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In Theaters: 'Drive Angry 3D,' 'Hall Pass,' 'Heartbeats'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 25, 2011 4:22 AM
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Happy Oscar weekend! This Sunday brings the apex of Hollywood's season, rewarding those 2010 films we've been talking about for so long. Who will wear what? What upsets will we be rooting for? Will James Franco perform some kind of bizarre performance art stunt as part of his hosting duties (all signs point to YES). We will be live blogging the events of Sunday evening, so check back in for the rockin'est Oscar commentary your computer has seen. In the meantime, get your highbrow on and rent those remaining DVDs of the Oscar contenders you missed. If you've seen them all or just don't feel like sitting through ye olde Oscar bait, some delightfully lowbrow releases await you at the theater. 2011 Cage's Festival of Wigs continues with the awesomely awesome looking "Drive Angry 3D," and "Hall Pass" brings us our weekly dose of gross sex humor! Down the hatch! There are also a few small arthouse releases, such as the latest from 22-year-old (!!!!!!!) filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Heartbeats' Is A Stylish Love Triangle, But Emotionally Hollow At Its Core

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2011 4:01 AM
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The constant criticism being aimed at young, wunderkind Canadian director Xavier Dolan, is that the Montreal-based filmmaker -- while completely precocious and preternaturally talented -- puts too much of a premium and emphasis on style over substance. And yet, just because it's practically a cliche ad hominem dig against Dolan's films, it doesn't mean that the censure is off base. While featuring an impeccable soundtrack, a color palette ripped out of the Pedro Almodovar playbook for comedic melodramas, and an ineffable je ne sais quoi energy taken from the Jean-Luc Godard school of '60s filmmaking (though Dolan denies he's ever seen the familiar feeling, "Two Or Three Things I Know About Her"), the 21-year-old director's sophomore directorial effort "Les Amours Imaginaires" ("Heartbeats") is decidedly hollow around the edges and lacks an emotional center to cling to.

More Anticipated: 27 Films From 2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 19, 2011 5:10 AM
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Ok, you can't really anticipate a film if you've already seen it, right? And while that doesn't apply for every member of The Playlist, many of us were lucky enough to get early sneak peeks at 2011 by attending film festivals around the globe like the Cannes, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, the Melbourne Film Festival, the London Film Festival and more; yes, we're global. We basically ran through our lists of the films coming out in 2011 that we've already seen and made a list of 27 worth discussing. Not all of them are great, some are downright terrible, and some are pictures you should absolutely go out of your way to see. It's a mixed bag, much like a film festival generally is, but consider it our user's guide to the 2011 films we know the most about; and take the info to follow under consideration when shelling out your hard-earned dollar. We're here for you, really.

VIFF '10 Reviews: 'Incendies' Maybe Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, 'The Illusionist' & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 26, 2010 6:47 AM
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Vancouver Film Fest Capsule Reviews of 'Heartbeats,' 'I Wish I Knew,' 'Nostalgia For The Light' & MoreEven though the 2010 Vancouver International Film Festival came to a close more than a week ago, we still have plenty of films to report on, and hopefully more reviews to come after this writer catches up on screeners. The closing night film, "The Illusionist," is included in this rundown, as well as many other titles worth looking for, and some, well, not so much. So, please forgive us for the delay. After all, it's been a busy past week and change here at The Playlist, what with our new home and all. First, a rundown of stuff this writer saw at the excellent fest, which mostly agrees with other writers who wrote about them already here.

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