2013

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1.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
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56 Up (2012 Documentary)
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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. (144 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
3.
Life of Pi (2012)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
4.
Enough Said (2013)
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A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. (93 mins.)
 
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Sightseers (2012)
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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. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
6.
In a World... (2013)
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An underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé. (93 mins.)
Director: Lake Bell
 
7.
The World's End (2013)
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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
 
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Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013 Documentary)
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A profile of six pilgrims taking the Camino De Santiago pilgrimage. (84 mins.)
Director: Lydia Smith
 
9.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
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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
 
10.
Side Effects (2013)
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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects. (106 mins.)
 
11.
Margaret (2011)
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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. (150 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
12.
Frances Ha (2012)
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A story that follows 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 their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
 
13.
Before Midnight (2013)
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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. (109 mins.)
 
14.
Mud (2012)
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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
 
15.
Gravity (2013)
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A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
16.
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
 
17.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the Civil 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. (150 mins.)
 
18.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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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. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
19.
Argo (2012)
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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 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
20.
The Hunger Games (2012)
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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. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
21.
Flight (2012)
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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
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
22.
Killing Them Softly (2012)
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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. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
23.
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
 
24.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
 
25.
A Late Quartet (2012)
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Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressible lust. (105 mins.)
Director: Yaron Zilberman
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
26.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
 
27.
Warrior (2011)
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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. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
28.
The Source Family (2012 Documentary)
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A feature documentary film set in Hollywood, examining a radical experiment in '70s utopian living.... (98 mins.)
“ 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. ” - Bruce-49
 
29.
Quartet (2012)
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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. (98 mins.)
Director: Dustin Hoffman
 
30.
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009 Documentary)
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Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and... (102 mins.)
Director: Vikram Jayanti
 
31.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
Computer Chess (2013)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Bujalski