My Top 25 of 2013

These are the best 25 movies that I saw in the theater in 2013. While I didn't get a chance to see everything in the theater that I wanted to before 31 Dec (Saving Mr. Banks, Walter Mitty, Nebraska and Her), I did see around 99 other movies. Some movies on my list are Oscar Worthy some either had an impact on my life and finally some were just plain fun.
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1.
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited. (123 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
“ Watching this sequel to the 99 classic, I was truly touched on all human issues the film deals with that I have experienced in the last fourteen years. This film won't win any Oscars but then it wasn't made to. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
2.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Michael B Jordan gives easily one of the top three performances of the year with his portyal of Oscar Grant. While he may not win the Oscar, his performance will make him a star. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
3.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ One of the most important films of the last ten years. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
4.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
“ Leo gives the performance of his carrer with this one. He's easily the best actor of his generation. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
5.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ The most visually stunning movie of the year and the best use of IMAX since Avatar. I do feel that anyone could have pulled of Bullock's role, it's the directon by Cuaron and visual effects that earned this one a spot on the list. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
6.
Lone Survivor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ As a vet this one really hit for me. The best war themed movie since Black Hawk Down. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
7.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty. (130 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ Six movies in and tweleve years into the trilogy these movies just keeping better. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
8.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. (132 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ A proper return to form in acting Oprah and another great performance by Forrest. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
9.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ Mandela was an iconic figure and while a mini series may have been a better way to tell this man's storty, this was still an amazing performance from Idris Elba. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
10.
Prisoners (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. (153 mins.)
“ A thought provking film about just how far parents will go to protect their kids. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
11.
42 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Long over due biopic of Amercia's past time greatest legends. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
12.
Frozen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (102 mins.)
“ Who knew Disney could get back to the magic of their classic? ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
13.
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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.)
“ Not Russell's best, but feature some of the best acting from an ensemble all year. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
14.
Captain Phillips (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Tom Hanks could do this role in his sleep, but it's the performance of the pirates and the direction by Paul Greengrass that make it work. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
15.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ Not big on Zombies, but this was a very smart well made zombie flick ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
16.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Wasn't too big on the first one, but with a good story and one of the best action sequecnes of this year, this was a lot of fun. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
17.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Tons of fun and one of the best sequels of the summer ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
18.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
“ Didn't read the books but I'm looking very forward to the sequel. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
19.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Coming from a non Superman fan, this was nowhere near as bad as the critics made it out to be. Michael Shannon was a great villian! ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
20.
This Is the End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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.)
“ Funniest movie I saw this year ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
21.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about two inner city boys who are left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. (108 mins.)
“ An amazing film wth a star making performance by Skylan Brooks., that sadly didn't find an auidence. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
22.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
“ Gosling and Cooper's Performance made this a winner. While I understand the need for the fate of Gosling's character, had he been more in the film and not adversited as a lead then maybe it would be higher on the list. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
23.
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Disgraced Secret Service agent (and former presidential guard) Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. (119 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ Ass kicking action action at it's best. The film was meant to entertain and it did just that. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
24.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour. (75 mins.)
“ My favorite comics star continues to rise ” - DunnDeeDaGreat
 
25.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ A well made horror flim, that was also smart. ” - DunnDeeDaGreat