Best to Worst Films of 2013

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Her (2013)
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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
“ From Joaquin Phoenix's performance to Scarlett Johansson's voice, from its heartfelt themes to Spike Jonze's directing, this treasure is crafted by the very foundations of our most sincere emotions. Her is probably the most poetic film you will ever see. ” - KleePongPictures
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
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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.)
“ Artistic, raw, visionary, exceptionally written, and powerfully acted, Kechiche's romance masterpiece is tragically beautiful and magnetically shattering. Blue Is The Warmest Color is rightfully worthy of the Palme d'Or -- one of the greatest romance films of all time, offering passionate filmmaking on top of emotional storytelling in its three hour long running time ” - KleePongPictures
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.)
“ So honest, so genuinely acted, so realistically filmed, and so real in the moment of its lead couple's shaky romance, Before Midnight is a small simple masterpiece with a mesmerizing screenplay and a sincere heart ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Extremely well-directed by Cuaron, sentimental, and visually excellent with a plethora of long single takes (the first take 17 minutes long), Gravity is an overwhelming experience that will halt lungs and stop hearts, thrusting us into the terrifying yet beautifully infinite world of deep space ” - KleePongPictures
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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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
“ The most realistic and brutal portrayal of America's shameful past, 12 Years A Slave, carried entirely on Chiwetel Ejiofor's shoulders, produces an elegantly devastating punch to the gut ” - KleePongPictures
The Act of Killing (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. (115 mins.)
“ Brutal, shocking, horrifying, and in need of winning Best Documentary, The Act Of Killing delivers a disturbing yet compelling piece with masterful precision and haunting thematic substance ” - KleePongPictures
Philomena (2013)
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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
“ With charisma in its script and delightfulness in Judi Dench's performance, Philomena is a tender affectionate adaptation of a true story ” - KleePongPictures
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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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.)
“ Dallas Buyers Club works brilliantly as a tragedy and a beautifully filmed tale of the human spirit, as Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both give incredible performances with raw and honest power ” - KleePongPictures
Short Term 12 (2013)
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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.)
“ Well written and emotionally acted, Short Term 12 creates devastating reveals for its troubled characters yet keeps things hopeful and honest in the end, a tender spark in our hearts ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Led by a script that's in the moment, and a magnetic performance by Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine is a fabulous look at class system and human archetypes ” - KleePongPictures
The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ Poignant, beautifully animated, and thematically driven, The Wind Rises ends Hayao Miyazaki's career on a bittersweet high note ” - KleePongPictures
Prisoners (2013)
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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.)
“ So passionately filmed and so masterfully acted by Hugh Jackman, Prisoners is the best of its kind, being both suspenseful and emotional, packing a deeply realistic punch ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Extremely abstract and conceptual, Upstream Color kept me compelled from beginning to end, and I am still unsure of what it's about. It's mind-boggling mystery at its finest, the prime of experimental cinema ” - KleePongPictures
Captain Phillips (2013)
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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
“ Though its second act is a tad stretched, Captain Phillips provides an extremely intense roller coaster, along with clever moments and a pounding performance by Tom Hanks ” - KleePongPictures
American Hustle (2013)
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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.)
“ Compelling characters, an infectiously entertaining story, and energetic directing all make American Hustle a terrific work of filmmaking ” - KleePongPictures
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
“ Emotionally stirring and magnetic to watch, Blackfish delivers like a heart-pounding eye-opener, with enough factual evidence and storytelling to shock and compel ” - KleePongPictures
Disconnect (2012)
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A drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today's wired world. (115 mins.)
“ Despite being weaker to Crash, an earlier film with similar style of narrative, Disconnect brings about an important subject about society today, along with beautiful filmmaking and passionate acting from its talented cast ” - KleePongPictures
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
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The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. (96 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
“ It may be slow or appear to be too traditional, but thanks to fantastic directing by Lowry, beautiful music, and excellent camerawork, Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a passionate poetic work of art, rich in lyrical feeling ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Well acted and economically paced once again by Nichols, Mud is a beautiful film, thematically driven by love and men's fragility ” - KleePongPictures
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
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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.)
