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TOH! Lists the Ten Best Films of 2013... So Far

As the Film Society of Lincoln Center unveils their Best Movies of 2013 (So Far) list, we here at TOH! are joining in on the fun and compiling our own lists showcasing the top ten titles of the first half of the year. Films are limited to those already released theatrically in 2013. See our selections, plus trailers and clips, below.
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  • July 3, 2013 4:15 PM
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TOH! Ranks the Top Ten Studio Ghibli Films, 'My Neighbor Totoro' and 'Howl's Moving Castle' Come to Blu-Ray UPDATE

Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Howl's Moving Castle" are now available on Blu-ray for the first time. Below, our TOH! ranking of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films (hint: "Totoro" and "Howl's" make the list).
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  • May 31, 2013 2:43 PM
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Jane Campion's Top Nine Films on Criterion Include 'Contempt,' 'Seven Samurai,' 'Tokyo Story' and More

Criterion has posted Jane Campion's "Top 10" list, in which she ranks her favorite titles put out by the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company. The list includes only nine films, but among them are Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 12:35 PM
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WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious'

The Writers Guild lists the 101 Greatest Screenplays. Among them are many familliar classics, like "Casablanca," "The Godfather," "Chinatown," "Citizen Cane" and "All About Eve," which comprise the top five.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 27, 2013 2:33 PM
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IMDb's Lists of Most Romantic Films Include Classics 'Casablanca,' 'Gone with the Wind,' 'Vertigo'; 2012's 'Silver Linings,' 'Les Mis'

Just in time for Valentine's Day, IMDb has released its lists of the Top 10 Most Romantic Films of 2012, and of all-time. As usual, IMDb lists are based on total page views, which doesn't necessarily correlate to a film's romance factor -- but does explain how "Rock of Ages" made the cut.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 2:37 PM
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Christopher Nolan's Top Ten Films for Criterion: Lang, Welles, Malick Make the Cut [Video]

Director Christopher Nolan has selected his Top Ten films for Criterion. His choices are varied, and the themes unsurprising: morality, mortality, life-or-death decisions, larger-than-life situations, and characters pushed to their total limits. The films he selected -- from Erich von Stroheim in 1924 and Orson Welles in 1955 to Terrence Malick in 1998 -- share ambition. Watch the trailers and clips from Nolan's selections below. The full list is here, published in the Criterion newsletter.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 30, 2013 6:57 PM
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Best 2012 Films For...A Good Cry, To Watch Without Your Parents and To Indulge Your Aching Heart

As the year comes to a close, you may be in search of some guidance to top off your viewing hours of 2012 films. May we suggest the following films, dependent on your needs and/or emotional state:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 31, 2012 5:03 PM
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2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else

As we look back at the year in film, we find -- as always -- there's room for improvement. Often by simply replacing a lead actor, a world of difference could be made on the overall effect of the film. Films come together the way they do for a reason. Often it's more about a star's marquee value or perceived bankability than it is about the part they are playing. Alas, here are the 2012 Movie Roles That Should Have Gone to Someone Else.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 28, 2012 4:10 PM
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Films that Should Never Be Remade - From 'The Goonies' and 'Die Hard' to 'Deer Hunter' and 'Shawshank'

You'd think the great auteurs would be safe from remakes -- it's hard to imagine someone taking on a Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Terrence Malick or David Lynch film, for example. But that hasn't stopped Hollywood from remaking everything from "The Haunting" to "Psycho."  Studio heads figure the lazy new generation doesn't know the classics. And marketers want to cash in on easy-sell branded titles and fan followings -- it's the way it works. But more often than not, when less-than-great movies get remade into even less great "reboots" like 2012's "Total Recall," they flop with audiences anyway. And when the great ones get remade, like Federico Fellini's "8½," even canny movie stars like Daniel Day-Lewis and Marion Cotillard can't save them.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 5:11 PM
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Ted Hope Names the Really Bad Things in Indie Film 2012

Ted Hope sees that there is a a lot wrong with our culture and that it has a damaging effect on the filmmaking business. He lays out the 24 Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 3:16 PM
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