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Warm Bodies starts promising, offering an interesting world with some properly defined rules. But it all goes downhill once the romance hits, turning something slightly charming into a world that is increasingly grating. This is a big step down from Levine’s great 2011 effort, 50/50, for this film doesn’t hold the former’s sweetness and honesty…. Read more »

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Promised Land is a rather great film, one that has received backlash for not taking a strong enough stance. Yet Damon’s central performance is the moral and emotional heart of the film, carrying it through the occasionally far-fetched plot twists. They work, though, as does the whole film; it’s an endearing, strong, subtle effort from… Read more »

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The Best Films of 2012, #1-10

Note: I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, both of which could’ve shown up on the top 20 list. I apologize in advance for the possible exclusions, but take that into consideration when I post those reviews in the coming weeks. Most end-of-year lists include ten films. I like that idea, the… Read more »

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The Best Films of 2012, #11-20

Note: I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, both of which could’ve shown up on the top 20 list. I apologize in advance for the possible exclusions, but take that into consideration when I post those reviews in the coming weeks. Most end-of-year lists include ten films. I like that idea, the… Read more »

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The Best Male Leads of 2012

Note: I have yet to see Amour, for which Jean-Louis Trintignant could possibly have shown up on this list. I apologize for the exclusion, but I will be seeing the film in early January. There are always outstanding performances each year, but I can’t think of one in recent memory that has held a stronger… Read more »

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The Best Female Leads of 2012

Note: due to release times in my area, I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty and Amour, from which Jessica Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva would undoubtedly show up on this list. I apologize in advance for the exclusions, but I will have reviews for those films when I see them in early January. Actresses… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actors of 2012

Note: I have yet to see Zero Dark Thirty, which supposedly holds a strong performance from Jason Clarke. Pardon the exclusion, for I will not be seeing the film until January 11th. Actors often find their footing in supporting roles, showcasing their acting potential while essentially auditioning for larger, more front-and-center roles. Most of the… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actresses of 2012

Supporting actresses are often the lifeblood of ensemble films, making or breaking the material depending on just how rich the roles are. This year, there weren’t as many ensembles prominent that dictated these performances, but rather smaller, compact films that focused on a few main characters. It just so happened that some of these women… Read more »