“ Jennifer Lawrence's incredible performance, increased production values, thought-provoking themes, and a terrifically intense narrative all contribute to making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire a phenomenal film ” - KleePongPictures
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.)
“ Its third act may divide viewers, but thanks to Soderbergh's direction and a sharp script, Side Effects efficiently plays outside the box of its genre's boundaries ” - KleePongPictures
Frozen (2013)
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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.)
“ Stepping into creatively new territory for a Disney film, Frozen is a delightful treat for the entire family, with crisp animation, lovable characters, and well-performed songs ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Just like Edgar Wright's previous two films, The World's End is filled with the sharpest dialogue, hilarious moments, entertaining scenes, and interesting commentary on society today ” - KleePongPictures
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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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
“ Too long but never uninteresting, The Wolf of Wall Street serves as a brilliant thematic warning about American greed, while demonstrating DiCaprio's talent and Scorsese's versatility ” - KleePongPictures
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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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.)
“ Put together in a predictable manner that still gets to our light-hearted sides, Saving Mr. Banks honors the magic of Disney and filmmaking with a sweet story, along with terrific performances from the entire cast ” - KleePongPictures
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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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
“ Brilliantly acted, stylistically edited, sharply written, and mind-blowingly executed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a dream come true for Trekkies while satisfying science fiction lovers and filmmakers alike ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ Familiar but extremely intense and frightening, The Conjuring is not only one of the best American horror film in years, it is also proof that James Wan is maturing as a director, and that the horror genre is still far from dead ” - KleePongPictures
Evil Dead (2013)
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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
“ The script could have been better, but the acting overall is swiftly saved by Jane Levy's mesmerizing performance. Evil Dead successfully returns to state-of-the-art practical effects, creating a shocking realism to all its exceptionally gory terrors. If you are looking for a way to remake the original Evil Dead, this is it ” - KleePongPictures
Pacific Rim (2013)
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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.)
“ The fight scenes are absolutely epic and beautiful to watch, with a swift combination of neon colors and flowing water, the characters are actually worth caring about, the kaiju's are animalistic and creative in their nature, and Guillermo del Toro takes his fantasy filmmaking aspects to towering heights. Pacific Rim is a fantastic movie, artistically awesome in every way possible ” - KleePongPictures
42 (2013)
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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
“ An old-fashioned but inspirational biopic, 42 triumphs with heart, historical accuracy, and a fine supporting performance by Harrison Ford ” - KleePongPictures
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
“ It may be far-fetched and made with smaller attention to filmmaking, but Room 237 efficiently invites the audience into the psyche of cinephiles, all while honoring the artistic power of The Shining and Stanley Kubrick as a director ” - KleePongPictures
Elysium (2013)
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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
“ Despite mediocre characterizations, Elysium manages to pull off its thematic messages, though not in the Oscar-worthy way I desired. Neill Blomkamp's direction is still very swift, and the art direction and visual effects are top-notch ” - KleePongPictures
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
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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
“ It may be short of greatness for directing and storytelling, but The Butler is still passionately executed with an exceptional cast and is inevitably tender to watch ” - KleePongPictures
This Is the End (2013)
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While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (107 mins.)
