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NY Times Manohla Dargis's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'The Counselor,' 'Her,' 'Spring Breakers' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 2:22 PM
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Spring Breakers
Another day, another top ten sixteen list, this time from the desk of New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. And while you'll find the usual suspects like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Her," the list is mostly notable for giving shine to perhaps some of the more undersung and left-field films that dropped in 2013.

AFI's Movies Of 2013 Include 'Gravity,' 'Her' & 'American Hustle'; TV Shows Of 2013 Include 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game Of Thrones' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 3:15 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
The holidays are fast approaching which means after the presents are unwrapped and the allocated family time is complete you're going to have some free time and grandma's Christmas money to spend. Thus, it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the acclaimed movies and TV you've been missing out on in 2013.

'Gravity,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Iron Man 3' & More Make Empire Magazine's Top 10 Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 10:14 AM
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Well, the cinephiles at Cahiers Du Cinema and Sight & Sound have had their say on 2013, now how about something for everyone else? Leaning much more toward the mainstream, the folks over at Empire have kicked off December with their list of the greatest from the past twelve months and it's pretty safe to say that there are definitely a couple of movies on here that likely won't be found anywhere else.

New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: My 5 Favorite Films

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2013 4:08 PM
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51st New York Film Festival Wrap-Up
The 51st New York Film Festival is quickly coming to a close and it’s frankly taken us a little by surprise how fast its ended (this is also a way to say, damn, we’re still a little behind on some reviews). But it has been an excellent festival, so like Oli's more contemporaneous BFI London Film Festival diaries, I wanted to recap what I've seen so far. While there was no secret screening—director Kent Jones' dream of bringing Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf Of Wall Street" to the fest were squashed when Scorsese fell behind in his editing—this year's festival was still one of NYFF's best.

Review: Paul Greengrass' Harrowing, Absorbing Thriller 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 11, 2013 5:38 PM
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Captain Phillips
Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” has the surprisingly thematically similar “Gravity” licked. With apologies to Alfonso Cuarón’s film, which I enjoyed, the buzzier effort may be an enveloping visual tour-de-force, but the one (wo)man-against-the-universe endurance saga in space lacks in character development and genuinely convincing emotional stakes. These are not, however, narrative areas that “Captain Phillips” is deficient in. In fact, its character and rich emotional layers are what elevates the film from a precisely-told absorbing thriller into something much more potent and powerful: a breathtakingly harrowing tale of survival and grueling desperation that redefines the term “nailbiter.”

BFI London Film Fest Diary Day 1: 'Captain Philips,' 'The Congress,' 'Bertolucci On Bertolucci' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2013 2:10 PM
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Captain Phillips,
Even with the New York Film Festival still ongoing for a few more days, the international festival circuit isn't pausing for breath: Wednesday saw the kick off of the 57th BFI London Film Festival across the pond. After a fairly rocky start under new director Clare Stewart last year, the U.K.'s biggest festival has come roaring back in 2013 with the best line-up I can remember, cherry picking the best of Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, Cannes, Venice, TIFF and more, and even with a major world premiere for the first time in several years, in the shape of "Saving Mr. Banks," which closes the festival next weekend.

Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Greengrass

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 9, 2013 12:28 PM
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The Films of Paul Greengrass
“I really do believe, with a great, great passion, in the possibility of really good films being made at scale and in the mainstream,” Paul Greengrass said to Empire, rather ironically on the occasion of the release of his least financially successful Hollywood film, 2010’s “Green Zone.” But it outlines what seems the guiding principle of Greengrass’ work, that there is a way to make intelligent, politically relevant, “grown-up” films that appeal to a mass market.

Watch: Tom Hanks Gets Taken In 3 New Clips From 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 11:15 AM
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Captain Phillips
While "Gravity" is undoubtedly a gripping experience, there are some of us at The Playlist that might argue that Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips" is just as harrowing, thrilling and nerve-wracking as Alfonso Cuaron's space spectacle. Either way, if you can make one of the advance screenings this Saturday we urge you to do so, but if not, the film opens next week and it's worth getting in line for.

10 Films To See In October

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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10 Films To See In October
You could be inclined to believe October is just like any other month, especially since there’s only one major horror movie set for wide release to scare your pants off on Halloween. Sadly this must-see slate of ten won’t sate your bloodlust, but it does feature awards-contenders, smart indies and survival thrillers that will have you grabbing the person closes to you. And moreover, these are ten good movies that we think are worthy of your time and money over the next thirty days. So let's dive right in....

Watch: Tom Hanks Locks Down The Bridge In 2 Tense Clips From 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 2:11 PM
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Breathtakingly harrowing, impossibly tense, white-knuckled, tremendous....in our New York Film Festival review of "Captain Phillips," we certainly weren't short of the superlatives for the latest thriller from Paul Greengrass. After some taut trailers the first real clip from the movie has arrived to back up some of what we've been saying about this one.

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