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A Holiday Season For the Rest of Us: Top 5 Unexpected Christmas Movies

A Holiday Season For the Rest of Us: Top 5 Unexpected Christmas Movies

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is probably the best Christmas movie ever made, although it was neglected for decades following its initial release. But what of celebrations around the world, or Christmas movies that buck the trend, offering a different interpretation of the festive season? Here are 5 movies that present Christmastime in a very different light.

The Funniest Cary Elwes Comedies? Let the Showdown Begin

The Funniest Cary Elwes Comedies? Let the Showdown Begin

Determining the best Cary Ewles’ best comedy … inconceivable! That’s why we’re leaving it up to you, dear readers. Let’s settle this right here, right now.

Top Ten Sundance Award-Winning Movies Directed by Women

Top Ten Sundance Award-Winning Movies Directed by Women

The Sundance Film Festival has been letting women show their stuff since 1984. This year, 36 percent of the movies in competition are directed by women—compare that to the number of women directors for the top 250 North American films last year: a mere 6 percent. That’s a shame when you consider how many great movies by women directors have come out of the fest over the years. Without further ado, here are ten great movies that came out of Sundance that just happened to be directed by women. Add them to your cue.

Planet Earth Alert: 10 Dystopian Movies That Warn Us About Our Future

Planet Earth Alert: 10 Dystopian Movies That Warn Us About Our Future

One of the most iconic and influential movies of the last 40 years, “Blade Runner” is responsible for changing the way scifi flicks represented our world. Here are 10 dystopian classics from the last decade that continued those themes.

Great Movie Characters: 8 From the ’80s

Great Movie Characters: 8 From the ’80s

There are so many outstanding characters from so many classic movies of the ’80s, it’s hard to narrow it down the list. Here are 8 greats we fall in love with all over again, no matter how many times we watch them do their thing.

5 Robert Redford Movies To Add to Your Watch List Now

5 Robert Redford Movies To Add to Your Watch List Now

Founder of the Sundance Film Festival, SundanceTV, actor, director, producer and environmental activist–all these describe the versatile, talented Robert Redford. He’s also had no less than who five movies selected to be included in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Here’s what to add to your watch list.

That Awkward Moment When… (a.k.a. Embarrassing Family Movie Scenes)

That Awkward Moment When… (a.k.a. Embarrassing Family Movie Scenes)

‘Tis the season of family gatherings. To, um, celebrate, we’ve gathered the most awkward, amusing, cringe worthy or downright creepy family moments in the movies. This selection of titles covers some of the best and most guffaw-inducing moments out there, whether it be a talk about the birds and the bees, lying to mom, or perhaps something even a bit more weird…

“Tiger Beat” Talent: 8 Heartthrobs from the ’80s

“Tiger Beat” Talent: 8 Heartthrobs from the ’80s

“Tiger Beat,” “Teen Beat,” “16,” “Bop.” In the years before the internet, print mags like these were the sole link for rabid fans to get precious inside info on their crushes: favorite colors, astrological signs and, of course, glossy pinup photos for locker adornment. Here are 8 of the hottest coverdudes from the ’80s, who will always be our teen idols.

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Top 10 WTF Movies

Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Top 10 WTF Movies

Killers, hookers and obsessive Giants fans? These movies put the F in WTF.

Three Movies You Must See by That Master of Shtick Mel Brooks

Three Movies You Must See by That Master of Shtick Mel Brooks

Humor master Mel Brooks has helmed some of the best examples of filmmaking, won an Academy Award and had with three of his comedies added to “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.” Oh, also, he makes us laugh until we cry. Want to join us? Check out these three picks below.

5 Surprising Things About the Original “Dirty Harry” Movie

5 Surprising Things About the Original “Dirty Harry” Movie

Think you know everything about SFPD’s most famous homicide inspector? Well, we’ve investigated and come up with 5 fun facts that just might surprise you.

Top Ten Movies That Are Probably Already on Your Top Ten List

Top Ten Movies That Are Probably Already on Your Top Ten List

We know you already have a set list of your favorite movies, but maybe there’s room for one or two more? There are not many surprises on this list, but rewatching a classic movie is like putting on a old favorite sweater—always satisfying.

Gone AWOL: Movie’s Top Ten Agents Gone Rogue

Gone AWOL: Movie’s Top Ten Agents Gone Rogue

Sometimes they’re framed, other times they’re straight up diabolical, and often, you spend 90% of the movie trying to figure out which. Regardless of their M.O., agents gone rogue are an onscreen sensation that few can resist–they’re wildly dangerous, pitted up against fellow CIA/FBI/MI6/criminal masterminds, and usually racing against the clock to uncover a conspiracy. You can’t say their training went to waste. Check out our list below of ten thrilling instances of agents gone AWOL.

