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The 25 Best Christmas Movies Ever Made

Posted By Gary Susman on Nov 21st 2014 2:10PM
Am I the only one who finds most Christmas movies hypocritical? They spend tens of millions on lavish productions, recreating Santa's workshop or some such, all to tell us that Christmas is not about material things but about simple pleasures. It's enough to make you long for the homespun, slightly threadbare charms of a classic Christmas movie, like "Meet Me in St. Louis," released 70 years ago... read more

The 30 Greatest Horror Movies of the Past 30 Years

Posted By Gary Susman on November 11, 2014
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film...

The 31 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now

Posted By Sharon Knolle on November 11, 2014
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes. ...

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.) This is it -- right before the final assault happens, when prestige movies take over (or at least battle...

31 Gut-Busting Comedies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now

Posted By Sharon Knolle on October 10, 2014
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix. Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!) 1. "The...

10 Reasons You Need to Just Go and See 'John Wick' Already

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Last month, we attended Fantastic Fest, a film festival held in Austin, Texas, that is, to use a scientific term, totally bonkers. It's a place where new and incredibly weird genre movies play and are instantly eaten up (or harshly rejected) by geeky audiences. It's the kind of film festival that celebrates movies that contain (among other things) fountains of blood, animal cruelty, and...

10 Things You Need to Know About Michael Keaton's Big Comeback Movie, 'Birdman'

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. "Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series...

The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

Posted By Sharon Knolle on October 10, 2014
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.) 1. "13 Going on 30" (2004) Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic...

15 Things You Never Knew About 'Fight Club'

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2014
Let's break the first rule of "Fight Club" and talk about "Fight Club." In fact, people haven't stopped talking about it since it was released 15 years ago this week, on October 15, 1999. David Fincher's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's satirical novel, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, continues to fascinate with its portrayal of masculinity in crisis, its cathartic bare-knuckle violence,...

31 Terrifyingly Good Horror Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now

Posted By Sharon Knolle on October 10, 2014
Halloween is almost here, which means you've got an appetite for horror: Good thing there are so many vampire, zombie, and serial killer flicks you can watch right now on Netflix. Whether it's a classic like "Carrie" you want to revisit, an old '80s B movie you never saw or that Jennifer Lawrence thriller you missed at the theater, here are 31 of the best horror movies on Netflix, streaming in...

The Best (and Worst) Movie Draculas Ever, Ranked

Posted By Drew Taylor on October 10, 2014
This weekend Universal's "Dracula Untold," the first part in a massive, "Avengers"-like play for monster movie interconnectivity, blasts into theaters nationwide (on IMAX, to boot!) In the film, Luke Evans, who you might remember as the bad guy from the last "Fast and Furious" movie, plays Dracula as a tormented prince who makes a deal with the devil to save his land from invading Turks. And Evans...

'The Shawshank Redemption' Cast: Where Are They Now? (PHOTOS)

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
It's hard to believe now, given the film's ubiquity, that "The Shawshank Redemption" didn't get much notice upon its initial release 20 years ago this week (on September 23, 1994). The movie was not a hit, earning just $28 million in theaters. It did get nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Morgan Freeman), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for writer/director...

The Absolute Best (and Worst) Bond Villains Ever

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2014
Why does "Goldfinger" remain so thoroughly entertaining, 50 years after its release (on September 18, 1964)? The third James Bond film, and the breakthrough in the franchise's worldwide popularity, "Goldfinger" has plenty going for it -- that slinky Shirley Bassey theme song, the great gadgetry (including the most iconic Bondmobile, the Aston-Martin DB5), the Bond girls (three of them this time,...

Why 'Point Break' Just May Be 1991's Perfect Movie

Posted By Jonny Black on September 09, 2014
In a crazy turn of events, Keanu Reeves is 50 years old. To honor the actor's five-decades-old milestone, we're celebrating one of his best movies, "Point Break," and explain why it fits its year of release, 1991, so perfectly. Prior to the early '90s classic, Reeves hadn't really ventured into action movies and was best known for playing a pretty boy, high school stoner in "Bill & Ted's...

The 30 Best Disney Live-Action Movies Ever Made

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
As you know if you watched last year's "Saving Mr. Banks" -- Disney's own Disney-fied version of the creative struggles behind the making of "Mary Poppins" -- the author who created the magical nanny, P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), didn't much care for the glossy, sugary (well, a spoonful, at least) musical comedy that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) made from her sharp, astringent novels. But...

The 20 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

Posted By Drew Taylor on August 08, 2014
2014 is shaping up to be a really, really great year for movies. When last we checked in, we gave a list of 10 of the best movies of the year. And as the months have worn on, we'd decide to check back in, and give you another sampling of the best the year has to offer. There were some notable omissions and things that we left off just because they haven't come out yet, but what strikes us...

​14 Coma Movies That Won't Put You to Sleep

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
You'd think there'd be a lot more comatose characters in movies, like the heroine of "If I Stay" (opening Aug. 22), a teen played by Chloe Grace Moretz who must choose between life or death after a devastating accident results in an out-of-body experience. After all, the coma is a blunt but effective dramatic device, one which forces the rest of the characters (and sometimes, as in "If I Stay,"...

Here's the Moment They Didn't Want You to See in 'The Dark Knight'

Posted By Corey Teich on August 08, 2014
Heath Ledger's role as The Joker in the "The Dark Knight" has already been written into history as one of the greatest villain performances of all time. He was brutal, he was vicious, and he was terrifying. As Alfred Pennyworth said: The Joker "just [wanted] to see the world burn." Take a look at the full scene, including the burning of the money, in the terrifying clip below. Now, take a...

This Mini 'Mean Girls' Reunion Is So Fetch (PHOTOS)

Posted By Katie Roberts on August 08, 2014
While "Mean Girls" fans didn't get the full-blown reunion they'd been hoping for when the flick turned 10 earlier this year, three of the film's stars hosted their own mini reunion this past weekend, making our day in the process. Actor Daniel Franzese posted some photos on Instagram this weekend, revealing that he recently met up with former co-stars Amy Poehler and Lizzy Caplan in Hollywood....

9 Movies We Love But Can't Quite Figure Out

Posted By Corey Teich on August 08, 2014
There are some movies you watch twice because you love them. And then there are some movies you watch twice in a desperate attempt to understand them. They leave you scratching your head, trying to parse the film's intricate plotline. Despite how confusing or mysterious some of these movies may be, a lucky few have managed to confuse their way into our hearts and minds. Their mystique has a...

These Are the 30 Best Movies Set in New Jersey

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
I live in New Jersey -- go ahead, get the jokes out of the way now. ("Which exit?" Heh heh heh.) After all, for much of its history, Jersey's been the butt of jokes, not just because easy targets like Chris Christie and Snooki live here, but also because of a tradition of unflattering portrayals in movies and TV shows. Lately, however, a more complex picture of my much-maligned state has emerged,...

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