Top 10 Films of 2013 - Keith Simanton
In addition to providing perspective Coogler proves himself an able director of actors playing mid-wife to three extraordinary performances: Michael B. Jordan is the center of the film as Oscar Grant, a man murdered on New Year's Eve in 2009 by police. It's a star-making role and you can almost see Jordan reaching out and pulling it in.
Octavia Spencer proves that The Help was no fluke. Her performance as Oscar's mother is steely and gentle simultaneously.
One of the best things to happen though, is what should be the recognition of Melonie Diaz, so good in so many earlier roles like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. She plays Oscar's girlfriend and mother to his daughter and she once again can move from street-smart indignation to hysteria in an instance. ” - keithsim
Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel take refuge in James Franco's house. Gleefully lampooning both our perceptions of them and their images they are joined by Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Includes one of the best endings of the year. ” - keithsim