Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Movies of 2011


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.

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When I first saw the Apple listing for a trailer for Trust, I got excited that Hal Hartley’s deadpan 1990 family drama might be getting a rerelease. (It isn’t on DVD, but is streaming on Netflix.)

Instead, this is a trailer for David Schwimmer‘s second directorial effort, in which a 14-year old girl (Liana Liberato) develops an online relationship with a boy who (shocker) turns out to be not quite what he pretended to be online. The film premiered at TIFF last year, and there was an early trailer cut at the opening of the fall. Now check out this more final trailer, after the break. Read More »

MPAA Rejects Appeal to Lower R-Rating for ‘Trust’

David Schwimmer’s new film, Trust, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and was initially rated R by the MPAA. The film chronicles a 14-year old girl’s encounter with an online sexual predator and its aftermath for her and her family. The MPAA rated the film “R” for “disturbing material involving the rape of a teen, language, sexual content, and some violence.” Like the folks behind Blue Valentine, Trust distributor Millennium Entertainment appealed the rating, hoping to get the film a less restrictive rating so it could be seen by teenagers, potentially as a cautionary tale.

We’ve now learned the MPAA has upheld the R rating given to Trust. Hit the jump for some more details behind the decision.
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Movie Trailer: David Schwimmer’s Trust

An early promo trailer for David Schwimmer’s Trust has turned up online today (found via playlist). The movie is set to play at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 9th – 19th 2010. Here is the official plot description from the TIFF press release:

Safe and sound in their suburban home, Will and Lynn Cameron (Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) used to sleep well at night. When their 14-year-old daughter, Annie, made a new friend on-line – a 16-year-old boy named Charlie – Will and Lynn didn?t think much of it. But when Annie and Charlie make a plan to meet what happens in the next twenty-four hours changes the entire family forever. Charlie is really a 40-year-old serial pedophile (Tom McCarthy) and, once Annie?s rape comes to light, it becomes a touchstone event that reverberates through the entire family.

Yes, the “Friends” guy directed a revenge-thriller ala Taken, and it doesn’t look bad. Watch the first trailer now, embedded after the jump.

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Here’s a batch of casting news to tide you over until the next Page 2. Viola Davis, always a great actress and whose appearance in Doubt nearly owns the entire film, has taken two roles. One is in It’s Kind of a Funny Story, where she’ll work with…Zach Galifianakis? The film is about a depressed teen who checks himself into an adult psych ward. Davis will be his psychiatrist. If Galifianakis was playing the teen I’d be amazed, but that’s not likely to be the case.

The other film for Davis is Trust, which is not a remake of the great Hal Hartley film with the late Adrienne Shelley and Martin Donovan. Instead, this is David Schwimmer‘s next directorial effort, in which a teen girl is ‘victimized by an adult who gained her trust posing as a teenager on a chat room.” Clive Owen and Catherine Keener are already in the cast; Davis will play a counselor. Watch out for that typecasting, Viola! [Variety] Read More »

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It appears that David Schwimmer is leaving the comedy genre for his latest directorial project, Trust, a dark drama starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener. (And yes, typing out that last sentence did seem a bit trippy.) Owen and Keener will play parents who are shocked to learn that their teenage daughter (played by Liana Liberato) has been victimized by a sexual predator who she met in an online chat room. The film will explore the impact of that event on their family life.

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