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  • Criticwire
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    Barbed Wire: 'Parental Guidance'

    The best zingers from the worst reviews of the new Billy Crystal comedy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Katie Walsh's Top 10 Films Of 2012

    Experiencing art and watching film is such a deeply subjective experience that it seems a fool’s errand to rank and list “the best" of anything. How I reacted to the films I saw in 2012 can be completely personal and different than any of my colleagues on this site, but that’s what makes it interesting. Where we come together and where we disagree is the fun of it all, really, and has made for many a lively Twitter debate among us.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

    S&A Top 10 Posts Of 2012 - #2: The Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone Film Project

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  • The Playlist
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    Alexandre Desplat Returns To Score Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

    Talk about getting the gang back together. While he's been playing close to the chest about what he's building with "Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson has at least slowly been revealing who'll be part of the project. Right around Christmas the director shared that Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe would be joining the ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. As always, the actors are a mix of familiar and new faces, but when it comes to the talent behind the camera, Anderson is keeping it in the family.

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  • Criticwire
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    The Winner of Criticwire's Great Fall Movie Wager Is...

    ...not me. Crap.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Best Movie Posters of 2012: Retro, Sexy, Design-y, Scary, Striking and Stylish

    Capturing the expanse of a film on a flimsy two-foot-by-three-foot piece of paper is a challenge; trying to woo audiences to see a movie, given only this paper, is a feat. Each year, the movie poster medium boasts some incredible looking efforts - some that even veer towards art. The best posters of 2012 don't have much in common - and neither do the movies they represent - but they caught our eye and sometimes left a more indelible print than the movie that inspired them. Among the best is "Killing Them Softly," which featured a design geek's dream layout: simple, well-positioned and sharp. "Django Unchained" is iconic, Tarantino, piqued our interest well before more details leaked. "The Dark Knight Rises" poster that revealed urban remnants reflecting a bat wing is a little heavy-handed, but fittingly so. The minimalism of the blacked-out "Zero Dark Thirty" also leaves a similarly striking reverb. Sometimes, the poster outshone the film. Oliver Stone's "Savages," promised fast, sexy, colorful. "John Carter" hinted at a mystical world, unfolding in the face of an undaunted explorer; the poster was dreamier. If any vibe reigned supreme, it might have been retro. "Moonrise Kingdom" is dream-pastel soft - the picture of childhood imagination that it captured. "The Paperboy" also goes for an over-exposed look. Art-house "American Animal" employed a hot-pink that seems to have been produced in 1986. The faded imagery in the Rorschach-test-poster for "The Master" gave it a simultaneously traditional and uneasy feeling. For the 2013 roster of films, "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III," "The Lone Ranger," and "The Wolverine" have already made headway into great film art. The poster for Chan-wook Park's "Stoker" was so great, we grouped it along with the 2012 set to give a preview of what's next.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Names and Places

    No time for my Year End Roundup or even my Havana Film Festival Report because I am busy with writing a Report -For-Pay of the 1,000 Top Filmmakers, Location Managers and Influencers Worldwide for a particularly smart country’s film commissioner and I must deliver it by the year’s end.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD

    It’s time to ring in the new year with pin-ups and publicity shots from Hollywood’s past. And what better way to begin than with a celebration of Laugh Month, as indicated by this shot of Mack Sennett’s leading lady Alice Day?

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy Extends Voting Period Amid Balloting Snafus

    Even while it was officially closed for the holiday until January 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizing the continuing problems many of its members have been having with the new online voting procedures, has extended the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations by one day to Friday, January 4, 2013, 5.p.m. PT. (The original date was Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m. PT).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    The Best Movie Soundtracks and Cuts of 2012

    With the power to bolster a flailing scene, add emotional complexity, and round out a film, the soundtracks and scores of 2012 were often as good (or better) than the films that contained them. Below is a sampling of the best soundtracks of 2012, scores and compilations -- with a highlighted track embedded at the end of the post.

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