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John Waters Picks Terence Davies' 'The Deep Blue Sea' As The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 9:44 AM
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So far, the best of 2012 lists have been dominated by high falutin' Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound, so leave it to the always eclectic director John Waters to provide the first truly diverse and totally unpredictable top ten of the year, all with his trademark wit.

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Tops Sight & Sound's Best Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2012 11:04 AM
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It's December 1st, which means we're just weeks away from 2013, and critics will be compiling their 'Best of 2012' lists over the next few weeks. The Cahiers Du Cinema already got the ball rolling with their selection of the best films of the year, and now another venerated cinema magazine has unveiled their choices.

'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings,' 'Beasts' & 'Keep The Lights On' Top Spirit Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 27, 2012 1:41 PM
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We've barely had time to take a breath since the Gotham Awards were awarded last night, and already we're moving on, because their big cousin, the 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, revealed their nominations just a few minutes ago.

'Moonrise Kingdom' & 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Take Top Prizes At Gotham Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 27, 2012 8:27 AM
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After months and months of a sort of awards season cold war, this week sees people actually start to be nominated and win things. The first major nods of the year are announced on Thursday with the Independent Spirits, and last night saw the first proper ceremony of the year, with "Sleepwalk With Me" director/star Mike Birbiglia hosting the 22nd Annual Gotham Awards in NYC.

Oscars: Taking The Temperature Of The Race As 'Les Miserables' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Screen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2012 10:57 AM
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With Thanksgiving over and done with, we've arguably reached the mid-point of the awards season. Things will be kicking off with the Independent Spirit nominations arriving tomorrow, and the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following next week. And with Oscar ballots going out not long after, almost every film has been screened, with "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" making their debuts over the weekend to press and industry types, leaving "Django Unchained" the last major contender to be seen by critics. And many of the big movies, including "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Life Of Pi" most recently, have now been seen by audiences too.

The Playlist Profile: Benh Zeitlin On Miracles, Fearless Filmmaking And ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’

  • By Maris James
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  • July 11, 2012 2:05 PM
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When I meet with Benh Zeitlin, the 29-year-old director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” he is on a quest for Thai food. He has been waking up in different hotels, in different cities every couple of days, and the food, he says, is always the same. We weave through the slow Soho crowds in the midst of a pre-storm heatwave. “I forgot about this,” he says, gazing at the mass of tourists. He seems a little dazed, homesick for New Orleans, which this humidity reminds him of. When we arrive at the address the publicist gave us for the Thai restaurant, it is inside a hotel.

In Theaters: 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & 'Magic Mike' Will 'Take This Waltz;' 'Ted' Wants To Be 'People Like Us'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 29, 2012 2:16 PM
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There are different kinds of magic. Everyday occurrences, for example, are full of mysterious moments that may be beyond reasoning: coincidences, fate, déjà vu. Like falling in love with a stranger, only to find out that he lives next door. Of course, there’s the flat-out supernatural, the kind that only happens to a select few, and the Harry Potter/Gandalf variety too. Talking, walking, pothead teddy bears and fantastical creatures rising from melted ice caps would fall into that latter category. However you see it, there’s magic waiting for you in the cinemas this weekend. Double, double toil and trouble. Abracadabra. Lumos!

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Soundtrack Hits iTunes Today; Plus List Of U.S. Theaters Where The Film Plays

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 27, 2012 2:21 PM
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Stick a cork in your list of best soundtracks of the year right now, it might be done. Unless, by some miracle, something unexpectedly happens (and or Hans Zimmer just blows us away with "The Dark Knight Rises"), one major contender for soundtrack of the year is the score for Benh Zeitlin's well-celebrated indie picture, "Beasts Of The Southern Wild." Already lauded at Sundance (where it won Best Narrative) and Cannes (where it picked up the cinematography prize), we recently placed the film at the top of our Best Films Of Year... So Far list and we'll tell you: believe the hype, it's well-justified.

Review: The South Will Rise, But Not Like You Expected, In The Pagan, Powerful 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 26, 2012 4:02 PM
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Written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, whose short, "Glory at Sea," was shot through with purpose and promise, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is as stirring and striking a film as you could wish for. Shot and set in a Louisiana community called The Bathtub, on the wrong side of the levees that stop the water from encroaching on civilization, it's at heart the story of a little girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) who lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry).

The Best Films Of 2012...So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 21, 2012 9:58 AM
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It feels like only yesterday that we were talking about the best films of 2011, and yet here we are, nearly at the end of June, and we've seen pretty much everything that the first half of the year has to offer. So with the mid-point of 2012 nearly upon us, we thought we'd look over the best films we've seen in theaters over the last six months.

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