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Sunday, January 22 2012

The 40 Best Films of 2011

2011 was a year of good, not necessarily great, films, though the amazing choices by our staff might argue against such a overall cinematic classification.

Tuesday, January 17 2012

The Best Male Film Performances of 2011

In another strong year, crime and punishment take on heart and heroism for the right to be called 2011's best male film acting work.

Thursday, January 12 2012

The Best Indie / International Films of 2011

The year's best independent and international films are highlighted by a duo from iconic director Werner Herzog, a staggeringly brilliant frontier-western and a score of top-notch documentaries that illustrate how filmmaking continues to reach new highs.

Friday, September 16 2011

The PopMatters Fall Movie Preview - November 2011

Like the seminal song by Queen, November is "no time for losers" as the Oscar races heat up (J Edgar, The Descendants) and superficial fluff (Piranha 3DD, Tower Heist) becomes scarce.


Monday, November 21 2011

'The Artist': Both Gimmicky and Nostalgic

Resisting change, The Artist's movie star repeats a familiar history, that is, the history of movies that's been passed on in the movies.

Monday, November 14 2011

Austin Film Festival 2011: The Writer's Festival

The Austin Film Festival has done a laudable job of carving an interesting niche.

Tuesday, October 18 2011

New York Film Festival 2011: The Skin I Live In + The Artist + The Descendents

The many characters in The Descendants create a complex Venn diagram of Matt King’s community and a larger rumination on their interlocking pain, anger, and love.

Sunday, May 22 2011

Cannes Film Festival: 'La Piel Que Habito' and 'The Artist'

Though its formal parameters may be different for Pedro Almodóvar, the themes of La Piel Que Habito are familiar, including family dysfunction, and sexual transgression.


Friday, January 20 2012

The Resounds of Silents

Can a film without dialogue earn Oscar accolades? Most definitely. Can it please audiences? Well...

Monday, January 16 2012

The Olden Globes

Once again, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press have spoken - and confused the awards season conversation all over again.

Tuesday, January 10 2012

Guilds, Rape, and a Satanic Shocker

David Fincher, Kim Novak, and the producers of The Devil Inside walk into an LA oxygen bar...

Monday, December 26 2011

Art-Official: 'The Artist'

The Artist (is) a good film with some great moments and two excellent lead performances, but if that is the mandate for a movie's position as the year's top achievement, there are hundreds of similar entries that deserve such a status.


Sunday, February 26 2012

Oscars 2012: Hard sell for Oscar favorite ‘The Artist’

PHILADELPHIA — Thomas Langmann was elated. The French film producer had a script he loved. It was about a Hollywood heartthrob, his faithful dog, and a

Tuesday, February 21 2012

Oscars 2012: Does silence speak, and perchance predict?

CHICAGO — This year’s Oscar nominees are living in the past, whether it’s World War I by way of classic studio pictorialism (“War Horse”),

Monday, February 13 2012

‘The Artist’ dominates BAFTAs

LONDON — The breakout silent movie “The Artist” continued its unscripted run of awards glory Sunday when it was named best film and claimed six other

Monday, February 6 2012

Skeptics making some noise over ‘The Artist’

If there’s one thing I had failed to consider this Academy Awards season, it’s that “The Artist” exists not to show people a

Friday, February 3 2012

Oscar nominees take a look back with ‘New Nostalgia’

The New Nostalgia, despite every dyspeptic bone in my body, is not necessarily a bad thing -- particularly in thoughtful hands, like those of Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg. The New Nostalgia is about dipping into movie history to rediscover the joy of moviegoing itself.

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