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2013 Movie Picks: Jackson Cuidon
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For movie lovers and movie critics, the end of the year brings an avalanche of "best of" lists to analyze, pick apart, and argue over. Here at CT Movies, knowing that every critic and every movie lover brings different tastes, interests, and perspectives to the table, we've decided to take a different approach.

Each of our regular critics came up with a list of "best" films in categories of their own choosing, and we'll be running them over the next week. These aren't necessarily the year's best films, nor even the best movies these critics saw all year—just a sampling of the riches of 2013. We hope you'll find something to love.

Best Horror Movie That You Could Watch As A Christian and Not Feel Nagging Doubts About Watching It
The Conjuring
(Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror)

The Conjuring is just so scary, you guys—and so well done, well acted, well paced, and scary. If you'd seen me jump and yelp as I watched this movie on my 13" laptop screen (in the middle of the day, with the sound turned down), you'd know I'm not being hyperbolic. When Christians watch horror movies, sometimes there's this nagging feeling that watching Hash-Slinging Slashers or Cash-Ringing Gnashers or whatever slice up collegiate kids for an hour and a half is in like total direct violation of something like Philippians 4:8 thought criteria.

But The Conjuring's faith-based aspects—like the religious leanings of the heroes of the films, or the holistically respectful treatment of faith (a rarity for horror films), as well as a dearth of blood and guts and gore, make The Conjuring a solid movie for people who love to be scared*, but don't ...

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