Best and worst movies of 2013

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The Spectacular Now (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." (95 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
“ There is so much about this movie that I absolutely love. Its so hard to find a movie that is not completely hollywoodized these days and this is a great exception. Watching this movie you just feel like you are watching real people have hard times in their lives and fall in love. It just felt like a genuine amazing movie and I highly recommend it.

A+ ” - jbryant0524
Her (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
“ A completely "believable" portrayal of what it would really be like with a world that is in our not so distant future. I was more than just in love with Joaquin Phoenix's character. I was immersed in him and his experiences and emotions with his Operating System. This is not your normal love story by any means. It is so much different from the rest and that is what separates it and makes it so fantastic. I had no doubt in my mind that Phoenix's character was completely and unconditionally in love with his Operating System and I found myself wanting them to be together when in reality I knew that even in this movie there was no way it could ever be. Spike Jones makes this movie a true fantasy to the movie goer and also at the same time turns this into a completely believable reality that could really come true in most of our lifetimes. I will always remember this movie. It is a shining example of the world that we live in and what it could become, technologically and more than anything what will become of us emotionally as human beings.

A+ ” - jbryant0524
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
“ *beep* fantastic in every way.

A+ ” - jbryant0524
Captain Phillips (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ A+ ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I honestly do not see the hate this movie is getting. It is a directing masterpiece and a wonderful, heartwarming story.

A+ ” - jbryant0524
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ This movie was a filming masterpiece. It really shows what people can do with film these days. The technology really has no limits. Cueron makes this movie believable with his use of long un cut shots. This movie is honestly one of the best movies ever made. It was absolutely stunning to watch in IMAX.

A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ A ” - jbryant0524
All Is Lost (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ A ” - jbryant0524
Frozen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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.)
“ This is one of my favorite disney films of all time. It is absolutely fantastic. The story is so fun. The characters are a perfect mix of funny and everything else you could want them to be and the soundtrack is fantastic as well.

A ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ This movie was way more than I could have expected. I saw the trailer months ago so I didn't really remember what the movie was going to be about before I saw it. It took way to long for this movie to come to a theater that was within driving distance of my house in Maine. I have to say that this movie was very well done. The acting by everybody was very good. The story was very unpredictable and very well written. I loved sitting in this theater with a couch and it was very relaxing and comfortable. Check this movie out when it comes to a theater near you. It's like a dramatic Valentines Day.

A ” - jbryant0524
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. (90 mins.)
Director: Randy Moore
“ A ” - jbryant0524
The Way Way Back (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. (103 mins.)
Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
“ I really expected I would enjoy this movie but not as much as I did. I loved this movie so much. It had so many things about it. Mostly I would have to say that I loved the performances mainly by Sam Rockwell. Pretty much everybody working at the water park was awesome. Duncan played the best awkward kid I think I've ever seen. There is no way possible that he is not at least somewhat awkward in real life. I mean who walks like that? With their arms down and *beep* I don't care what people say about this being generic. It was hilarious and moving at the same time. A fantastic movie with a best supporting actor oscar nomination for Sam Rockwell in its midst.

A ” - jbryant0524
Lone Survivor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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
“ A ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ A ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ A ” - jbryant0524
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ A ” - jbryant0524
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. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
“ This movie was a complete surprise to me. I thought the trailer looked like *beep* but this movie turned into something amazing. Oscar worthy performances along with very good directing and writing made this an awesome movie.

A ” - jbryant0524
The Hunt (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ This movie was a huge surprise to me. I am usually not a big fan of foreign films but this one was amazing. The acting was so well done by Mads Mikkelsen. I am a huge fan of him now and I am a huge fan of this film.

A ” - jbryant0524
Short Term 12 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)
“ A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ A ” - jbryant0524
The Kings of Summer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. (95 mins.)
“ My *beep* god this movie is amazing. I don't know what else I could say other than this being a *beep* masterpiece.

A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ Easily the best directed movie of the year. Ron Howard is awesome.

A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ It took me way to long to see this movie. Its safe to say that I really enjoyed it. Some twists i sort of caught on too and some I wouldn't have expected at all. I can't wait to go back and watch this to see things I missed because I'm sure there are many. This was a very interesting, unique and cool movie

A ” - jbryant0524
Spring Breakers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying/drinking/taking drugs they are arrested only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ I was really excited to see this movie. It wasn't playing at very many theaters nationwide and I had to make a trip out of it to see this movie. So many people will say this movie is awful because they want it to be something that it is not. This movie was artistic to say the least. Even the actors themselves couldn't have predicted what this movie would look like after it was edited. It was a masterpiece. Selena and Vanessa to a great job and holy *beep* James Franco. There are a lot of James Franco haters out there and I was one of them before this movie and all I can say is man was I wrong. This guy can do anything. This movie is damn sexy throughout. Oh my god damn, but it gets dark as well...very dark. It does a really cool way of showing how teenagers have these sort of secret lives that they keep from their parents and thats what this movie is really about. It really isn't about Spring Break at all and that is what makes it so cool.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I wasnt surprised that this movie was going to be good. This was a limited release movie for a long time and it took me too long to see it because I really wanted to. The acting in this movie is very well done by the obvious guy on the poster and by the kids as well. Visually I think this movie was filmed in a very cool way to make it look a little older and grittier. I was very entertained by this movie. The only thing I would change would be to make it a little shorter.

A- ” - jbryant0524
The Crash Reel (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce... (108 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
“ You gotta love pieces of film that actually make you feel like a person inside and help you realize how vulnerable we all really are. Anything can happen at any given time and this documentary opens up all of our minds to the harsh reality of the dangerous sports we all love to watch and take part in. Kevin Pearce's story is enough to make people second guess going back and doing something dangerous even if it might be their lifelong passion.

A ” - jbryant0524
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
“ This movie has amazing acting and a completely engaging and beautiful story to go along with it. One of the best acted movies I have ever seen in my life. Blue is the warmest color is also filled with subtle hidden messages all throughout. It is a beautiful film. The only problems I have is the intense length of the movie which could have had some scenes cut way down and the sex scenes were the most graphic sex scenes I have ever seen in a movie. I couldnt not believe how intense they were. Overall though this is a beautiful film that will for sure be overlooked because of its content, but something that an older audience should definitely see. The message this movie is trying to send is so important.

A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ This movie was fantastic to say the least. It was very well directed by james Wann and by far one of the best horror films I have ever seen. This movie is so well paced out and everything falls together perfectly. This movie was a completely terrifying film and thats what it needed to be. It was an amazing film.

A ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I was beyond excited to see this movie and my god did it amaze me and give me everything I wanted and so much more. JJ Abrams is an amazing director and I cant wait to see what he does with the Star Wars franchise because he certinely knows how to show the Star Trek franchise to the best that it can be. This movie is so action packed and fast moving that the 2 hours goes by in like 10 minutes. The acting is amazing and the lens flares that Abrams is known for completely adds to the movie. Everything is so awesome about this movie and all I can say is that I love the Star Trek franchise even more now. I used to watch the show when I was a kid and finally two awesome movies have come out and made it miles better. I can honestly say I am a Star Trek fan. This was an Awesome movie. I have literally no complaints.

A ” - jbryant0524
About Time (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (123 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ A ” - jbryant0524
42 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ I was not really looking forward to seeing this movie. I saw this movie at a 10'oclock showing on a thursday night and I have to say that I was shocked at how invested I got with this film. I was tired going in and by the time 1230 rolled around and the movie was over I could have stayed glued to the screen for another hour. I am not a big fan of sports movies, but I would have to say that this movie should go down in the top ten sports movies of all time. This movie had an amazing script and amazing directing as well. The guy who played jackie robinson did a great job. Harrison Ford also did an awesome job as well. At times I forgot it was even him. I have to say that I loved this movie and Im positive it will be in at least my top 20 by the end of the year.

A- ” - jbryant0524
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
“ I am very happy with how this film came out. What I really wanted from this movie was a powerful origin story, great action and fantastic visuals and I think I got everything I was asking for. My only complaint would be that 3 quarters of the movie was non stop action. I wish there was a little less of that and more story elements. Other than that Man of Steel was very enjoyable.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I was a little surprised at how much I loved this movie. The trailer just okay in my mind, but I was very into this movie and I expect it to by my favorite animated movie by the end of the year. The guys at pixar really know what they are doing and this movie had so much going for it. It was halarious to watch even for an 18 year old and the story is completely engaging as well. What pixar is really known for is the graphics and they also do a fantastic job with this movie.

