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The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen

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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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20 Best 2014 Films We've Already Seen
The more OCD among us here at Playlist Towers find it a source of constant aggravation that release dates vary so much from territory to territory, and festivals often get premieres a full 18-or-so months before a film gains a proper U.S. release, that doing a cut-and-dried list of any given year’s movies becomes less science than art. And while it’s an art that has already yielded our first magnum opus of the year, the 100 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014, (and we should probably be awarded the rest of January off as a result) there’s still a category of film we’ve left unmined: those movies that we saw and reviewed in 2013 at festivals or sneak screenings or parts foreign that won’t be in theaters until 2014.

The 10 Biggest News Stories Of 2013

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 7, 2014 1:33 PM
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The Biggest News Stories Of 2013
2013 is now behind us, which means we can take stock on what the biggest news stories of the year were, and how they'll affect the industry in the coming year and beyond

The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

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  • January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 (part 2)
Last week we brought you numbers 100-51 of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. And while we still have several other look-ahead-to-2014 pieces in the works for the coming days, like a Sundance preview, 2014 Films We've Already Seen, and the ever-controversial Will These Films Suck? rundown of potential lowlights, today we get on to the section that really matters--the top 50 2014 films we're looking forward to most. It's a mouthwatering selection that convinces us once again that we collectively have the greatest job in the world, and has us antsy for the January doldrums to get gone, so let's dive straight in, shall we?

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.

10 Films To See In January

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • January 2, 2014 12:06 PM
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10 Films To See In January
January is perceived to be a flat-out, no-good month to release a movie. Usually considered the dumping ground for films which would be killed opening up any other time—no disrespect—but if your movie’s being released this month, it will be approached with a greater sense of wariness. However, it's not all bad, as the post Christmas/New Year’s malaise not only sees Oscar and awards season contenders expand from limited to wide release, savvy distributors find pockets to release adult, intelligent fare into a marketplace that desperately needs it. So in case you thought January was a lost cause, here are ten movies to see this month, including two that opened in limited release in December but are getting a second tribute in honor of their wide releases.

The Best Movies Of 2013 (The Playlist Staff Top 10s)

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  • December 31, 2013 11:40 AM
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The Best Movies Of 2013 (Oli)
Updated: Features Editor Jessica Kiang's list has just been added to our top ten roundup, where you'll also find U.K. writer Oliver Lyttelton's top 15, along with Katie Walsh's and Gabe Toro's too. Happy New Year!

"DVD Is The New Vinyl" Podcast: David Lowery, James Gray & Buck Angel

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • December 30, 2013 12:08 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: David Lowery, James Gray & Buck Angel
As we close out 2013, it seems like every film writer and reader has a list (Santa even checked his twice) with their Favorite [insert number] Films of the Year, the Most Underrated Performances and Overrated Directors, the Best Top 10 List of Lists, et cetera. (Check out ours). But woe, the pitiable December DVD and Blu-ray releases, overlooked by the masses in favor of year-end catching up and frazzled holiday-brain distractions. Even if you don't believe in 2014 resolutions, do yourself a favor with those gleaming new Amazon gift cards (thanks, Grandma Carol) and splurge on these 13 recommendations.

The Most Memorable Movie Moments Of 2013

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  • December 24, 2013 12:40 PM
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The Most Memorable Movie Moments 2013
Can you feel it? The end of 2013 is hurtling toward us like a stampeding rhino. And as our year-end wind down is winding down, we're letting ourselves off the leash a little and assembling this unwieldy monster—an unashamedly scrappy and random list of The Most Memorable Movie Moments of the Year aka Every Damn Thing That We Couldn't Find Anywhere Else to Talk About. Those of you who like a little more formal rigor in your year-in-review programming may wish to check out Best Shots, or Best Music Moments, or Best Documentaries, or Best Soundtracks, or Best Scores or Action Sequences, Child Performances, TV Episodes, Worst Films… or really any of our other 2013 wrap-up features (just hit our "Best of 2013" tag) all of which were put together with about 83% more discipline than this one.

Frame By Frame: The Best Shots Of 2013

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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 Playlist Staff's Most Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2013

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  • December 24, 2013 7:03 AM
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Overrated/Underrated 2013
You have to be especially careful with the words “overrated” or “underrated.” Some people don't like the terms, thinking that they're condescending or snide, elevating your own opinions over those of the majority. And arguably they have a strong point, but the words do serve a purpose—how else is a writer meant to sum up their feelings when they're swimming against the tide? And sometimes, that tide is among your own colleagues. See, we're not a hive mind at The Playlist, though we might sometimes give that impression. Like any group of colleagues, we disagree from time to time. Scratch that, we disagree quite a lot, and it's rare for a film to hit theaters without at least one member of staff bucking the consensus, when a consensus can even be reached.

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