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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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A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies

“In my own mind, I’ve always been a writer and the fact that I act is, well… it’s been very enjoyable and I love doing it. It has been good for me, but in my own mind I’m just a writer with a bizarre activity—acting—that I undertake.”
~ Wallace Shawn