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The Best Movie Scenes & Moments Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2012 4:13 PM
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Howard Hawks famously said, to create a good film all you need are, "Three great scenes and no bad ones." Far be it from us to contradict him, but we're not entirely convinced -- we can think of plenty of great movies with scenes so bad they stop the film, and great movies with no particularly memorable scenes at all (indeed, this year, there's quite a few we can think of that add up to more than the sum of their parts).

Watch: 'Filmography 2012' Breaks Down The Year In Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2012 1:35 PM
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And so it comes to an end, and we continue to look back at the year in film as 2012 winds to a close. And a favorite among video types is cutting togther a visual look at the all the movies that hit the big screen across the past 12 months. Just about a week ago we got the first such mashup, and now comes another.

Time Magazine Names Michael Haneke's 'Amour' The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 4:35 PM
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While "Zero Dark Thirty" seems to be the movie to beat at the moment, another picture is slowly gaining momentum. The punishing yet beautiful "Amour" is not only poised to be a major player in the Foreign Language category at the Oscars, but many think it could sneak into the Best Picture race as well. And indeed, Time magazine seems to be in love in with it.

The Breakout Performances Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2012 1:56 PM
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One of the great thrills of being a movie fan is discovery. In a few weeks, we'll be rolling out our lists of the films we're looking forward to in 2013, many of which come from established names. And yet invariably, many of the best movies that will surprise us over the next twelve months will be ones that are, as yet, barely on our radar, from directors with no track record, and featuring actors who you wouldn't have been able to pick from a line up a few months earlier.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Makes AFI's Top 10 Of The Year, But No Sign Of 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 3:36 PM
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More rankings! As Oscar prognosticators puzzle, fret and worry over each top ten list that drops, a few patterns are becoming clear -- firstly, everyone loves "Zero Dark Thirty." And secondly, it looks like outside of a couple of categories, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" won't be making much of a mark on the Oscar race. And indeed, the AFI shut it out entirely.

The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 10, 2012 3:05 PM
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When it first began, many, many years ago, The Playlist covered film in general, but with a particular focus on the places where movies intersected with music -- scores, soundtracks, music videos et al. And while our remit has grown over time, it's still something we take a particular interest in. After all, it's hard to think of major movies in which music doesn't play a key part, from a piece of score elevating a key sequence to a pop song that becomes inextricably linked with a film until the end of time.

'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.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

'Cosmopolis, 'Goon,' 'Laurence Anyways,' & 'Stories We Tell' Land On Canada's Top 10 Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 7:48 PM
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Earlier this week, all across Canada, film fans lined up at their local Canadian Tire, to vote their favorite movie that the country produced. Okay, that didn't really happen, but a panel of industry types all cast their votes for Canada's Top Ten, which as you might guess, celebrates the finest in nation's cinematic output in a given a year. And this year, quite a few high profile titles made the cut (with titles ranked alphabetically, not numerically).

Time Magazine Names 'Cloud Atlas' The Worst Movie Of 2012; 'John Carter' Comes In Second Place

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 5:28 PM
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Well, you can't have the best of the year without the worst, and while Cahiers Du Cinema got the ball rolling on the top films of the year, Time Magazine has dropped their rundown of the worst. And topping it all? The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

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