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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).

Quentin Tarantino Shares Criticism Of 'The Lone Ranger,' Thoughts On Ben Affleck As Batman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 11:56 AM
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Last week, Quentin Tarantino somewhat surprisingly and randomly dropped his list of his Top Ten Films Of 2013 (So Far), that featured its own amount of surprising and random choices. Ranging from indie fare like "Afternoon Delight," "Before Midnight" and "Frances Ha" to oddball choices like "The Conjuring" and "Kick-Ass 2," perhaps the most curious selection in the unordered list was "The Lone Ranger." The summer's critical and commercial bomb seemed to find favor with Tarantino, but in a recent interview with French weekly Les Inrockuptibles (print edition, not yet online), he shares his criticisms of the Johnny Depp western and brief thoughts on his top ten.

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?

How 5 Recent Horror Films Scared Up Big Success At The Box Office

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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After initial loud buzz way back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where its screening triggered a bidding war, horror flick "You're Next" is finally about to invade theaters nationwide. The tale of a band of masked intruders who violently disrupt a family get together, it's a kicky treat that we finally got a chance to watch at SXSW this year (you can read our review here). While it seems like it could be a late summer hit, if recent horror hits have proven anything, it's that it's nearly impossible to preemptively diagnose what genre fare is going to make a very respectable amount of money at the box-office.

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)?

New Line Is Scaring Up A Sequel To 'The Conjuring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 3:52 PM
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If there is one thing James Wan has proven with this career so far, it's that he can make scary movies cheap and hugely profitable. He made his name as the man behind the "Saw" franchise and "Insidious" (with the sequel to that movie coming this fall), and while no official figures have been revealed, it's probably safe to say that this weekend's spookfest "The Conjuring," didn't cost all that much either. Okay, maybe slightly more than usual given the '70s setting but beyond that, dude knows how to scare on the cheap and turn that investment into piles of cash. And New Line wants to keep that scary money flowing.

Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to an earlier era, less grisly and more foreboding. It’s perhaps a testament to his craft that his latest, “The Conjuring,” seems to feature no sex, almost zero foul language, and a minimal amount of blood-letting, only to still comfortably secure an R-rating. Rarely do you find contemporary horror films dedicated to genuinely scaring you instead of making you laugh ironically, recoil in disgust, or react with politically-fueled anger.

Infestation, Oppression, Possession: Watch 6 Clips From 'The Conjuring' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 9:05 AM
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At the halfway point now of the summer movie season, we've seen lots of big blockbuster action, raunchy comedies, sequels, animated fare, indie dramedies and more. But we haven't really had a good scare, however "The Conjuring" is hope to frighten the butter off your popcorn...but does it have the goods?

It's Scary Because It's True: New Trailer For Horror Flick 'The Conjuring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:28 PM
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We've seen countless horror movies come down the line in recent years "based on" or "inspired by" a true story. But we've never quite seen the actual real people behind the stories get involved in the marketing of the movie. Well, nothing stays the same, and with James Wan's "The Conjuring" coming in a few short weeks, Warner Bros. has got the actual family out to let audiences know: yes, this really did happen to them.

Watch: Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga Are Ghost Hunters In New Trailer For 'The Conjuring'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 2:24 PM
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The last time I wrote about "The Conjuring," some commenters gave me flack for suggesting the first teaser trailer relied to heavily on loud noises and jump scares. Well, what will they have to say about this?

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