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2013 was an unusually rich year for movies. I felt strongly about both my top ten choices of the year and the runners-up, and I still left off a ton of movies that I enjoyed completely and that I'd recommend to audiences. One of the things that is hardest for me to get my head around when contemplating the Oscars is the idea of picking one thing to represent the year in each of these categories. Still, if I were told today that I had an Oscar ballot and I was asked to vote, the only way I could do it would be operating from pure gut feeling. I wouldn't worry about trying to predict anyone else's response. This was an annual exercise for Siskel and Ebert for years, and they always seemed to use the opportunity to champion what they felt were the underdogs of the nominations. We'll run down every category here. »
- Drew McWeeny
With Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day falling on the same wintery weekend, the studios are betting that love sick couples and self-loathing singles will both be lining up for some romantic movies this weekend -- how else to explain the simultaneous release of an unnecessary "Endless Love" remake, an "About Last Night" redo, and "Winter's Tale," arguably the most "original" of the three V-Day offerings but still an adaptation of a 1983 novel written by Mark Helprin.
The film was written and directed by Akiva Goldsman, perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind" (or, conversely, for running the Batman franchise into the ground with the script for "Batman & Robin"), and stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe. Oh, and Will Smith (more on that in a minute). It's a tale of timeless love and spiritual reawakening and is designed to make couples everywhere »
- Drew Taylor
Of all the Marvel properties headed towards the big screen, we can't help but feel like "World's End" filmmaker Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" is maybe the most exciting of the bunch. A big reason for this excitement comes from the cast that he's assembled, with Michael Douglas signing on as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, his successor and wearing of the miniaturizing suit. Well, the team has just lined up another exciting addition to the cast, as Variety is reporting that Evangeline Lilly is set to play the female lead in the summer 2015 release. Insert "Lost" joke here.
As is the case with all things Marvel, it's unclear who she will be playing. Variety speculates that she will play Pym's daughter, who falls in love with Lang. This would be a character that was wholly invented by Wright and his collaborators (including co-writer Joe Cornish »
- Drew Taylor
3 items from 2014
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