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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.

In Theaters: Find Yourself 'Beloved' Of 'Cosmopolis' & 'ParaNorman' Or Get An 'Awakening' With 'The Expendables 2'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 17, 2012 4:37 PM
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Hi there! It’s a regular Halloween in August as this weekend’s new releases do much to call back the spirits of the past. These films continue franchises, hearken familiar genre themes, adapt previously published material, or just feature ghosts in plain sight. Less spooky than mirthful, these movies are more about paying due (or getting paid) than paying off a debt with blood and gore. Still, a scare or two may not be far away. Get ready…

Review: Christophe Honoré Sings The Same Old Song In Phony, Hollow 'Beloved'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • August 15, 2012 11:05 AM
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As the closing night film at Cannes in 2011 -- and, as such, lumped in historically with such bland films as "The Tree," "What Just Happened?," "Chromophobia" and "The Age of Darkness" -- writer-director Christophe Honoré's "Les Bien-Aimés" (aka "The Beloved") was already at a disadvantage. Sidelined out of competition, offered up as a final course to cineastes whose metaphorical bellies are already set to burst from an excess of riches, no one was going to think too much about the movie, regardless of its quality. Honoré's film in fact falls short of even the minimal expectations set by circumstance, to be truly tedious, flat and hollow -- a recycled exploration of themes and techniques the director has used before inside the bloated casing of a movie with a 145-minute running time.
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