With just days to go until the end of 2011 (Where did the year go???), legendary film critic Roger Ebert has announced his top 20 movies of the year. Just as you’d expect from Ebert, his list runs the gamut from mainstream blockbusters to more obscure foreign or arthouse projects — with enough in the latter category to offer up some useful suggestions for your Netflix queue. Read his list after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 by Angie Han
A new trailer has been released for Azazel Jacobs‘ Terri, an indie coming-of-age film that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. On that information alone, you could probably make a pretty good guess as to what the film’s about: a high school outsider who learns to accept himself, thanks in part to the guidance of an offbeat mentor/authority figure. What sets Terri apart (somewhat) is an intriguing cast, which includes John C. Reilly and The Office‘s Creed Bratton. Jacob Wysocki, seen most recently on the beloved-but-cancelled series Huge, plays the titular teenage misfit. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »
The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 by Germain Lussier
When John C. Reilly is in a movie, it’s a given that his character is going to be likable. That’s the quality Reilly brings to each role he plays, he’s always the kind of guy you’d want to hang out with. Unless, of course, he’s your high school vice principal. In Terri, directed by Azazel Jacobs and written by Patrick deWitt, Reilly plays a vice principal who develops an unlikely friendship with the title character, played by Jacob Wysocki, who is regularly teased and ridiculed. Terri will have its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival next month and now you can see a few photos from the film after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by Germain Lussier
The announcement of the movies playing the 2011 Sundance Film Festival is like looking into our film futures. It’s December and most movie fans are looking back at the last 12 months, picking out award winners, writing top ten lists, and chances are we haven’t even heard of the Sundance films. They’re just titles, people, words on a computer screen. Then in January they unspool on screens across Park City, Utah and become something more. Finally, months later, these are the movies we discuss with our friends and choose on ballots at awards parties. Yet we get to read about them now, a year in advance.
Last year at this time, who had heard of Four Lions, Catfish, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Blue Valentine, The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, Restrepo or Animal Kingdom? Sundance, that’s who. All those films screened at the 2010 festival and now many have become not only personal favorites, but critical darlings and award contenders too.
Wednesday, Sundance announced the 58 films eligible for awards in four categories that will play the 2011 festival, taking place January 20-30. The 57 out-of-competition films in six additional categories will be announced Thursday. After the jump, we’ll give you the full list as well as highlight five in each category that sound particular promising. Read More »