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Box Office 2013 Year In Review: The Good, The Bad And The 'Oldboy'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Best of Box Office, 2013
The standards for what constituted a megahit used to be reaching the fabled $100 million milestone. The goalposts have been moved: only taking into account domestic numbers, a whopping thirty films this year crossed that mark, and a couple more stragglers might join them soon.

Paper Magazine Critic Goes Contrarian, Names ‘12 Years A Slave’ Worst Film Of 2013

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2013 10:21 AM
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12 Years A Slave
While we’re mostly celebratory around these parts, a considerable aspect of our year-end cinematic reflections has been dredging up those unspeakable films long since forgotten for one final verdict—think “Violet and Daisy,” “I Give It A Year," or “The Big Wedding." We compiled our 20 favorite abominations here, but elsewhere head film critic of Paper Magazine Dennis Dermody has aimed for more awards-centric fare with his list, and ended up with director Steve McQueen’s work in his sights.

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.”

Time Magazine Names 'The Counselor,' 'Only God Forgives' & 'Grown Ups 2' In 10 Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 12:20 PM
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The Counselor
First there was the best....and now the comes the worst. And while Mary Pols stoked internet fury last year by naming "Cloud Atlas" the top stinker of 2012, hardly anyone will argue with her choice this year: "Grown Ups 2." And in fact the rest of her list is pretty debate proof.

Good Summer/Bad Summer: Who Were The Victors & The Victims Of The Blockbuster Box Office This Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 1:27 PM
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Summer 2013 Blockbusters: Hits & Misses
While we're only a few weeks into August, summer blockbuster season is pretty much winding down for the year. Last weekend brought "Elysium," the last major tentpole for the moment (albeit an underperforming one), and the rest of August is mostly made up of lo-fi programmers and would-be-franchises that, if their studios had any confidence in them, would be coming out at a different time. So it seems like a good time as any to take a look at the summer box office over the last few months, and discuss who had a good May-August in 2013, and who really didn't.

Box Office: 'The Conjuring' Spooks Out Slow 'Turbo,' In-The-Red 'Red 2' & D.O.A. 'R.I.P.D.'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 21, 2013 1:46 PM
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It was a dismal weekend, with total ticket sales down 20% from last year. Not only that, but a horror movie, albeit a pretty good one, has taken the top spot. Did Hollywood underestimate the movie-going public? Do these numbers indicate that America is finally taking a stand against generic would-be blockbusters? Or are movies really now so bad that "Despicable Me 2" is apparently the biggest boon of the summer? Will "The Conjuring" be another flash-in-the-pan like "The Purge" (debuted number one and then suffered one of the largest box office drops of the summer)?

Review: 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 19, 2013 8:57 AM
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One day a studio will fund a $100 million plus tentpole, screen the finished version, and flat-out deem it un-releasable, unwatchable and unmarketable. Until then, we only have reminders that that day is coming, in the form of misguided boondoggles like “R.I.P.D.,” a picture that Universal is releasing in order to create a silver lining around a $130 million cloud. What’s horrifying is that this expensive misfire runs a little less than ninety minutes, which means that there’s likely a 105-110 minute long version that the producers hacked up in order to get the maximum amount of 3D showtimes to not embarrass the studio on opening weekend. Judging by the released product, that version is likely even worse, if such a thing were possible.

Watch: Get Dead With 4 Clips, 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'R.I.P.D.' Starring Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 12, 2013 10:43 AM
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While the world’s attention may be focused on how well “Pacific Rim” will do this weekend, by next week we’ll all be questioning whether or not Ryan Reynolds has the star power to make a splash during the summer season. His last big spectacle, “Green Lantern,” was quite the flop when it hit theaters in 2011. With “R.I.P.D.” marking his return to the summer season next week, the promotional vehicle has kicked into high gear and started churning out a slew of features and clips, which you can view below.

Watch: Trailer For 'R.I.P.D.' With Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges Looks Like Some Spooky Summer Fun

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2013 6:10 PM
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RIPD, Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges
In terms of "most anticipated summer movies," "R.I.P.D.," a new supernatural action film from Universal that stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, before today, didn't even chart. In fact, we're not sure we quite understood what it was even supposed to be – it has a primo July 19th release date but very little in terms of pre-release hype, save for a vaguely "Men in Black"-ish teaser poster and a funny/cool name (it stands for "Rest In Peace Department" – love the puns). But with the debut of a full trailer, it looks like "R.I.P.D." could be one of the sleeper surprise of the summer, promising gobs of goofy, spooky fun.

No Trailers Yet, But Posters Arrive For 'R.I.P.D.' & '300: Rise Of An Empire'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2013 10:16 AM
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RIPD, Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges
Not every movie this summer is going to a smash hit, and a couple are destined to disappoint commercially. So which one will it be? We'll leave that up to ticket buyers to decide, but we certainly will say that right now, Universal has a bit of a hill to climb with "R.I.P.D." The movie wrapped over a year ago, and it's only in recent days that we got an actual picture from the movie (see above) and now, a poster. A not so exciting poster.

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