Movies seen in 2013...by riverman211179 | created - 10 Mar 2013 | updated - 02 Jan 2014 | Public
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1. The Possession (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Bad taste all the way.
4. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
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.
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
When a boy's beloved dog passes away suddenly, he attempts to bring the animal back to life through a powerful science experiment.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Votes: 82,670 | Gross: $56.00M
Very interesting effort on Tim Burton's sacred ground, animation for adults. Enjoyed it a lot.
R | 86 min | Comedy
A graphic designer's enviable life slides into despair when his girlfriend breaks up with him.
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.
12. Django Unchained (2012)
R | 165 min | Drama, Western
With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
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
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.
Votes: 188,898 | Gross: $148.31M
Enjoyable if not great.
14. Luster (2002)
Unrated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama
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 »
Hmmm. Found it boring.
15. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.
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.
17. On the Road (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
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.
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
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.
Votes: 54,821 | Gross: $17.53M
Skip. A waste of time.
19. Rock of Ages (2012)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
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
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.
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.
Unbearable movie, but not bad. Just unbearable.
22. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Pleasant comedy. Above average.
27. Beastly (2011)
PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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.
Votes: 70,054 | Gross: $27.87M
For teenagers only.
28. Vamps (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities.
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
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.
Votes: 292,205 | Gross: $179.02M
Good entertainment... and Josh Brolin saves the day.
30. Sanctum (2011)
R | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.
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.
A very good Anthony Mann movie.
32. 360 (2011)
R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.
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.
Excellent movie, thrilling and entertaining. Great directing by Anthony Mann.
34. Eva (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A shy genius is employed by his former university to design robot software.
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.
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 »
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.
A good film noir. Perfect directing by Anthony Mann. Exceptional Farley Granger.
38. Pusher (I) (2012)
R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller
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.
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.
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.
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.
42. Robot & Frank (2012)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 57,358 | Gross: $3.33M
A very pleasant surprise, with a top performance by Frank Langella.
43. Elles (2011)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama
On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.
Votes: 5,559 | Gross: $0.16M
Somehow boring, despite Binoche's efforts.
44. Get Low (2009)
PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery
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.
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
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.
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
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.
Votes: 119,277 | Gross: $113.72M
Where has Steven Soderbergh gone...?
47. Bait (III) (2012)
R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Thriller