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The directing debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Way, Way Back is a charming coming-of-age film that overcomes a lot of pitfalls of the genre because its protagonist is so beautifully inexpressive and uncomfortable to begin with that when he finally does make the small strides needed to come out of his shell, it feels like a huge triumph.

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The Greek mythology action movie Immortals and George Clooney’s The Descendants grossed about $80 million each at the box office. Both are new out on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Trey Hock’s take on the best films of 2011 shows that even in a bad year for film there can be at least 10 standout motion pictures.

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Top 10 Best Movies of 2011

by Eric Melin on January 3, 2012

in Top 10s

Before I started tallying up the movies that made the biggest impression this year, I thought it may have been a weak year for film. It turns out I was dead wrong. Although only one film this year made my hair stand up on end, there were plenty of moving, adventurous, and original films in 2011.

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Sick of reading and watching videos? Need something to argue about with yourself while driving? In podcast #39, Eric and Trevan catch up with the big holiday releases Melancholia, The Descendants, Hugo and The Muppets!

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Another precursor to the Oscars, the National Board of Review has named HUGO the 2011 Best Film of the Year. Will it affect the 2012 Academy Awards?

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The holidays have sunk their teeth into the meaty flesh of middle-America’s soft underbelly, gripping their prey like some kind of lock-jawed Komodo dragon that only releases its victim when it can feel the pulse beat out its last faint thump. This, of course, is entirely fair, what with the brain-dead consumer-base infecting all elements [...]

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‘The Descendants’ is another nuanced look at the tragicomic world of the modern adult male from the man who brought us ‘Election,’ ‘About Schmidt,’ and ‘Sideways.’

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So there’s this little Alexander Payne-directed movie called THE DESCENDANTS that everyone’s talking about (Oscars, Oscars, Oscars, I hear…) starring George Clooney. From the stills I’ve seen, it looks like Clooney is wearing this shirt a lot: Well, we have some of the shirts to give away, along with cool posters from the movie that [...]

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We have advance passes in Kansas City to see the new Alexander Payne movie THE DESCENDANTS — starring George Clooney — and we want you to have them!

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