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The Best & Worst Trends Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 3, 2014 2:33 PM
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Best & Worst Trends Of 2013
We’ve just wrapped up the highest grossing year in history with the movie industry capturing $11 billion in domestic receipts. Lost within the field of hits and flops were common re-occurrences, ideas and motifs that resurfaced consistently throughout the year to make 2013 its own beast, labeling our shared cinematic experience as a moment in time.

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' & More Lead PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 1:02 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio
For the past couple weeks, one of the running threads about Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" was that it was just too hardcore and raunchy for the (generally older) awards season voters. But don't tell that to the Producer's Guild—one of the best augurs of future Oscar glory—as they have nominated the movie along with a batch of others that have long been seen as surefire Best Picture contenders.

Pakistani Action Film 'Waar,' 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' & '12 Years A Slave' Top IMDb Best Of 2013 Poll

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 6:19 PM
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Waar
Yeah, we know....it's only hours until the ball drops in Times Square and yes, we'll be getting our party hats on soon. But one more list for you before we say hello to 2014: it's the IMDB Best Of 2013 Poll.

Frame By Frame: The Best Shots Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 11:02 AM
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 The Best Shots Of 2013
Continuing our look at the Best Of 2013, we've come down to definitely the smallest, most fleeting and ephemeral of cinematic elements: the single shot. If in the living organism of a movie, a shot is perhaps just a single cell, but it doesn’t mean that on occasion that one cell can’t take on an importance, weight and memorability totally disproportionate to its size. And in each of the cases we list here, it was a shot that at least some of us found irrevocably “sticky” — an image that, even during the film, had leapt out at us and caught us by surprise, and the one that lingered longest after the credits rolled. In some cases, it’s a shot of particular cinematographic beauty, but we tried to stay away from those that were only that, and instead focus on shots that invested the experience of watching whichever film it was with some deeper thematic significance and/or featured a cat looking at his own reflection.

The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Best Movie Music Moments Of 2013
As some of you may know, The Playlist started out way back as a music-influenced movie blog and while our horizons have expanded exponentially since then, we like to keep a finger in that pie, and hope that we’re never remiss in giving the often overlooked audio component of the cinemagoing experience its full due. This year we’ve already run two celebrations of music at the movies: our Best Soundtracks of 2013 and our Best Scores of 2013, but as much as we think they give a good overview, there’s still room to talk about those times when a film’s music has been so integral to a scene that it transcends the wider discussion of whether the whole soundtrack is good or bad, or even whether the movie is good or bad, and creates a small sliver of something special and memorable.

Paper Magazine Critic Goes Contrarian, Names ‘12 Years A Slave’ Worst Film Of 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2013 10:21 AM
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12 Years A Slave
While we’re mostly celebratory around these parts, a considerable aspect of our year-end cinematic reflections has been dredging up those unspeakable films long since forgotten for one final verdict—think “Violet and Daisy,” “I Give It A Year," or “The Big Wedding." We compiled our 20 favorite abominations here, but elsewhere head film critic of Paper Magazine Dennis Dermody has aimed for more awards-centric fare with his list, and ended up with director Steve McQueen’s work in his sights.

'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Frances Ha,' 'Upstream Color' & More Make Film Comment's Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 5:14 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
More lists are arriving as 2013 draws to a close and if you're wondering what movies you need to catch in cinemas, or keep an eye out for at the arthouse, they are always a handy guide. Now, Film Comments is stepping into both arenas with their definitive take on the year that was.

Download Over 30 Oscar-Contending Screenplays Including ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Gravity’ ‘12 Years A Slave’ & More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • December 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
You might be an aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker and want to see how the professionals and the current masters do it on the page. Or maybe you're curious to see how the finished product differs from the original script or perhaps you just enjoy reading the work from your favorite directors and writers.

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Golden Globe Nominations As 'American Hustle,' 'Nebraska' Also Perform Strongly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2013 8:49 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Another morning, another awards nominations announcement: this time, it's the turn of the oft-derided Golden Globes. Will "12 Years A Slave" carry on its success from the SAGs yesterday? Or will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throw a spanner in the works? Most importantly, which nomination will be the most obvious 'please come to our ceremony, famous person' nod of 2013?

NY Times A.O. Scott's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'Frances Ha,' 'Bling Ring,' 'Pain And Gain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:46 PM
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We're sure the water cooler is buzzing over at the New York Times today as both of the paper's major film critics have released their assessment of this year's best movies. We've already seen what Manohla Dargis had to say, and now it's time for A.O. Scott to pour one out for 2013.

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