A- ” - jbryant0524
The To Do List (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall. (104 mins.)
Director: Maggie Carey
“ I dont know what it is about this movie. I just enjoyed the *beep* out of it. Aubrey Plaza is awesome in this and so is Bill Hader. This movie is hilarious and I laughed many times while watching it. A lot of people will say it is a spin off of American Pie but I disagree. I think its a pretty original and cool idea. It was a really enjoyable movie to watch.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ I was really surprised by this movie. I went in not expecting much and I was only hoping for something good. The beginning was somewhat slow and I wanted it to move a little faster, but once the middle came around I realized that the slow beginning was needed. The unexpected twist was what made this movie an 8 instead of a 4 or a 5. I loved it. The lead up to the end was fantastic, but if I were to have a complaint it would be the revelation at the end. It was poorly executed. Channing Tatum doesn't really have a huge role in this movie which is okay cause he's kind of annoying anyway. Rooney Mara is *beep* amazing as always and you can't get through one of her movies without seeing some tits. Jude Law also kicks some major ass and Catherine Zeta Jones is a lesbien. Sounds like a pretty awesome movie to me.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ This movie was fantastic to say the least. There has been a lot of A- type movies for me lately and its hard for me putting this even this low. The performances are amazing in this movie especially by the lead character. This is a movie that will sit with you for a long time. It was so well executed and I loved the sodalities of the directing style. It was just a very well done film and I enjoyed it a lot.

A- ” - jbryant0524
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
Disconnect (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world. (115 mins.)
“ This movie is absoulutely amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. It literally made me shed a tear at the end. It was so wonderfully put together and written and the acting was so good. I wish I didn't wait so long to see this movie.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ Oscar worth performances all around. A great story that was strung out over 34 years of a great mans life. Such a well written movie that was very emotional for a lot of people to watch.

A- ” - jbryant0524
Out of the Furnace (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. (116 mins.)
Director: Scott Cooper
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
You're Next (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ This was a really fun horror/comedy with an ass kicking hot aussie. What more could you ask for?

A- ” - jbryant0524
Pacific Rim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
“ This movie was the definition of a summer popcorn movie. The CGI was amazing to say the least and the action was done very well. The actions scenes were perfectly paced out and the way they were shot really made you feel the pure massiveness of these aliens and robots. The story did lack a little and the movie was dragged by characters that were not very good actors at times, so that brought my grade down unfortunately, but it was still a very good movie.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
Oblivion (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ I was pretty excited to see this movie because I love disaster movies. Oblivion is a lot different from most disaster movies. It is a story of a post-apocolyptic world where Tom Cruise works to repair drones that keep watch over the earth and eliminate anything that is seen as a threat. What is great about this movie is the visuals. Everything looks amazing and the CGI and green screen effects are top notch. What I also liked about this movie were the actions scenes. They were very well done and very cool. I can't say that I am a huge fan of this movie though. There were a lot of problems as well. A lot of the characters like Morgan Freeman's character in particular are very underdeveloped and they lack a strong back story. I sat there confused for a good part of the movie because I didn't really know what was happening and by the time the end came around I was still confused. I think the script could have been a little better in explaining the overall story rather than just Tom Cruise and his partner. If that had been done I think I would have enjoyed it more and been less confused.

A- ” - jbryant0524
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
The Dirties (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking. (83 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
“ I dont know what could have been a more accurate portrayal of bullying and a school shooting. A messed up movie but very good.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ Elysium is a piece of science fiction mastery. It was surprising to me how well this movie was put together and especially the directing was top notch. I was in love with this movie from start to finish.