“ So ridiculous and out-of-the-blue, This Is the End embraces its comedic style with great energy and hilarious performances, playing like an inside joke from Hollywood that fortunately gets us to laugh along ” - KleePongPictures
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
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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
“ It may still expose its stretched length with slower storytelling, and may have chosen CGI a bit too many times in terms of execution, but The Desolation of Smaug heavily improves on its predecessor by providing a much more thrilling and exciting ride that defines the word "epic" ” - KleePongPictures
World War Z (2013)
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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
“ Without a doubt, it treads in familiar territory and offers nothing new to the zombie genre, but World War Z is executed with brilliant clock-ticking sequences and a frightening realism similar to Soderbergh's Contagion, delivering a fast-paced thriller that is both scary and entertaining ” - KleePongPictures
Monsters University (2013)
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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
“ Once again, Pixar plays it a little too safe with Monsters University, a funny, entertaining, and thoughtful piece of family animation that trails behind on thematic storytelling or a sense of imaginative filmmaking ” - KleePongPictures
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
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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
“ Its story may be a bit shaky compared to Fast Five, but Fast & Furious 6 prevails yet again with thrilling action sequences, funny dialogue, and an appeal for everyone in addition to car racers ” - KleePongPictures
Haunter (2013)
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A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others. (97 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
“ Though its confusing and most of its narrative makes no sense, Haunter still works in its peculiar imagery and nightmarish surrealism, along with a terrific performance by Breslin ” - KleePongPictures
Mama (2013)
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A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family. (100 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
“ Very atmospheric and resembling of Guillermo del Toro, Mama is a film that breaks the formulaic flaws of the horror genre by using classic tension building, legit writing, and impressive acting ” - KleePongPictures
Iron Man 3 (2013)
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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
“ It still has too bloated of a plot with too much stuff going on, in addition to being very funny and very serious at the same time, but Iron Man 3 delivers enough twists and turns and entertainment to be superior to the previous sequel, though still not up to par with the original ” - KleePongPictures
The Way Way Back (2013)
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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
“ The Way Way Back may be familiar, too slow at places, or even not satisfying enough at its end, but it provides enough charm and good performances along the way ” - KleePongPictures
Warm Bodies (2013)
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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
“ The dialogue, acting, and romance is a tad too sweet, but it still works. Though it's full of corpses and skeletons, Warm Bodies is surprisingly filled with life in its intriguing themes and optimistic attitude on society ” - KleePongPictures
Spring Breakers (2012)
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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
“ Visually admirable in the editing department, and the entire film is one giant cocktease, but it pushes social commentary while having dumb dialogue and unresolved plot points ” - KleePongPictures
The House at the End of Time (2013)
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Dulce is a mother of two who experiences terrifying encounters with apparitions inside her old house, a place where a tragedy occurs. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home to decipher the mystery that has tormented her for so long. (101 mins.)
“ The House at the End of Time has predictable jump scares, but the interesting story, good acting, and incredible climax rescues everything in the end ” - KleePongPictures
Trance (2013)
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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
“ The cast proves its talent and Danny Boyle proves his versatility, as Trance attempts to use stylistic imagery to combat against a too-simple not-too-overwhelming script ” - KleePongPictures
Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
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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
“ Coming off like a surreal homage to David Lynch's career, Escape From Tomorrow is partially successful in using talented guerilla filmmaking to impose a nightmarish terror on the happiest place on earth ” - KleePongPictures
The Great Gatsby (2013)
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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
“ The Great Gatsby, so obviously carried out by Baz Luhrman, resembles a two and a half hour long music video; It missed the opportunity of Oscar-worthy narrative, themes, and substance, but the entire piece is exquisitely crafted in production, visuals, and acting ” - KleePongPictures
The Frozen Ground (2013)
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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
“ It may be familiar and unoriginal, but The Frozen Ground executes well by taking its subject seriously and faithfully, along with solid performances from Cage, Hudgens, and Cusack ” - KleePongPictures
The Wolverine (2013)
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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
“ Improved characterization, stylistically entertaining action sequences, and the surprisingly intriguing world of Japanese samurais as a backdrop all help The Wolverine be a far superior film to its predecessor and a superhero film in general ” - KleePongPictures
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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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
“ Thor: The Dark World trades in plot and some characterization for bigger and more epic sequences of visual effects and creativity, along with some hilarious moments. It may be weaker than its predecessor in terms of storytelling, but it has a more grand appeal ” - KleePongPictures
