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    Best Performances of 2011: Standouts, Duos, Ensemble & Most Underrated

    Standouts are just that -- performances with so much depth and subtlety that they could have college research papers written on their characters alone. Duos are two exceptional performances that are best considered together. Ensembles are those rare films whose entire primary casts are woven so fine...

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    Indiewire's 40 New Faces of Indie Film in 2011

    Every week, we've profiled promising indie newcomers in our Futures column. Some made their mark in front of the camera, others behind it and a few did both. With 2011 coming to a close, we've selected the year's best to present you with our picks for the 40 new faces of indie film.

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    Empire Polls Actors' 2011 Faves with Surprising Results

    I love the choices made by a gaggle of actors polled by Empire Magazine for their fave films of 2011.  "Jane Eyre" and "Take Shelter" were on my ten best list, and 'Attack the Block" made my top 20.  Here's a sample of some must-see, often offbeat films. I ...

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    Netflix, Piracy and the IRS: The Top 10 Filmmaker Toolkit Articles of 2011

    Like the name suggests, Indiewire's Filmmaker Toolkit is a collection intended to help filmmakers fix, tune or hack their way to success. And, as the wide-ranging topics of 2011's most popular Toolkit pieces made clear, there's no such thing as a Swiss army knife. The issues filmmakers f...

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    The Indie Film Industry Shares Their Top 10 Films of 2011

    While Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" took the top spot in Indiewire's's recent 2011 poll of over 160 critics, journalists and other tastemakers of the film world, this much smaller grouping of industry folks - from distributors to publiclists to filmmakers themselves - hi...

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    Indiewire's Greatest Hits: The Top 10 Reviews From 2011

    In an age when being first threatens to preclude being best, film criticism struggles like everything else to serve a purpose without pandering to the need to grab eyeballs. The heap of reviews I've written over the last 12 months, often under the extreme deadline pressures of film festivals, aren't...

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    TOH! Top Tens of 2011

    While I shared my top ten on Oscar Talk Friday, here's the actual list, plus an assemblage of ten bests from the TOH! gang of regulars. Like most ten-best listmakers, we range from well-reviewed smart indie fare to mainstream studio pictures to the arcane. The year was strong for docs and foreig...

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    How to Make a Ten Best List

    'Tis the season when ten best lists start rolling in. I smile when I get my first Christmas card, always from John Waters (Highland, Maryland), whose Ten Best is in Art Forum, natch, and below. Kris Tapley and I delivered ours in this week's Oscar Talk podcast; I'll publish mine and the ...

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    Indiewire's Must-Read Cheat Sheet for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

    Where do Sundance films come from? If you're an Indiewire reader, they've been hiding in plain sight. We took a look at this year's dramatic competition titles and realized that Indiewire and/or our blog network has written about virtually all of this year's films and/or their m...

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    Weekly Indiewire Clicks: This Week's Best News, Reviews, Features and Interviews

    Managing a brand new redesign wasn't the only thing keeping Indiewire busy this week. Among the highlights this week: Eddie Murphy dropping out of the Oscars and Billy Crystal coming to save the day, AFI Fest dolling out its awards, Charlotte Rampling opening about being a doc subject in "T...

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