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The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 (part 2)
Last week we brought you numbers 100-51 of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. And while we still have several other look-ahead-to-2014 pieces in the works for the coming days, like a Sundance preview, 2014 Films We've Already Seen, and the ever-controversial Will These Films Suck? rundown of potential lowlights, today we get on to the section that really matters--the top 50 2014 films we're looking forward to most. It's a mouthwatering selection that convinces us once again that we collectively have the greatest job in the world, and has us antsy for the January doldrums to get gone, so let's dive straight in, shall we?

New Details Emerge About Noah Baumbach's Animated 'Flawed Dogs'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 19, 2013 9:44 AM
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Secrecy, thy name is Noah Baumbach. Launching in full force with last year's charming “Frances Ha”, the “Squid and the Whale” filmmaker has taken to announcing projects after their completion, shooting films on-the-fly with digital cameras, and generally entering a new and unknown phase of his career. One of his only constants throughout is actress/partner Greta Gerwig, and while we first learned hints this spring of a DreamWorks animation project with both involved, finally there are some concrete details to back it up.

Need Another Reason To See 'Frances Ha'? The Criterion Collection Adds The Film To Their November Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 5:51 PM
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November Criterions: France Ha, Zatochi
It isn't often that The Criterion Collection goes contemporary, and when they do, certain corners of the internet clutch their pearls, and cry in a cinematic rage (remember when Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" dared to be granted a wacky C?). Well, we're sure someone is going to fume that [insert random silent era director] isn't getting a box set instead, but we're pretty pleased that Noah Baumbach's big-hearted, sweet, observant and hilarious "Frances Ha" is coming to the collection.

Greta Gerwig Talks Making 'Frances Ha,' Comparisons To 'Girls,' The Brewing Animated Movie With Noah Baumbach & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 11:04 AM
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In case you hadn't noticed by now, we really, really like Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." The movie has stuck with us since we first caught it at Telluride last year, and with the picture officially landing in theaters this summer, it has placed on our list of 2013 Best Films Of The Year...So Far. And if that weren't enough, we drafted up 5 Reasons You Should Go See Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha," so needless to say, we're big big fans. But why has this film resonated so much with us?

5 Reasons You Should Go See Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig's 'Frances Ha,' Plus All The Music In The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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Frances, Ha feature
It's been out for a few weeks, and has been doing very nicely in limited release (with the third-best screen average of the year so far in its first weekend), but this weekend sees Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha" expand to even more theaters.

Amanda Seyfried Joins Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts & Adam Driver In Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 23, 2013 10:03 AM
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The thoroughly complete hoodwinking that Noah Baumbach pulled with his shot-on-the-sly Greta Gerwig vehicle, “Frances Ha,” has meant a celebration of the director’s rejuvenated style, and an even more fierce inquiry into what he’s hiding next. Apart from his color companion piece to “Frances Ha,” there’s the long-gestating Ben Stiller comedy “While We’re Young," which recently snagged Adam Driver and Naomi Watts for its cast, and now, it appears, will add one more.

Review: Endearing & Buoyant ‘Frances Ha’ Marks A Terrific Gear Shift For Director Noah Baumbach

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2013 3:55 PM
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Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime "Frances Ha" is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu. An enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something right of passage into true adulthood, while the buoyant comedy does focus on those who still don't have their shit together, it is however, leagues more rich and emotionally layered than the average arrested development dilemma that seems to characterize 20/30-something comedies of late.

Interview: Noah Baumbach Talks 'Frances Ha', Liking His 'Unlikeable' Characters, What's Next & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • May 14, 2013 11:04 AM
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We recently had the good fortune to speak with filmmaker Noah Baumbach as he starts the long, winding road of press for the upcoming release of his latest film, the sublime black-and-white character piece and uproarious comedy "Frances Ha," starring Greta Gerwig (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Baumbach). The writer/director, shot 'Frances' on the quick and quiet (hardly anyone knew it even existed until it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last year), though he claims he didn't set out to keep the movie a secret.

Watch: The Scene From Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha' That Took 42 Takes To Get Right

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 9:22 AM
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Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver
Earlier this week we dropped our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, not only to give some attention to the movies that will be flying a bit more under the radar, but as a reminder that there is plenty of great stuff to see that doesn't involve superhero underoos and explosions. And one film this writer has already fallen in love with pretty hard is Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." It's a big-hearted tale of that awkward time between striving for youthful dreams and settling for realistic adult responsibilities, and it's captured with huge belly laughs and a resonant emotional core. It's also terrifically entertaining. But it didn't come easily.

'Girls' Star Adam Driver Reteaming With Noah Baumbach For 'While We're Young,' Naomi Watts Also Coming On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:22 PM
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Pretty soon, we're going to have to stop referring to Adam Driver as that guy from "Girls." While, yes, Lena Dunham's show has put him on the broader cultural radar, he's impressed folks like Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and the Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") enough to land roles in their films. Another director who has happily utilized is Noah Baumbach, giving the actor a nice supporting role in the filmmaker's utterly charming and completely buoyant "Frances Ha." And now, they're going to work together again.

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