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In Theaters: 'Madea' Takes On 'Water For Elephants' & African Cats' At Your Multiplex This Weekend

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 22, 2011 4:12 AM
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Do you hear that? Do you? That's the sound of millions of Google Alerts pinging into the inboxes of the members of Team Edward everywhere. The tenacious and ornery breed of fan that draws their life force from the chiseled cheekbones and tousled locks of Robert Pattinson ironically seem to have the famous vampire in a compromising position: sucking him dry so that they may live to type another heated comment defending their loved one on a snarky blog post reporting a bit of casting news. Did y'all read that Vanity Fair profile? Kinda depressing, no? Think about what you are doing to him, tweens and middle-aged women! This weekend, we'll see if R-patz is able to translate that into dinero in "Water for Elephants." OH, BUT here comes the box office spoiler: Madea. Say what you will about granny drag, Tyler Perry's one-sided feud with Spike Lee, or his directorial capabilities, audiences eat up that Madea. Can't argue with those greenbacks!

Review: 'Incendies' A Strong Film Ultimately Held Back By A Nauseating Final Plot Twist

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 21, 2011 4:22 AM
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Oh egregious plot twists, when will you stop ruining our movies? You've already turned us against M. Night Shyamalan (though we can't blame you for his last three disasters) and consistently do everything you can to obliterate affection for anything that precedes you. Well, we're not going to let you win this time, because Denis Villeneuve's 2011 Foreign Oscar contender "Incendies" was completely competent before you reared your despicable head. Maybe it's not very profound, but there's good work here. You'll get yours in a little bit.

Watch: Trailer For Canada's Oscar Nominated 'Incendies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 10:12 AM
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It seems every year at the Oscars, the Best Foreign Film category is one that generally confounds Joe Public. Most of the films that end up being nominated only play the festival circuit or get runs in specialty theaters in big cities on the coasts, and sometimes, like last year's winner "The Secret In Their Eyes," it doesn't hit theaters until well after the ceremonies are over. Either way, it's a tough road for distributors repping those films because it's a tough sell no matter what you do. This year, Sony Pictures Classics has got a 2 in 5 shot at taking home the gold as they have both Susanne Bier's Golden Globe-winning "In A Better World" and Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" under their roof but neither is due out for a few more months. They are certainly hoping at least one of the them one will bring home Oscar gold at the end of February to help hook audiences in.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

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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