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No year in cinema ever shapes up exactly the way we’d expect. In fact, it’d be boring if one did. Still, when faced with the promise of a whole new year of movies, I can’t help try and predict which ones I’ll love or hate. I put my best guesses in list form last year, and I did it again this year.

Now, in the spirit of journalistic integrity (or, less charitably, critical solipsism), it’s time for me to look back at my most anticipated films of 2013 and see just how reality measured up to expectation. Hit the jump to see how great or terrible I was at guessing what’d be my favorite films of 2013.

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As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.

How right, or wrong, was I about my most anticipated films of 2013? Find out below. Read More »

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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If you think movie theaters don’t have personalities, think again. Major corporate movie theaters feel quite different from smaller, independent venues; the movies each promote show the difference. Squarely in between those extremes is the Alamo Drafthouse, a growing chain of theaters with a distinctly independent and niche sensibility. Which is what makes their top 10 films of 2013 so intriguing.

Most theaters, if they even cared about this kind of thing, would make a very mainstream list simply because they don’t see, or exhibit, enough variety to really delve into what films were great during 2013. The Drafthouse does feature that variety, and their list has a nice mix of blockbusters, critical hits, and outside the box stuff that really shows the company personality. Check it out below. Read More »

Man of Steel

What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.

The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.

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World’s End/Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has in past years posted his favorite movies of the year online. Wright, being a real film geek, always has some great cinematic recommendations. This year Digital Spy cornered Wright at a late November junket to get his top 10 list on video. Of course, recording the list early means Edgar had yet to see many of the December Awards-bait films. But after the jump you can watch Edgar read off his early list of favorite 2013 movies. It will be interesting to see which films get added and get pushed off the list when Wright updates his list on his blog in January.

Updated: Wright has offered a revision to the list, factoring in that he’s now been able to see some of the stuff that wasn’t yet available when he was pressured to make a list in November.

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Watch This: David’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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It’s been an amazing year for films, possibly the best one since I started writing/talking about film seriously back in 2007. Devindra and I had a spirited discussion of our top 10 films of the year, but for those who prefer a shorter, 9-minute long version of that podcast episode, you can find a video version of my top 10 films of 2013 after the jump.

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Best Movies of 2013, According to IMDb Users

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Over the past few weeks, and for the next few months, discussions will center on the best films of 2013. I did a list, the /Filmcast did a list and innumerable others will do the same leading up to the moment the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences crowns their best film of the year with the Best Picture Oscar.

But what do even bigger audiences think? Many film fans don’t have a blog, paper or podcast to spout off on. Many of those people turn to the Internet Movie Database to vote on the films they loved best in any given year. Now, the IMDB has published their top 50 films of 2013 according to over 10,000 users. Check it out below. Read More »

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