A- ” - jbryant0524
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 the Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything for which he stands. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
Ender's Game (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. (114 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ A- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I had seen many bad reviews of this movie, but I can honestly say I disagree with all of them. I loved this movie. It had so many things going for it and so little that wasn't. First of all the acting is very well done. DiCaprio is a guru on screen and always is the best he can be. Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton also do fantastic jobs. This movie is directed by the amazing Baz Luhrmann who is known for his visual excellence and he surely impresses in his adaptation of The Great Gatsby. The parties in particular or so well done visually that you felt like you were right there in the 1920's. What I really liked about the movie was how they had Toby Mcguire telling the story to the extent that he did. It was very well done in that aspect. At times it is exciting and fun and at other times it is dark and gritty and drama filled. This movie has love, comedy, drama and action. I think it was a wonderful adaption to the great all american novel.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
With the '70s behind him, San Diego's top-rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ This movie was hysterical, but had more of the same which unfortunately brings the grade down for me. I laughed the entire time, but it could have been better.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Dr. Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether, Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves. (112 mins.)
Director: Alan Taylor
“ A good Marvel Movie. I really like the character of Thor and Loki is awesome as well. The humor got to me and I wish this movie was much darker than it was. It definitely deserves a rewatch.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
V/H/S/2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. (96 mins.)
“ It didn't surprise me that this movie was fantastic. The directors who make the shorts in this movie really know what they are doing. The effects are spot on and believable and I dont mean crappy CGI. The make up is pretty much perfect and looks so cool. I would have to say I enjoyed the second and third short the best out of the four. The first was was just okay and the last one was a little better than the first one but not as good as numbers 2 and 3. I just really like the crazy ideas these directors come up with in terms of camera use. None of it is cheesy or stupid. It is all just creative and genius.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I really enjoy Edger Wright and he doesn't dissipoint with this movie. It is brilliant and halarious in so many ways.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily. (106 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ James Wann once again is a fantastic director. He is a master of the horror franchise and I cant wait to see what else he does, because he is also a fantastic writer. Insidious Chapter 2 brings new elements and extends the story to the furthest extent, making it extremely interesting and engaging. He extends certain scenes from the first movie that you thought were over and gives you a whole new perspective on them. It was brilliant because you know he didn't think of that when he was filming the first movie. This was after the fact and it was done so beautifully. There were a few things that did bother me though. I thought the beginning of the movie was a little choppy at times. Some of the dialogue could have been altered a little bit to make it a bit better and less corny and there were some scenes filmed in the "Further" involving shots of the house in particular that looked like it was patrick wilson running toward a house with smoke makers blowing smoke around in a large dark room. It didnt feel like it was actually the "further" at least not in my opinion. But for the most part I would have to say that I really enjoyed this movie and I was genuinely scared and freaked during many parts of it.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ A very cool movie that I enjoyed a lot. Just really kind of hated the ending.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
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.)
The Family (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard. (111 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ B+ ” - jbryant0524
Last Vegas (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Three friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. (105 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ B+ ” - jbryant0524
Enough Said (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. (93 mins.)
“ B+ ” - jbryant0524
Frances Ha (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ B+ ” - jbryant0524
Nebraska (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 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
“ B ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I had been so excited to see this movie ever since the Avengers came out last summer. I made sure I could sneak in for the 3D showing, bringing my own 3D glasses from home. I loved a lot about this movie, but there were some things I think could have been improved on to make this great. Obviously the acting by RDJ was amazing as always. The directing was very good and a lot of the scenes were extremely well done. The only thing about this movie that could use a little tweaking was the story elements. Shane Black but his own spin on the Mandarin character that a lot of people will hate and a select few will find tolerable. After about 10 minutes I think people will realize that he is actually a very small part of the movie and who you should be focusing on is Tony Stark. Another thing that could have been improved upon would be the comedic aspect of this movie. In the trailer it makes it look very dark and gritty, but the movie ending up being an action/comedy. There were times in this movie that just needed that dark and gritty contrast, but then were just ruined with a stupid joke. Over all though this movie was very well done. Like I said some people will love this movie and all the story elements and comedy. I am just not one of those people. I found it tolerable.

B ” - jbryant0524
Scenic Route (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road as they start to attack each other's life decisions with unwavering brutality. (82 mins.)
“ very surprising movie once again. fantastic script along with great acting. All set in one particular place but brilliantly executed.

B ” - jbryant0524
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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
“ I was completely surprised by this movie. I have never really been a huge fan of the Fast franchise, but this movie did it for me. It was an extremely well done action movie and you would hope so seeing it is the sixth one with a seventh soon to be made. The Rock is awesome in this movie and is quickly becoming the go to action hero of the era for many action movies. The only thing about this movie is the script is not very good and the story that came along with that script is lacking quite a bit as well. Don't go into this movie expecting anything other than amazing action, because thats what this movie is. It has some seriously awesome action scenes that you just sit there and go holy mother *beep* *beep* that was awesome.

