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The 10 Best Child Performances Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 16, 2013 2:48 PM
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The 10 Best "Child" Performances Of 2013
The legendary W.C. Fields once said "never work with animals or children," but that advice thankfully has been broken time and time again, and especially in 2013, when younger thespians were able to truly show their chops (not to mention the cat performances from "Inside Llewyn Davis”). We wanted to highlight their contributions in a stand-alone feature, since so many of our favorite movies this year were enhanced and made real by younger performers.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'There's Something In The Air' With 'Iron Man 3' & 'The Iceman'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 3, 2013 4:59 PM
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It's a man's man's man's world. And while James Brown told us that "it don't mean nothing without a woman," what he forgot to mention is that she's probably never getting top billing. Or, at any rate, not this weekend. If we leave the titles aside -- "Iron Man 3," "The Iceman," and "Dead Man's Burden" -- there's still barely a female lead or a subject centered on women to be found, unless we're counting feminine dominance in vampire loving circles. The theater docket showcases superheroes, contract killers, rock stars, student protestors, psychotherapists, cowboys, and magicians and yet -- despite all that variety -- nary a one of them are women. Not that there isn't still plenty to love -- a solid blockbuster franchise returns, the always arresting Michael Shannon gets another turn at badassery, the Cassavetes family continues its industry legacy, and 35mm celluloid gets its due in a Western. So let us know, dear readers: what are you looking forward to seeing on the silver screen?

Review: 'What Maisie Knew' Is Deeply Affecting, Hard To Watch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 2, 2013 5:02 PM
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What Maisie Knew
It’s often an easy way to handicap your film, by centering it on a child character and demanding a great deal from the young actor. By definition, children are not fully-formed people, but a character in a film must be either fully-formed to yield proper dramatic results, or so uniquely authentic that it’s like catching chaos in a bottle, an approach that can create a serious cognitive dissonance when youth collides with seasoned actors. Remarkably, such chaos is present in young Onata Aprile, the title character of “What Maisie Knew,” an affecting new contemporary drama that never once feels phony when the camera is fixed on her face.

Watch: Divorce Is A Downer In Trailer For 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 4:26 PM
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Boasting a kinship with "The Kids Are All Right" by sharing the same producers, if anything "What Maisie Knew" does indeed look like it will be another look at modern relationships warts and all. And it also shares Julianne Moore, who stars here, once again as a mother, albeit with an altogether different set of circumstances surrounding her child and how she'll press on when her family unit is ruptured.

Exclusive: Poster For 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore & Alexander Skarsgard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 10:58 AM
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With source material from legendary author Henry James, and a cast that includes Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard and Steve Coogan, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the forthcoming "What Maisie Knew." After doing a brief festival run last year that included stops in Toronto and Tokyo, the film is coming to theaters and we've got the exclusive poster below.

Lionsgate To Distribute Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Millennium Take 'What Maisie Knew'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 1:12 PM
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TIFF is pretty much dragging to a close (though doesn't officially wrap up until the weekend) -- everything major has premiered, and those critics who haven't already departed the city are mostly just catching up on stuff they couldn't see due to clashes otherwise. But the film market's still ticking along, and while several high-profile pictures remain, two more have just been snapped up.

TIFF Scores: Danny Elfman Takes 'Silver Linings Playbook'; Bright Eyes Players Score 'Writers'; DeVotchKa Tunes Up 'Maisie' & 'Arthur Newman' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 3:39 PM
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While your eyes will be dazzled next month with the staggering number of great movies unspooling at TIFF, you may want to keep your ears at attention too, because there are some rather interesting names popping up as composers and contributors of music to a variety of films.

First Look: 'Disconnect' With Jason Bateman & Alexander Skarsgård; 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 1:44 PM
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Hey guys, the internet can be totally fun times with stuff like Tumblr, porn, Facebook, memes, YouTube and whatnot. However, very bad stuff can happen on it too, and it could probably ruin your life or something. That seems to be the message of "Disconnect," the first narrative feature from "Murderball" director Henry Alex Rubin, and his first movie since 2005.

Watch: Trailers For 'What Maisie Knew,' 'Won't Back Down,' 'The Possession' And 'Maniac'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 17, 2012 11:20 AM
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While the following films have all been simmering quietly on the burner while we usher in the major tent poles of the summer movie season, their trailers promise that once the explosions and action die down, we can get back to normal (for the most part).

Alexander Skarsgård Says His Dad Encouraged Him To Work With Lars Von Trier

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 7:18 AM
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While Lars von Trier might get himself into trouble with everybody else and may have ruffled the feathers of Björk, who swore off acting after starring in "Dancer In the Dark," the Danish auteur has a small stable of actors who continue to return to his films. The promise of working on a set that is unlike anything else they will ever experience is a lure and coupled with the director's ambitious and at times outrageous concepts, it's just too good to resist. But for rising star Alexander Skarsgård, he received firsthand knowledge from someone very close to him who is one of von Trier's most frequent collaborators.

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