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This list was originally going to include the biggest snubs of the past 10 years, but that proved too daunting a task. Then I cut the list down to include only the past five years, but it still felt endless. The thing is, the Academy overlooks more greatness than it rewards every single year. Blame it on politics, Oscar-baiting or there just not being enough room, but deserving films and performances fall by the wayside all the time.  And this year is no exception.

So, without further ado, here are 15 notable works (give or take) that I think deserved recognition from the Academy this year…


20. Mud

DIRECTOR: Jeff Nichols

CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon


Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols continues his string of ominous Southern parables, and McConaughey continues his string of challenging and interesting work, with the story of two young boys who befriend a fugitive.



It would’ve been easier to write a list called “The Only 3 Movies I Won’t See in 2013,” but that wouldn’t have done anybody any good. So instead I made an entirely subjective list of 40 reasons why I think this will be an amazing year for film. Missing are big films that I’m just not that enthusiastic about (The Hunger Games: Catching FireMan of Steel), films that would be on the list if it weren’t for the director’s last film being a total letdown (e.g. Ridley Scott’s The Counselor; thanks a lot, Prometheus!), and films that would be on the list had I written it any other day (sorry, The EastLowlife, and Kill Your Darlings). For the most part, the order is arbitrary. However, the top five are set in stone, and if I could only watch one movie this year it would be the film at number one.

So, without any further ado…

I wanted to make a movie list for Christmas, but not a list of Christmas movies, so I decided to zero in on something we often wish for but rarely get for Christmas in Texas where I live: snow. (Funnily enough, we might actually get it this year.) What follows is a chronological list of some of the most memorable moments in film where snow has made a cameo, whether it’s playing a key role or just hanging out in the background. Warning: may contain spoilers.

Technically, fans were already given a first look at Star Trek Into Darkness when J.J. Abrams unveiled a clip on Conan in October, but fortunately this new “announcement” trailer reveals a lot more than just three frames. A slightly longer version is expected to premiere with 2D and 3D screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next weekend, but those catching The Hobbit in IMAX are in for an even bigger treat: the complete first nine minutes of STID.

The first Star Trek was a huge hit, bringing in nearly $400 million worldwide. This Trek got off to a bumpy start when talks with Academy Award-winner Benicio Del Toro as the villain, rumored to be none other than Khan, fell through about a month before shooting. Abrams auditioned other Latino actors, namely Edgar Ramirez and Jordi Molla, before settling on Sherlock star and non-Latino Benedict Cumberbatch. Judging from the looks of this trailer, he’s filling the still-unspecified role admirably.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg are all returning in the film, to be released May 17, with newcomers Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller:

Worried about how you’re going to get your zombie fix after the latest season of The Walking Dead is over? Well, fear no more. A double-dose of apocalyptic euphoria is on the way.

Joss Whedon has stepped out in support of Mitt Romney. The Avengers director and cult TV icon has released a new video in which he discusses why he believes the Republican candidate is the right man to lead this nation … into the imminent zombie apocalypse. Well, uh, just watch Whedon explain it: