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Staff Picks: Kevin Polowy's Top 10 Movies of 2012

Argo Warner Bros.

Crafting a Top 10 Movies of the Year list always presents a little bit of a conundrum: Do you include the greatest films created, technically and artistically speaking, or do you go with the ones you simply enjoyed the most? It's the "best" versus "favorite" argument.

I tend to lean toward the latter and highlight the movies that had the most emotional impact on me, be it through laughter, shock, thrills or tears.

Maybe it also helps to give less heralded movies some shine. "Argo" is probably a better film than "Ruby Sparks." But honestly, I enjoyed "Ruby Sparks" more. "Argo" will be on everyone else's list, and you may not have heard of "Ruby Sparks" or "Searching for Sugar Man," movies you'd probably really like.

So here are my 10 favorite movies of the year. And hey, at least I can always cheat with some Honorable Mentions. "Argo" made it there. Get More »

Filed Under: Best of 2012

New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Dark Knight Rises' and More

Tom Hardy & Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises" Warner Bros.

This week: Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy that began with "Batman Begins" and earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his performance in "The Dark Knight" concludes with "The Dark Knight Rises," which introduces the metal-masked Bane (Tom Hardy) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) to Gotham City.

Also new this week is the indie sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the found-footage horror anthology "V/H/S" and the Blu-ray 3D debut of "Finding Nemo." Get More »

Filed Under: DVD & Blu-ray Queue It Up

'V/H/S' Has Smart Scares You Won't Be Able to Erase

V/H/S Magnet Releasing

Before DVDs, before Video On Demand and before Netflix, there was the VHS revolution. It was a time when movie nerds would rush to the nearest Blockbuster (remember that place?) or the local mom and pop video store every weekend to grab the latest home video releases.

It was also before the Internet, so the only way you knew if a movie was good was by watching it yourself. For indie films that had limited or no theatrical distribution, you had to judge the book by its cover. Then the digital age came and took away a large chunk of the fun. Get More »

Filed Under: Indie Jones

The Scariest Month of 2012: October Horror Movie Preview

Sinister Summit

Welcome to Shocktober. Get it? If not, you will soon!

October is always a prime month for horror movies (what with, you know, Halloween and all), and there seems to be even more blood-soaked offerings than usual this year, with no less than nine fright fests set to hit theaters over the next 31 days.

Take a look at what tricks and treats are in store for you, including the fourth installment in the "Paranormal Activity" series, a 3-D sequel to "Silent Hill" and a return to form for Tim Burton with the animated "Frankenweenie." Get More »

Filed Under: Features Halloween

Our 20 Favorite Films from Sundance 2012

Bachelorette
Sundance Film Festival

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is over, and film industry types and journalists have returned home with a pretty good idea of what the indie scene will look like this year.

But what about you, dear reader, who didn't get the chance to play in Park City and mingle with bundled-up celebs? Have no fear. Our intrepid NextMovie Sundance team braved long lines, snow drifts, crowded screenings and press junkets to bring you the 20 films we loved at Sundance this year -- and that may soon be coming to a theater near you. -- By Todd Gilchrist, Jason Guerrasio, Jenni Miller and Nigel Smith

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Filed Under: Features Sundance

WARNING: 'V/H/S' May Cause Fainting Spells

V/H/S
Sundance

Horror films really can be hazardous to your health.

An audience member attending a midnight screening of "V/H/S" at the Sundance Film Festival was treated by EMTs after he fainted during a particularly gruesome scene, according to Deadline.

"V/H/S"  is a horror anthology film about a group of criminals hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare VHS tape and end up discovering a seemingly endless number of terrifying videos. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News Sundance | Source: Deadline

Edgar Wright Mashes Up in the Age of VHS

Paramount

The rise of Final Cut and Youtube has taken the art of the movie clip mashup into the stratosphere, offering us montages of pretty much every line ever spoken and every action performed by any actor, ever. But the social networking generation didn't create the form, folks, and for proof, look no further than the early work of one Edgar Wright.

You may remember Mr. Wright from such films as "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" and "Shaun of the Dead," but back in 1993, he was just a young lad with a lot of time on his hands and a deep love of movies. Get More »

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