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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).

NY Times A.O. Scott's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'Frances Ha,' 'Bling Ring,' 'Pain And Gain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2013 4:46 PM
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We're sure the water cooler is buzzing over at the New York Times today as both of the paper's major film critics have released their assessment of this year's best movies. We've already seen what Manohla Dargis had to say, and now it's time for A.O. Scott to pour one out for 2013.

Weekend Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Scores Second Biggest Opening In Box Office History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2013 11:53 AM
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Iron Man 3
Who really needs any other studios when you’ve got Marvel around? About a year after Marvel’s “The Avengers” set the record for biggest weekend in box office history, “Iron Man 3” comes along to provide the second best. There’s not much precedence for this sort of thing – spinning a successful franchise (“Iron Man”) into another, more lucrative brand (“The Avengers”) and then back out. So while some expected “Iron Man 3” to be seen by the exact same audience as “The Avengers,” that simply wasn’t a realistic proposition. Maybe some people are “Captain America” fans, and some are “Hulk” fans. And most love “Iron Man.”

Box Office: 'Pain & Gain' Takes Top Spot; 'Iron Man 3' Earns $195 Million Overseas, On Track For $1 Billion

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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One could argue it was the under-performance of "The Island" that led Michael Bay into the world of "Transformers" but whatever it was, Bay has not made a film outside of that franchise in eight years. The three films in that series collected $2.6 billion worldwide, however, giving him the freedom to take another risk in "Pain & Gain." And one week before the beginning of summer (considered a dumping ground before the big guns come out to play), the picture was able to capitalize on a tidy $20 million opening.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'The Big Wedding' of 'Mud' & 'Pain & Gain' To Be Held In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 26, 2013 1:45 PM
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The spirit of adventure is strong for this weekend's slate of releases. We begin with the nostalgic and beautiful 1950s-era actioner about Thor Heyerdahl and his raft voyage across the Pacific Ocean -- exploring, so exciting! But there are also expeditions of a tamer, more modern sort. Michael Bay will be returning to the silver screen with loud music and 'roided-up robbers. Matthew McConaughey gets a boat stuck in a tree. An assassin must expose corrupt American government officials and rescue a pretty CIA analyst, set to the tune of flying bullets and explosions (oddly, Bay didn't direct this one). Also, a young couple embarking on the age-old expedition of marriage. So cinephiles, if you're feeling daring -- lace up those boots, mark out the route, pack your GORP and let us know in the comments how you plan to spend your weekend in Adventureland.

Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 24, 2013 10:40 AM
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Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, Bay certainly defined it with some of the biggest, loudest, most larger-than-life spectacles of contemporary cinema. While loathed in many circles for several years by critics like Roger Ebert and others for “ruining movies” with his dumbed-downed, stadium-sized, often banal, Bon Jovi-like anthemic films that came with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Bay’s reputation has improved in recent years with the rise and popularity of vulgar auteurism (a newfound respect or the loud and proud).

The Best Commercials & Music Videos Of Michael Bay

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 23, 2013 12:00 PM
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Michael Bay,  Pain and Gain
Michael Bay is an auteur. He's a director with a unique visual style all his own and a grasp of cinematic language (by the balls) unlike anyone else in the business. In fact, he may be the cinematic auteur who most accurately represents our day and age in the film industry. Notice the use of the word “may” in that last sentence-- all we’re sayin’ is, an argument could be made for the much maligned (in certain circles) director’s relevance within a current climate that prizes bombast and spectacle. And there’s no one else who does bombast and spectacle better than Michael Bay (no arguments there, thank you very much). And he does so with such a unique style there there is never any doubt that you’re watching a Michael Bay film. Sure, watching his films is more like shotgunning a light domestic brew straight to the brain rather than sipping a fine vintage wine, but isn’t there a time and place for shotgunning beers? For sheer orgasmic visuals, there is no equal to Bay in the business. Period.

Watch: Mark Wahlberg Slam Dunks Over Some Kids In Clip From Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 2:16 PM
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This week, Michael Bay is going indie -- kinda -- with "Pain & Gain," his first non-"Transformers" movie in quite some time. And it seems theater owners aren't too happy about it. At last week's CinemaCon, Deadline revealed that after seeing the completed movie, some theater folks complained it was "too long and too gory" and that the comedy and hard violence didn't come together. But maybe they were just bummed there were no robots and a built-in audience for this, meaning that this might require a bit more effort to get people into cinemas. While we wait for the verdicts to come in, all we'll say is a movie that has Mark Wahlberg slam dunking over kids and dominating the court is a movie that we will gladly watch.

Watch: New Clip From 'Pain & Gain' Celebrates Stryper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 8:22 PM
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Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" will either be awesome or maybe not so awesome, but it will certainly be supersized and memorable. And after two clips dropped last week to help boost the movie, another arrives tonight providing yet another peek into the HGH fueled flick.

Penis Magic & Honest Mistakes: 2 Clips From Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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It doesn't seem to a complete summer movie season with something from Micheal Bay, and while "Pain & Gain" will likely not feature the sort destruction the filmmaker has be wreaking with this robot toy franchise, it's still probably going to be unlike anything else you see over the next few months. Bodybuilders, kidnapping, extortion and the American Dream...yes, we're still talking about a Michael Bay movie.

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