Honorable mention of 2013: Ten movies that are no mere also-rans

The best argument for the merits of 2013 at the movies is how many worthy contenders there were for both a Top 10 list as well as this list of runners-up. (Let's go easy on the comparisons to 1939, though.) Read more [...]

‘Netflix Bum’: A new, less than reverent guide to what to watch online

These days the final resting place of every cinematic stinker would seem to be Netflix streaming. The new site Netflix Bum has taken on the task of being your guide through all the dreck — “We scrape the bottom so you don't have to” is their motto. Read more [...]

Top 10 movies of 2013: One man’s non-curmudgeonly list

Despite the stretches of the summer that felt like a wasteland at the multiplex, 2013 turned out to be a very good year for movies. Although I saw 160 movies last year (96 of which were assignments), I still wouldn't claim this list is definitive — there are too many new releases now, on all sorts of distribution channels, for that. Read more [...]

2013 in review: Despite prophecies of doom, movies aren’t quite dead yet

The experience of viewing movies may be changing, and not always for the better, but that's no reason to assume that creativity is in decline. To state the obvious, good movies can come from anywhere, and can now be found anywhere. Read more [...]

A few words of wisdom from Roger Ebert (1942–2013)

Roger Ebert became a trusted source for mainstream audiences the way Pauline Kael once was for the cognoscenti. I would bet that the flood of tributes over the past few days stems from the fact that people associated Ebert with a love of movies, both his and theirs — with the pleasure that movies engender, in other words. Read more [...]