Skuggs' Views of 2013

by ElijahCSkuggs | created - 05 Jan 2013 | updated - 03 Jan 2014 | Public

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1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams

Votes: 43,631

The Caped Geyser Nicely captured Batman essence that has him beating dudes badly. Pretty evil bad guy as well. These animated comic movies tend to be above average viewings and this is no different. B-

2. Pieta (2012)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Min-soo Jo, Jung-Jin Lee, Ki-Hong Woo, Eunjin Kang

Votes: 10,659 | Gross: $0.02M

Cripple Kim Ki Duk's latest offering is a good one that offered up some incredibly mature material on human nature. The more I think about it the more...I think about it. B+

3. Killing Them Softly (2012)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, News

64 Metascore

Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 120,195 | Gross: $15.03M

An Ordinary Hit This film managed to entertain with acting and dialogue but not with story. I like a good slow-burn as much as the next arthouse goon, but this didn't cut it. I had to wait till the last 10 seconds of the film so they could finally spit it out? I don't see the hoopla. C

4. John Dies at the End (2012)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown

Votes: 33,131 | Gross: $0.14M

The Soy Sauce Blues Took me a little bit to appreciate the movie's vibe, but I eventually did, and I enjoyed it. If it had a couple more scenes of the red stuff and a boob or two, we're talking some serious sh!t. B-

5. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,111 | Gross: $95.72M

The Red Headed Avenger Kinda felt all over the place at times and I didn't care for the lead actress. With that said, it moved a nice clip, was intelligent, and...people go way too kakacuckoo for war films. Surprise surprise, just like with video games. B-

6. Pucker Up (2005)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary

Profiles six competitors in the 2004 Annual Whistler's Convention, held in Louisburg, North Carolina. We hear them whistle, and they and others talk about whistling as a way to relax, cheer... See full summary »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Irene Roberts, Ernest Barreto, Andrew Russo, Charles Heil

Votes: 83

Whistle While You Work Because it's a natural anti-depressant. This film was awesome on a ton of levels. Knowing someone who can whistle really well always puts a smile on my face, and seeing the best of the best whistle their brains out? A-

7. Scarlet Road (2011)

106 min | Documentary

Scarlet Road follows the extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long over-looked clientèle - people with disability.

Director: Catherine Scott | Star: Rachel Wotton

Votes: 106

Whore Power Absolutely refreshing and awesome look at the sex trade and the sex workers who help people with disabilities. Knowing people like this are out there and willing to help any and all people feel better about themselves is astonishing and totally uplifting. A-

8. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 28,843 | Gross: $2.55M

Emperor Sushi This is all about hard work and passion. I respect the talent and the man as a professional, but no so much as a family man. B+

9. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

PG | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

Director: Rich Moore | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 309,063 | Gross: $189.42M

Princess and the Stinkbrain If you dig animated movies and video games this is a must see. Minus some forced crap pop songs, this was a treat the entire time. A-

10. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Alyse Barker, Lorraine Barrett

Votes: 11,562 | Gross: $2.40M

Luxury Suxury This honestly makes luxury look like something you don't want to be apart of. Sure excess can be fun, but excess to this degree becomes lazy, unprogressive, and just pathetic. The old fart Siegel is also a money hungry blowhard. B-

11. Klown (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy

62 Metascore

In order to prove his fatherhood potential to his pregnant girlfriend, Frank 'kidnaps' her 12-year-old nephew and tags along on his best friend Casper's debauched weekend canoe trip.

Director: Mikkel Nørgaard | Stars: Frank Hvam, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen, Mia Lyhne

Votes: 8,945 | Gross: $0.07M

Willies Similar style to Curb Your Enthusiam where things just keep on going wrong when it doesn't really need to. Really funny stuff here. B+

12. All-Star Superman (2011 Video)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

After being poisoned by sun radiation, a dying Superman decides to fulfill his lifelong dreams while Lex Luthor has his own agenda.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: James Denton, Christina Hendricks, Anthony LaPaglia, Edward Asner

Votes: 11,508

The Man of Sun These animated superhero movies deliver so much more than the big box office ones it's ridiculous. It's what you want to watch if you really do appreciate the comics. B+

13. Livide (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

The suggestion of a big treasure hidden somewhere inside Mrs Jessel's once renowned classical dance academy will become an irresistible lure to a fiendish trap for Lucie and her friends.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Chloé Coulloud, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone, Catherine Jacob

Votes: 5,589

The Last House on Dead End Street The makers of Inside struck something once again in this striking and thought-provoking drama/horror. A mix and mash of lack luster acting and occasional screenplay issues, the film rises above with a sense of emotion and freshness. Had some nice blood too. B

14. Here Comes the Boom (2012)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

40 Metascore

A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann

Votes: 79,362 | Gross: $45.29M

Waiting for Superman I only watched this for Bas. Enjoyable fare, but I won't be seeing it again. C+

15. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,944 | Gross: $0.89M

The Man Child This story is ridiculous. Between the manchild and the family of's just a big what the hell is going on here? Entertaining though. B

16. Wrong (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery

58 Metascore

Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Jack Plotnick, Todd Giebenhain, Eric Judor, Alexis Dziena

Votes: 8,059 | Gross: $0.05M

The 7th Phase I dig Dupieux's style, but his humor is pretty hit or miss with me. Food for thought, but I'm not even sure it's meant to mean anything. Quirky but with a strange disconnect. Well, for me anyways. C+

17. Scalene (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent revenge after his incarceration.

Director: Zack Parker | Stars: Margo Martindale, Adam Scarimbolo, Hanna Hall, Jim Dougherty

Votes: 644

Babysat Low budget indie that didn't do so much for me. One of those films where it warrants another viewing, that is, if you enjoyed it enough. I did not. C

18. Reality (II) (2012)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Aniello Arena, Paola Minaccioni, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone

Votes: 4,212 | Gross: $0.06M

Lights, Camera, Stupid! This could have been a better short. The point is made early and we witness his obsessiveness for a bit too long. Still a good film with solid acting, but for myself, the story was lacking. Even the punch wasn't that hard. C+

19. Oslo, 31. august (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

84 Metascore

One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo.

Director: Joachim Trier | Stars: Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava, Malin Crépin

Votes: 15,992 | Gross: $0.10M

A Breaking Path For some reason people with Trier in their last name tend to focus on 'these' types of subject manner. And I love them for it. Very real, moving, frustrating...the movie runs the gamut. Get on this if you appreciate a little despair in your life. A

20. Looper (2012)

R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano

Votes: 475,773 | Gross: $66.49M

Back to the Future 4 First half had some nice scenes and solid potential only for most of it to be squandered off into a really mediocre second half with love interests and little kids aka weak melodrama. C+

21. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Batman has returned after a 10-year absence. The Gotham authorities want to arrest him. An old foe wants a reunion. The Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him.

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, David Selby

Votes: 37,273

Geriatric Joker vs. The Grey Bat More good animated Batman happy time. The dialogue and writing as an entity is basically pretty average, but there's lots of action and a surprisingly mature feel to these movies. B-

22. Monica & David (2009)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

Explores the marriage of a young couple with Down syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs.

Director: Alexandra Codina

Votes: 381

Lovebirds Really touching look into the life of a newlywed couple who both have Down's Syndrome. The love they share is something you don't see often - totally happy love. Add in the emotional aspect of two loving families, and you got a great slice of life to burn an hour with. B+

23. Educating Peter (1992)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Peter Gwazdauskas, a child with Down Syndrome, attends a normal school with regular students. The documentary follows Peter and how much he has improved throughout the school year.

Director: Gerardine Wurzburg | Stars: Judy Gwazdauskas, Peter Gwazdauskas

Votes: 149

Patience Now this was incredibly insightful - the addition of a young boy with Down Syndrome into a normally taught class was nothing but a learning experience, and moreso than anything everyone not named Peter. The boys and girls of Peter's class especially deserve credit - holding it together have being tackled, kicked in the head etc etc. Really good short doc. A-

24. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 29,633 | Gross: $0.00M

Drug Smacked Refn's first flick was a great example of what he's capable of. This was really well made from top to bottom - had top notch acting, realistic writing, memorable characters, and even some nice violence. Dig it. B+

25. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 108,569 | Gross: $4.01M

Guaranteed Safety In the sense this was a pretty straight-forward and predictable film, yet it still was enjoyable and rather cutesy. Should have been a bit longer too. B

26. Elena (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

87 Metascore

When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan ...

