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    10 Pleasant Surprises From The 2011 Oscar Nominations

    Alright, the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominations are in. Now it's time to analyze, bitch and moan, celebrate, postulate and what have you, depending on your subjective opinion of the way the noms turned out (it's honestly amusing watching the Oscar "expert" bloggers quiver in their boots about the...

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    2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

    "The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as...

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    Sundance '11 Review: 'I Saw The Devil' Is Ugly, Gratuitous, Sad, Brutal, Complex, And Terrific

    Revenge flicks are generally easy for audiences to get behind -- show a person devastatingly wronged and we're down to see him get some payback. The directors, just like us, don't necessarily take a deep look into the utter meaninglessness of violent retribution, that is aside from some thrown around lines like "It won't bring her back, Michael!" Instead, we're all more interested in the thrill. There's been a few pictures to examine its fruitlessness, (Jeff Nichols's "Shotgun Stories" comes to mind) but leave it to Ji-Woon Kim, the Korean director who somehow is responsible for one of the best Westerns in the last decade (TIFF 2008 hit, "The...

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    Review: Spanish Oscar Submission 'Even the Rain' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

    The film about filmmaking is a theme that has certainly been visited before -- as visual mediums go, movies seem to love taking the opportunity to talk extensively about their glamorous selves -- but “Even the Rain,” a picture that could easily fall into the action genre as well, takes its navel-gaz...

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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Get Their Strings Attached To 'No Strings Attached'

    Not much news to report during this quiet January weekend. One wide release opened to numbers that a studio would expect given two publicity-heavy stars in January ($20.3 million). “No Strings Attached” matched industry expectations, bringing good news to all involved, though if you're the only wide...

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    Academy Reveals 9 Remaining Oscar Foreign Film Nominees; 'Biutiful,' 'Incendies,' 'Dogtooth' & More

    So, will the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film this year be the provocative and daring Greek entry "Dogtooth"? Somehow we doubt it, but we're glad and somewhat surprised that the film has made it this far, landing in the nine shortlisted films of which four will be dropped off when the fina...

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    More Anticipated: 27 Films From 2011 We've Already Seen

    Ok, you can't really anticipate a film if you've already seen it, right? And while that doesn't apply for every member of The Playlist, many of us were lucky enough to get early sneak peeks at 2011 by attending film festivals around the globe like the Cannes, Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals, the Melbourne Film Festival, the London Film Festival and more; yes, we're global. We basically ran through our lists of the films coming out in 2011 that we've already seen and made a list of 27 worth discussing. Not all of them are great, some are downright terrible, and some are pictures you should absolutely go out of your way to see. It's a mixe...

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    First Look At Béla Tarr's 'The Turin Horse'

    As revealed yesterday, Béla Tarr‘s long-awaited “The Turin Horse” will make its world premiere next month at the Berlin Film Festival and we now have our first look at the film courtesy of [origo] filmklub.

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    Review: 'The Housemaid' Is A Remake That, Surprise, Pales In Comparison To Original

    A Korean city square is bustling. Folks window shop, eat out, and party in lavish apartments. Restaurant workers bust their ass to meet the demand, taking shots in-between flipping whatever's on the grill. A young woman stands on a balcony, gazing at the crowds before ending her life with a fall. Some stop to look, some debate whether they should go closer, few seek help. Eun-yi (Do-yeon Jeon from the terrific "Secret Sunshine") rides by the scene after a hard night of work, finding empty streets and a vague chalk outline on the pavement. Director Sang-soo Im firmly stamps his view of a cold, uncaring society right from the start, displaying ...

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    Watch: Glorious Trailer For Mr. Oizo's Arthouse/B-Movie Thriller 'Rubber'

    The history of the musician-turned-film-director isn't exactly a glorious one, seeing as Fred Durst is pretty much the only example that springs to mind. But we've got high hopes for RZA's directorial debut, the kung fu feature "The Man With The Golden Fist," which is currently filming in China, and...

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