Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

New to Blu-ray: ELYSIUM, PRISONERS, THE LONE RANGER, and More

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Here’s a brief look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

National Board of Review Names HER Best Film of the Year; GRAVITY, PRISONERS, and WOLF OF WALL STREET Land in Top 10

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The critics awards are off and running after the New York Film Critics Circle announced its picks for the best of the year yesterday, and today the National Board of Review has named Her the best picture of 2013.  Spike Jonze was also named Best Director for the film, while the acting honors went to Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Will Forte (Nebraska), and Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station).  Always an eclectic list, the NBR’s Top 10 includes The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Lone Survivor, and Prisoners.  Wholly absent from the Top 10 is the NYFCC’s pick for Best Film, American Hustle.

The NBR winner for Best Picture has failed to match up with Oscar since 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, as last year’s award went to Zero Dark Thirty, but for the past 13 years every NBR winner has landed a Best Picture nomination, so this bodes well for Her‘s Oscar prospects.  Read the full list of NBR winners after the jump.

Gotham Award Nominations Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE and UPSTREAM COLOR among Best Picture Nominees

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The Gotham Independent Film Awards go out of their way to get a jump on everyone, and in doing so they become almost completely irrelevant.  The voting board hasn’t seen unfinished films like The Wolf of Wall Street or American Hustle, so how can this be a true appraisal of the year’s best movies?  At best, the Gotham Awards try to shine a light on movies that will probably be overlooked during the award race, but still deserve attention.  I’m sure plenty of my fellow critics would love it if Upstream Color received the attention a Best Picture Oscar nomination would provide, but that will never happen.  But for the Gotham Awards, it can get a Best Picture nomination right alongside likely Oscar nominee 12 Years a Slave.

Hit the jump for a full list of nominees.  The winners will be announced on December 2nd.

Watch AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, SHORT TERM 12, DRINKING BUDDIES and YOU’RE NEXT This Weekend and Win Custom Swag from Each Movie

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Our own Matt Goldberg recently explained to you how this weekend is among the best this summer for original movies, but if you need a little more incentive to check them out, well we’ve got something for you.  Writer-director David Lowery, whose film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opened last weekend, posted an article urging audiences to see not only his movie, but three other worthy films as well.  To grease the wheels a bit for his proposed weekend quadruple feature, he promised a custom-made prize to fans who saw his picture, plus writer-director Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, writer-director Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies and Adam Wingard’s You’re Next.  Those filmmakers have also kicked in some swag for those who manage to see all four films this weekend, so it’s a win-win situation for all involved!  Hit the jump for details.

Director David Lowery Talks AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Making the Move from Editor to Director, Changes after Sundance, Casting the Film, and More

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Opening this weekend in limited release is writer-director David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions.  Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country.  Loaded with amazing visuals and great performances, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is the type of movie that you should definitely see on the big screen in a movie theater.  If it’s playing in your area, I definitely recommend checking it out.  For more on the film, watch the trailer, or here’s all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Lowery.  We talked about how the project came together, moving from being an editor to director, if he made any changes since premiering the film at Sundance, the casting process, deleted scenes, film versus digital, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Ain't Them Bodies Saints opens today in limited release.]

David Lowery‘s confident feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints lives between old life and a new beginning; between past crimes and future punishment; between the intimate and the distant. But for me, the emotions fall through the beautiful cinematography, lyrical music, and excellent performances. This is the X-factor of any viewer: an emotional connection we struggle to explain. Lowery has made a strong movie, and one that will put him on the radar of everyone who sees Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. But for reasons I have difficulty articulating, I couldn’t feel anything from his gorgeous film.

Rooney Mara Talks AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, the Appeal of the Project, Working with Great Directors, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, and More

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Rooney Mara shines opposite Casey Affleck in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer/director David Lowery’s eloquent, poetic story of love, motherhood and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.  Although set in 1970s Texas Hill country, the film feels timeless as it draws on the mythology of westerns to explore the dueling notion of romance and responsibility that is central to the tale.  In a riveting performance, Mara allows her character to disappear into the texture of the film without making it feel too modern.  Opening in theaters on August 16th, the movie also stars Ben Foster and Keith Carradine.

