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The Best Films Of 2012...So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 21, 2012 9:58 AM
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It feels like only yesterday that we were talking about the best films of 2011, and yet here we are, nearly at the end of June, and we've seen pretty much everything that the first half of the year has to offer. So with the mid-point of 2012 nearly upon us, we thought we'd look over the best films we've seen in theaters over the last six months.

In Theaters: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' For 'Prometheus;' 'Madagascar 3' May Be The Weekend's 'Dark Horse'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 8, 2012 4:20 PM
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Hello, and happy Friday! There is quite a presence of quieter subject matter this week, including an unassuming musician and Edward Cullen playing a human version of his lothario self. But of course, no shortage of big screen adventures in 3D either. And, amidst the hailstorm of big-budget summer flicks, I’ve been wondering the following: is Hollywood working toward an ultra version of the big-budget summer flick? Combining the hugest ideas into the über-Blockbuster, if you will. For example, what would happen if a bunch of animals and Snow White were shot into space with a team of androids, began to wreak mass pandemonium on the galaxy, and had to be put down by the ultimate intergalactic crimefighting team of the Men in Black and the Avengers? Well, maybe that’s the subject of the fourth installment of the “Madagascar” franchise. Or the plot to the "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that was just announced. Fingers crossed, but until then, here are the movies that are actually being released.

'Safety Not Guaranteed' Soundtrack Features Guster's Ryan Miller, Mark Duplass & Summer Fiction

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2012 6:36 PM
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Tomorrow, June 5, ABKCO Records will digitally release the original soundtrack to the FilmDistrict feature "Safety Not Guaranteed." Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni, and features an original score written and performed by Ryan Miller, the singer, guitarist and founder of the alternative rock group Guster.

Watch: New Clips From 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'Hick' With Blake Lively & 'Bel Ami' Starring Robert Pattinson

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • May 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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We know this is a long shot, but there’s a chance that people are going to be interested in discussing movies other than “The Avengers” this weekend, right? Right? Well, we hope so, because we’ve got a few new clips from some upcoming movies that you might want to take a look at.

The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Despite the occasional film like "John Carter," the major studios are having a pretty good time of it in 2012. The box office is up all over, and films like "The Hunger Games," "21 Jump Street" and "The Avengers" have performed above expectations with both critics and audiences. There's plenty more to come in the summer, as we discussed yesterday in our blockbuster preview, but what of films of the non-explode-y variety in the warmer months?

Watch: Aubrey Plaza Questions Mark Duplass' Calibrations In Clip From 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 6:53 PM
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One of the handful of films to come out of Sundance this year with glowing buzz has been "Safety Not Guaranteed" starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The film from director Colin Trevorrow is based on a true story/internet meme, and follows a trio of journalists who investigate a personal ad placed by a man seeking a partner in a time-travel experiment. Though they hope to capture a light, fluff piece, what results is something a bit more unlikely than everyone expected.

Watch: Charming Trailer For Time-Travel Comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Starring Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2012 2:57 PM
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"The world is mostly full of jankholes," says time traveler Kenneth in the trailer for the Sundance hit "Safety Not Guaranteed." And watching some of the ugly side of humanity come out during this political season (and in the Trayvon Martin saga), we get exactly where he's coming from.

SXSW '12 Review: 'Safety Not Guaranteed' A Grounded, Genuine, Oddly Effective Charmer

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 10, 2012 9:55 PM
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Although at this point there are way too many stories about quirky man-children and the women who love them, “Safety Not Guaranteed” is an oddly effective little charmer. A film that harkens back to the magical-realism adventures of the 1980s rather than the twee dollhouse making of the last decade, Colin Trevorrow’s tale of a trio of journalists who investigate a personals ad from an oddball requesting a partner in a time-travel experiment is far more grounded, genuine, and moving than its conceit suggests. At the same time, there’s little that’s especially new or original about “Safety Not Guaranteed,” but it ekes out a victory over so much of its indie-darling competition simply by following through on the ideas it introduces.

14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy Retitled 'The Guilt Trip,' While 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D' & 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Get Release Dates

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:43 PM
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Seth Rogen is a fairly unlikely movie star all in all, but a fully flung movie star he is, and one who's gone from being the wacky scene-stealing sidekick to a bona-fide Hollywood insider, as demonstrated by his hosting role at the Spirit Awards over the weekend (and delivering a great monologue as well). He's also made smart choices: producing and co-starring in comedy-drama "50/50," moving into more serious fare with "Take This Waltz" and keeping busy with regular animation voice work alongside his more traditional starring roles.

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