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    Updated: James Franco In Talks To Write & Direct 'As I Lay Dying'; Circling 'Blood Meridian'

    Also Wraps Indie Film 'The Broken Tower'So we've been spending the morning in a post-New Year's Eve haze, slowly getting back up and running while we wait for the news cycle to once again kick in. And it has. In a huge way.

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    The Criterion Collection Mega-Clue Hints At Polanski, Roeg, Cuaron & More

    Continuing a trend they started last year, The Criterion Collection has released a big-ass mega-clue for 2011, tantalizingly teasing us about what's in store from the studio in the months to come. Two interesting things to note about the giant clue, in regards to how things were presented last year. One: most of the releases that Criterion teased with the last New Year's post made their way to stores in the first half of the year (giant releases like Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," Guillermo del Toro's "Cronos" or the BBS box set). In other words: expect these titles sooner rather than later. Secondly, there's an interesting distinctio...

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    Movie Review, The Other Woman: Natalie Portman’s Latest, Straight Off the Shelf

    Long before Black Swan, Natalie Portman was making some daring choices. Her bravado as the stripper in Closer and her delicately-directed short for New York, I Love You would be enough to signal an adventurous career. And in The Other Woman she creates sympathy for a truly idiosyncratic character. E...

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    Unclean! Unclean!: Reverse Shot's 11 Offenses of 2010

    Now’s the time of year when we piss people off. And trust us, though our annual 11 Offenses column (oh, how we could go higher than 11…) incites the angriest mail and message board postings we get, we do not do this for attention (completely). We genuinely hated sitting through these movies. When they receive nothing but accolades, it only makes our ire grow stronger. Though some claim these articles are oppositional, even opportunistic, we prefer to think of them as vital correctives. Our picks have stood the test of time thus far: looking back at past 11 Offenses columns, we must say we have no regrets (anyone who still thinks Slumdog Mill...

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    My Favorite Films Of 2010: Gabe Toro

    I was pleased to find that, as Playlist writers, we were encouraged to publish our own 10 best lists for 2010. We often have differing opinions, and how could we not? More importantly, we change with the times, particularly through the prism of a year at the movies -- a challenging, cerebral independent film that haunted us one afternoon in June could just be an afterthought as winter approaches, the time spent allowing us to emotionally gravitate in different directions. The themes and ideas behind the films we consume have the power to assist us in recontextualizing, rebuilding our lives and understanding something more about ourselves. The...

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    OFCS Awards Top Prize to Unlikely Contender.

    Just kidding! The Online Film Critics Society, of which I am a member, has voted "The Social Network" as best film of the year.

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    Contest Giveaway: 'The Bridge On The River Kwai' Blu-Ray

    Update: Contest closed. Call it a late Christmas present, but we have a single copy of "The Bridge on the River Kwai" on Blu-ray courtesy of Columbia Classics for one lucky reader.

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    R.I.P. Pete Postlethwaite (1946-2011)

    Terribly sad news to start off the new year today, with the announcement that the great British actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away on Sunday, at the age of 64. He'd been working through treatment for cancer in the last year, and died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire on Sunday, according to a f...

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    Watch Pete Postlethewaite in the Sci-Fi Documentary "The Age of Stupid"

    Oscar-nominated British character actor Pete Postlethwaite has passed away at the age of 64 from cancer. You may have seen him last year in "Clash of the Titans," "Inception" and/or "The Town," but he was also in a very interesting work that SnagFilms showcased in their 2010 SummerFest: "The Age of Stupid." Postlethwaite seemed to be dabbling in documentary in recent years, narrating the afterlife portrait of Brian Clough, simply titled "Clough," and appearing in "Tattoos: A Scarred History, in which he displays his own body art. He does something a little different for "The Age of Stupid," though, functioning as sort of an onscreen narrator ...

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    Toy Story 3 Tops Quentin Tarantino's Best of 2010

    Quentin Tarantino has posted his favorite movies of 2010, all twenty of them. Unlike many critics, Tarantino has no problem with citing movies that are popular hits. And he's seen his share of obscurities as well. Tarantino is an Academy member, though not a typical one. His taste is catholic, rangi...

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