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Trevan’s Top 10 of 2012

by Trevan McGee on January 15, 2013

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Alright, I drew the short straw, which means that after today’s 10 list we can put 2012 away for good. Until the Oscars. It was an exceptional year for film, as we saw new offerings from Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson, Rian Johnson and so many more. Ben Affleck proved himself. [...]

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The movie isn’t very scary, but it does pile a bunch of really tasteless twists on towards the end that make no sense and it almost becomes a comedy.

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As the musical version of Les Miserables hits the big screen, Eric has a review of the 1998 non-musical movie of Les Miserables starring Liam Neeson, and the latest Resident Evil movie, both new on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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Trey’s Top 10 of 2012

by Trey Hock on January 8, 2013

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Though Trey may have been more excited about a couple of films from 2011, he thought 2012 was a far more consistent year when it came to great filmmaking. So get ready for an overstuffed Top 10 Films of 2012.

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Gus Van Sant’s ‘Promised Land’ takes on the environmental issue of fracking in the Midwest, but treats the characters as set dressing.

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‘The Impossible,’ based on a true story, offers gruesome and suffocating visuals, but often the film feels oddly sterile given its content.

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Because ‘Not Fade Away’ is more about intertwining themes than it is about obvious plot and conflict, it has energy—but it’s a melancholic energy. It revels in the mystery, appreciation, and ultimately creation of art—from a guy who was empowered and inspired by rock n’ roll himself.

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Two action movies from this summer have found their way to Blu-ray and DVD, and their budgets are in reverse proportion to their quality. Here’s my Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

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‘This is 40′ is a messy and consistently funny movie filled with authentic anxieties about middle-aged life. It’s easy to forgive movies that ramble as much as this film does when they keep supplying laughs.

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Does Django Unchained continue Tarantino’s hot streak or is it a misstep? Find out on a not especially Christmas-y Christmas episode of the podcast.

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As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience.

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We have advance passes to see NOT FADE AWAY on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Tivoli theatre in Westport — and we want you to have them! All you need to do is answer some rock n’ roll trivia by filling out the form below and the winners will be chosen at random.

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Judd Apatow’s latest film about age, parenting and everything in between features some bright spots, but is a flawed film overall.

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Jack Reacher’ is a well-plotted mystery thriller filled with tough-guy talk, a simmering romance, and exciting action. But along the way to becoming the fun, disposable piece of Hollywood trash that it is, it has a scene or two that may turn the stomachs of those still reeling from the tragic school shooting last week.

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Besides the similarities in playing with time and structure (see also The Prestige and Inception), in Following, Nolan is already zeroed in on his favorite cinematic theme: obsession.

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