Spirit Awards 2013

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1.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
 
2.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
 
3.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. (101 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
 
4.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
5.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
 
6.
The Loneliest Planet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves. (113 mins.)
Director: Julia Loktev
 
7.
Ruby Sparks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence. (104 mins.)
 
8.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
 
9.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
 
10.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
 
11.
Sound of My Voice (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future. (85 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
12.
Gimme the Loot (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When their latest work is buffed by a rival crew, two determined graffiti writers embark on an elaborate plan to bomb the ultimate location: the New York Mets' Home Run Apple. (79 mins.)
Director: Adam Leon
 
13.
Fill the Void (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young Hasidic Jewish woman is pressured into an arranged levirate marriage to an older widower. (90 mins.)
Director: Rama Burshtein
 
14.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
 
15.
Robot & Frank (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
 
16.
Gayby (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way. (85 mins.)
 
17.
Breakfast with Curtis (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Syd is an eccentric bookseller with delusions of grandeur fueled by red wine. He caused a rift 5 years ago between his bohemian housemates and the family next door, but now tries to recruit his 14-year-old neighbor as a collaborator. (84 mins.)
Director: Laura Colella
 
18.
Middle of Nowhere (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated - leading her on a journey of self-discovery in the process. (97 mins.)
Director: Ava DuVernay
 
19.
Mosquita y Mari (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After being assigned as study partners, two Chicana high schoolers find a bond that confuses them at times. (85 mins.)
Director: Aurora Guerrero
 
20.
Starlet (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale. (103 mins.)
Director: Sean Baker
 
21.
The Color Wheel (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
JR has broken up with her professor. She enlists her nervous and obnoxious younger brother Colin to... (83 mins.)
Director: Alex Ross Perry
 
22.
Return (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life. (97 mins.)
Director: Liza Johnson
 
23.
Smashed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober. (81 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
 
24.
The Sessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Lewin
 
25.
Killer Joe (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
 
26.
Four (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
On a hot 4th of July night, sparks fly between four people as they test the limits and possibilities of their own freedom. (75 mins.)
Director: Joshua Sanchez
 
27.
Your Sister's Sister (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Iris invites her friend Jack to stay at her family's island getaway after the death of his brother. At their remote cabin, Jack's drunken encounter with Hannah, Iris' sister, kicks off a revealing stretch of days. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynn Shelton
 
28.
Compliance (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
 
29.
Magic Mike (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money. (110 mins.)
 
30.
End of Watch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
 
31.
Valley of Saints (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
War and poverty force Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, to run away from Kashmir with his best friend... (82 mins.)
Director: Musa Syeed
 
32.
Here (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer. (126 mins.)
Director: Braden King
 
33.
How to Survive a Plague (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. (110 mins.)
Director: David France
 
34.
Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. (106 mins.)
 
35.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
 
36.
The Invisible War (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. (93 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
37.
The Waiting Room (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. (81 mins.)
Director: Peter Nicks
 
38.
Amour (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
39.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
 
40.
Rust and Bone (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
 
41.
Sister (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. (97 mins.)
Director: Ursula Meier
 
42.
War Witch (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
 
43.
Nobody Walks (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. (83 mins.)
Director: Ry Russo-Young
 
44.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. (94 mins.)
 
45.
Stones in the Sun (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts. (95 mins.)
Director: Patricia Benoit
 
46.
Pincus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A story centered on a young guy who ineptly runs the family construction business by day and begrudgingly acts as caretaker for his father by night.
Director: David Fenster
 
47.
Electrick Children (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby. (96 mins.)
Director: Rebecca Thomas
 
48.
Leviathan (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry. (87 mins.)
 
49.
Only the Young (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A documentary on three teenagers living in a small desert town in Southern California. (72 mins.)