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11 Notable Films You May Not Have Seen In 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 20, 2012 2:30 PM
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Every week (bar the very thinnest parts of the calendar), somewhere between seven and twelve movies end up opening in theaters. On some weekends, it's even more -- the first week of December saw eighteen films begin their theatrical runs. As such, it's hard enough for film writers to stay on top of things, let alone Joe Public, who doesn't have the benefit of free screenings, and DVDs in the post to take the edge off things.

'Rosemary's Baby,' 'Forgiveness Of Blood,' 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' Go Criterion In October

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2012 5:09 PM
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It looks like The Criterion Collection has something extra special for your trick or treat back this Halloween, as the company have unveiled their October slate, and it's a great one.

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: Get 'Gone' With 'Wanderlust' Or Do 'Good Deeds' For An 'Act Of Valor'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • February 24, 2012 4:31 PM
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Good Friday (oops, that was totally accidental), everyone. The Fat Tuesday spirit is now gone, no more flaming skull heads riding motorcyles for us. Nope, it's just Tyler Perry films and fish out of water comedies. They are making us give up Nic Cage for Lent and I just can't stand it. This weekend we have ensemble comedy "Wanderlust," one Mister "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" and a few other curios and offerings for your cinematic palate.

Review: 'The Forgiveness Of Blood' A Tight, Taut, Grounded Dramatic Thriller

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 22, 2012 1:27 PM
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Despite this country being home to a number of diverse cultures and ethnicities, American cinema (both indie and Hollywood) skews heavily toward the Exciting Stories Of The White Man. Of course, some of our favorite films fall into this extremely vague category, but it certainly would be nice to see different individuals represented on the silver screen. Filmmaker Joshua Marston seems to recognize this issue and does one better -- Los Angeles-bred, the director has journeyed to completely different countries for his feature films: Ecuador for "Maria Full of Grace" (story set in Colombia) and Albania for his latest, the taut and quiet thriller-drama "The Forgiveness of Blood." He's not simply given a pass solely for venturing out of the safe confines of home (in that sense, anyone with a plane ticket and a Canon 7D would be knighted); his work successfully showcases the life of each respective country without ever feeling exploitative, melodramatic or false. The years in between the two projects have allowed the director to sharpen his skills considerably, and “The Forgiveness of Blood” is an astute, finespun film with plenty of substance in its lean script.

'The Forgiveness Of Blood' Director Joshua Marston Talks Making The Film, Being Disqualified For An Oscar & His Career

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 21, 2012 2:22 PM
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Joshua Marston hit the scene hard with his taut, harrowing drug-mule drama "Maria Full of Grace," and though he's been quiet since (not by choice -- more on that to come), this year will see the release of his sophomore effort "The Forgiveness Of Blood." His second outing once more takes him away from the comforting soils of the States, this time to Southeast Europe, landing in the Republic of Albania.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Maria Full Of Grace' Helmer Joshua Marston's Family Drama 'Forgiveness Of Blood'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 19, 2012 12:22 PM
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It's been about seven years since global audiences were introduced to Joshua Marston with his captivating drug-mule drama "Maria Full Of Grace," a film which saw its lead, Catalina Sadino Moreno, earn worldwide acclaim and an Oscar nomination. The Californian helmer has managed to keep himself occupied with stints directing television shows such as "How To Make It In America" and "In Treatment," but 2012 is set to see him return with another unique international tale, in the family drama "The Forgiveness Of Blood."

Exclusive: Poster For 'Maria Full Of Grace' Director Joshua Marston's 'The Forgiveness Of Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2012 12:43 PM
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When "Maria Full Of Grace" arrived in 2004, the film won critical praise that was carried all the way to an Oscar nomination for Catalina Sandino Moreno, and marked the arrival of director Joshua Marston. It seemed like the world was an oyster for Marston, who honed his chops following the hit film with some television work, and contributed a segment to the omnibus "New York, I Love You." However, his followup feature "The Forgiveness Of Blood," arriving six years after 'Grace,' went in a direction no one could have guessed.

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