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The Anna Kendrick Primer: A Guide To Her Best Movies

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    There are so many reasons to love Anna Kendrick. You could be into small, independent movies that delve into our contemporary relationship dilemmas. You could be a Twi-hard. Or an a cappella geek. Or a Broadway fanatic. Or just really find her tweets about masturbating to Ryan Gosling hilarious. For a young star with not a ton of movies under her belt, she really has found a way to broaden her base.

    Musical theater fans know that Kendrick earned a Tony nomination at age 12, and she's been showing off her singing roots lately with her turn in Into the Woods and this month's The Last 5 Years. In the latter, she stars as a struggling actress looking back at her relationship with a novelist. 

    In between watching her new musical and waiting for her return in Pitch Perfect 2 this May, we highly recommend holding your own little Anna Kendrick binge-fest at home. Here's a handy guide to 10 of her best movies...so far.

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    Camp, 2003

    This movie about a bunch of misfit teens at a musical theater summer camp really is the proto-Glee. Though Anna's character Fritzi isn't one of the leads, her evolution from meek wannabe to back-stabbing diva stands out from the more earnest story lines, and she has a musical number that steals the show.

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    Rocket Science, 2007

    Anna's fast-talking high school debate champion Ginny will make you agree with anything she says, and it's no wonder shy, stuttering Hal falls under her spell. You simultaneously hate her and want to be her throughout the course of this movie.

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    Twilight, 2008

    The role of annoying "chatterbox" friend Jessica Stanley is kind of a thankless one in the Twilight Saga. Still, Anna's moments on screen have a sparkle of their own in contrast to the ponderous pace of the rest of the movie's dialogue. If you're not remotely a Twi-hard, fast-forward to her parts, and it's almost like she's in a different teen movie from the rest of the cast.

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    Up in the Air, 2009

    Kendrick earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations playing an ambitious recent college grad learning the ropes from George Clooney, whose job it is to travel across the country firing people. This grown-up role really shows off her range, and even heartbroken and defeated, she gives us just a little glimmer of hope where Clooney has all but stripped it away.

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    50/50, 2011

    As Joseph Gordon-Levitt battles a rare form of cancer, his support system consists of an uncaring girlfriend, a hovering mother, and a best friend (Seth Rogen) who just wants to use this situation to get laid. And, then there's his very young, very inexperienced hospital-assigned therapist (Kendrick), who fumbles through textbook quotes and awkward truisms in her effort to comfort him. Things get a little unprofessional, which, if JGL were your patient, could you help it either?