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
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A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ It jumps back and forth between being serious and being funny, and the first two acts are debatingly unexciting like Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but Oz the Great and Powerful pulls off a fine trick in its third act, and will definitely be warmly received by audiences ” - KleePongPictures
Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
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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
“ Cliche beyond belief, in familiar territory throughout, and suffers from bad CGI. Nevertheless, the action is engaging, the acting is riveting, and the piece overall is a nice roller coaster ride ” - KleePongPictures
Man of Steel (2013)
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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
“ It starts off with an interesting narrative that justifies an origin story of Superman, but soon enough, Man of Steel becomes an obnoxiously loud action film, abused by Zack Snyder once again ” - KleePongPictures
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
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The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds. (114 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ The story, script, and editing could have had more improvement, but the twist on Jack and the Beanstalk is respectable and the entertainment factors are definitely fee-fi-fo-"fun" ” - KleePongPictures
Epic (2013)
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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
“ The story is a blend of The Secret World of Arrietty, A Bug's Life, and The Spiderwick Chronicles, which is not really a good thing, but Epic is arguably entertaining with pretty animation and some funny moments ” - KleePongPictures
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
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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
“ It's gorgeously shot, artistic at times, and very pretty to look at, but The Secret Life of Walter Mitty sometimes feels pretentious and spoon-feeds its heavy-handed themes to us through a script that lacks simplicity and compelling substance ” - KleePongPictures
The Bling Ring (2013)
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Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (90 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ Even with artistic filmmaking and Emma Watson's intriguing performance on its side, The Bling Ring gets pulled down by Sofia Coppola, and is nothing more than a film that explores a few shallow characters who steal valuables and inevitably get caught ” - KleePongPictures
A Single Shot (2013)
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The tragic death of a beautiful young girl starts a tense and atmospheric game of cat and mouse between hunter John Moon and the hardened backwater criminals out for his blood. (116 mins.)
“ Though an artistic builder of atmospheric isolation, A Single Shot wanders on and off of its plot, even with good performances at bay ” - KleePongPictures
Dear Mr. Watterson (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary about the impact of the newspaper comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes", created by Bill Watterson. (89 mins.)
“ Dear Mr. Watterson is a passionate documentary, with spectacular animation sequences, that reaches out to cartoonists and comic strips in general in addition to Calvin and Hobbes, but is sadly short of holding on its own — It’s not edited or put together in the best way, nor does it truly dive in an analysis. In the end, your hour and a half could be better spent in reading an actual Calvin and Hobbes book. ” - KleePongPictures
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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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.)
“ Even with entertaining moments and slick animation that will surely please younger audiences, Despicable Me 2 ends up being a movie that is too loud and does little to expand its world, stepping back on a story that remains unfocused and unoriginal ” - KleePongPictures
Oblivion (2013)
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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
“ Being an extremely ambitious movie that wishes to flirt at sci-fi themes that other classics have already done while presenting a convoluted plot at the same time, Oblivion bites off more than it could chew by a fair margin, still offering plenty of great visuals, production design, and performances ” - KleePongPictures
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
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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
“ Insidious: Chapter 2 carries itself more like an intriguing supernatural mystery than a suspenseful horror flick, which may disappoint some ” - KleePongPictures
The Call (2013)
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When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. (94 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
“ Though its third act raises a few eyebrows, The Call works thanks to good use of suspense and solid performances from its cast ” - KleePongPictures
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
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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
“ You can watch it just for the entertaining action sequences, or Jim Carrey's peculiar performance, or the improved characterization of Chloe Moretz' Hit Girl, but Kick-Ass 2 delivers one-dimensionally this time around, without the deconstruction, political incorrect-ness, or irony of its predecessor ” - KleePongPictures
White House Down (2013)
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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
“ A very strong contrast to Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down delivers a much lighter tone on practically the same White House invasion plot, with several moments of silliness, stupidness, cliches, and guilty pleasure ” - KleePongPictures
Carrie (2013)
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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. (100 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
“ Chloe Moretz is terrific but significantly miscast, and the overall feel does offer a cleaner and more modern look, but this new Carrie delivers as merely a different version of the original and offers nothing new in the story. It's not bad, but you will question why it was needed to be made ” - KleePongPictures
The Internship (2013)
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Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (119 mins.)