B ” - jbryant0524
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
“ Pain and Gain was a movie that I can't say I was overly excited to see. With that being said it came out on the same weekend as The Big Wedding, so take you pick really. I went with Pain and Gain. It is directed by the crazy Michael Bay and you can certainly guess who directed this movie without even knowing that. It has all the weird zoom ins and slow motion that Michael Bay is known for. I would have to say that I really liked this film as a movie. There were things that have to do with that movie that were disturbing though. This movie was supposably a dark comedy. Michael Bay is not a comedy writer. he makes movies like Bad Boys 2, The Rock and all the Transformers movies. Comedy is not his strong suit. There was a lot of things that I actually thought were funny about this movie, but with that being said it was making light of a pretty terrible situation that happened less the 20 years ago. I can see how this movie could be extremely offensive to some people, especially the families of the actual victims. The other thing about this movie is you really aren't rooting for anybody. Everybody in this movie is kind of an *beep* even the victims. The two people that I did like were the Rock and Ed harris. Mark Walburg and the other black guy were just not very likable because of their characters that they had to play. Thats not to say they did a bad job, but in movies you usually want to be pulling for the main characters. You just can't do that with this storyline. One other thing is just the darkness of this movie. At times and especially near the end it gets really disturbing and that is when the comedy sort of leaves and the darkness starts to set in. Overall if I look past the comedic look on a terrible story like this I liked the movie quite a bit.

B ” - jbryant0524
The Croods (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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.)
“ I loved the originality of this movie. Great voices by Nicolas Cage and others as well. The picture quality was done pretty well by dreamworks, which is obviously second to Pixar and Disney. I really enjoyed the story and loved how it evolved throughout the movie. I was very entertained by this movie.

B+ ” - jbryant0524
2 Guns (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold. (109 mins.)
“ I gotta say I was a little surprised by this movie. It was better than I expected it to be. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are a great duo together and they are both really funny in this movie. The writing for this movie was actually surprisingly good and the story had things going for it that I didn't expect. The only thing that lacked was the action really, which is the opposite of what you would expect from a summer action movie.

B ” - jbryant0524
Now You See Me (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ This movie was very cool to say the least. Amazing acting as always by Jesse Eisenberg and Morgan Freeman. Visually this movie looks very cool. They way the camera moves around the screen is done to perfection and Im sure made it hard for the actors to act at times. The story for this movie is also very well executed that has surprises and twists that you really don't see coming. The movie does an amazing job at bringing the viewer of the movie even in on the tricks to the point where the card you chose while watching is actually the one the person in the movie chose as well. It was overall just a very well executed movie and I was very entertained by it.

B ” - jbryant0524
We're the Millers (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. (110 mins.)
“ This movie was as funny and maybe even a little more than I would have expected. It was a very enjoyable summer comedy.

B ” - jbryant0524
Lovelace (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. (93 mins.)
“ I was really surprised by what this movie happened to be about. I really had no idea what it was other than Amanda Seyfriend being a pornstar, but this movie I thought was actually very good. It was very disturbing at times, but I guess that what really happened, which is messed up.

B ” - jbryant0524
The Lone Ranger (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ I enjoyed this movie way more than most people did. I dont really care that its too much like the green hornet. Who cares. Johnny Depp was his usual self and Armie Hammer did great I thought. It was a good fun movie

B ” - jbryant0524
This Is the End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (107 mins.)
“ This movie had a ton of hype and everybody seemed to be in love with it saying it was their favorite movie of the year, but honestly I really dont think it lives up to it. It had some funny moments, but not at all was it laugh out loud funny. It was a better than average comedy for sure but not great and certainly not the best comedy since superbad. Craig Robinson is halarious in this movie, but for the rest of them I don't think they were overly funny. Michael Cera was also very funny for the small part he was in. Danny Mcbride is also very funny, but after a while you just kid of have enough of him and he leaves at just the right time in this movie where you had had enough of his comedy. This movie did have a lot of problems. The comedy was pretty good but not great. The story lacked quite a bit. The visuals of anything expect the inside of the house looked completely fake and really bad. Basically all the CGI that had to do with any part of the movie was done almost as bad as After Earth, but nothing looks as bad as After Earth. Also everything that had to do with the devil really got out of control with this movie and became way too much of a vocal point. It just did not live up to the hype that I was expecting and I walked out just a little disappointed.

B ” - jbryant0524
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World. (130 mins.)
Director: Harald Zwart
“ Lilly Collins is *beep* hot. Enough Said.

