2013

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1.
Short Term 12 (2013)
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A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
2.
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
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
3.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
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A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
 
4.
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows as a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
5.
The World's End (2013)
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Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival. (109 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
6.
The Punk Singer (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s. (81 mins.)
Director: Sini Anderson
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
7.
American Hustle (2013)
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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
8.
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
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
9.
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013)
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As Jamie travels in Chile, he invites an eccentric woman to join his group's quest to score a fabled hallucinogen, a move that finds him at odds with his new companion, until they drink the magic brew on a beach at the edge of the desert. (98 mins.)
“ Grade: A ” - sacha-kw
 
10.
Upstream Color (2013)
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A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
11.
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
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
12.
In a World... (2013)
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An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. (93 mins.)
Director: Lake Bell
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
13.
Drinking Buddies (2013)
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Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
14.
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.)
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
15.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
16.
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.)
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
17.
Sightseers (2012)
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Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
18.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
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With the '70s behind him, San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
19.
Prince Avalanche (2013)
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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.)
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
20.
Don Jon (2013)
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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 mins.)
“ Grade: B+ ” - sacha-kw
 
21.
It's a Disaster (2012)
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Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Berger
“ Grade: B+ ” - sacha-kw
 
22.
The Conjuring (2013)
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Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Grade: A- ” - sacha-kw
 
23.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Grade: B+ ” - sacha-kw
 
24.
No (2012)
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An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. (118 mins.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
“ Grade: B+ ” - sacha-kw
 
25.
The To Do List (2013)
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Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall. (104 mins.)
Director: Maggie Carey
“ Grade: B ” - sacha-kw
 
26.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ Grade: B- ” - sacha-kw
 
27.
Admission (2013)
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A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
“ Grade: B- ” - sacha-kw
 
28.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ Grade: B- ” - sacha-kw
 
29.
The Way Way Back (2013)
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Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. (103 mins.)
Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
“ Grade: B- ” - sacha-kw
 
30.
CBGB (2013)
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A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB. (101 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller
“ Grade: D ” - sacha-kw
 
31.
Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)
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A platoon of eagles and vultures attack Hollywood, California. Why did the eagles and vultures attack? Who will survive? (90 mins.)
Director: James Nguyen
“ Grade: F ” - sacha-kw