At a recent roundtable interview, Mara talked about what drew her to the script and the characters and made it appealing to work with Lowery, why she found it easy to play a mother for the first time and to perfect her character’s accent, and how her shooting schedule with Affleck mirrored the long distance relationship between their characters.  She also discussed the impact of her Oscar nomination, her aspirations to direct, her experience working with different directors like Terrence Malick, David Fincher, and Steven Soderbergh, and the status of her Terrence Malick film and The Girl who Played with Fire.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

Casey Affleck Talks AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, Working with Rooney Mara, His Relationship with His Brother, I’M STILL HERE, and More

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Casey Affleck turns in a powerful performance opposite Rooney Mara in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer/director David Lowery’s beautifully written, poetic tale of romance and crime set against the backdrop of 1970’s Texas Hill Country.  The film chronicles the doomed love of an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree and explores archetypes worn down by time as they evolve into real people who are flawed and confused and surprised to discover there are real consequences for their actions.  Opening in theaters on August 16th, the film also stars Ben Foster and Keith Carradine.

At a roundtable interview, Affleck talked about what appealed to him about the project and working with Lowery, why he’s drawn to characters whose internal fantasy of themself is at odds with the reality of their situation, what he likes best about Mara both personally and professionally, how this film is different from Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands, how in real life he’s romantic like his character, and why he values his close relationship with brother Ben Affleck.  He also discussed his upcoming thriller, Out of the Furnace, with Christian Bale, his love of directing, the experience of I’m Still Here, and why he wants to keep acting.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Los Angeles Readers: Win Tickets to an Early Screening of AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

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If you live in the Los Angeles area and have been itching to see director David Lowery’s upcoming drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, then you may be in luck.  We here at Collider are giving away a few tickets for an advanced screening of the film to some hopeful readers.  For those unaware, the pic centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions, Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country.  The screening will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:30pm.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win tickets, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from Sundance.  Ain’t Them Bodies Saints opens in theaters on August 16th.

First Trailer for AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster

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The first trailer for the Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been released online.  The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions,  Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country.  Writer/director David Lowery’s debut feature drew positive reviews and comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick at Sundance, and after watching this trailer it’s not hard to see why.  Not only is his visual style eloquent and poetic, but the story almost feels like a spin on Malick’s Badlands.  The trailer promises a slew of fine performances and a nuanced, character-centric story, and I’m eager to catch the full film when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s positive review from Sundance.  The film also stars Ben Foster and Keith CarradineAin’t Them Bodies Saints opens on August 16th.

FRUITVALE Wins 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

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Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale made audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival weep with the true story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART Station police in 2009.  At last night’s awards ceremony, Coogler’s debut feature was awarded with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which made it the first film to win in both categories since 2009′s Precious.  The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for $2 million after a heated bidding war, and I would expect a release sometime later this year.  Click here for my review.

Other winners included This Is Martin Bonner for “Best of NEXT” (voters must have connected with a movie where nothing happens), best screenwriting for Lake Bell for In a World… (click here for my review), and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for their tremendous performances in The Spectacular Now.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Sundance 2013: AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Review

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David Lowery‘s confident feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints lives between old life and a new beginning; between past crimes and future punishment; between the intimate and the distant.  But for me, the emotions fall through the beautiful cinematography, lyrical music, and excellent performances.  This is the X-factor of any viewer: an emotional connection we struggle to explain.  Lowery has made a strong movie, and one that will put him on the radar of everyone who sees Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  But for reasons I have difficulty articulating, I couldn’t feel anything from his gorgeous film.

Sundance 2013 Acquisitions: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, PRINCE AVALANCHE, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, and S-VHS

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As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival winds down to a close, a few more high profile acquisitions are taking place.

  • Before Midnight – Director Richard Linklater’s simply incredible sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset earned rave reviews following its premiere at the festival, and now Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics is making the acquisition in what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest deals of Sundance.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green’s refreshingly subdued and touching tiny-budget comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch also earned great reviews, and Magnolia Pictures has acquired distribution rights for a summer 2013 release.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – This Casey Affleck/Rooney Mara period crime film has earned comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, and IFC Films has nabbed the U.S. rights for a multi-platform release later this year, per Deadline. Look for an awards season push.
  • S-VHS – This horror anthology sequel earned better reviews that its predecessor, and Variety reports that Magnolia Pictures (who distributed the first film) has acquired the rights to release this pic as well.

Hit the jump to read the press releases and for images.

Sundance 2013: First Images from AFTERNOON DELIGHT, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, C.O.D., and CONCUSSION

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The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category.  Briefly:

  • Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
  • C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
  • Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

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