B ” - jbryant0524
Bad Grandpa (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
86-year-old Irving Zisman takes a trip from Nebraska to North Carolina to take his 8 year-old grandson, Billy, back to his real father. (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Tremaine
“ I love Jackass and I love Bad Grandpa. A seriously funny movie.

B ” - jbryant0524
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
“ This was my most anticipated movie of 2013 by far. I was really looking forward too it after seeing the trailer a number of times. I was very happy with this movie. Disaster movies are some of my favorite. Armageddon, 2012 Ect. I love action movies too and this one had an awesome amount of action. Gerard Butler is really good in this movie. He has some great one liners as well. Morgan Freeman and Harvey Dent also do a great job. Those *beep* north korean's got what was coming to them.

B ” - jbryant0524
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.)
“ This movie deserves its grade. It has a lot of good things about it and a couple bad things too. The beginning dragged out while the end was really exciting.

B ” - jbryant0524
Prince Avalanche (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind. (94 mins.)
“ B ” - jbryant0524
Turbo (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. (96 mins.)
Director: David Soren
“ i surprisingly liked this movie quite a bit. I think dreamworks did a really good job with this movie. The Visual effects were done very well and it was over all a really cute movie. A super fast snail. Common thats cute. The only thing i didnt like was the fact that in the second half of this movie it sort of focused on the taco guys rather than Turbo. It should have been far more focused on the snail.

B ” - jbryant0524
Epic (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Wedge
“ I hadn't really been looking forward to this movie. I just kind of decided to go see it the day of and I would have to say I was pretty happily surprised. I actually really enjoyed this movie. Not only because I am a huge animated movie fanboy, but because I really enjoyed the concept and how it was executed. This movie also has a great cast of voices. Amanda Seyfried plays the girl and Cristophe Waltz plays the villain and you can certainly tell it is them. The whole movie was easily predictable for one thing, but what I did like about it was the story and the characters. One thing I did find kind of annoying though was the fact that they were trying to make you feel bad for the girl because of her relationship with her dad, but I didn't feel for her at all. She just pissed me off when she complained. Other than that and the animation is lacking a little bit in the crispness and look of it this movie was very well done and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

B ” - jbryant0524
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ This was a very odd movie to say the least. It just made you feel weird inside. It was basically a mystery throughout, but you always knew there was some *beep* up *beep* going on in the heads of everybody. The way this movie was filmed I thought was very cool. The story itself was messed up and disturbing as hell.

B ” - jbryant0524
Sightseers (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
“ This movie was morbid to say the least and wickedly sickening at times. That aside it is very well done and a very original idea that was executed very well. You really aren't sure of whats going to happen next, which made the movie very cool.

B ” - jbryant0524
Dark Skies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them. (97 mins.)
Director: Scott Stewart
“ I went into this movie not knowing anything other than it was a movie about aliens that was similar to signs. But wow was this miles better. I was genuinely freaked out and scared for a good part of the movie. I think that a thriller like this one is scarier than a movie like sinister or insidious. Not to mention the writers of this movie also wrote Insidious and Paranormal Activity. You can certinly see that with the very similar scenes that happened in this movie, like the symbols on the walls and kids staring up at things and whispering at them, as well as people becoming possessed and taking children. Its funny to see how these concepts are carried on throughout different movies that have completely different premises. The acting in this movie is very good, as well as writing and directing. I thought they did a great job with a concept that has been done before and they perfected it and made it way better. Signs sucked and seeing an alien go through a corn field is not creepy, but seeing one standing over your kids bed whispering to him and taking his eye balls out is a little more messed up. The little kid in this movie that plays Sammy is 10 times creepier than Abigael Breselin in Signs. That little kid voice talking about the Sandman just gets you every time.

B ” - jbryant0524
Evil Dead (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. (91 mins.)
Director: Fede Alvarez
“ I would have to say that I was not looking forward to this movie. My friend was raving about it and I had to go see it. You can't go into this expecting it to be amazing. It is a cabin horror movie and its a remake. Remaking movies does not always go well. (Red Dawn) On the other hand some do do a really good job. (Dredd) This one I would have to say did an excellent job. First I'm going to say what is good about this movie because there is a lot. The complete second half of the movie until the end I thought was excellent. It is extremely bloody and gory like it was supposed to be. It was just awesome! The way the movie ends is disgusting and awesome at the same time. There are nail guns and machetes and tons of awesome *beep* What I didn't like about this movie was any acting that was of somebody that wasn't possessed by the devil. All of these actors will only ever be in horror films. They are terrible actors otherwise. Especially the brother Oh my god. The directing in this movie was very good as well. What made this movie the best for me was seeing it in a packed theater. It makes the experience so much better.

