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The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Worst Films Of 2013, so far, playlist
Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain mensch Adam Sandler over hero Guillermo del Toro? Debate rages on in 2013 over a variety of topics as is par for the course in the opinionated world of movie criticism and discussion. And yes, as we glance down at our watches, we realize it’s basically the midway point of the year. We already looked at what a handful of us thought were the Best Film Of The Year... So Far, and so in the Peter Travers school of thinking, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the worst films of the year so far on a Wednesday hump day.

Weekend Box Office: 'Oz' Continues To Rule, 'Burt Wonderstone' Far Less Than 'Incredible'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2013 11:32 AM
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While it should be more than clear that "Oz the Great and Powerful" won't match the billion dollar haul of Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" – tears of sadness, Disney – still, this remains prime real estate for a family film as kids celebrate their spaced-out spring breaks. As such, 'Oz' has performed strongly on the weekdays, news that offsets the decent-but-unspectacular overseas returns. The film is on pace to rack up somewhere between $600-$800 million (probably the low end of that), which doesn't blow the doors off compared to a $300 million plus investment by the studio. But this is Disney we're talking about: there are ancillary earnings up the wazoo here.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Burt Wonderstone' May Be 'The Call' For 'Spring Breakers' Everywhere

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 15, 2013 5:19 PM
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There's a certain sense of heightened and/or alternate reality pervading the theater releases this weekend. On the one hand, we have a film about magicians, professionals who create the illusion of having manipulated real world physics; plus, it takes place in Vegas, a city that, unto and of itself, is an entirely other universe. In the other corner is Harmony Korine's new picture, an exploitation flick where the Wizard of Oz leads the starlets of "High School Musical" in a coke-fueled game of Russian Roulette. And then, somewhere in the middle, "Little Miss Sunshine" gets kidnapped by a gasoline-hose-wielding sociopath.

Video: Steve Carell Talks 'Burt Wonderstone,' Trying To Identify With Jerk Characters & The Egos Of Show Business

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2013 6:49 PM
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Last week we rolled out some of our interview with Steve Carell, the star of this weekend's upcoming magician comedy, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." Carell spoke to us about getting the band back together for "Anchorman 2" and his somewhat surprising dramatic turn as an eccentric millionaire schizophrenic for Bennett Miller's dark drama "Foxcatcher" coming later this year.

SXSW Review: Dated, Deeply Unfunny 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Can't Conjure Comedy Magic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2013 9:25 PM
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Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
There are some movies that seem hopelessly outdated, either because of their subject matter or filmmaking style (or both), and they're usually marked by having the unfortunate luck of cashing in on some zeitgeist-capturing craze or cultural moment slightly past its expiration date. But "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," a new "comedy" that stars Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey as bickering magicians, feels completely unmoored from societal trends and things that people are generally interested in. It seems to be trying to send up the Las Vegas showmen of the '60s and '70s while simultaneously trying to satirize the David Blaine and Criss Angel-style illusionists of the world, whose own mini-moment passed eons ago.

Exclusive Video: Steve Carell Talks About His Dramatic Turn In 'Foxcatcher'; Says He's Glad 'Anchorman 2' Didn't Happen Sooner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 5, 2013 4:51 PM
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Exclusive: Steve Carell Talks The Dramatic Role Of 'Foxcatcher' & 'Anchorman 2'
Who needs "The Office"? Steve Carell's going to have a big 2013. Coming later this year is the Sundance indie hit "The Way, Way Back," he's reprising his voice role in "Despicable Me 2" and landing in theaters very soon is "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," in which he stars as a magician in crisis alongside Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi. 'Wonderstone' will premiere even sooner at the SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off this week.

Watch: 10 Clips From 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Try To Conjure Comedy Magic

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 5, 2013 9:16 AM
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On paper, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” sounds like a no-brainer. A magician send-up starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi? Where do I sign up, right? But when the first trailer for the movie dropped last December, it left a lot to be desired. Now, with its release date two weeks away, Warner Bros has premiered 10 new clips online, giving us more of a taste of what to expect from the magician comedy. 

SXSW 2013 Brings 'Burt Wonderstone,' Spring Breakers,' 'Evil Dead,' 'Drinking Buddies' & More To Austin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Sundance Film Festival starts Thursday, a few short weeks later it's the Berlin International Film Festival and just as the weather starts getting warmer, film fans will flock to Austin for the SXSW Film Conference And Festival. In fact, it's less than two months away and now the slate is beginning to be unveiled.

Watch: Trailer For 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Features Steve Carell, Jim Carrey & Lots Of Spray Tan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 8:56 AM
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While Steve Carell has been positioned as the next big comedy star, the projects he's chosen have been disappointments for the most part. For every "Crazy Stupid Love" there has been a "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," while an ambitious concept like "Dinner For Schmucks" (a remake of much better and excellent French film "The Dinner Game") may have done decently at the box office (barely) but wasn't exactly all that memorable. Now comes "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," another big idea comedy that unfortunately looks pretty tedious.

'Prisoners,' 'Burt Wonderstone,' 'We're The Millers' & More Get Release Dates

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 11, 2012 11:00 AM
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It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. Next year’s releases are already being scheduled in an attempt to stake out some money-making territory, and Warner Bros. has some dates for you to mark down.

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