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Contest: Win ’20th Century Women’ On Blu-ray

While it only earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, “20th Century Women” boasts so many riches — from its direction to its performances and more — it could deservedly have earned more Oscar love. But regardless, the picture is a treasure, and today we have copies of the film for some lucky readers. […]

How The Oscars Fail Movies

In film commentary circles outside of those dedicated to the arcane craft of awards prognosis and coverage, like our own Awards Campaign, it is pretty much standard to disdain the Oscars. We might discuss them, dissect them and analyze them for the sociological trends they mark (or run counter to), but lurking at the end of […]

The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2017 Oscar Nominations

People get excited about Oscar nominations day in part to see how their favorite films or actors do with the Academy. But we also get to see, after months of prognostication, precursors and predictions, what curveballs are thrown by voters, which sure bets end up missing out, and which seeming no-hopers suddenly become Oscar nominees. The […]

The Best Movies Of 2016: Rodrigo Perez’s Picks

Ok, we’re done looking back on 2016, but if you have an appetite for more and or missed it, here’s all our Best Of 2016 coverage. OK, I know, I know. We’re waaaaaay past the sell by date on Top 10 lists, I’m all too painfully aware. My tombstone will read, “Life got in the […]

Jessica Kiang’s Top 20 Films Of 2016

I don’t think I’m the only person to have wondered about the usefulness of watching, discussing and writing about film — or any art — when it feels like outside the theater, the sky is falling. Great chunks of catastrophe are raining down from the heavens and I’m pondering crucial issues like the mythology of […]

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Remains Unbeatable Heading Into 2017...

The force is with Disney. The studio chalked up a staggering $7 billion at the box office across 2016, and heading into the New Year, they show no signs of slowing down as audiences continue to flock to their movies. For the third straight week, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has topped the box […]

Kimber Myers’ Top 10 Films Of 2016

For a variety of reasons, 2016 marked my personal record for the most new films I’ve seen in any given year, which is simultaneously a triumph and a problem. More movies equals more choice, and I’m nothing if not terrible at making decisions. But the following 10 films (and runners-up, because again, I’m terrible at making […]

Katie Walsh’s Top 10 Films Of 2016

Every year when I do this, I try to find a theme among the films that stuck with me for the year. Sometimes it’s women directors or the American Dream or the triumph of the human spirit. I find that those themes run through this list as well, from Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” to […]

Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Is Impressive, Moving & Heartbreaking [Review]

Dorothea Fields is a 50-something woman trying to raise her teenage son Jamie by herself in 1979 Santa Barbara, California. It’s a pivotal point in history. The economy is crap, Jimmy Carter is probably the right president at the wrong time, and a rebellious punk-rock attitude is festering among the young. Seeing her son slowly […]

Oli Lyttelton’s Top 15 Films Of 2016

I promised my editors that I’d ease off on the ‘2016 was awful’ intros to our year-end features. That said, fuck 2016, right in the eye. It’s been a crappy twelve months personally and politically (though happily not professionally), and for the first six months or so, cinematically too. But fortunately, the movies came through, […]

The 25 Best Movie Music Moments Of 2016

Howard Hawks once defined a good movie as one with “three good scenes and no bad ones.” Whether or not you think he’s right — and he’s not massively wrong — it’s often the moments that make the movies for us, and there’s no better way to make a moment memorable than with some music. […]

Download Over 40 Oscar-Contending Screenplays: ‘Silence,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ’20th Century Women’ ‘Arrival’...

Have you been struggling to type out that script? The one you’ve sat on for the past few months/years or so? Trying to figure out how to make it work? Hell, do you need some help getting it started in the first place? If you want to look for the best of the best of […]

The Best Cinematography Of 2016

As we slowly and eagerly await the end of a year that history will squint back on forever, we can take some solace in knowing that it hasn’t been completely devoid of good things. And if you’ve been following our marathon year-end coverage from the beginning of December, which course you have been, you know […]

The 25 Best Films Of 2016

Those of us who call it home can kind of take it for granted, but it’s an honor and a pleasure to be part of a collective effort like The Playlist, and that’s never made more abundantly clear than when we compile our official annual Best Films ranking. As in recent years, we’ve collated our rankings […]

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