B ” - jbryant0524
Safe Haven (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. (115 mins.)
“ This movie was so much better than expected. Story was great and honestly maybe it was because I watched this late at night but I did not see any of the twists coming and that made it awesome for me. Only complaint is that Julianne Hough is not the best actress in the world. I dont know I just think she could have shown a bit more. Oh well shes still smokin hot.

B ” - jbryant0524
One Direction: This Is Us (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry's meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London's famed O2 Arena. (92 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
“ This documentary was actually a lot better than I could have expected. The supersize me guy did a great job directing this and I actually like the guys from One Direction now. Not bad at all

B ” - jbryant0524
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. (98 mins.)
“ I have never seen the first movie but I thought this movie was very cute and fun to say the least. I enjoyed it quite a bit and Steve Carrel does a fantastic voice for Gru. Also the little kid Agnus is the cutest thing ever.

B ” - jbryant0524
Riddick (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past. (119 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
“ This movie surprised me and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

B- ” - jbryant0524
The Frozen Ground (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Walker
“ This movie was a lot better than I expected and it had great performances by John Cusak, Nicholas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens.

B- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ This is really too bad. I cant say this isnt a good movie. I just didn't have a good time watching it. This list is basically a list of how much I enjoyed movies of 2013 and this movie is not a bad movie. It is a good movie. Acting and writing is very well done. I just didn't have fun at this movie.

B- ” - jbryant0524
Delivery Man (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. (105 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
“ B- ” - jbryant0524
Labor Day (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. (111 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
The Wolverine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ I was to say the least really disappointed with this movie. This was a bad ass movie though. The Wolverine finally came out and showed his true colors. This movie was truly a badass action movie and Hugh Jackman is born to be the Wolverine. He is Wolverine. What honestly sucked about this movie is the story itself. It took place in Tokyo, which I think was a terrible decision on the writers part. I mean I get it. It is pretty strongly based on a certain comic, but they chose the wrong one. This movie is Hugh Jackman and then just a bunch of annoying asian actors and actresses that you cant tell apart. Especially the stupid red head with the horrible bangs. I just could not get into it and I was noticeably bored for most of the movie. That being said the action was great but other than just Wolverine himself I didn't enjoy anything else about this movie.

B- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ I came into this movie thinking that it would be really good. It was a very original idea that was executed pretty well. I really liked the spin that they put on the Zombie movie thing. The fact that it is told from the point of view of the Zombie instead of the people freaking out and trying to kill them was something new and pretty cool. What I think this movie was missing was the technicalities on how the Zombie's just somehow became human again. This movie was almost completely focused in the love story, which is what makes it different and a movie set for Valentines day. By the end of the year this movie will be forgotten and it wont be nominated for anything. It was in all honestly just kind of stupid.

B- ” - jbryant0524
Drinking Buddies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn't. (90 mins.)
Director: Joe Swanberg
“ B ” - jbryant0524
Only God Forgives (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ This movie was very well done directing wise. Visually it looked very well. The performances were good. This is an artistic movie. Not everyone is going to like it. I can appreciate what the dicrector was trying to do with this movie. he used a lot of metophors in place of characters. The mainstream audience will not pick up on things like that. They will hate it. Unfortunetely this movie lacked a powerful story. It was just kind of stupid in my opinion. I was really bored for this entire movie.

B- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ It took me a while to see this movie. i would have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. It ended up being a pretty good action packed gangster movie. The story is lacking quite a bit. All they really do is find one guy eventually, but the action and the way this is filmed is done very well. The acting is also very good.

B- ” - jbryant0524
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
“ B- ” - jbryant0524
The Company You Keep (2012)
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A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity. (125 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ I actually really liked this movie. It was a very interesting story with a lot of great actors in it. Shia does a great job as a nosy journalist and Robert Redford also does a great job as hes on the run throughout the film. I really liked how this movie was put together. Every person Shia met brought him closer to the truth and I though that was really cool. It is definitely a good story and well put together film. It doesn't have the best reviews on rotten tomatoes, but I would have to disagree with them. I thought it was a great crime drama kind of movie.

B ” - jbryant0524