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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Putting 2013 Behind Us

"Orphan Black," Hannibal" and "Masters of Sex" were among our favorite TV shows of 2013. But we remain skeptical of the entire enterprise of compiling lists.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 31, 2013 8:02 PM
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Consolata Boyle Talks 'Philomena' Costume Design

For Dublin native Consolata Boyle, designing the costumes for the fact-based "Philomena" -- her seventh collaboration with director Stephen Frears -- took on special significance. Certainly it's a powerful story about a mother's search for her long-lost son, amid the appalling revelation of forced adoptions in Ireland. But its greatest artistic appeal came from the witty "Odd Couple" pairing of Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2013 6:32 PM
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Sundance Film Festival Shorts Are Coming to a City Near You

A 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the festival, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program showcases a variety of both young and established filmmakers. Already playing now at the IFC Center in New York until January 2, the series is coming to a city near you.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 3:40 PM
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Don't Miss Oscar Shortlisted 'The Act of Killing' Bundle, Now on BitTorrent

Peer-to-peer file sharing protocol BitTorrent has launched a free bundle of supplemental material for the Oscar shortlisted documentary "The Act of Killing." In tandem with the film's release on iTunes, the bundle is now available to download.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 3:07 PM
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Why Everyone is Piling on Marty's 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Why is everyone piling on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"? The answer: traffic. Many of the headlines and reviews for the late-breaking contender are focusing on its glorification of its real-life anti-hero Jordan Belfort, played with memorable brio by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been forced to go on the defensive.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 31, 2013 2:36 PM
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Disney's 'Frozen' Soundtrack Climbs Billboard and iTunes Charts, Check Out Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" (VIDEO)

The soundtrack for Disney's Oscar frontrunner "Frozen" continues to climb the Billboard 200 chart, currently at number eight. On iTunes, "Frozen" is the number one most-downloaded soundtrack album in the US, France, UK, Germany, Finland and Australia, among many other countries. Meanwhile, the film is still holding strong at the box office, with domestic grosses at $250 million. Stream the soundtrack on Spotify.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 31, 2013 1:50 PM
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Books Vs. Films: Which Is Better? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Lovereading.co.uk has created the infographic "The Ultimate Showdown: Books Vs. Films," a thorough survey of contemporary and classic literary adaptations onscreen. Results were culled from an aggregate of reviews of both books and movies over the last two decades.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:09 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Is Back: A Preview and Review (SEASON FOUR CLIPS)

A guilty pleasure for many of us, frothy Brit soap opera "Downton Abbey" is back stateside January 5 on PBS (months after it's been seen by the lucky folks in the UK). This is the series that left our jaws agape as it killed off in the finale not just one but two key characters. Here's how Julian Fellowes picked up the pieces.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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Michael Mann's Essential Debut 'Thief,' New from Criterion, and Other Must-Own Holiday Blu-Rays (TRAILER)

Among the new year's bonbons being unwrapped from Criterion is a long-awaited gem, one guaranteed to please that movie freak whose holiday gift-buying you've been putting off till the last possible moment: "Thief," Michael Mann's thriller that inaugurated several careers and a flair for visual style that would become the hallmark of an era.
  • By John Anderson
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  • December 31, 2013 12:34 PM
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Cinema Eye and the Changing Oscar Doc Race

The voting is on for the seventh annual Cinema Eye Honors, which will be announced on Jan. 8, at which time the best in the year’s nonfiction will (presumably) be honored by a group that’s already passed one critical test. It’s resisted the full-court press being waged by certain parties in the doc world, a campaign that involves the kind of unrestrained lobbying, egomania, cocktail-partying and ass-kissing usually reserved for far more high-profile awards categories.
  • By John Anderson
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  • December 31, 2013 12:12 PM
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