an article on 3D, the balance of opinion doesn’t really tip in either direction when it comes to this chatter: for every pundit who declares the format moribund and swears off it entirely, there’s another insisting that it’s here to stay and anyone who doesn’t embrace it is a luddite and a fool.

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