Movies I've Seen in 2013

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1.
Django Unchained (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Amazing performances by Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Dicaprio. Definitely deserves the awards it has received thus far. Great direction from Quentin Tarantino. ” - rldepencier
 
2.
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori. (106 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
“ The weirdest remake of 'I Love You, Man' I have seen. Jason Segel's character was replaced with a raunchy teddy bear. Though it was funnier than I expected, it was not a movie I would have chosen to watch. ” - rldepencier
 
3.
Looper (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination. (119 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
“ I found this movie enjoyable but not particularly memorable. There were awkward scenes between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, but also some very down to earth and realistic moments. The chemistry was there and the writing was reasonably good, but the movie was confusing extremely confusing plot wise. An enjoyable time filler but nothing to write home about. ” - rldepencier
 
4.
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
“ Though I loved the performances of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Sean Penn, the writing left a lot to be desired. One line quips were frequent and memorable but the filler in between was without depth and development, especially in cast members lacking the talent of the headlining stars. I was also disappointed in the performance of Josh Brolin, though I feel it was a fault of lackluster writing and direction. This was a movie I greatly enjoyed but felt could be done so much better. ” - rldepencier
 
5.
Being Flynn (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Weitz
 
6.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Truly a film worth watching. The stillness and silence of almost every scene made way for the horrific violence that soon followed in a way that I have never seen executed so well. The cinematography was beautiful and the performances exquisite. The contrast of Driver's (Ryan Gosling) strong, silent character to the archetype of chatty villains was wonderful. This movie could not have been made any better. ” - rldepencier
 
7.
Frankenweenie (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. (87 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Cute and original; if slightly ick every time Sparky loses a body part. Not my favourite of Tim Burton's but certainly a good edition to the club. Black and white animation was certainly an interesting choice that definitely made this film more enigmatic and, frankly, cool. ” - rldepencier
 
8.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
“ Bernie was a funny but poignant film. At first Jack Black was a distracting member of the cast; I found it hard to focus on the story but as the film went on I was moved by his portrayal of Bernie Tiede. It was a movie that really makes you wonder about the people around you and whether punishment always fits the crime. I found it interesting but I didn't particularly like it. ” - rldepencier
 
9.
Stand by Me (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ This movie was one of the best coming of age stories I have ever seen. The care and love that these characters had for each other was touching. It was a movie about friendship that is just not made anymore. The writing didn't blow the characters childhood problems out of proportion or make them seem like they were any less important that they were. River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton showed a particularly shining performance. ” - rldepencier
 
10.
Clueless (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way. (97 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ Though the writing and acting frequently made for awkward scenes, I enjoyed watching this movie. It was in no way a good one, but it had some lessons that were true and portrayed well by the characters. ” - rldepencier
 
11.
Chocolat (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. (121 mins.)
“ This film was amazing. The acting by the entire cast was spot on and the wardrobe was amazing. This film expertly highlighted that you cannot congratulate yourself or others for the things that they don't do but instead the things that they accomplish. Judi Dench, Lena Olin and Juliette Binoche made a surprising but inspiring trio; They made it fun to have friends that are different from you and help you even when you think you don't need help. It was a fantastic movie. ” - rldepencier
 
12.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. (91 mins.)
“ This movie had all the sparkle but no feeling. It had musical numbers and funny characters but no compelling story. I found it harder and harder to stay focused as it went on and by the end I couldn't even have told you the main characters names. ” - rldepencier
 
13.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
“ This film was one of the most amazing documentaries I have ever seen. Their ability to tell a story entirely through real people was both interesting and innovating. The difference in each person's opinions made it beautiful, and the extra film was a special touch. ” - rldepencier
 
14.
Still Mine (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An elderly couple fight against local authorities in rural New Brunswick to build their final home. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael McGowan
 
15.
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
“ Only second to Shawn of the Dead, this is top of the list for funny zombie movies. It was a new spin on an old genre, but also a lesson about how differences don't define us. Nicholas Holt was the definite star with his awkward stares and funny voiced-over thoughts. ” - rldepencier
 
16.
Midnight's Children (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation. (146 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
17.
Anna Karenina (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. (129 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ A beautiful ensemble performance, especially poignant from Keira Knightley, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jude Law. Beautiful cinematography, sets and costumes. A truly magnificent film to behold, only falling flat when it comes to clarity. Though hard to understand, the gist was there with all the feeling. Beautiful. ” - rldepencier
 
18.
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
“ While the movie started out well, with a gifted cast, the ending was a bit of a let down. Rather than wrapping up the action with a video montage they ended with a narration. I find myself hard-pressed to remember what happened in the resolution because there was next to no video evidence for it. A case where showing rather than telling was necessary. Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult were the most redeeming part of this movie. ” - rldepencier
 
19.
The Lucky One (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. (101 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
 
20.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
21.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
 
22.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
Pitch Perfect (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition. (112 mins.)
Director: Jason Moore
 
27.
Monsters University (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
 
28.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
29.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
30.
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
 
31.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
32.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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.)
 
33.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service. (103 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
34.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. (110 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Stuck in Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An acclaimed writer, his ex-wife, and their teenaged children come to terms with the complexities of love in all its forms over the course of one tumultuous year. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Boone
 
39.
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.)
 
40.
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
 
41.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 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
 
42.
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.)
 
43.
Frozen (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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.)
 
44.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
45.
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
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
The Book Thief (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. (131 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival