My Favourite Films of 2013 [UK]

Films released in UK cinemas between January 1st and December 31st 2013, that I've seen and enjoyed the most. These films have received a rating of 6/10 or higher from myself.
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1.
Alan Partridge (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When famous DJ Alan Partridge's radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege. (90 mins.)
Director: Declan Lowney
“ Hilarious! Everything I wanted from an Alan Partridge movie. Back of the net! ” - rhysroberts007
 
2.
Arbitrage (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. (107 mins.)
“ Decent drama. Started off a bit dull but ending up being involving and thrilling. ” - rhysroberts007
 
3.
Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his young lover, Scott Thorson. (118 mins.)
“ Michael Douglas' best performance in year and an entertaining and risky look at Liberace's life. ” - rhysroberts007
 
4.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Brilliant drama, but not quite up there with Woody Allen's best. ” - rhysroberts007
 
5.
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
 
6.
The Croods (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy. (98 mins.)
“ Start off as a run of the mill computer animation, but improves as you watch. ” - rhysroberts007
 
7.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. (172 mins.)
“ I loved it, there's never a dull moment, but I didn't quite 'understand' all of it. A second viewing will be required. ” - rhysroberts007
 
8.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter , a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Tarantino delivers another excellent piece of entertainment. ” - rhysroberts007
 
9.
Don Jon (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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.)
 
10.
Escape Plan (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside. (115 mins.)
 
11.
Elysium (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. (109 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ Serviceable sci-fi thriller. ” - rhysroberts007
 
12.
Flight (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ Excellent drama. Good to have Robert Zemeckis back doing live action. ” - rhysroberts007
 
13.
Gangster Squad (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city. (113 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
“ Basic, but a very enjoyable period action movie with a good cast. ” - rhysroberts007
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Took a while to get going, but once it did I really got into it. It's a bit over the top, but it's a good take on Gatsby's story. ” - rhysroberts007
 
16.
Hitchcock (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959 is explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
“ Could of been better, if it was longer and more in-depth, but it's still a nice and interesting drama, giving us a glimpse of the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife. ” - rhysroberts007
 
17.
I Give It a Year (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Newlywed couple Nat and Josh are deliriously happy despite their differences, though friends and family aren't convinced that they can last. With their first anniversary approaching and attractive alternatives in the mix, can they last? (97 mins.)
Director: Dan Mazer
“ Very enjoyable RomCom where it mostly breaks the formula, and has it's fair share of gags. ” - rhysroberts007
 
18.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A veteran Vegas magician tries to revive his career after his longtime partner quits, he gets fired from his casino act, and an edgy new "street magician" steals his thunder. (100 mins.)
Director: Don Scardino
“ Sweet and amusing little comedy. ” - rhysroberts007
 
19.
The Impossible (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
“ Horrifying and emotional drama based on the real life disaster story, with solid performances from the leads. ” - rhysroberts007
 
20.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ Has some story flaws and perhaps a few too many humorous scenarios, but some good character moments and set-pieces make up for it. Better than the sequel, but not as great as the first film. ” - rhysroberts007
 
21.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to get revenge, kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything he stands for. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
“ Lacks the impact of the first, and the first half is a bit of a mixed bag, but the second half with it's fun action sequences make up for it. ” - rhysroberts007
 
22.
The Last Stand (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. (107 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Not quite the comeback film I had hoped for, but despite some faults it's still a decent old school action flick. ” - rhysroberts007
 
23.
Les Misérables (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. (158 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ A strong first act, but the second and third don't quite match up to it. Still worth a watch, as it's quite a unique musical. ” - rhysroberts007
 
24.
The Look of Love (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man. (101 mins.)
“ Well performed and solid biopic. ” - rhysroberts007
 
25.
Love Is All You Need (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A hairdresser who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter's wedding and meets a widower who still blames the world for the loss of his wife. (116 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ Sweet and uplifting drama. ” - rhysroberts007
 
26.
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
“ Not in the same league as the recent Batman films, but this is my favourite entry in the Superman series, which is visually stunning and has fantastic action set-pieces. ” - rhysroberts007
 
27.
Monsters University (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
“ Pretty good. The first and second act are enjoyable , but it's in the third act where it becomes just as good as the the first 'Monsters' film. ” - rhysroberts007
 
28.
Mud (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
29.
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
“ Very enjoyable 90's style action movie. ” - rhysroberts007
 
30.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Excellent prologue and climax, but the rest is a mixed bag. ” - rhysroberts007
 
31.
Pain & Gain (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
32.
The Paperboy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ It's good, but a bit muddled. The ensemble cast are great. ” - rhysroberts007
 
33.
Parker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist. (118 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ I'm not much of a Statham fan, but this was a decent action film. ” - rhysroberts007
 
34.
Parkland (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Landesman
 
35.
Philomena (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
36.
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.)
“ Excellent. Three very different stories to tell in this engrossing crime drama. ” - rhysroberts007
 
37.
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.)
“ Fantasic, intense mystery thriller. ” - rhysroberts007
 
38.
The Purge (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A wealthy family are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal. (85 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ A bit silly at times, but a decent thriller - The Strangers meets Panic Room. ” - rhysroberts007
 
39.
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
“ A refreshing and fun modern drama. ” - rhysroberts007
 
40.
Rush (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Excellent and exciting film making that will also entertain those with no interest in F1, such as myself. ” - rhysroberts007
 
41.
Side Effects (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. (106 mins.)
“ Pretty good low key mystery thriller. ” - rhysroberts007
 
42.
Unfinished Song (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James. (90 mins.)
“ Simple, short and sweet British drama. ” - rhysroberts007
 
43.
Stolen (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A former thief frantically searches for his missing daughter, who has been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a taxi. (96 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Far-fetched and silly, but an enjoyable Nicolas Cage romp. ” - rhysroberts007
 
44.
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.)
“ Enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. Lots of laughs and the cast have great chemistry. ” - rhysroberts007
 
45.
Trance (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. (101 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Suspenseful, stylish and entertaining mysterious thriller. ” - rhysroberts007
 
46.
Warm Bodies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ Despite some faults it's still a good light hearted zombie drama. ” - rhysroberts007
 
47.
White House Down (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders. (131 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Another 90's style action film set in the White House, but way more fun and over the top than the other one. ” - rhysroberts007
 
48.
The World's End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
“ Somewhat underwhelimg but it's still an entertaining mixture. ” - rhysroberts007
 
49.
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. (101 mins.)
Director: Rich Moore
“ Great animation with plenty of cool and geeky refrences for gamers, but the glitchy script and generic 2nd act prevent it from being an animated masterpiece. ” - rhysroberts007
 
50.
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.)
 
51.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
 
52.
Snitch (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal. (112 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
 
53.
Homefront (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord. (100 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
54.
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
 
55.
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
 
56.
Redemption (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London's criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man's identity -- transforming into an avenging angel in the process. (100 mins.)
Director: Steven Knight
 
57.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
58.
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
 
59.
Nebraska (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne