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Rex Reed Names 'To The Wonder,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Her' & 'Spring Breakers' Among Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spring Breakers
Move over Paper Magazine critic Dennis Dermody, there's another New York critic even more cranky and contrarian, and he's been doing it for years. That's right, Melissa McCarthy's biggest fan, Rex Reed of the New York Observer, has weighed in on his worst films of 2013, and usual, he's running hard against the tide.

The New Yorker's Worst Of 2013 List Includes 'Before Midnight' & 'All Is Lost' "With 'Gravity' Close Behind"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 11:33 AM
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Gravity
So, everyone loved "Gravity," right? A big slice of sci-fi with a space adventure and groundbreaking visual effects all wrapped up into one of the best cinematic experiences of the year, right? Well, not so much for the New Yorker's Richard Brody.

Michael Fassbender Uncertain He'll Make The Cut In Terrence Malick's Austin Movie, William Friedkin Disses 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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While fans have been excited about this sudden flurry of activity, 2013 has been a bit of a bumpy year for the always under-the-radar Terrence Malick. His latest "To The Wonder" found him getting the rockiest reviews of his career, while he's in the midst of a lawsuit with producers over his brewing documentary "Voyage Of Time." But, that being said, he's got two more movies cooking, "Knight Of Cups" and the still untitled Austin music scene set picture. And now, a minor update has arrived, but the short answer? He's still working on it, of course.

Stream This: 'Lovelace,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Breaking Bad' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 9, 2013 4:05 PM
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Stream This: Prince Avalanche, To The Wonder, Magic Magic,
Hey there fellow streamers. The 2013 summer blockbuster season is (mercifully) winding down, and the Oscar rollouts haven't yet begun, leaving us in the typically unpredictable middle ground of autumn. But with video on demand continuing to gain ground as a distribution platform, the streaming services don't seem to have noticed, and keep on delivering cinematic nuggets for us to consume. It's a fairly modern slate this weekend, with two simultaneous theatrical-VOD releases on the American indie side, and a Chilean movie skipping the cinema altogether. Then, we have two relatively recent picks: one from a divisive yet enduring filmmaker and another that focuses on a divisive and enduring issue in US politics. And as another seminal television program moves into its last season, we urge you to (re)watch the follow up episodes to gear up for what is sure to be a spectacular final push. So let's get right to it: the best of streaming for the week.

The Worst Films Of 2013... So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 10, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Worst Films Of 2013, so far, playlist
Is this the worst summer of blockbusters in a recent age or is it the best? Are “Man of Steel" arguments worth losing friendships over? Is "Southland Tales" a masterpiece as posited by generation revisionism or is it the mess critics took it for initially? Will you dare to give your money to villain mensch Adam Sandler over hero Guillermo del Toro? Debate rages on in 2013 over a variety of topics as is par for the course in the opinionated world of movie criticism and discussion. And yes, as we glance down at our watches, we realize it’s basically the midway point of the year. We already looked at what a handful of us thought were the Best Film Of The Year... So Far, and so in the Peter Travers school of thinking, we thought it might be worthwhile to look at the worst films of the year so far on a Wednesday hump day.

Terrence Malick’s Editor Billy Weber Says 'Knight of Cups' Won’t Be As Dialogue-Free & Experimental As 'To The Wonder'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 9, 2013 3:36 PM
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Billy Weber, Terrence Malick
While at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, we had the chance to sit down with Billy Weber, Terrence Malick’s longtime editor. Beginning his editing career on the cult horror flick “Messiah of Evil,” Weber went on to work with directors ranging from Malick to Martin Scorsese (“Taxi Driver”) to Tony Scott (“Top Gun”). Meeting Malick as an editing assistant on “Badlands,” the two have become decades-long friends and worked together on four more films spanning over forty years -- “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” Being close to the enigmatic director, Weber gave us some insight on Malick’s upcoming projects, although Weber won’t be involved in either, and laid some rumors to rest. As we shared last week, Weber revealed that Malick is working on a director’s cut for "The Tree of Life.” Here are a few more things we gleaned from that conversation.

You Can Go Ahead And Add Michael Shannon To The List Of Actors Cut Out Of 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2013 3:37 PM
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By now, Terrence Malick's tendency to enlist lots of big name stars to come hang out his sets, only to subsequently cut them out of the movie, is as legendary as his press shyness. In fact, we devoted a whole feature to that very topic. And his latest film, the divisive "To The Wonder" -- listen to our podcast about it here -- is no different. While the finished movie pivots around four characters played by Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, there were a handful who worked on the movie, in both big and small parts, that were ultimately cast aside including Rachel Weisz, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Jessica Chastain. And now, you can add one more to that list.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' & The Potential Dangers Of Auteur Worship

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • April 16, 2013 2:41 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck Rachel McAdams
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez, managing editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an in depth conversation about Terrence Malick and his latest film"To the Wonder," and the idea of auteur worship in cinephile/critical circles (also known as vulgar auteurism).

Discuss: Is Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' Another Profound Masterpiece Or A Parody Of His Worst Tendencies?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 15, 2013 11:57 AM
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Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, To The Wonder
The last movie that Roger Ebert reviewed was Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder," which seems appropriately fitting. "To the Wonder" is a movie of quiet contemplation, one where an Oscar-winning movie star like Ben Affleck is mostly found in stoic silence and conventional plot mechanics are either eschewed or completely ignored. It doesn't take on the cosmic dimension of his equally divisive "The Tree of Life," but "To the Wonder" does contemplate similarly big questions about humanity, the world and our place in it.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Go 'To The Wonder' And 'Disconnect' With '42' & 'Scary Movie 5'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 12, 2013 5:13 PM
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It seems we have a weekend of disaster on our hands. Besides the apocalypse - set during a couples' brunch, of all places - this batch of films details the dystopic effects of modern technology, a futuristic world where diseases are commodified, a battle for survival at the ends of the earth (aka, the Norwegian tundra), and a study of man's inability to relate. And, of course, the cataclysmic "Scary Movie" franchise makes its reappearance. The lone light at the end of the tunnel is a heartwarming come-together-sports movie, a good pick-me-up and strong antidote to the hopelessness of life everywhere else. We're pretty pumped. And you, faithful cinephiles: which Armageddon flick gets your blood pumping?

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