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Directors Of 'The Invisible War,' 'How To Survive A Plague' & More Get DGA Documentary Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 3:54 PM
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So how good of an augur is the DGAs to the Oscars? Well, thus far only 2 of their nominees for Best Director landed Oscar nominations, but three of the filmmakers behind a trio of contending Best Documentary movies have been honored by their peers.

11 Notable Films You May Not Have Seen In 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 20, 2012 2:30 PM
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Every week (bar the very thinnest parts of the calendar), somewhere between seven and twelve movies end up opening in theaters. On some weekends, it's even more -- the first week of December saw eighteen films begin their theatrical runs. As such, it's hard enough for film writers to stay on top of things, let alone Joe Public, who doesn't have the benefit of free screenings, and DVDs in the post to take the edge off things.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Continues Critical Stampede Topping Peter Travers, David Edelstein & Huffington Post Best Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 11:03 AM
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With each passing day, it's looking more and more like Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is going to be the one to beat this awards season. As we cautioned earlier this week, this trajectory right now reminds us of David Fincher's "The Social Network," which got all kinds of critical and industry love, only to lose out to Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" in the end. Granted, "Les Miserables" is no longer looking like a slam dunk with early reviews decidedly mixed (read ours here) but all this to say, there is still a lot the game to be played.

In Theaters: 'Killer Joe' & 'Ruby Sparks' Will 'Step Up' To The Plate, But 'The Watch' May Prove To Be A 'Klown'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 27, 2012 12:03 PM
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Bonjour à nos amis! Here is yet another Friday, and we hope you’re all ready to ring in the next two days of free time. You can dance, you can sing, you can create artwork, you can fight aliens or go canoeing or put a bounty on someone’s head. Or perhaps it’s a quiet night: you can stay home, write about your dream boyfriend or girlfriend and hope he or she comes to life! Fingers crossed. Whatever the case, bienvenue to the weekend!

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' Charts The Rise Of A Multimedia Artist

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 26, 2012 6:58 PM
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If you were not familiar with the multimedia artist Ai Weiwei, the title of the new documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” would almost seem like a countercultural taunt, perhaps with a hip-hop undercurrent. The reference is apt in regards to his art, which is at turns edgy agitprop and charmingly cheeky, much like the boundary stretching of early rap music. And with his moony eyes and mischievous grin, Ai Weiwei would not be out-of-place next to the politically-charged likes of the young Run DMC, or even Afrika Bambaataa.

Watch: Trailers For Buzzworthy Docs 'Queen Of Versailles,' 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' & 'Big Easy Express'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:02 PM
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While many of us are currently caught up in the excess of the summer blockbuster movie season, several smaller documentaries are quietly making their way to cinemas as well. A few trailers for these films are hitting the web this week for those looking to toss out the stale popcorn entertainment for something a little more nuanced.

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