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The Guardian Names 'The Master' The Best Film Of 2012, 'Ted' Is The Second Best

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2012 6:24 PM
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While the awards circuit hasn't been overly kind to Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," it seems to be from across the pond where it's getting the most love. The film topped the Sight & Sound poll for 2012, and now The Guardian has come out as well, naming it the best picture of the year. They in particular single out "[Joaquin] Phoenix's agonisingly intense and blazingly committed performance" as the big factor that pushed the movie to the top. And this is cool, but the rest of the top ten is perhaps even more fascinating.

In Theaters: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Likely To Be 'The Queen Of Versailles' This Weekend, Reigning At Least '30 Beats' Ahead of 'Hara-Kiri' & 'The Well-Digger's Daughter'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 20, 2012 6:30 PM
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While the tragic events of the awful shooting in Colorado hang over the weekend, let it not keep us from our plans with cinema. As we noted in our editorial earlier today, the movies are have always been a safe space, where we can commune with fellow film lovers and be comforted, challenged, moved and entertained. And while we may feel uneasy when the lights go down over the next few days, let's remember it was an isolated incident, by a person whose actions are beyond what we can ever understand. So let's pause a for moment as we put the the victims in our thoughts and prayers........and now, here's what's screening a theaters near you.

Exclusive: TV Spot For Sundance Award-Winning Documentary 'Queen Of Versailles'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2012 12:45 PM
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Excessive and outrageous, yet providing a unique view of how the ripple effect of the country's economic woes have been felt all the way up to the 1%, "The Queen of Versailles" is a funny and fascinating look at one particular and peculiar family looking to keep it together.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'The Queen Of Versailles' Is A Bundle Of Sarcastic Laughs With A Little Heart Thrown In

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • June 19, 2012 9:56 AM
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“The Queen of Versailles” lives up to the dual meaning of its title. The documentary, directed by Lauren Greenfield, follows Jackie and David Siegel and their eight children – one of the wealthiest families in America – as they task themselves with building the largest home in the country, a mansion estate that they have dubbed Versailles. Midway through construction, however, comes the onset of the current economic recession, sending the family’s finances reeling and work on their new home screeching to a halt. Documented over the course of three years, this film showcases the slow demise of the closest thing this country has to an aristocracy, equating the Siegels’ financial downfall with the dethroning of a King and Queen.

Watch: Trailers For Buzzworthy Docs 'Queen Of Versailles,' 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' & 'Big Easy Express'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:02 PM
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While many of us are currently caught up in the excess of the summer blockbuster movie season, several smaller documentaries are quietly making their way to cinemas as well. A few trailers for these films are hitting the web this week for those looking to toss out the stale popcorn entertainment for something a little more nuanced.

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