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TOH! Top Tens of 2013

TOH! contributors list their Top Ten Films of 2013.
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  • December 13, 2013 5:19 PM
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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Secrets and a New Coens Movie Revealed: Q & A (VIDEO)

The Coen brothers, Oscar Isaac and T Bone Burnett dig into making "Inside Llewyn Davis"--and the Coens may know what their next movie is--with George Clooney.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2013 3:57 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Llewyn Davis' Tastes Major Success in Limited Opening

By opening better than any of the recent spate of acclaimed awards-bound films (including frontrunner "12 Years a Slave") the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis," served notice that it too deserves attention. With three of the Coens' last four releases winding up as Best Picture contenders, and the reviews for "Davis" ranking slightly below "Gravity" and "12 Years" for best of the year, this result while not surprising was also not in the bag, as the film isn't a surefire crowdpleaser and boasts younger, urban appeal.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 8, 2013 4:09 PM
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Top Ten Box Office: 'Frozen' and 'Catching Fire' Lead Limping Pack; 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Starts Off Huge

The weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday is usually one of the year's weakest. The top two films, Disney's "Frozen" and Lionsgate's "Catch Fire," both grossed more than any previous film for a similar weekend at $31.6 and $27 million respectively, blowing past previous record holder "Tangled" at $21.6 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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Friday Box Office: 'Catching Fire' & 'Frozen' Dominate While 'Out of the Furnace' Flops, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Opens Huge

"Hunger Games" and "Frozen" continue to dominate the box office, with the week's only new wide release, "Out of the Furnace," offering little competition. The Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," however, opened huge in four theaters in New York and LA.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 7, 2013 1:38 PM
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CINE-LIST: Six Great Films About Down and Out Artists

This week, to coincide with the release of the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Cine-List looks at the world of underpaid and over-passionate artists in film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2013 4:08 PM
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This Weekend, Head to 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Two of the year's big awards contenders arrive in theaters this weekend: the Coens' heavenly folk music tragicomedy "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Scott Cooper's hardboiled noir "Out of the Furnace." More low-key releases are Penn & Teller's art doc "Tim's Vermeer" and Ulrich Seidl's refreshingly "Hope"-ful final installment in his "Paradise" trilogy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 5, 2013 4:03 PM
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New York Film Critics' Cinematography Winner Delbonnel Goes 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Given the evocative look and setting of the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," it's not surprising that Bruno Delbonnel snagged the cinematography award yesterday from the New York Film Critics Circle. He exquisitely captures the coldness, sadness, unhappiness, and loneliness of Oscar Isaac's struggling folk singer in Greenwich Village of '61.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 4, 2013 2:16 PM
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WATCH: In New Clip from 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Isaac, Timberlake and Driver Sing 'Please Mr. Kennedy'

Check out a new clip from the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis," where Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver have a recording session for a pretty humorous number, "Please Mr. Kennedy." Driver steals the scene with his guttural and bizarro noisemaking. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2013 2:08 PM
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Crafts Roundup: The Year of Cinematographers Capturing Turmoil On Screen

It's been a great year for cinematography, with such an emphasis on survival, turmoil and trying to find beauty or redemption within the suffering. The cinematographers of "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Grandmaster," and "Rush" talk striking that cruel-beautiful visual balance, below.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 26, 2013 2:15 PM
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