Movies seen in 2013...

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1. The Possession (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport

Votes: 51,697 | Gross: $49.13M

Was it disappointing? I didn't expect much, so no. Deja-vu altogether. So skip it.

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 696,730 | Gross: $303.00M

A nice spectacle, if not on the level of the previous exploits of Peter Jackson regarding Tolkien's universe.

3. King Kelly (2012)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

66 Metascore

King Kelly is the online username of Kelly, a young girl from Long Island, NY who dreams of becoming famous through her webcam strip tease show. Obsessed with the prospect of celebrity, Kelly stops at nothing to get what she wants.

Director: Andrew Neel | Stars: Louisa Krause, Libby Woodbridge, Roderick Hill, Will Brill

Votes: 464

Bad taste all the way.

4. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 315,057 | Gross: $27.11M

Disappointing movie. I did not get all the praise it got...

5. Frankenweenie (2012)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

74 Metascore

When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau

Votes: 84,431 | Gross: $35.29M

After the rather disappointing "Dark Shadows", the great Tim Burton is back in great shape with this funny/moving story. Very pleasant.

6. A Good Year (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Votes: 79,085 | Gross: $7.46M

Something bothered me in the format of this movie. The story was ok and the acting too... but there's something missing. Oh, and Marion Cotillard is awesomely beautiful.

7. Dark Horse (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow

Votes: 5,016 | Gross: $0.94M

I simply did not get it. I'm definitely not made for Solondz movies.

8. 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: 239,547 | Gross: $95.72M

Very powerful movie with a top performance by Chastain and an incredible editing job.

9. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 82,670 | Gross: $56.00M

Very interesting effort on Tim Burton's sacred ground, animation for adults. Enjoyed it a lot.

10. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy

28 Metascore

A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.

Director: Roman Coppola | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Katheryn Winnick

Votes: 4,382

A complete ratage, despite a wes andersonesque potential and a good cast. Dommage.

11. Mardi Gras: Spring Break (2011)

R | 88 min | Comedy

A group of college buddies sow their wild oats in New Orleans.

Director: Phil Dornfeld | Stars: Nicholas D'Agosto, Josh Gad, Bret Harrison, Arielle Kebbel

Votes: 5,195

No comment.

12. Django Unchained (2012)

R | 165 min | Drama, Western

81 Metascore

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington

Votes: 1,133,048 | Gross: $162.81M

Very exciting Tarantino movie, with a great cast and many good moments. Christoph Waltz is tremendous, DiCaprio is also excellent... but it misses something from the previous Tarantino efforts.

13. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

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 teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 188,898 | Gross: $148.31M

Enjoyable if not great.

14. Luster (2002)

Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA ... See full summary »

Director: Everett Lewis | Stars: Justin Herwick, B. Wyatt, Shane Powers, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 1,062

Hmmm. Found it boring.

15. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

Votes: 275,333 | Gross: $45.51M

My favorite movie of the year 2012 to date. A real fairy tale/painting with a wonderful ensemble cast and one of the greatest scripts ever written. A pure delight !

16. Gabriel (2007)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

GABRIEL tells the story of an archangel who fights to bring light back to purgatory - a place where darkness rules - and save the souls of the city's inhabitants.

Director: Shane Abbess | Stars: Andy Whitfield, Dwaine Stevenson, Samantha Noble, Michael Piccirilli

Votes: 13,017

Plain bad.

17. On the Road (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Director: Walter Salles | Stars: Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams

Votes: 36,708 | Gross: $0.72M

Good surprise, but Salles is always good. And, finally, Kristen Stewart has started acting.

18. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

R | 95 min | Horror

16 Metascore

When her adoptive father disappears, Sharon Da Silva is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 54,821 | Gross: $17.53M

Skip. A waste of time.

19. Rock of Ages (2012)

PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

47 Metascore

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 67,302 | Gross: $38.52M

Disappointing movie, but not bad. Tom Cruise still can't act decently, though.

20. Citadel (I) (2012)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson

Votes: 6,090

One of the pleasant surprises of the year. A good horror movie.

21. My Queen Karo (2009)

101 min | Drama, Romance

A young girl witnesses the moral dilemmas of free love when her parents join a squatter community in 1970s Amsterdam.

Director: Dorothée Van Den Berghe | Stars: Anna Franziska Jaeger, Déborah François, Matthias Schoenaerts, Maria Kraakman

Votes: 835

Unbearable movie, but not bad. Just unbearable.

22. 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: 212,315 | Gross: $15.02M

Pleasant movie, mainly because of the great cast. Any movie with Chris Walken and Tom Waits cannot be but great, right?

23. End of Watch (2012)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera

Votes: 203,336 | Gross: $41.00M

A good movie altogether.

24. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Patton Oswalt

Votes: 98,363 | Gross: $6.62M

Pleasant comedy. Above average.

25. Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

R | 132 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson, Eric Roberts

Votes: 4,553 | Gross: $5.01M

This slow and thick movie hasn't aged well...

26. Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Killian Coyle, Stuart Graham, Michael Hough, Richard Coyle

Votes: 15,041

Pleasant comedy. Above average.

27. Beastly (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

40 Metascore

A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Justin Bradley

Votes: 70,054 | Gross: $27.87M

For teenagers only.

28. Vamps (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

57 Metascore

Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Larry Wilmore, Bettina Bresnan

Votes: 8,439 | Gross: $0.00M

Another pleasant surprise. Heckerling is a very good director, and the pair Silverstone/Ritter does a great job. Funny and moving.

29. Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement

Votes: 292,205 | Gross: $179.02M

Good entertainment... and Josh Brolin saves the day.

30. Sanctum (2011)

R | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

42 Metascore

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Director: Alister Grierson | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher James Baker, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 50,036 | Gross: $23.07M

Very good scenery, sound, image. Technically, it's a work of art. But story lacks depth and characters are unbearable.

31. Desperate (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley

Votes: 1,470

A very good Anthony Mann movie.

32. 360 (2011)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Foster

Votes: 14,579 | Gross: $0.10M

Good movie following the pattern set by Innaritu's "Babel" (butterfly effect movies).

33. The Tall Target (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson

Votes: 1,308

Excellent movie, thrilling and entertaining. Great directing by Anthony Mann.

34. Eva (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A shy genius is employed by his former university to design robot software.

Director: Kike Maíllo | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Marta Etura, Alberto Ammann, Claudia Vega

Votes: 8,572 | Gross: $0.01M

Another pleasant suprise. The cinematography is just perfect and the movie is good altogether. A little gem.

35. Devil's Doorway (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Romance, Western

After the Civil War, a highly decorated Shoshone Indian veteran plans to raise cattle in Wyoming but white farmers plan to grab fertile tribal lands by pitting the whites against the Indians.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson

Votes: 1,112

Good western.

36. Strangers in the Night (1944)

Approved | 56 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A lonely, mentally unbalanced woman invents a fictitious daughter and has the "daughter" write to a Marine stationed in the South Pacific. When the soldier returns back to the States, he ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: William Terry, Virginia Grey, Helene Thimig, Edith Barrett

Votes: 331

Great little Anthony Mann film. Creepy.

37. Side Street (1949)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A struggling young father-to-be gives in to temptation and impulsively steals money from the office of a shady lawyer - with catastrophic consequences.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, James Craig, Paul Kelly

Votes: 2,062

A good film noir. Perfect directing by Anthony Mann. Exceptional Farley Granger.

38. Pusher (I) (2012)

R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

In London, a street dealer's life spins out of control over the course of one week after he borrows money from his supplier on what's supposed to be a sure thing.

Director: Luis Prieto | Stars: Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, Agyness Deyn, Zlatko Buric

Votes: 4,208

Altogether disappointing, but clearly above average.

39. Thunder Bay (1953)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

Shrimpers and oilmen clash when an ambitious wildcatter begins constructing an off-shore oilrig.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland, Dan Duryea

Votes: 1,295

Great drama. It's strange that this movie is always forgotten when it comes to enumerating Anthony Mann's movies with James Stewart. It's probably one of the best - if not a Western.

40. Unicorn City (2012)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

Voss entices local gamers to create a Utopian society in an attempt to impress a potential employer, but paradise is disrupted when his nemesis lays claim to the city and Voss's true love.

Director: Bryan Lefler | Stars: Jon Gries, Matt Mattson, Clint Vanderlinden, Steve Berg

Votes: 1,157

A pleasant surprise. A little indie movie without any pretentions.

41. Night Passage (1957)

Approved | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster

Votes: 2,929

Good Western.

42. Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director: Jake Schreier | Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Liv Tyler

Votes: 57,358 | Gross: $3.33M

A very pleasant surprise, with a top performance by Frank Langella.

43. Elles (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

50 Metascore

On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing

Votes: 5,559 | Gross: $0.16M

Somehow boring, despite Binoche's efforts.

44. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 20,374 | Gross: $9.18M

Another great wes andersonesque movie, with perfect performances by Duvall and Murray. Not to be missed.

45. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 595,148 | Gross: $132.09M

I rarely laughed that much while watching a movie. Funny and moving, with the perfect cast and an incredible script. A must see.

46. Magic Mike (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 119,277 | Gross: $113.72M

Where has Steven Soderbergh gone...?

47. Bait (III) (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Thriller