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10 Things Hollywood Should Retire in the New Year

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Another year gone, another assortment of big-screen missteps made that should never be repeated again. We get an incredible amount of new releases each and every year, so of course not every film can be a box office hit or Academy Award contender, but the upside to that is there’s always an opportunity to learn from the mistakes.

In an effort to make 2014 a better year for film than ever, we bring you 10 things the movie industry should do away with in the New Year.

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The Best “Worst” Movies of 2013

Best_Worst_Movies_MainWhile everyone’s talking Gravity12 Years a Slave,American HustleNebraska and all the other potential contenders this awards season, we’re pulling back to take a look at a particularly underappreciated breed of film – the best “worst” movie. Sometimes it can’t be about by-the-book quality and you’ve got to assess a film based on its entertainment value alone. After all, isn’t that the main reason we go see movies anyway?

Check out our list of big screen rule-breakers that still deserve some serious love and be sure to tell us what some of your favorite best worst movies of 2013 are in the comment section below.

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Top Horror of 2013

best_horror_2013_mainAfter scoring $41.9 million opening weekend for The Conjuring and then $40.3 million for Insidious Chapter 2, James Wan clearly dominated the genre box office, but with innovative heavy hitters like You’re NextThe PurgeMama and more in the mix, there was some serious competition climbing to the top of this chart. Check out which 2013 horror reboots, remakes, sequels, adaptations, and original content earned the right to call themselves the best of the year.

10. The Purge

Even after pointing a finger at The Purge for being little more than a gimmicky high concept, there’s no denying that the scenario of a 12-hour period during which all criminal activity is legal is highly cinematic, because when it came down to The PurgeDark Skies and The ABCs of Death, it’s The Purge that earned the #10 spot for being the thrill I’d most like to experience again.

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SXSW Review: Evil Dead

Evil-Dead-PosterExtreme gore paired with the most minimal story support is generally not a good thing – unless you’ve got a man like Fede Alvarez behind the lens.

After a near-lethal overdose, Mia’s (Jane Levy) brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), and their longtime friends, Olivia and Eric (Jessica Lucas and Lou Taylor Pucci), decide enough is enough. They’re going to get Mia sober once and for all. They bring her out to their family’s secluded cabin in the woods for some privacy, but are shocked to find someone’s been there – someone with a thing for killing animals and keeping a certain book locked up tight. While Mia struggles through her withdrawal and David trashes the carcasses, Eric pops open the forbidden book and reads aloud, unleashing an unimaginable evil that makes a b-line for poor Mia.

But even with all that backstory, “Evil Dead” isn’t about much more than gore. Each cast member assumes your typical horror movie caricature – Mia’s the leading lady, David’s the dashing hero, Natalie’s the hot blonde, Olivia’s the devoted friend, and Eric’s the more intellectual of the bunch. There’s some talk about a tumultuous history involving Mia and David’s disturbed mother who has since passed and Mia’s issue with substance abuse is fleshed out enough to have value, but once the violence, brutality and gore start pouring in, the shock value of the visuals are so overwhelming, they blur all the narrative around it – and there’s actually nothing wrong with that because the brutality is so exceptionally well done.

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Screen Rant’s 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013

Horror-Movie-Preivew-2013Ready for a year of straight slasher flicks, horror anthologies, paranormal entities, home invasions, and more? 2013 is due to cover just about every corner of the horror genre – including remakes, adaptations, and even a few original ideas, too.

There’s dozens of prospective nightmare-inducing productions on the way (or already in theaters), but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 that pack the most promising source material, stellar teams of talent, innovative core concepts and/or the potential for unprecedented carnage.

Check out our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

The-Last-Stand-QuadThe John Dies at the End anti-piracy trailer is clever, amusing and sends a good message, but it’s still just shy of cracking the top three. In fact, it’s also just short of trumping this brand new poster for the film that uses alternative lettering to spell out the title – a tactic that’s even more effective after you’ve seen the film. But still, John dies at the end and gives way to three more effective pieces of promotion material.

The Best Stuff

1. Monsters University Rose Bowl TV SpotMonsters University continues to win big with immersive marketing. First the film’s website made Monsters University feel like a real, tangible institution and now it’s got a TV spot to go along with it. My parents are lucky this movie is hitting theaters well after my college years. This place looks far more appealing than a lot of other universities out there.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

WarmBodiesPosterNote: While not an official promo, Lana Wachowski’s poignant speech at the Human Rights Campaign San Francisco gala will undoubtedly earn her some reverence and, in turn, draw some attention to Cloud Atlas. But again, not an official promo, so the Best Stuff honors had to go to three other contenders, albeit worthy ones.


The Best Stuff

1. Unlock the 007 in You: A little something is telling me this is too good to be true, but who cares? This is the best promotional experience ever, both for the guys participating and for us folks watching the action at home. Forget a two-minute video; I want an entire game show based on this concept, and the background tune while Coke Zero’s at it.

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