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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Cameron McAllister, Reel Georgia

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
2. Silver Linings Playbook
3. Rust and Bone
4. Amour
5. Lincoln
6. Restoration
7. Zero Dark Thirty
8. Killing Them Softly
9. Moonrise Kingdom
10. Sound of My Voice

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Edward Douglas, Coming Soon

1. Life of Pi
2. Searching for Sugar Man
3. The Intouchables
4. The Impossible
5. Chico and Rita
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Skyfall
8. Samsara
9. Les Miserables
10. The Cabin in the Woods
1. Life of Pi
2. Searching for Sugar Man
3. The Intouchables
4. The Impossible
5. Chico and Rita
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Skyfall
8. Samsara
9. Les Miserables
10. The Cabin in the Woods

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere

1. Silver Linings Playbook/Zero Dark Thirty
3. Anna Karenina
4. Holy Motors
5. The Master
6. Amour
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Argo
9. Arbitrage
10. Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Peter Suderman

Peter Suderman The Washington Times Zero Dark Thirty The Avengers Django Unchained The Master The Cabin in the Woods The Grey Magic Mike Killing Me Softly Beasts of the Southern Wild Skyfall  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter KUTV Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild The Dark Knight Rises Frankenweenie Holy Motors Lincoln Looper The Perks of Being a Wallflower Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bob Bloom

Bob Bloom JC Online Zero Dark Thirty Safety Not Guaranteed Les Miserables The Dark Knight Rises Argo Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Searching for Sugar Man Django Unchained Skyfall  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Randy Myers

Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News Zero Dark Thirty Argo The Master Amour Beasts of the Southern Wild Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook Looper The Grey In the Family  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Duane Dudek

Duane Dudek JS Online Lincoln Argo Zero Dark Thirty Moonrise Kingdom Life of Pi Beasts of the Southern Wild Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of GOd The Imposter Searching for Sugar Man Amour

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Mack Rawden

Mack Rawden Cinema Blend Argo Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Skyfall Lincoln Pitch Perfect Looper Beasts of the Southern Wild 21 Jump Street Life of Pi

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bill Wine

Bill Wine CBS Argo Silver Linings Playbook Skyfall Zero Dark Thirty Les Miserables The Dark Knight Rises The Sessions The Other Son Looper Bully      

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Joe Williams

Joe Williams St. Louis Today Argo Django Unchained The Impossible Life of Pi The Master Moonrise Kingdom On the Road Samsara Searching for Sugar Man Silver Linings Playbook  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Mike Scott

Mike Scott Nola.com Beasts of the Southern Wild Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Moonrise Kingdom The Sessions Django Unchained Argo Killer Joe Silver Linings Playbook Life of Pi  

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Tom Charity

Tom Charity CNN Django Unchained The Master Zero Dark Thirty Silver Linings Playbook Beasts of the Southern WIld Life of Pi Killing Them Softly Bernie Skyfall Frankenweenie      

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Bob Grimm

Bob Grimm Anchorage Press Les Miserables The Impossible Zero Dark Thirty Moonrise Kingdom Looper Safety Not Guaranteed Ruby Sparks Seven Psychopaths Beasts of the Southern Wild The Grey

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: David Poland, Movie City News

David Poland 1. (tie) Zero Dark Thirty 1. (tie) Amour 3. Rust & Bone 4. The Master 5. The Grey 6. Lincoln 7. The Gatekeepers 8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower 9. Ted 10. Cloud Atlas

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Ray Pride, Movie City News

1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. Oslo, August 31
3. Moonrise Kingdom
4. Rust & Bone
5. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
6. Looper
7. Life Without Principle
8. Amour
9. The Turin Horse
10. Miss Bala

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Brad Brevet, Rope Of Silicon

1. Django Unchained
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. End of Watch
5. Magic Mike
6. Zero Dark Thirty
7. Killing Them Softly
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
9. Rust and Bone
10. Lincoln

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Richard Crouse

The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
The Impossible
Looper
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
The Sessions
Skyfall
Stories We Tell
Zero Dark Thirty

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Brad Schreiber

Polisse
Generation P
The Sessions
Flight
Perfect Sense
Arbitrage
Monsieur Lazhar
A Royal Affair
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Turn Me On, Dammit

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Critics Top Ten List 2012: Robert Horton

Margaret
Once Upon a Time In Anatolia
Silver Linings Playbook
This is Not A Film
Lincoln
The Turin Horse
The Master
Bernie
Searching for Sugar Man
To Rome With Love

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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