If there's any doubt at all that 2013 was a great year for the movies, Film.com's rundown of the very best will make you a believer.
And since the video comes from our friends over at Film.com, there are a few arthouse titles that are definitely required viewing for the year, in case you didn't get a chance to check them out in their limits runs.
The list is all wonderfully edited together by Film.com editor David Erhlich and includes some of the great music from the year's movies as well, so if you aren't prepared for goosebumps, we can't recommend the video to you.
Check it all out in the video above!
By Charles Webb
If this week's DVD release of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" has whet your appetite for more film entries in the urban fantasy series, you're in luck. While Constantin Films has pushed back the start date for the movie to 2014, series author Cassandra Clare spoke to MTV News about what we can expect to see in the next chapter of star-crossed lovers/demon hunters Clary (Lily Collins) and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower)'s story.
****Some spoilers for "City of Bones" and "City of Ash" to follow****
While actress Lily Collins told us earlier this month that she wasn't sure when shooting will start on "City of Ashes" ("I don't know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”) Cassandra Clare is ready for the sequel which she says "ratchets up the stakes".
By Craig Flaster
Add Will Forte to the list of SNL actors who have transitioned to high drama.
Forte's latest role in acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is an unusual departure for the actor, who was seen this year in "Grown Ups 2" as a male cheerleader and heard in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" as the over-the-top, Steve Jobs-like villain. And Forte was as surprised to get the dramatic part as anyone.
"Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors and I thought there was very little chance I would be able to get this role," says Forte.
The talented funnyman beat out a number of other actors for the coveted role. While Forte says this gave him some initial confidence, he was also very nervous to be on the actual set of Payne's newest dramedy.
By Craig Flaster
Peter Facinelli became a young adult heartthrob with his role as Carlisle Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," but now is adding an unexpected twist to his resume: comic book creator.
"I can't believe that I actually have a comic book that I created out there now," said Facinelli about his comic, "Protocol: Orphans."
The series follows the exploits of orphans who have been taken by the government and trained as part of a special program to have superhuman-like abilities.
Facinelli's love affair with comic books began at an early age, as he followed the adventures of a fellow Peter: Peter Parker. "I grew up reading "Spider-Man," he said. "He was from Queens, I was from Queens. His name's Peter, my name's Peter....we had a lot of similarities."
By Scott Neumyer
If you think Mondo is the only game in town when it comes to fully licensed limited edition posters and prints for classic (and modern) movies, you need to start looking a little more closely. Odd City Entertainment has risen in the ranks and quietly made a name for themselves over the past few months with fantastic releases like James Fosdike's "Trick 'r Treat" print. Like Mondo, Odd City Entertainment is based in Austin, Texas and strives to work with some of the very best artists in the world.
Today, MTV has the exclusive news that Odd City's latest print will drop on Wednesday, November 20 (at a random time, as per usual) and it's quite possibly their best release yet. Sheffield, UK native graphic designer and artist Matt Ferguson was tasked with bringing Bryan Singer's 1995 modern masterpiece "The Usual Suspects to a colorful 12" x 36" canvas. Ferguson, perhaps best known for his work on "Marvel's The Avengers" Blu-ray collection and promotional posters, loved the idea of working alongside Odd City Entertainment founder Roman Morales to find just the right look for Singer's classic film.
"The Motel Life," the new movie starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, tells the story of two brothers who have to go on the run after one of them is involved in a hit and run.
When Dorff originally found the project, as he told MTV New's Josh Horowitz, it started as a way to do something he'd wanted to do for a while: play Hirsch's brother. "This one was kind of a small one from the get-go. It was kind of on the bottom of the pile, but then I found it," he said. I saw that Emile was attached to it."
But from there, it turned into a much more interesting journey into two characters that he found fascinating.
By Dana Brawer
Sadly, Blockbuster announced yesterday all their US stores will officially be closing. Although the stores themselves have become obsolete, like the VHS tapes that helped bring the company to fame, we'll always have a soft place in our hearts for the Blockbuster experience. So, thank you, Blockbuster, the reason we got through high school and actually wanted to hang out with our parents. Here's what we'll miss most:
"Back to the Future" is just one of those movies that lots of people love. It's probably up there with "Star Wars" as one of the most universally referenced nostalgia movies in pop culture, but we're still suckers for talking about the flaws in Marty McFly's plan to get his parents back together or how time travel actually works.
That's why it's such a joy to listen to Justin Long completely geek out on the 1985 classic. He sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz to put his knowledge to the test.
Bonus: Justin Long does one of the best Michael J. Fox impressions you've ever heard.
Check out Justin's killer "Back to the Future" knowledge on the latest episode of After Hours.
By Amelia Mularz
So Kim Kardashian got engaged this week, which ignited an epidemic of déjà vu across the globe. Our DVD pick (a throwback to 1989) will also take you back. But first, here's what's brand spanking new at the theater:
On the Big Screen: "The Counselor"
Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz star in a film that opens today. The movie is a prequel to "Weekend at Bernie's." Can't wait!
Ok...fine. That's not true at all. But with such an all-star cast, does it even matter what the movie's about? In reality, Michael Fassbender plays a corrupt lawyer (aka "the counselor") who signs on for a lil' freelance drug trafficking with Javier Bardem's character, Reiner. And by "lil'" we mean moving a truckload of cocaine from Colombia to Chicago.
By Dana Brawer
Some highly anticipated Oscar contenders will not be making the cut this year, and last night, another joined that list. The release of George Clooney's World War II drama, "The Monuments Men," has been pushed from its original December release to a February 2014 opening, according to the LA Times, making it ineligible for a nomination.
Clooney's picture does not stand alone in a widespread trend of delayed Oscar prospects. Leonardo DiCaprio's "Wolf of Wall Street" has been delayed, though it will barely make the 2013 deadline with a new late December release. Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco," originally anticipated as a huge competitor due to Kidman's past success at the Oscars, will now be released in 2014, however.
Historical drama, 'The Immigrant" and sports drama "The Foxcatcher" have also been pushed into 2014 releases.