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Pedro Almodovar's Top 12 Films Of 2013 Includes 'Blue Is Warmest Color,' 'Mud,' 'Act Of Killing'& More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 9:54 AM
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Mud Matthew McConaughey Tye Sheridan
Along with critics, filmmakers also like to get into the ranking of the year's best movies. So far we've seen the likes of Quentin Tarantino and John Waters weigh in, and now another auteur has decided to put down his choices for the best 2013 had to offer, and as always, it's a fascinating look at what connects with creative minds.

The New Yorker's Worst Of 2013 List Includes 'Before Midnight' & 'All Is Lost' "With 'Gravity' Close Behind"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 11:33 AM
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Gravity
So, everyone loved "Gravity," right? A big slice of sci-fi with a space adventure and groundbreaking visual effects all wrapped up into one of the best cinematic experiences of the year, right? Well, not so much for the New Yorker's Richard Brody.

'Metro Manila' Wins Best Film British Independent Film Awards; Paul Greengrass, James McAvoy & More Honored

Another day and more trophies handed out as 2013 tumbles toward a close. Over the weekend, the British Independent Film Awards provided some dinner and statues to a wide range of movies, and given their mandate, it shines a light on a different batch of movies than the ones that are dominating critics charts stateside. Read More »

Spike Jonze's 'Her' Wins Best Film & Best Director From National Board Of Review

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
So how influential are the National Board Of Review winners? Well, last year "Zero Dark Thirty" won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress and went on to be shut out in all three categories when the Oscars rolled out. Basically, just remember that there is a gulf between critics and Academy voters (remember the year when "The Social Network" cleaned up in the all early awards?) so just take a breath. That said, it's nice to see the love.

'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 3:08 PM
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First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But for now, it looks like David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is the one to beat over the next couple of months.

'Gravity,' 'Frances Ha' & 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Land On Sight & Sound's Top 10 Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 9:08 AM
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It's beginning to look a lot like... Awards season. December has arrived and it means trophies are going to start arriving by the truckload. This week alone we'll see the Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board Of Review all hand out their prizes, while overseas the celebration of 2013 of film has already begun. Last week, Cahiers Du Cinema dropped their best of the last twelve months, and now another cinephile mag is doing is the same.

'Gravity,' 'Spring Breakers,' 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' & More Land On Cahiers Du Cinéma Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 11:24 AM
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Let the honors begin. While the New York Film Critics Circle will select their winners a week from today, unofficially kicking off the handing out of awards, overseas the snootier and usually more adventurous folks at Cahiers du Cinéma have unveiled their top ten movies of 2013. And as usual, it's excitingly all over the place.

'Blue Is The Warmest Color,' Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' & More Hit Criterion In February 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 5:13 PM
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Criterion: February, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Foreign Correspondent
If you are one of those people in a relationship where Valentine's Day means presents, you might want to start dropping some suggestions to your significant other as Criterion has a variety pack of cinematic chocolates that you'll want to savor in February.

Festival Fave & Belgium's Oscar Entry 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Awards Nominees

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2013 9:41 AM
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The Broken Circle Breakdown
If there's one movie you might hear The Playlist prattling on about in the next few weeks, it's Felix van Groeningen's "Broken Circle Breakdown." Having already won the heart of Jessica Kiang when it hit Karlovy Vary earlier this year, I saw it this past week and was equally taken with the moving, messy, ambitious and beautiful film that has already received awards at both the Berlin Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. And the film's list of honors may continue at the Oscars, where it's Belgium's entry, but first it's stopping at European Film Awards, where it's leading the pack of nominees.

17 Films Rated NC-17: Did They Deserve The 'Certificate Of Doom'?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 24, 2013 4:01 PM
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18 NC-17 Films
So with its super-long and undeniably graphic sex scene, among other explicit moments, “Blue is the Warmest Color,” which is released this week, was always going to get slapped with an NC-17 rating in the U.S. But unlike many other films in a similar situation, its unassailable position as a near-universally lauded (our own review is here) Cannes Palme d’Or winner has placed the idea of cuts being made for the U.S. market out of the question. For which we heave a sigh of relief, of course: better for us that the film is released, with whatever certification, uncut, than we get some kind of hacked up version that scrapes an R. Still, it’s a debate that surrounds the inevitably controversial rating ever since it was introduced to replace the old X certificate, with an NC-17 assessment being regarded by many as, basically, the kiss of box-office death for anything but the most buzzed-about film. It carries with it not only the automatic reduction of the potential audience by exactly that segment of the population most likely to go to the theater, but also distribution woes that range from certain cinemas refusing to screen NC-17s, to certain video stores refusing to stock the DVDs.

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