Thanksgiving Therapy: 10 Dysfunctional Families from Sundance Movies

Thanksgiving Therapy: 10 Dysfunctional Families from Sundance Movies

Ah, Thanksgiving, when American families come together to eat and laugh and pass out at the dinner table in tryptophan-induced comas…. Too bad not every family’s a Norman Rockwell painting. The high-pressure holiday can often serve as a catalyst for drama, teasing decades’ worth of grudges and resentment out of hiding. Need examples?

Hello, Mr. Sandman: Top 10 Dream Movies

Hello, Mr. Sandman: Top 10 Dream Movies

Hollywood is, as the cliche goes, a dream factory, and Freudian analysts and movie theorists alike have compared movie-watching to dreaming. The list of memorable dream movies could go on practically ad infinitum, but here is an eclectic list of 10 of the greatest, ranging from movies with classic dream sequences to those that come seductively or unnervingly close to capturing the mood and logic of our dreams and nightmares.

Christopher Guest Characters to Make You Feel Better About Your Family

Christopher Guest Characters to Make You Feel Better About Your Family

We’re several days away from Thanksgiving, which is barely enough time to mentally and emotionally prepare for spending time with your most dysfunctional family members. Take solace in the fact that more bizarre people exist out there–specifically, from the brilliant mind of Christopher Guest. We won’t tell anyone if you decide to drown yourself in mashed potatoes and gravy, um, we mean, watch a marathon of these movies to pick up tips on how to deal.

10 Times Cheating Was a Truly Stupid Idea

10 Times Cheating Was a Truly Stupid Idea

Messing around behind a partner’s back is never smart, but sometimes the stakes end up even higher than a marriage. These ten brutal tales of lust, betrayal and violence put the “adult” in adultery.

Flunking Out: 10 Movies That Failed the Bechdel Test

Flunking Out: 10 Movies That Failed the Bechdel Test

Now that we’ve been surprised by which movies passed the Bechdel Test, let’s take a look at a few movies that shockingly fail. From family-friendly classics to indie hits, we’re sad to say that these 10 flicks just don’t make the grade.

Getting Into Character: Unforgettable Donald Sumpter Roles

Getting Into Character: Unforgettable Donald Sumpter Roles

Appearing in everything from high-profile literary adaptations to offbeat sci-fi, renowned character actor Donald Sumpter has one of those faces that stick with you. The talented Brit invests wildly different characters with an unmistakable blend of intelligence and intensity all his own.

Making the Grade: Which Movies (Surprisingly) Pass the Bechdel Test

Making the Grade: Which Movies (Surprisingly) Pass the Bechdel Test

In order to pass the Bechdel Test, a movie must have a scene in which two female characters have an actual conversation about something other than a man. The bar is really that low and yet most movies still get a failing grade.

Perk Up! 5 Must-See Elizabeth Perkins Movies

Perk Up! 5 Must-See Elizabeth Perkins Movies

From an alcoholic PTA mother (“Weeds”) to a shady CEO (“How to Get Away with Murder”), ONE CHILD’s Elizabeth Perkins has been stealing scenes all over the TV world as of late, which should come as no surprise to movie lovers. These five memorable film appearances run the gamut from edgy black comedy to family friendly farce.

Tune In To the ’80s: Ten Chart-Topping Hollywood Theme Songs

Tune In To the ’80s: Ten Chart-Topping Hollywood Theme Songs

So many ’80s movies just wouldn’t be the same without their iconic soundtracks. Hey, you can’t have dance sequences and montages—two stylistic cornerstones of the era—without a catchy hit song. Here are 10 tunes that topped the charts thanks to the big Hollywood movies that featured them.

Behind the Camera: 9 Great Movies Directed by Robert Redford

Behind the Camera: 9 Great Movies Directed by Robert Redford

There is such a thing as a cinematic Renaissance Man, and Robert Redford is it. The ginger-haired septuagenarian is an acting legend, the founder of Sundance Film Festival and SundanceTV, as well as a master behind the camera. Over the last three decades, Redford has directed a host of beloved dramas and got award-winning performances from stars. Not only that, he frequently pulls double duty as an actor in movies he’s directed.

Calling Mad Scientists: Top 10 Movie Inventions We Wish Were Real

Calling Mad Scientists: Top 10 Movie Inventions We Wish Were Real

If self-lacing shoes and and breakfast machines actually existed, our world would be a much better place! Here’s to high hopes that some scientist gets on the following creations stat.

Straight from the Sundance Film Festival: Fall 2014 Indie Movie Guide

Straight from the Sundance Film Festival: Fall 2014 Indie Movie Guide

It’s that time of year again. The leaves turn golden, the lattes turn pumpkin spice and a full slate of summer blockbusters makes room for the good stuff! This year’s Sundance Film Festival found filmmakers turning in an array of intriguing projects, from musical drama to groundbreaking satire. Here are 10 movies you can’t miss this season.