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2012's Top 10 Action Films

28 December 2012 4:35 AM, PST

Contributing writer Beth Accomando is a self-proclaimed action movie geek. The genre is one of her favorites and she's more than happy to share her thoughts on what action directors did well this year. Her Top 10 action movies list includes a few of the more obvious choices, but it's topped by a surprising choice - and her #10 was blasted by critics (but not because of its action scenes). Check out her full list to see how your choices compare:

The 10 Best Action Movies of 2012

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2012's top 10 actors

(Photo &copy Marvel Studios)

2012's Top 10 Action Films originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Friday, December 28th, 2012 at 12:35:49.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Makes $500 Million

28 December 2012 4:22 AM, PST

Yes, the first film of the Hobbit trilogy has crossed the magical half a billion dollar mark in theaters worldwide. Warner Bros reported the box office bonanza, with Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, stating, "We are extremely gratified by the response of moviegoers who love the film and, in many cases, are taking this terrifically entertaining 'Journey' to Middle-earth more than once. We anticipate that positive word of mouth and repeat viewings will continue to result in strong returns well into the New Year."

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The Best and Worst of 2012 in Movies

27 December 2012 5:40 AM, PST

I used to prepare an annual Worst 10 Movies of the Year list, but now studios hide so many films from critics (as in they don't screen ones they believe will generate overwhelmingly negative reviews) so creating a Worst of list just doesn't seem right anymore. So instead of pulling together some of the year's worst films, I've put together this Best of/Worst of list covering different topics but all recognizing films released in theaters in 2012.

Without further ado, here are movies that distinguished themselves from the pack:

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The Best and Worst of 2012 in Movies originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 13:40:19.

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Les Miserables, Django Unchained Set Box Office Records

26 December 2012 7:16 AM, PST

When adults were done celebrating they headed out to movie theaters in record-breaking Christmas Day numbers. Both Les Miserables and Django Unchained rang up holiday cheer for their respective studios, with Les Mis setting a new weekday Christmas opening record according to The Hollywood Reporter as well as the biggest opening day in theaters for any musical. And Quentin Tarantino's bloody and violent Western comedy/action movie Django Unchained bounced Ali from first place on the best R-rated Christmas Day opening in box office history.

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Christoph Waltz Discusses Django Unchained

24 December 2012 6:09 AM, PST

Quentin Tarantino's bloody Western/slavery tale Django Unchained was a late entry in the awards race, with screenings of Tarantino's latest film not held until some voting groups had already made their nominations. But those critics who did manage to take in an early screening have been recognizing the work of the ensemble, in particular singling out Christoph Waltz who reteams with his Inglorious Basterds director to play a bounty hunter who unites with a slave, who in turn is searching for his wife.

Sitting down to chat with Waltz about Django Unchained was a memorable experience. Waltz didn't want to talk about his character, but did offer some interesting tidbits on Tarantino and his co-stars.

Interview with Christoph Waltz on Django Unchained

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Christoph Waltz Discusses Django Unchained originally appeared on About.com Hollywood Movies on Monday, »

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Box Office Report: Jack Reacher, Guilt Trip, Can't BeatThe Hobbit

23 December 2012 11:02 PM, PST

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues its reign on the top of the box office chart, with neither the combo of Barbra Streisand & Seth Rogen nor Tom Cruise in full-on action mode in Jack Reacher able to topple The Hobbit from 1st place. Cruise and Jack Reacher had a pretty disappointing opening weekend, grossing only $15 million-ish and with the over-the-top action of Django Unchained opening on Christmas and drawing away action fans, the odds aren't in Jack Reacher's favor of catching on with audiences.

No one seems to want to join Streisand and Rogen on their mother-son roadtrip, and Judd Apatow's new comedy (which actually tilts toward drama but you wouldn't know that from just watching the trailers), This is 40, only managed to ring up $12 million. Starring Apatow's wife and two daughters - and Paul Rudd - This is 40 is the sort of sequel to Knocked Up »

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