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Pictures of the Week 2.28.14

A shocking image of Syria's brutal war – a war that will continue regardless

This week the Guardian published the kind of picture that deserves to change the world. The front page of Thursday's print edition was dominated by an epic scene of human suffering, reproduced above. In a canyon between grey shattered precipices of bomb-ravaged buildings, an uncountable number of …

The Best Movies of the Year

Does a movie have to be “important” to be great? Does it have to deal with socially resonant themes, or a great national event, or a disintegrating American family? “American Hustle” is the best movie of the year, but is it important? The plot jumps off from real-world corruption and an F.B.I. …

The Top Albums of 2013

A couple of months ago I realized I’d mostly made good on an idea I had last December.<p>Back then, I’d been compiling my list of 2012’s best albums, …

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The Best Video Games of 2013

On the New York City subway, a dour-faced commuter swipes her way through Angry Birds on a smartphone. In a basement in Baghdad, Iraqi teen-agers huddle around a TV playing Battlefield, a game in which they pretend to be American soldiers. In a Taiwanese Internet café, a middle-aged man, ghosted by …

The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites

All gratifying things must come to an end: The season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists — which covered writing and creativity, photography, psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, science and technology, children’s literature, and pets and animals — comes …

Favorite Books of 2013

[#image: /photos/590951bb1c7a8e33fb38a4d0]<p>I was excited, this year, to read the work of Elena Ferrante. This reclusive Italian novelist (she writes pseudonymously, and does not make public appearances) is a savage talent. Her formidable novel “<b>Days of Abandonment</b>” tells the story of an Italian …

My Top 10 Best (Favorite) Movies of 2013

<b>10. Let the Fire Burn, directed by Jason Osder</b><br>Part civic-social drama, part horror story, this found-footage documentary reconstructs a history of …

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The Greatest Breakout Stars of 2013

2013 is almost over — but before we say goodbye lets say thank you to the people who made this year the best year. Seriously, without this list of …

TV

Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 Monday morning via Twitter. Typical of these smart writers from all corners …

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My Top Ten Top Forty Songs

I have a simple test for Top Forty songs: how do they sound on an acoustic guitar, and can I sing ’em to my five-year-old daughter? Obviously, these are somewhat exclusionary criteria. Neither Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” nor YG’s “My Nigga” is going to make my list, much as I liked those …

Matt Zoller Seitz's Top 10 Films of 2013 | MZS

I don't know if this Top 10 list should accompanied by a drum roll or sad trombone. I saw about 150 theatrical films last year; that may sound like a …

Top 10

The Best Film Writing of 2013

Over the past two weeks just about every film site has been publishing lists on top of lists that authoritatively declare The Best and The Worst …

Hottest Celebrity Photos 12.23.13

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Dogs

14 Christmas Movie Child Stars: Where Are They Now?

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Time to dust off your well-loved holiday films while frantically wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings, and baking up a storm. We wanted to take a look at where some of your favorite young Christmas movie cast members have landed today. Much like gifts from …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in January

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in January:</b><p>Celebrate the coming of a new year <i>and</i> the oldest folk festival in the U.S. at the <b>Philadelphia</b> <b>Mummers Parade</b> (January 1). Local clubs take to the streets …

Hottest Celebrity Photos 12.30.13

New Year Resolutions Apps | Best Apps - Consumer Reports News

While more than four in 10 Americans will make a New Year’s resolution, nearly a third of those will fail to keep them—that is, if last year’s …

New Year 2014 in pictures: Fireworks and celebrations around the world - Telegraph

Beautifully Detailed Drawings Burnt into Pieces of Wood

Eben Cavanagh Rautenbach, artistically known as LeRoc, uses a soldering iron to create detailed illustrations on pieces of wood. This art of decorative burning is called pyrography or pyrogravure. When LeRoc first became interested in pyrography, he started drawing with only a lighter, a nail and a …

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21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

World War II dramas, dystopian teen trilogies, time travel, Bible stories, and more<p>The coming year in cinema is shaping up to be strikingly symmetrical: As one major dystopian YA franchise arrives, another winds down. As one World War II drama kicks off the year, another caps it off. The first …

The snow leopard, a Sochi Olympics symbol, is near extinction

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are little more than a month away. The mascot for the games is the snow leopard, a symbol selected by the Russian people.<p>Vladimir Putin said the mascot was chosen because it's "strong, powerful, fast and beautiful." It's also close to extinction in …

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74

Phil Everly, who with his brother, Don, made up the most revered vocal duo of the rock-music era, their exquisite harmonies profoundly influencing the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and countless younger-generation rock, folk and country singers, died Friday in Burbank of complications from …

GCSE papers 'to be marked in schools' to improve grading

The OCR exam board is to launch a pilot programme designed to improve standards of GCSE and A-level marking following high-profile criticism of the process<p>Exam marking is to be overhauled under reforms designed to eradicate the “systematic acceptance of errors” in GCSEs and A-levels, it has emerged.<p>…

A flashy funeral for 'Great Train' robber Ronnie Biggs

LONDON -- Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal who won worldwide fame as a member of the gang that committed the "Great Train Robbery" of 1963, was given a colorful gangster style funeral in London on Friday.<p>The funeral cortege accompanying a coffin covered with the flags of Britain and Brazil, where …

GPs 'paid £1,500 a night for A&E shifts'

Family doctors can earn almost £1,500 a shift to plug gaps in Accident and Emergency units, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show<p>GPs are paid almost £1,500 a shift to work at nights and weekends plugging staff shortages in Accident and Emergency units, it has emerged.<p>Family …