2013 - The Best Films

Still have a few I need to see. Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, and the Wolf of Wall Street. So some heavy hitters yet to come.
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1.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Powerful, Reflective, this film will leave you in awe. Absolutely amazing performances throughout the film. This to me shows the power of film. The ability to put you in a certain time and place, somewhere we can't even fathom. A must see film. ” - Pu_Rock
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
“ I've finally found a Harmony Korine movie that I like (at least I think I do). He definitely tricked a lot of people with this film. It's not a Project X. It's Girls Gone Wild meets Drive meets Scarface meets Piranha (without the Piranhas).

Very Stylish with the music and colors. Its a straight shot. Either you get it or you don't. ” - Pu_Rock
 
4.
Computer Chess (2013)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bujalski
“ A unique film. It really nails the tone of 1980's. The characters and interactions are fantastic. Its definitely not for everyone, but definitely a must for cinephiles. ” - Pu_Rock
 
5.
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
“ Short on story, long on special effects. Its one of those films you should really see in 3D. I was dazzled and enthralled, but struggled with suspending my belief at times. ” - Pu_Rock
 
6.
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.)
“ It's been a while since a movie made me laugh from start to finish. I'm not even a big fan of this comedy troupe but I had a blast. ” - Pu_Rock
 
7.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
 
8.
Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013 Documentary)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. (91 mins.)
Director: Morgan Neville
 
9.
Captain Phillips (2013)
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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
“ Mads does it again. This film creates such a strong feeling for the main character that you want nothing more but for him to go full out 'Death Wish'. Ofcourse fabulous acting by Mads. The film does have his frustrations in plot. ” - Pu_Rock
 
12.
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
“ A surprisingly powerful movie for today's time. The title is a good play on words for the movie's subject. ” - Pu_Rock
 
16.
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
“ Spoon fed mainstream horror........I liked it. The atmosphere the film created was great. ” - Pu_Rock
 
17.
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. (111 mins.)
 
18.
Leviathan (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry. (87 mins.)
“ I am usually a sucker for cinematography and this film has that. After first watching I was so-so, but the images and ideas stuck in my head that it rose up my rankings. Its amazing what can be told with just a camera. ” - Pu_Rock
 
19.
All Is Lost (2013)
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After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face. (106 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
20.
Wadjda (2012)
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An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. (98 mins.)
 
21.
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
“ The big summer feel good movie. The story has been told before, the characters feel all too familiar, but this film still paid off. I would've loved to have a Sam Rockwell as my demented mentor growing up. ” - Pu_Rock
 
22.
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.)
“ The acting by the teens in this movie is phenomenal especially Moises Arias. Nick Robinson gives a very 'mature' performance. ” - Pu_Rock
 
23.
In the House (2012)
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A high school French teacher is drawn into a precocious student's increasingly transgressive story about his relationship with a friend's family. (105 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
 
24.
The Battery (2012)
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The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead. (101 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Gardner
 
25.
Only God Forgives (2013)
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Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ Seems popular to hate on this movie. The film thrives off gratuitous violence and art direction. The characters are almost like cartoon cut-outs. There are issues for sure. But if you can handle the violence and love a beautiful looking film, then I highly recommend. ” - Pu_Rock
 
26.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
“ Okay its a very one-sided documentary. With that being said, it does what it sets out to do, make you very conscious about the subject matter. It has very gripping video evidence and interviews.

After seeing this I don't know if I could ever go to a Seaworld again. Or even a zoo for that matter. ” - Pu_Rock
 
27.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ Fantastic soundtrack. The film is a bit too long. But there are many moments of beauty. A unique love story that is rarely told. ” - Pu_Rock
 
28.
To the Wonder (2012)
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After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood. (112 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ A lot of people are getting tired of the Malick way. But if you are a Malick fan, like I am, this movie continues to be a thing of beauty. ” - Pu_Rock
 
29.
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
“ Type of movie that you need to watch twice. The film is unique and another brilliant display of Carruth's talents. ” - Pu_Rock
 
30.
Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his teenage lover, Scott Thorson. (118 mins.)
“ Such a shame this didn't get a better release. The acting is fantastic. ” - Pu_Rock
 
31.
Snow White (2012)
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A twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter. (104 mins.)
Director: Pablo Berger
 
32.
Grow Up, Tony Phillips (2013)
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Grow Up, Tony Phillips may take place on Halloween, but it has nothing to do with horror movies and... (90 mins.)
Director: Emily Hagins