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Watch: Jim Sturgess Is Mixed Up In Another Sci-Fi Romance In New Trailer For 'Upside Down' With Kirsten Dunst

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 11:13 PM
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It's coming on three years now since shooting began on "Upside Down," but the movie is finally making its way to theaters, and it's been spruced up with a 3D conversion. But one can't help but wonder if the timing on this just isn't that ideal. Why?

Chinese Censors Cut 40 Minutes Out Of 'Cloud Atlas,' Snip & Tweak 'Skyfall'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 24, 2013 10:36 AM
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By now, it's well known and irksomely tolerated that all films face the wrath of a given market's ratings board or censors if wide distribution remains in their sights. While the MPAA and BBFC occasionally produce a decision that leaves some films weakened by cuts or alternate takes, the latest verdicts laid down by China for two of the holiday season's bigger films have taken that concept to a new extreme. Minor spoilers below.

Drew Taylor's Top Ten Favorite Films of 2012

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 2, 2013 11:04 AM
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2012 was all about escape. Not only in terms of the big-budget movies that offered us escape from the increasingly ugly real world (how many superheroes or swoony vampires can we stomach?), but by the content of the more adult movies. Characters wanted an escape – from slavery, from a futuristic Korea, from time-travel gangsters, from a burdensome lover – and in these stories we were afforded tremendous freedom. They transported us, for sure, while reminding us of the very real hardships 2012 afforded us all. Below are my very favorite movies of the year, all of which I will be escaping to, again and again, for years to come.

Village Voice Names 'The Master' Best Film Of 2012, 'Cloud Atlas' The Worst Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2012 4:52 PM
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Well, here's some news that will make one group of fanboys really happy, and another group of fanboys really mad. The sands in the hourglass of 2012 continue to run down, and Village Voice has dropped their list of the best and worst movies. And as always, there's plenty to discuss.

The 10 Least Essential Character Posters Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 10:22 AM
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There's been a plague in the movie marketing world of late. Virtually every major release -- and seemingly most minor ones as well -- is going far beyond single one-sheet artwork to sell its wares. Along with teasers, arty Mondo-type versions, IMAX editions and everything else in between, posters are released showcasing seemingly every last cast member in the movie.

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."

European Distributor Says 'Cloud Atlas' Was Too Intellectual For American Audiences

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 12:28 PM
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To say that "Cloud Atlas" has been polarizing is an understatement. Critics seemed to either love it or loathe it, and even among The Playlist staff, some found it to be brilliant, and others a mess. This writer was certainly in the latter camp, but no matter what bloggers, fans or critics thought, mainstream audiences just didn't care. The movie opened to a far-below-expectation $9 million last weekend (though it boasted the best per-screen average), under Warner Bros.' hopes of $12-15 million. The film cost $100 million to produce (mostly from overseas coin and god knows how much else it cost to market), and the folks behind it will be hoping that as it rolls out to foreign territories over the next couple of months, that international viewers will be a more receptive audience. But, distributors don't seem to be too worried.

The Most Polarizing Film Of The Year? What Did You Think Of 'Cloud Atlas?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 29, 2012 10:00 AM
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It might have disappointed at the box office this weekend (although disappointment is a big word for a result that anyone with two eyes and a heart could have saw coming months ago), but in cine-circles, "Cloud Atlas" has been the center of conversation. The adaptation of the best-selling David Mitchell novel, directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and costing an independently-financed $100 million, it's a bold, genre-spanning film with an all-star cast, and great ambitions than pretty much everything released in theaters in the last month.

Weekend Box Office: 'Argo' Takes Top Slot As 'Cloud Atlas' And Other New Releases Crash & Burn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2012 12:48 PM
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In one of the weakest weekends of the year which may yet get weaker thanks to the oncoming Frankenstorm (stay safe, East Coasters), the only real winner was Ben Affleck's "Argo." It's rare for a movie to make it to number one several weeks into release, but the actor/director's political thriller has had outstanding word of mouth, and though it dropped a touch more than its record-breaking hold last weekend, managed to rise up to the top with a $12.4 million haul. It's still the second-lowest number one of the year, but for a third week of release, still very strong numbers, and the film should carry on steaming towards $100 million, though the competition is going to be fiercer in the next few weeks.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Chasing Mavericks' Ride The Wave Of New Movies In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 26, 2012 4:58 PM
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Here at The Playlist, we regularly express a variety of opinions in reviews, columns, and features, and now we'd like to encourage that opportunity among you, our faithful readers. We're launching a new format for "In Theaters" (let’s call it version 2.0), in which we’ll provide short summaries of the critical reactions to new releases so that you can easily determine your favorites in the bunch. We would love to hear any and all remarks about the films you'll be investing your hard-earned cash in (or not) each weekend. So, please, comment away!

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