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Joe Swanberg Ranks 'All Is Lost,' 'Pain & Gain,' 'Short Term 12' & 'The Spectacular Now' In Best Films Of 2013 List

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 3:39 PM
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Okay, time to wash out the bitter taste from Rex Reed's Worst Films Of 2013 list and get back to the good stuff. The latest person to weigh in with their thoughts on the year in movies is prolific and passionate filmmaker Joe Swanberg. Even though he dropped two movies in 2013—"Drinking Buddies" and "All The Lights In The Sky"—with another one headed to Sundance ("Happy Christmas"), he still managed to get in enough movie-watching to put together a list of his faves in 2013 (though he adds he hasn't seen many of the awards season-type movies).

'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.

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.

The 10 Best Movies Of Summer 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 30, 2013 2:21 PM
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The Ten Best Movies Of Summer 2013
Summer 2013 is over, and so ends another season of loud, dumb, propulsive blockbusters and noisemakers. Lost within the rubble of explosions, posing, next-day blockbuster think pieces and box office discussions, there was also no shortage of options for audiences who didn’t want to turn their brains off, who didn’t want to feel like a kid again. Not that great films are measured in budgets or studio support, but this was an unusually dismal season for popcorn features, and the lines were drawn pretty clearly between the robots, aliens and superheroes of this season, and the lovers, comics and oddballs of the arthouse. For better or for worse, in ten years we’ll be talking about Nicolas Winding Refn’s divisive, maddening “Only God Forgives” more than “White House Down” or “2 Guns,” even if that talk is mostly about how some of us hated it.

Review: Andrew Bujalski's 'Computer Chess'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2013 10:01 AM
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The first thought upon sitting down for “Computer Chess” might be one of snobby resistance. Director Andrew Bujalski has been credited as the godfather of mumblecore, a movement that has produced a number of interesting pictures but one that still invites scorn for supposedly lowering the discourse of independent filmmaking. As usual, here he’s working with a collection of non-actors, though they may be the least photogenic bunch he’s ever shot: there’s certainly no one as bewitching as “Funny Ha Ha” star Kate Dollenmayer, or even as intriguingly polysexual as Alex Karpovsky in “Beeswax.” It’s a period picture taking place in 1980 and the film is shot on video using the technology of that era, giving the picture a fuzzy cable access look. Movie tickets cost a lot of money so when you see a visual like that, there’s a tendency to blanch, but what does it mean that with all those ingredients, “Computer Chess” might be the most charmingly entertaining, funniest movie of the summer?

Watch: New Trailer For Andrew Bujalski's Intriguingly Odd 'Computer Chess'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2013 11:17 AM
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In the age of the RED Camera and the Arri Alexa, it takes a certain kind of chutzpah to shoot your film in black-and-white on the kind of low-grade digital video camera your parents used in the eighties. Andrew Bujalski, however, isn’t like most directors and he’s given his awkward period comedy “Computer Chess” the lo-fi aesthetic it deserves. The first trailer has hit online in all its 1.33 glory.

Exclusive: Full Schedule For 5th Annual BAMcinemaFest; 'Peaches Does Herself,' 'William & The Windmill' & More Added

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 24, 2013 4:08 PM
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In a few weeks the fifth annual BAMcinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music kicks off, bringing a wide away of stellar content to New York’s hippest borough. Today, the full line-up has been revealed for the festival, which runs from June 19th to the 28th, which includes the New York premiere of the documentary “Peaches Does Herself” about punky synth pop star Peaches (complete with a live performance by the star) and the New York premiere of “I Used to Be Darker,” the new film by Matthew Porterfield. Get your subway tickets ready: it’s going to be a good one.

BAMcinemaFEST 2013 Lineup Includes 'Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,' 'Short Term 12,' 'The Spectacular Now' & Much More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 9, 2013 10:24 AM
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The BAMcinemaFEST film festival, run by BAMcinématek out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and now in its fifth year, has announced the complete lineup for 2013. Previous years included films from the likes of Lena Dunham, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lynn Shelton, and this year brings a fittingly eclectic collection of narrative and documentary movies as well, with 22 New York premieres and one world premiere in a schedule packed with upcoming indie talent and a few better-known faces.

Watch: Wonderfully Weird Teaser Trailer For Andrew Bujalski's Sundance Award Winning 'Computer Chess'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 5, 2013 10:44 AM
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With his previous effort nearly five years behind him, news regarding any future Andrew Bujalski projects had been scant to say the least. The indie filmmaker, who’s been given the dubious distinction as being called “the godfather of mumblecore,” is finally back in the limelight with his latest film “Computer Chess.” The crowdsourced fourth feature film from the director recently screened at Sundance where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, and now a teaser trailer has landed and it's a wonderfully weird look at the movie.

SXSW 2013 Line Up Adds 'Before Midnight,' Joss Whedon' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Sundance Hits & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2013 3:00 PM
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Put on the extra-loose pants and get ready for some BBQ. Austin is fixing to welcome the cinematic world in March with the SXSW Film Festival, and today they've dropped their full slate of features. And adding to a line up that already includes "Evil Dead," "Spring Breakers" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is a program of interesting premieres and Sundance favorites. Let us go forth.

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