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The 20 Worst Films Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 12, 2013 12:08 PM
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2013: Worst Fillms Of The Year
You know us, dear reader, we’re on the side of the angels. Most days of the year will find us, Pollyanna-like, looking on the bright side of the movie world, championing the weak, giving succour to the neglected and finding the silver lining to every cinematic cloud. But not today. Today, screw that, we’re giving vent to the bile that has built up over a twelvemonth of diligent moviegoing and letting it rip on those movies that just fucking suck. And while we still believe in reasoned argument and persuasive rhetoric to get our points across, forgive us if we occasionally lapse into hyperbole here, and remember that these are films that take two-odd hours of our (and your) lives and brainspace, that could be given to something much more deserving,, rewarding and wondrous, and serve us mulch instead. I mean, Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata” is roughly the same length as Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2.”

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far) Includes 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Kick-Ass 2,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 10:03 AM
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For the past couple of years—except 2013 when he was working on his own "Django Unchained"—Quentin Tarantino wasn't shy about sharing the films he liked, and sometimes, the ones he didn't. For the most part, the filmmaker loves indie movies, animated films and big, popcorn blockbusters. In 2010, he was really into kids' flicks with "Toy Story 3,""Tangled" and "How To Train Your Dragon" sitting alongside "The Social Network," "True Grit" and "Animal Kingdom." In 2011, fare like "Attack The Block," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," "Moneyball" and uh, "The Three Musketeers" were name-dropped while he controversially gave Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" a "nice try" dig. So what does he like so far in 2013?

In Honor Of 'Riddick:' 10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 2:11 PM
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10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever
If popcorn cinema in 2013 has been defined by one thing, it's been "Sharknado." But if cinema in 2013 has been defined by two things, it's "Sharknado" and... a glut of unnecessary and unwanted sequels. Think about it: "A Good Day to Die Hard," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "RED 2," "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" "Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," "Planes," "The Smurfs 2," "Grown Ups 2." These aren't just movies that are creatively unnecessary, they are movies that it's hard to imagine anyone wanting (though in the Sandler movie's case people bizarrely did actually show up, to humanity's shame). Even "Monsters University," arguably the year's best sequel/prequel/spin-off, wasn't one that seemed that creatively in demand—it was better than expected, but hardly essential. This week sees yet another sequel few were clamoring to hit theaters: "Riddick," the third movie in the series started by 2000's "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.". And it got us thinking about other egregious examples through the years.

Box Office: 'Kick-Ass 2' Gets Served By 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2013 1:18 PM
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Sorry folks, it's summer, which means holidays which means our usually box office folks are away. So here's a quick rundown of what went on this weekend at the multiplex instead of our usually more verbose take. Onwards......

Killer Kids: 5 Unforgettably Lethal Children In Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 15, 2013 1:04 PM
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Killer Kids: 5 Of The Most Lethal Children In Film
One of the touchstones of the horror genre are movies that involve the "scary little kid"—things like "The Omen," "Village of the Damned," "The Innocents" and, more recently, movies like "Joshua" and "Orphan." In these films, childhood innocence is perverted, replaced by pure, blackened evil, and the results are often chilling. But a much more interesting sub-genre, one that "Kick-Ass 2" (opening this weekend) fully engages with is the "killer kid" genre. This is different than the "evil kid" strain because these children aren't necessarily evil (and there is no supernatural mumbo jumbo) but they can drop you like a bag of laundry just the same.

Review: 'Kick-Ass 2' Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 10:01 AM
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The pressure of insurmountable expectations from established predecessors hangs over “Kick-Ass 2,” seen in the characters of Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Teenage Mindy trains to push herself as costumed crimefighter Hit-Girl, visibly seeking approval from the vacated costume of her late father, known to the general populace as Big Daddy. She’s promised to avoid letting down her doting dad, but she also vowed to honor Marcus (Morris Chestnut), her new legal guardian handpicked by her father who wishes the girl would try to lead a normal, non-costumed life. Young millionaire D’Amico, meanwhile, remains haunted by the sight of his father blown to bits by a bazooka fired by young vigilante Kick-Ass at the end of the first picture, believing he can honor dad’s memory by building his own criminal empire.

Watch: NSFW Featurette For 'Kick Ass 2,' & SFW Clip From Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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A couple of clips for upcoming movies hit over the weekend, at polar opposites from each other, one for a big animated movie that's still a few months away, the other a red-band featurette for an imminent R-rated comic book blockbuster.

Whitest Pimp Alive: New Clip & Featurette For 'Kick-Ass 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 5:19 PM
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Kick-Ass 2
What happens when a superhero movie that's supposed to be a sorta riff on the clichés of the genre starts becoming just like every other movie in the fold? That's what we're beginning to wonder with "Kick-Ass 2," which follows the irreverent first movie by doing what every sequel does: adding more characters, upping the stakes and in this case, becoming just like every other superhero movie going. Granted, the good guys and villains here are mostly kids, and there's more f-bombs, but when the action starts? Well, it all feels a little familiar.

13 Films You Should See In August

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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12 Films You Should See In August
August usually means backpacks, school, and the slow slog to the holidays and the end of the year (can you tell I’m not looking forward to summer‘s end?). One place where the end isn’t apparent is at the local multiplex, where there is so much going in August that I’m throwing in an additional two films for you on top of the requisite ten! Just think, August used to be a dumping ground for films that weren’t bombastic enough for summer but lacked the Oscar clout for the winter; now it’s that special time where independent films can flourish and audiences can remember why they love movies in the first place.

Watch: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Feels Like Tweeting In 'Kick-Ass 2' Clip Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 5:11 PM
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Kick-Ass 2
At this point you've likely already made a decision about "Kick-Ass 2"; you're either stoked to see the followup to the modest hit film or you could take it or leave it at this point. Capturing that lightning in a bottle twice is no easy feat but Universal is certainly trying.

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