Director: Shawn Levy
“ Not so funny and way too long, The Internship still manages to make intriguing commentary on jobs and how to get around in business today, all wrapped in loud and fast-talking chemistry between Wilson and Vaughn ” - KleePongPictures
V/H/S/2 (2013)
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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.)
“ Even with good direction and location use, V/H/S/2 executes like a gore exploiter, a psychotic mess of nothingness and untolerable shaky camerawork that reminds us of superior films like Blair Witch Project ” - KleePongPictures
Dead Man Down (2013)
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In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution. (118 mins.)
“ In Dead Man Down, good actors and visual style take on generic storytelling and bland substance in a Mexican stand-off. In the end, both sides suffered tremendously ” - KleePongPictures
The Purge (2013)
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In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. (85 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ The film is quite suspenseful at times, the violence is indeed bloody, and there is nothing wrong with the acting, but The Purge inevitably comes off as a film that had so much promise and in the end squandered it all ” - KleePongPictures
The Lone Ranger (2013)
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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
“ Even its ridiculously entertaining finale cannot truly save The Lone Ranger from its boring script and its obnoxiously long running time. In the end, the overall product is sadly forgettable ” - KleePongPictures
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
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The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. (110 mins.)
Director: Jon M. Chu
“ Acting is bad, the action sequences are much more videogame-like, and Retaliation this time also suffers from poor pacing and awkward editing ” - KleePongPictures
After Earth (2013)
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A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. (100 mins.)
“ There's no characterization, the narrative is oddly paced and abruptly edited, the acting is dull, and overall lacks ambition or true substance. That being said, After Earth kept my interest with an attractive premise as well as a few short moments that reminded me of M. Night Shyamalan's past poetry ” - KleePongPictures
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
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John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces. (98 mins.)
Director: John Moore
“ Choppy pacing, random zoom-ins, non-existent characterization, and lousy storytelling all pave way to A Good Day To Die Hard being a complete disappointment to its franchise and its fans ” - KleePongPictures
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
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In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. (106 mins.)
“ Just like its predecessor, but even messier, Sea of Monsters is plagued by cardboard characters, bad pacing, wheezy jokes, and lack of storytelling, and this time the many action sequences can't save it ” - KleePongPictures
Safe Haven (2013)
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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.)
“ Though it means well at times, Safe Haven is severely undone by cardboard characters, uneven pacing, wheezy dialogue and poor screenwriting. Not even the attention (not interest) grabbing third act can't save it ” - KleePongPictures
R.I.P.D. (2013)
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A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. (96 mins.)
“ Even with a dragged down Rooster Cogburn performance that Jeff Bridges does in every role now, R.I.P.D. lazily leeches off of Men In Black, in addition to having zero lead chemistry, an unclear premise, a cliche story, and ungodly horrible CGI ” - KleePongPictures
Getaway (2013)
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To save his kidnapped wife, Brent Magna must drive at the orders of a mysterious man. (90 mins.)
“ Filled with nonsensical car action that gets handicapped by camera shots that are way too close, having no story or characterization, and finishing with a horrible payoff, Getaway runs on fumes instantly, demonstrating all mistakes one can make in making a movie ” - KleePongPictures
The Host (2013)
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When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. (125 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ With an awkward narrative, dull screenplay, and terribly uninteresting characters, The Host competes against Twilight on its ridiculousness, being a bad romance film and a bad action film ” - KleePongPictures
Scary Movie 5 (2013)
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A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their lost nieces and nephew home. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they're being stalked by a nefarious demon. (86 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
“ Dumb, sloppy, and unorganized even in Scary Movie standards. The only good thing about Scary Movie V is it makes me think of all the good horror films it was laughing at ” - KleePongPictures
Movie 43 (2013)
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A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. (94 mins.)
“ Words cannot describe the shocking horror that is Movie 43. Forget Troll 2. Forget The Room. Squandering an insanely large cast filled with Academy Award-winning actors and actresses, Movie 43 is a crime against filmmaking, the worst pile of trash that has ever been defecated out of Hollywood ” - KleePongPictures