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'Touchy Feely' Director Lynn Shelton's Top 10 Favorite Films Of 2013 Include 'Her,' 'Short Term 12' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 1, 2014 10:37 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
2014 is here but that doesn't mean the tabulating of 2013 will end just yet. Everyone is still using the holiday season to catch up on the year that was before jumping into the year ahead, and yet another Top 10 is upon us.

Crash! Boom! Pow! The 15 Best Action Sequences Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 23, 2013 9:05 PM
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Best Action Sequences Of 2013
It seemed as though 2013 was positively clogged up with major "event" movies, each one bigger, louder, and more expensive than the last. Every week some new gargantuan thingummy was trying to one-up the previous week's path of destruction. While many of these movies turned out to be numbing and dull, there were still a few that were actually pretty dazzling, or at the very least featured one truly outstanding sequence that caused you to drop your popcorn or spill your oversized soda in pure, unabashed delight. Almost every big movie in 2013 was marketed at 13-year-old boys; the very best of them made you actually feel like you were 13 again, if only momentarily.

The 15 Best Soundtracks Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013: The Best Soundtracks
Some people—a convenient straw man, for instance—might argue that the days of the movie soundtrack are numbered. “From & Inspired By The Motion Picture” releases are less and less common, it's hard to find music videos for specially written singles that feature footage from the movie in the way that was so common in the 1990s (thank God), and in the iTunes and YouTube era, you can find the one song that you love from a movie without needing to pick up a whole CD of stuff you don't care about.

Hamptons Film Fest: Edgar Wright & Richard Curtis Talk Working Title Films & The State Of The Industry

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 14, 2013 12:01 PM
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Edgar Wright
This weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival, a special tribute to Working Title Films was held as part of the festival's strain of British-themed programming (it just so happened to also coincide with the 10th anniversary of their beloved rom-com "Love Actually"). On hand for the panel were the company's current co-chairs Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, who were later joined by special guests Edgar Wright and Richard Curtis, whose new film for Working Title, "About Time," also played the festival. Together, they helped illuminate what makes Working Title such a unique place for filmmakers, how the company was founded, and what they think the future of cinema holds.

Box Office: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Withstands 'The World's End' & 'The Mortal Instruments' To Take #1 For Second Week

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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The end of summer is nigh and it's going out with a whimper (although this weekend's gross is up 16% since last year). The openers (even the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy) couldn't compete with an Oprah and Weinstein Company-endorsed historical drama and a comedy featuring a Jennifer Aniston striptease. Sorry folks, the next few weeks look even bleaker with an Ethan Hawke-Selena Gomez chase heist flick and the One Direction doc on the horizon. With a sense of dread, looking out onto the dearth of late summer movies and waiting for the shiny-though-not-always-golden "I want an Oscar" period of fall, we give you this weekend's not-so-surprising and not-so-thrilling box office results.

The Pub Crawl: 12 Movie Bars Worth Stopping By For A Drink

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 23, 2013 12:40 PM
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This weekend sees the U.S. opening of Edgar Wright's "The World's End," the concluding part of his "Cornetto Trilogy" of collaborations with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Aside from so brilliantly and lovingly referencing and sending up the genres they love (zombies in "Shaun of the Dead," buddy cop movies in "Hot Fuzz" and now apocalyptic sci-fi in "The World's End") one of the greatest pleasures these films afford is the very central place that alcohol, but pubs especially, play in all of the plots. In "The World's End" (you can read our interview with Wright here, including a play by play of the soundtrack) that booziness is brought to its natural conclusion as the film is set around a 12-establishment pub crawl that is mildly interrupted by the threatened Armageddon.

Exclusive Track By Track: Edgar Wright Discusses 'The World's End' Soundtrack & His Musical Choices

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 22, 2013 4:52 PM
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The World's End' set
With three films spanning just shy of 10 years, Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy ends this weekend, but it ends with a bang. The director's third film in his loose trilogy — which always includes his pals Simon Pegg and Nick Frost — is "The World's End" — a sci-fi-ish pub crawl comedy with heart and mind that actually focuses on nostalgia for one's youth, the meaning of friendship and even the idea of how globalization can change what you once knew as home.

Interview: Edgar Wright Talks 'The World's End,' Completing The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Ant-Man' & Much More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 21, 2013 1:44 PM
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All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, the "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy" finally melts with the debut of apocalyptic robo-comedy "The World's End." Beginning with 2004's romantic zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead" and continuing with 2007's buddy comedy send-up "Hot Fuzz," the loose trilogy and the films within are wild, visually stunning homages to very specific genres, all of them directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (Pegg also co-wrote all three.) Wright, Pegg and Frost all return for "The World's End," which dramatizes what happens when several childhood friends return to their hometown to find things are different. Like really different (minor plot spoilers ahead).

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.

Review: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • July 20, 2013 5:00 PM
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As the completion of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s thus-far endlessly watchable Cornetto Trilogy, “The World’s End” is probably the funniest movie I’ve ever felt really disappointed by. Like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” before it, their collaboration once again produces some of the most genuine, earned, character-driven laughs in any modern comedy. And in many ways it evidences the trio’s individual and collective growth as performers and creators, employing what has become to their fans familiar techniques to communicate increasingly sophisticated ideas. But as a film whose central theme emphasizes the dangers of living in the past, Wright, Pegg and Frost become fatally distracted by nostalgia, eventually paying too much homage to previous classics—especially their own—to create another film that deserves to stand alongside them.

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