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov, Aleksey Rozin, Elena Lyadova

Votes: 10,279 | Gross: $0.02M

Son and Daughter You know when a movie's great when the plot sounds boring yet the movie is enthralling. That's when you know the film-makers are legit. I've only seen two of this director's work, but I am totally a fan. A-

27. Jagten (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 217,419 | Gross: $0.69M

Kindergarten Criminal The movie does a great job focusing on the close-minded high-flying emotions of such a situation. On the other hand it craps its pants when painting a realistic picture of the accused - yet that itself creates a bewildering sense that keeps you on your toes. B+

28. Deano and Nige's Best Last Day Ever (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy

When Nige finds himself in a spot of bother after a series of unfortunate incidents, he is forced to ask Deano for help. The problem is Deano is not really the kind of guy you should turn to in a crisis.

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: Bret McKenzie, Hamish Blake, Maaka Pohatu, Filip Berg

Votes: 771

One Little Boy and One Big Maniac This was a weird one in that it juggles really damn dark humor with a rather light and airy vibe. This is modern comedy cult cinema, that's CCC, and it's not that bad. The acting is what shines brightest here. C

29. Brüno (2009)

R | 81 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

Flamboyant and gay Austrian Brüno looks for new fame in America.

Director: Larry Charles | Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale, Chibundu Orukwowu

Votes: 128,353 | Gross: $60.05M

Bruno Hintern This was absolutely retarded and very funny. The balls Sacha has are as big as anyone's in entertainment. That cage fight scene was just tremendous on so many levels. B

30. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 139,564 | Gross: $54.24M

Evil Deadish No amount of stylish cinematography or beautiful blood spray can detract my attention away from this lackluster take on the Evil Dead. Emotionless and typical modern horror that drops the ball on the creative front. As well, the lead dude....whathisface...was crap. C-

31. The Lords of Salem (2012)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record - a "gift from the Lords". The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips

Votes: 23,409 | Gross: $1.16M

Melty Midget Why'd this feel more amateurish than his other films? Started off well but kept on hitting aspects that felt unfinished. I was literally stunned by how it ended. That's it? That's it. Needs a rewatch for sure. C-

32. Superman: Unbound (2013 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Superman and Supergirl take on the cybernetic Brainiac, who boasts that he possesses "the knowledge and strength of 10,000 worlds."

Director: James Tucker | Stars: Matt Bomer, Stana Katic, John Noble, Molly C. Quinn

Votes: 9,303

Superman: Stroked Great enemy in Brainiac we got here. Pretty neat side-story with Supergirl, and just more animated fun that delivers far more than it faulters. If you're a kid at heart, these are always worth spending time on. B

33. Maniac (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

47 Metascore

As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Megan Duffy

Votes: 30,692 | Gross: $0.02M

Wig Nice. A legit remake that pays tribute as well as being a good stand alone movie. That is so nice. Still, I felt a disconnect with the FPS angles...but no biggie, still dug. B

34. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Derek Cianfrance | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Craig Van Hook

Votes: 213,690 | Gross: $21.38M

Talk to Him Good film that is known for being too long - I'm not with that. Thoughtful film that even thought is filled with strife has a pretty happy heart at it's core. B

35. Terrifier (2011)

20 min | Short, Horror

After witnessing a brutal murder on Halloween night, a young woman becomes the next target of a maniacal entity.

Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Marie Maser, Mike Giannelli, Jennifer Castellano, Michael Chmiel

Votes: 384

Art This is a sweet as sin lil short that delivers some blood, a stylish and evil villain, and some (in my opinion) laugh out loud moments. Screaming in a car about your current situation = HA! "Why is this happening?!?" HA! Really cool flick. A-

36. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 210,696 | Gross: $15.02M

A Dog called Bonnie Some people absolutely love this film...most likely the people that adored Snatch/Fight Club. Pretty funny film. Rockwell and Harrelson carried it. B-

37. Oxyana (2013)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, News

The 'Hillbilly Heroin' epidemic that's slowly rotting the soul of rural America.

