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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin Mysteries of Lisbon (Raúl Ruiz) The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) We Need to Talk about Kevin (Lynne Ramsay) Road to Nowhere (Monte Hellman) Bridesmaids (Paul Feig) Attenberg (Athina Rachel Tsangari) Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn) Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh) Friends with Benefits (Will Gluck) Journals of Musan (Park Jung-bum)

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Ray Pride

Ray Pride Movie City News The Interrupters 1. Margaret 2. Drive 3. Melancholia 4. Take Shelter / Tree of Life 5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 6. A Separation 7. Martha Marcy May Marlene 8. Shame 9. Road to Nowhere / Certified Copy 10. Aurora / Tuesday, After Christmas

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Rodrigo Perez

Rodrigo Perez Playlist 1. Shame 2. Rampart 3. Beginners 4. Like Crazy 5. Certified Copy 6. The Skin I Live In 7. A Separation 8. Moneyball 9. Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest 10. The Ides Of March

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino 1. Midnight In Paris 2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3. Moneyball 4. The Skin I Live In 5. X-Men: First Class 6. Young Adult 7. Attack The Block 8. Red State 9. Warrior 10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother 11. The Three Musketeers

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Cinema Scope

Cinema Scope 1. This Is Not a Film 2. The Turin Horse 3. L’Apollonide—Souvenirs de la maison close 4. Dreileben 5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 6. The Tree of Life 7. Kill List 8. It’s the Earth Not the Moon 9. Sleeping Sickness 10. The Kid With A Bike

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Mal Vincent

“One of the funniest and most humane comedy-dramas of the year, this is about a young man who is presumably dying of cancer. Sure, the minute you read that sentence, you plan to stay away. You shouldn’t, and a surprising number of you didn’t. “

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Peter Martin

My Top 10 released in the US.

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Stephen Bradley

“There wasn’t a film this year that boasted more style or had a firmer idea how to effectively employ that style than “Drive.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Gene Triplett

“You can dress up a turkey in IMAX, 3-D and ear-shattering Surround Sound and throw it up on the biggest screen in town, but if there’s no great story, direction or acting to go with the visual feast, it’s still just a big fat turkey that gobbles loudly. Here are 10 that weren’t turkeys in 2011. ”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Susan Tavernetti

“Infectiously joyful and charming, this black-and-white love letter to the movies reminds us that cinema is a universal language — no dialogue needed.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Tyler Hanley

“Mastermind director Martin Scorsese’s longstanding affection for all things cinema is colorfully showcased in the enchanting “Hugo.” Scorsese paints a rich tapestry in adapting the Brian Selznick novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” presenting a vibrant 1930s Paris with exceptional costuming, set design and cinematography.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Peter Canavese

“No studio release this year was more ambitious, emotional or elegant than Terrence Malick’s searching epic about our place in a family, a town, a galaxy, the universe.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Keith Cohen

Number One: Hugo

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Carol Hemphill

“This picture begins by shocking. Before the end, it becomes twisted and grotesque; a disturbing vision fully realized by Pedro Almodovar.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Kent Tentschert

“One of the most beautiful films of the year. This fictional account of Butch Cassidy’s later life is sad, poignant and emotional.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell The Oklahoman 1. The Artist 2. Drive 3. War Horse 4. Buck 5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 6. Project Nim 7. Hanna 8. Hugo 9. Shame 10. The Way

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Sara Vizcarrondo

Sara Vizcarrondo Box Office Magazine Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Tabloid Certified Copy Drive No Strings Attached Martha Marcy May Marlene Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Fright Night Love Exposure Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Scott Renshaw

Scott Renshaw Charleston City Paper 1. Certified Copy 2. The Muppets 3. Martha Marcy May Marlene 4. We Need to Talk About Kevin 5. A Separation 6. Like Crazy 7. The Tree of Life 8. Drive 9. The Last Lions 10. Meek’s Cutoff

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Anders Wright

Anders Wright San Diego City Beat The Descendants The Double Hour Drive Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Of Gods and Men Hugo Into the Abyss Midnight in Paris Project Nim The Tree of Life Warrior

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Critics Top Ten List 2011: Orlando Weekly

Justin Stout, Rob Boylan, William Goss Orlando Weekly 1. The Tree of Life 2. The Descendants 3. Circumstance 4. Hesher 5. Hugo 6. Source Code 7. Being Elmo, Buck 8. Hanna 9. 50/50 10. Take Shelter

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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”