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My Favorite Films Of 2011 - Rodrigo Perez

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 14, 2012 10:35 AM
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Topping my list of 2011’s #1stworldproblems was making a top 10 list. Such is the difficult life of having to see movies for free and then attempt to express something insightful about them. I have the same issue every year: feeling zero motivation to write a top 10 list and then of course, almost writing about 20 films this year. #contradictoryfail. However, I can’t promise there will be any insights here. Perhaps the problem was that Gabe, Chris, Drew, Kevin and Oli all made eloquent lists that said all that really needed to be said about 2011’s film, but regardless, here I am with my belated round-up.

Felicity Jones Talks Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Movie, 'Hysteria' & More After 'Like Crazy' Gotham Award Win

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • November 30, 2011 1:19 PM
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'The Tree Of Life' & 'Beginners' Tie For Best Feature At The 2011 Gotham Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:59 PM
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With the New York Film Critics Circle set to announce their award winners tomorrow morning over Twitter (guys, way to make it less meaningless, how about an actual webpage?) and the Gotham Independent Film Awards just wrapped, the fall awards season has officially kicked off. And already, we've got some surprises.

Weekend Box Office: 'Puss In Boots' Purrs To No. 1 As Wintery Weekend Affects Bottom Line Totals

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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Opening up on 3,952 screens DreamWorks Animation’s 3D "Puss In Boots," a spin-off of the popular and lucrative "Shrek" series, was always going to do well. Even critics were on board this time (an 81% RT score), including our own positive Playlist review. However, competing with Halloween and Halloween parties is tough. Add on top of that an unexpected winter squall hitting the East Coast this weekend and numbers were much lower than any “Shrek” picture so far. But everything’s relative, even the seemingly low “Puss In Boots” $34 million opening set a Halloween weekend record, besting the $33.6 million record that “Saw III” set in 2006.

In Theaters: 'The Rum Diary' Hopes To Drink 'In Time' & 'Puss In Boots' Under The Table

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 28, 2011 8:34 AM
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Um, WHAT? There is no horror movie opening this weekend. WHO WILL FILL THE SAW VOID??? I know we got “Paranormal Activity 3” last weekend, but it is decidedly abnormal for no big budget horror to be opening on October goddamn 28th. Are we on the decline of a cycle? Is everyone getting their yayas out at those horrible haunted house places? Think piece coming soon! In the meantime, check out our foreign horror feature for all your cinematic creepy crawlies. And, if you’re not in the Halloween spirit, here are some other films for you to enjoy: the long awaited “The Rum Diary”! “Puss in Boots,” for the children. And time as money movie “In Time” with lots of pretty humans.

Review: ‘Like Crazy’ A Familiar Tale Of Impossible Love, Well Told

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 28, 2011 7:41 AM
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This is a reprint of our review from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by correspondent James Rocchi.

LFF '11: Felicity Jones Says Her Performance In 'Like Crazy' Was Influenced By 'Breaking The Waves'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 27, 2011 7:59 AM
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Rising U.K. Star & Sundance Breakout Actress Wants To Play A Superhero Or A SnakeHow's your 2011 been? Pretty good? Even so, we bet you've not had as good a year as Felicity Jones is having. The 27-year-old Brit has been working away for over ten years, starting with kids' TV favorite "The Worst Witch" and long-running radio drama "The Archers," with more recent roles on both the small screen ("Doctor Who," "Northanger Abbey") and the big ("Cheri," "Brideshead Revisited," "The Tempest"), but she's headed into the stratosphere in the last twelve months.

LFF '11: Drake Doremus Says He Shot 'Like Crazy' For $250,000 On A $1,500 Still Camera

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 26, 2011 10:04 AM
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And More We Learned From The Director Of The Sundance Award-Winning Romance The Sundance Grand Jury Prize is traditionally something of a kiss of death for an indie, in terms of gaining a wider audience. Irrespective of the quality of the film, the likes of "Girls Town," "Sunday," "Three Seasons," "Slam," "Forty Shades of Blue," "Quinceanera" and "Padre Nuestro" never really set the world alight, did they? But things have changed in recent years, with the last two winners, "Precious" and "Winter's Bone," both picking up Best Picture Academy Award nominations, and this year's victorious movie has just as good a good chance at crossing over to a more mainstream audience

'Like Crazy' Soundtrack Features Paul Simon, M83, Stars & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 4:02 AM
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Young long-distance love, spanning the Atlantic and the heartache that comes with it, sounds like it has the potential for a twee indie filmmaking nightmare, but for those of us at The Playlist who have taken in the film, "Like Crazy" is an honestly observed chronicle of a relationship strained under some considerable obstacles, powered by two strong performances in Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin. The film starts rolling into theaters this weekend, but the soundtrack might be a good place to start to get you in the mood.

'Drive,' 'Restless,' 'Melancholia,' 'Skin I Live In': Over 20 Films From TIFF2011 We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 9:51 AM
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If you're at all into film and read movie blogs you know it's all about the Toronto International Film Festival for the next nine days (the festival started yesterday, September 8). Arguably the biggest film festival in the world aside from Cannes (who are probably more prestigious, but not quite as big), no other festival can boast the amount of stars and number of films that Toronto can. So there are several hundreds of flicks rolling out this week that cinephiles are eagerly anticipating.

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