Director: Sean Dunne

Votes: 479

Everybody's a Comedian If you enjoy drug docs, this is one to watch. Add Dunne's nice style and we have something a bit more special than other related materials. B+

38. Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Documentary about notorious punk rock performer GG Allin.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: GG Allin, Merle Allin, Shireen Kadivar, Dee Dee Ramone

Votes: 2,352

To the Brink Shame he went the way like every other, but man oh man, what a wild man. Truly wild. And awesome. B+

39. Europa Report (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.

Director: Sebastián Cordero | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 60,087 | Gross: $0.13M

Radiation Blues Consistently intriguing scifi venture that goes for science instead of fiction. Not perfect, but surprisingly good. B

40. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 611,427 | Gross: $291.05M

Symbolman I dislike Snyder. I don't like his grandoise package - it comes off as him pulling out his big vein-laden dong and whirling it around while he pees sparkles. I didn't mind this though. Mainly because I enjoy Michael Shannon so much. Amy Adams is just crap though. C+

41. Coffee Town (2013)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy

A website manager enlists the help of his two friends in order to convince the owners of his favorite coffee shop -- which doubles as his office -- not to turn their business into a bar.

Director: Brad Copeland | Stars: Adrianne Palicki, Jake Johnson, Glenn Howerton, Ben Schwartz

Votes: 4,534

Caffeine High I got it to watch Glen, as I have a slight man boner for him, but came out pleasantly surprised with the other things. Still had a nice hard on due to Glen though. Is it Glen with two N's? Eh whatever. B

42. Pacific Rim (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day

Votes: 424,068 | Gross: $101.80M

Unfocused Saw it in 3d Imax and the 3d glasses didnt work. Have you ever seen an entire movie blurry. I have. F you. ? I think a 7.

43. World War Z (2013)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale

Votes: 523,264 | Gross: $202.36M

Tackle Zombie Tackles Better than I thought. That is all. B-

44. (A)sexual (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Facing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals - people who experience no sexual attraction - struggle to claim their identity.

Director: Angela Tucker | Stars: Aliza, Antonia, Barb, Joy Behar

Votes: 665

Moronasexual There was a time where I thought I may have been slightly asexual. I am not. This doc did nothing for me in teaching me about asexuality as it seems the people who know about asexuality the best don't really know all the answers. There was only one girl who rang true. Blah. C-

45. Oblivion (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

54 Metascore

A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 430,502 | Gross: $89.02M

Tom Cruise Scifi Film Not bad at all. If I were to describe it in one word: neat B-

46. Hell Baby (2013)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror

41 Metascore

An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.

Directors: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon | Stars: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Alex Berg, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 8,091 | Gross: $0.00M

Startled I dug this. Silly with well placed jump scenes that will have you jumping and then smiling. Just a fun film from the start. B

47. Secretary (2002)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A young woman, recently released from a mental hospital, gets a job as a secretary to a demanding lawyer, where their employer-employee relationship turns into a sexual, sadomasochistic one.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Davies, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 73,967 | Gross: $4.06M

Bend Over and Shut Yer Face Whatshisface was really good in this. Not a huge fan of whosits, due to her strange physique, but her and her little bosoms and her baby voice seemed to work here. This is a trendy film that girls like to say they like to prove they like independent cinema. I'm okay with that. B

48. Mud (2012)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard

Votes: 149,899 | Gross: $21.59M

Cool Nicknames Probably my favorite American movie of the year so far. I don't know what's up with Matt, but he's this strange entity that can juggle hollywood bullcrap with genuinely awesome indie stuff. The dude knows what's up to the highest level....I think so anyways. A

49. Only God Forgives (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

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.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown

Votes: 94,921 | Gross: $0.78M

Bad People If you enjoy your movies to be cinematic and artistic and that don't use simple ideas to string you along you will enjoy this more than the average person. Still, was hoping for a little more character development. B

50. Elysium (I) (2013)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi