2013by Bruce-49 | created - 14 Jan 2013 | updated - 12 Jan 2014 | Public
Movies seen in 2013
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1. Stories We Tell (2012)
PG-13 | 108 min | Documentary
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.
Votes: 10,572 | Gross: $1.60M
With "Away From Her" director Sarah Polley demonstrated her considerable skills as a storyteller. The way she documents her own origin story gives us a peek behind the curtain at why she's so good.
2. 56 Up (2012 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 144 min | Documentary
Director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults after a 7 year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years.
Votes: 1,656 | Gross: $0.70M
In the most interesting “Up” film of the last few, the professor who came to the states comes close to putting his finger on the value of the series. It doesn’t accurately tell the stories of the people it follows but cumulatively it tells the story of a life lived.
3. Life of Pi (2012)
PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Votes: 495,615 | Gross: $124.99M
While Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger and star attraction in a failed Indian zoo, is being shipped to North America for sale, the freighter carrying him and the other zoo animals sinks in a storm. He swims it to a lifeboat, his sole food source a poly-religious teenaged boy.
4. Enough Said (2013)
PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband.
Votes: 53,254 | Gross: $17.54M
5. Sightseers (2012)
Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 23,281 | Gross: $0.04M
While touring Yorkshire's tackiest tourist traps by caravan, ginger-bearded Chris overreacts to the faults of his fellow vacationers and girlfriend Tina overreacts to Chris.
7. The World's End (2013)
R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 213,627 | Gross: $26.00M
9. Blue Jasmine (2013)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama
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...
Votes: 168,398 | Gross: $33.41M
11. Margaret (I) (2011)
R | 150 min | Drama
A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.
Votes: 14,028 | Gross: $0.05M
It’s hard to fault Kenneth Lonergan for creating too rich a portrait of the privileged, self-centered high school student Lisa and her sparring relationship with her actress mother (and the world). Most scenes are acutely observed and written. It’s difficult to fit it all into a feature length film.
12. Frances Ha (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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 the possibility of realizing them dwindles.
Votes: 53,351 | Gross: $4.06M
13. Before Midnight (2013)
R | 109 min | Drama, Romance
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Votes: 112,022 | Gross: $8.11M
14. Mud (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 148,689 | Gross: $21.59M
16. All Is Lost (2013)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 65,992 | Gross: $6.26M
17. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Votes: 215,735 | Gross: $182.21M
18. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.
Votes: 236,022 | Gross: $95.72M
19. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 503,149 | Gross: $136.03M
20. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 760,459 | Gross: $408.01M
The Hunger Games: twenty-four adolescents running through the woods until only one survives, are not particularly interesting. It’s the job of TV emcee Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) to inject viewer interest and drama. Its closest reality TV analog may be The Olympics where personality profiles prop up unpopular sports.
21. Flight (I) (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.
Votes: 285,928 | Gross: $93.77M
Pilot (Denzel Washington) is simultaneously hero and villain as an alcoholic pilot who successfully crash lands a malfunctioning plane but must evade detection of his condition by members of the NTSB and the lawyers of the four passengers killed in the crash. Harrowing crash followed by pedestrian script and direction.
22. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Thriller
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 119,522 | Gross: $15.03M
23. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 353,426 | Gross: $137.40M
25. A Late Quartet (2012)
R | 105 min | Drama, Music
Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust.
Votes: 12,251 | Gross: $1.56M
I once attended a concert by a famous quartet comprised of four older gentlemen who played out of tune. I left at intermission but could empathize with the universal conflict of knowing when to call it quits. “A Late Quartet” is played by an accomplished cast working a pedestrian score.
26. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 74,833 | Gross: $12.80M
27. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 374,169 | Gross: $13.66M
The most amazing thing about “Warrior” is that it exists. The script is so clichéd and so laughably implausible that it could have been a comedian-driven goof like “Blades of Thunder”. Instead, as its earnestness inspires viewers to jaw dropping unsuspended disbelief, it’s so completely bizarre it’s silly fun.
28. The Source Family (2012)
TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary, Music
A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in '70s utopian living. The Source Family were the darlings of the Sunset Strip until their communal living, ... See full summary »
Jim Baker was a charismatic restauranteur who, in the early 1970s, built a cult around himself consisting of his restaurant’s employees. The Aquarian family documentary is rich in photos and period footage, evoking a typical experiment in communal living and spiritual seeking. Like the group, the motion picture is unexceptional.
29. Quartet (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.
Votes: 17,048 | Gross: $18.39M
30. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009)
Unrated | 102 min | Documentary
Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Yet the Spector who appears in Vikram ... See full summary »
32. Upstream Color (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 26,523 | Gross: $0.44M