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Retro Poster For 'We Need Talk To About Kevin' & New One Sheets For 'Jeff Who Lives At Home,' 'Safe' & 'Flowers Of War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 19, 2012 3:20 PM
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Some new posters have landed so we're gonna skip the preamble and just get to it. Want a poster for your wall that both reflects your taste in classic horror flicks, but still lets people know you're hip to contemporary cinema? The beautiful retro poster for "We Need To Talk About Kevin" should do the trick. What better way to advertise a movie about a demon spawn child than to riff on the one sheet for "Rosemary's Baby." Great work unknown graphic designer! It's also a great way to get people talking about 'Talk About Kevin' again, a triumphant return by Lynne Ramsay, featuring great turns by Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller, in a film that will leave you unsettled for days afterward. It's in theaters now.

In Theaters: Sneak Some 'Contraband' Into 'Beauty And The Beast 3D' Or Make Some 'Joyful Noise' About 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 13, 2012 3:14 PM
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Hello chickadees, once again we have another weekend of random January releases so that we may have some time to catch up on our awards contenders. Time is running out! The Golden Globes are THIS VERY WEEKEND. Who will be the drunkest?? Probably some country singer with a best song nominee (never forget, T-Bone Burnett). So the studios are throwing us a bone and not releasing anything worth our time and effort. I will be liveblogging the Globes action, so won't you please come back on Sunday night and join our party?

Review: Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Is Bleak, But Haunting

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 13, 2012 2:19 PM
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"We Need to Talk About Kevin" is one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema's given us in years, as Lynne Ramsay ("Ratcatcher," "Morvern Callar") directs an adaptation of Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel. At first blush, Ramsay's film would appear to be a look into the genesis and reasons behind the title teen's killing spree; the film we get is something different entirely, an exploration of loss and pain and grief through the eyes of the mother (Tilda Swinton) left shattered and battered in the wake of her son's irrational, irredeemable actions.

Gabe Toro's Best Films Of 2011

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 21, 2011 3:30 PM
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Great art challenges. Bad art flatters. But those of us who don’t dedicate our lives to film don’t always seek to be challenged. Sometimes we want to experience art at our leisure. One doesn’t schedule, or plan the impact of art (making a film review deceptive, as it can never be a critics’ final thoughts).

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' & 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 3:02 PM
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The London Film Critics' Circle has released their nominees this morning, with some surprising frontrunners. Tomas Alfredson's Cold War thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Nicolas Winding Refn's pulpy blast "Drive" were the top nominees, with six nominations apiece, while Lynne Ramsay's chilling "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Asghar Farhadi's emotionally devastating "A Separation" each picked up five nominations. Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama "Shame" and indie black-and-white silent thingee "The Artist" each secured four nominations. Sadly "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," was, again, overlooked.

My Favorite Films Of 2011: Christopher Bell

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 20, 2011 2:30 PM
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Something that always bothered me about being a critic was that your feelings on whatever you're writing about suddenly get stuck in stone after pushing that glorious "Publish" icon.

'The Help' & 'The Artist' Lead The Field At Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2011 9:36 AM
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In the seventeen years that they've been running for, the annual Screen Actors' Guild Awards have proven to be a pretty reliable precursor for the acting categories at the Academy Awards. And why shouldn't they? With the actors who nominate their peers for the Oscars overwhelmingly being SAG members, there's always going to be a natural link, and certainly by the time the guild award their prizes, it's a good time to make a bet. In the last few years, they've only missed Penelope Cruz in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Marion Cotillard in "La Vie En Rose" and Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" as winners, while the nominees tend to match up heavily -- last year, seventeen out of twenty in the acting categories were the same, while all five nominees in the Outstanding Cast category won Oscar nominations. 

From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2011 1:59 PM
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The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of memorable moments to go around, even if we couldn't attest to them all following Hawks Law.

Awards Mania As 'The Artist,' 'The Tree Of Life' & 'The Descendants' Earn Top Critic Organization Honors

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 12, 2011 8:59 AM
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Sunday was a major day for Oscar prognosticators, as a number of critics organizations went live with their end-of-2011 honors. Some films gained support, and some lost quite a bit of steam, but for those of you who look at the whole thing like a horse race, there was a lot of movement amongst a thick group of thoroughbreds.

Tilda Swinton On Exploring The Lack Of Maternal Instinct In 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' & Winging It

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 5, 2011 12:57 PM
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"To this day, I'm winging it," declared Oscar winner Tilda Swinton at a Q&A following a recent screening of "We Need To Talk About Kevin" in New York City, referencing her lack of proper training as an actor. While it is a truthful exclamation, it's ultimately a modest one; maybe a more educated actor can indulge in name-brand techniques and methods, but her naturalistic allure combined with her generally compelling presence add a unique element to any film she's a part of.

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