2013

The Best of 2013
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1.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
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A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
2.
Not Today (2013)
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While on vacation with friends in Hyderabad, India, Caden Welles - a privileged young man with the world at his disposal - takes an unexpected turn in life after initially refusing to help a starving man and his daughter. (103 mins.)
Director: Jon Van Dyke
 
3.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
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A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
4.
Gangster Squad (2013)
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It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. (113 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
 
5.
Stoker (2013)
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After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
6.
Starbuck (2011)
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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
 
7.
My Brother the Devil (2012)
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Two teenage brothers must face their own prejudices head on if they are to survive the perils of being British Arabs growing up on the streets of gangland London. (111 mins.)
 
8.
Hannah Arendt (2012)
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A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. (113 mins.)
 
9.
The Story of Luke (2012)
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Sheltered by his grandparents, Luke, a young man with autism, is thrust into a world that doesn't expect anything from him. But Luke is on a quest for a job and true love. And he isn't taking no for an answer. (96 mins.)
Director: Alonso Mayo
 
10.
Disconnect (2012)
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A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world. (115 mins.)
 
11.
The Kings of Summer (2013)
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Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. (95 mins.)
 
12.
Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012)
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A chronicle of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at his father's tribute concert in 1991. (99 mins.)
Director: Daniel Algrant
 
13.
Mud (2012)
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Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
14.
Midnight's Children (2012)
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation. (146 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
15.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
 
16.
August: Osage County (2013)
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (121 mins.)
Director: John Wells
 
17.
The East (2013)
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An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (116 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
18.
Now You See Me (2013)
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An F.B.I. Agent, and an Interpol Detective, track a team of illusionists, who pull off bank heists during their performances, and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
 
19.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
20.
This Is the End (2013)
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While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the Biblical Apocalypse. (107 mins.)
 
21.
Young & Beautiful (2013)
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After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes. (95 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
22.
Heli (2013)
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Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force. (105 mins.)
Director: Amat Escalante
 
23.
The Bling Ring (2013)
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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (90 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
24.
The Past (2013)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. (130 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
25.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. (121 mins.)
 
26.
Omar (2013)
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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. (96 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
27.
Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson. (118 mins.)
 
28.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
 
29.
Girl Rising (2013 Documentary)
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This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Robbins
 
30.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
 
31.
Hello Herman (2012)
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Set in the not so distant future, in Any Town USA, sixteen year old Herman Howards makes a fateful decision... (90 mins.)
Director: Michelle Danner
 
32.
The Counselor (2013)
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A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
33.
Adore (2013)
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A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons. (112 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
 
34.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
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A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
35.
The Family (2013)
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The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. (111 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
36.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
 
37.
Diana (2013)
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During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. (113 mins.)
 
38.
Filth (2013)
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A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own borderline-fueled inner demons. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon S. Baird
 
39.
The Spectacular Now (2013)
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A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." (95 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
40.
Passion (2012)
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The rivalry between the manipulative boss of an advertising agency and her talented protégée escalates from stealing credit to public humiliation to murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
41.
The Lifeguard (2013)
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A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. (98 mins.)
Director: Liz W. Garcia
 
42.
The Canyons (2013)
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When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence. (99 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
43.
Thérèse (2012)
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An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures. (110 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
44.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
 
45.
Lovelace (2013)
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The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. (93 mins.)
 
46.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. (111 mins.)
Director: Biyi Bandele
 
47.
Just the Wind (2012)
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Unknown racist murderers have already attacked four families. Some of them died. Who will be the next on this ordinary day? Inspired by a true story. (95 mins.)
 
48.
I Declare War (2012)
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Summer war games between neighborhood kids turn deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix. (94 mins.)
 
49.
Jobs (2013)
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The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. (128 mins.)
 
50.
Gravity (2013)
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Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
51.
The Golden Dream (2013)
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A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S. (108 mins.)
 
52.
A Castle in Italy (2013)
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A family is forced to sell their Italian home. (104 mins.)
 
53.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
54.
Her (2013)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze