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The 25 Best Movies of 2017 Chosen by the Staff of Audiences Everywhere

Here it is. Our hardest post of the year. Our picks for the best movies of 2017. After we polish the scuffs, wipe up the blood, and serve the list, it’s hard to see just how hard fought these rankings can be. Wars are fought over these collective lists. Factions are developed, stands are made, friends are betrayed. But in the end, while collecting a loose consensus might prove to have a negative social effect on our team, the entire process stands in testimony to just how strong this year’s film contributions have been. We feel very strongly about...

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The 15 Best TV Shows We Watched in 2017

Look. We missed some. We know. There’s a reason this list is called “The Fifteen Best TV Shows We Saw in 2017″ and not “The Fifteen Best TV Shows of 2017.” We are waist deep in the golden age of television, with instant streaming services elevating the serialized storytelling form not just to unprecedented heights, but unmanageable breadth and depth. In a moment in which the longform TV binge experience is preferable to the cost-ineffective cinematic experience is preferable to many, it is impossible to see everything that’s being discussed at the work water cooler, even with a multi-person...

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The Best New Albums We Heard In 2017

Yeah, we love movies, but like most cinephiles, we love lots of art forms. Moreover, we think it’s as imperative as ever to celebrate as many forms of entertainment and creativity as possible. We need to seek joy, catharsis, and beauty wherever we can find it and we need to document, shape, and contest the current cultural climate with every story and art form available to us. So maybe it’s a bit out of turn for a movie site, but we still would like to share with you the best music albums we heard in 2017. — All the...

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The Best Documentaries We Watched in 2017

2017 was a year much of the elemental social frameworks we’d taken for granted as indestructible took a sucker punch, but we learned two valuable things on the mat: those supports may not be unbreakable, but they’re enduring enough to hold—for now, at least—and that after a hit, something novel sometimes gets shaken loose. That was the case with the field of documentary films this year as filmmakers toyed with narrative, Netflix took a few risks that paid off, and the anger and the laughter felt so good in equal measures. These were some of our favorites that managed...

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10 Transcendent Scenes from Less-Than-Transcendent 2017 Films.

A lot is missed when we measure movies in good/bad binary or pass fail metrics. At the end of the year, between our “best” and “worst” lists, film culture often excludes discussion on great filmmaking that falls somewhere in between. Movies are complex, all of them, and our standardization tendencies often sell us short on the final conversation. That’s why, before we file away 2017, we want to have a quick look back at the best scenes from movies that didn’t break the famed tomatometer. Here are some of our favorite scenes from less-than-perfect movies this year. The Boss...

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Ranking the Films of Steven Spielberg

Originally published 12/18/2016 What do you do to celebrate the 70th birthday of a director who has, at some point, across generations and decades, inspired every single writer on your staff? When the director in question is almost unquestionably a royal figure in the kingdom of cinema magic, and he happens also to have an even thirty films on his directing filmography, and if you’re as obsessed with needlessly ranking things as we are, you make a list. So, to celebrate the milestone moment in the life of Steven Spielberg, we have ranked the directors films. 30. 1941 Spielberg’s first...

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UPDATED: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

One of the questions we asked multiple subjects in our Horrortown interview series (which you can read here) is, “How would you respond to those people who say there are no good horror movies right now?” This question was inspired by our shared belief that “right now” is an exceptional moment to be a horror fan. More quality horror films are premiering at festivals, being made available On Demand, and opening in limited and wide-release than ever before. The 2000s have seen some of the best working filmmakers experimenting with the form, altering and enforcing the storytelling genre, opening...

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12 Directors Who Should Come Back to Horror

Horror has a notoriously welcoming community. It’s known for being the starting space for many independent filmmakers, giving them the freedom to explore the industry and have a great time doing it. Some of the most widely recognized voices in film today started there, and we think a few of them should get back into the game and amp up the scares. Check out our list below for 12 directors who once made a horror film (or a handful) and who should almost definitely make more. Adrian Lyne – Jacob’s Ladder Few directors capture the grit and grime of big...

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Horror Comics You Should be Reading for #hAElloween 2017

There’s nothing quite like good horror comics. The dark marriage of words and art that give shape to nightmares, planting seeds for future ones. The chill in your bones as the work’s intention takes on clarity, and the revelations that leave a pit in your stomach. The feel of the pages, sweat-slicked by fingers that can’t turn to the next one quick enough. Many of the earliest comic books were horror centric, and it is a medium that invites ghastly tales that shift with our cultural fears and reach our hands more quickly than any other storytelling medium. We’ve...

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#hAElloween Giveaway IV: Bringing Back the Dead

It’s October, our favorite time of year, which means we’re ready to dive headfirst into our hAElloween season and celebrate by giving you prizes. Most franchises don’t see a fourth installment, but we’re not like most franchises. You can not outrun us. You can not hide from us. You can not kill us. We will find you, and we will prize you. This spooky season is a bit more special than most, as over the last few years, we have lost some of the most royal and prolific figures in horror history. So we’ve decided this year, at least...

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Ranking Stephen King’s Film Adaptations

After a month spent in celebration of the most prolific and celebrated horror author and his contributions to literature and cinema, how much more could we have to say? We’ve gone from hope to despair, teenage dreams to child abuse, nostalgia  to power, books that should be adapted and the problems with adapting them. But in truth, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are a LOT of Stephen King films. And in our month long celebration of his 70th birthday, we thought it only fitting that we recap the full filmography. So today, we’re ranking all of the full...

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Colin Trevorrow Is Out of the Episode IX Director’s Chair; Here’s Who We’d Like to See Take Over

Earlier today, it was reported that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. As is the case with just about any Star Wars development, the announcement has set the internet abuzz. At least for a few news cycles, we can expect plenty to come out in the next few days in terms of speculation and rumors regarding the franchise, the studio, and everyone involved. We here at AE, however, want to put on our optimistic blinders and keep things hopeful. In spite of his most recent critical and commercial flop The Book of Henry, Trevorrow...

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AE’S 2017 Fall Movie Preview

While Summer movie season didn’t exactly make waves at the box office, except for a few noteworthy exceptions, Fall looks to deliver on our lofty expectations and put butts in seats. From horror movies, blockbusters, and awards season contenders, this year’s Fall movie season is shaping up to be one of the best. After the year we’ve had so far, we could all use a little more movie magic in our lives.  We’ve put together a preview of the films we’re most looking forward to, and made a few bold predictions while we were at it. Crack open the...

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R.I.P. Sam Shepard (1943 – 2017)

Audiences Everywhere is saddened by the passing of Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter, poet, and actor Sam Shepard at his home in Kentucky. The stage and screen would not be what it is today without him, and we suspect it will forever feel this loss. In the meantime, we’re comforted by his lifetime’s impressive output of creative work, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, and unforgettable roles in The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, The Notebook, Mud, and for all of his contributions in screenwriting. AE most recently looked at Paris, Texas once again. As with anything Shepard touched, it...

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Remembering Ken Russell on his 90th Birthday

“You can’t film creative genius, because it’s going on inside the person,” Ben Kingsley once said in description of of Ken Russell’s “massive contribution to the language of cinema… The way he linked the vulnerability of the flesh to the creation of great works of art.” Compliments like this one came all too late in assignment toward the works of Russell, who passed away November of 2011. It turns out, it’s sometimes similarly hard to discuss and place creative genius with filmmakers. Only in the current decade are we beginning to understand Russell’s once hotly debated filmography and his...

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