Best of 2013


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“Before Midnight”

Directed by Richard Linklater.  Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke.  Characters by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan.  Drama, Romance.  Rated R for sexual content/nudity and language.  109 minutes.  USA.  English, Greek & French.  Color.  1.85 : 1.

Theatrical Release: June 14, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: October 22, 2013

Reviewed on December 10, 2013.


6 Now You See Me

“Now You See Me”

Directed by Louis Leterrier.  Screenplay by Ed Solomon and Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt.  Story by Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt.  Crime, Mystery, Thriller.  Rated PG-13 for language, some action and sexual content.  115 minutes (extended version runs 10 minutes longer).  France & USA.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: May 31, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: September 3, 2013

Reviewed on October 25, 2013.



“American Hustle”

Directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Comedy, Crime, Drama. Rated R for pervasive, language, some sexual content and brief violence. 138 minutes. USA. English. Color. 2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: December 20, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: TBD (estimated March 2014)

Reviewed on January 17, 2014.


3 Side Effects

“Side Effects”

Directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Written by Scott Z. Burns.  Crime, Drama, Thriller.  Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language.  106 minutes.  USA.  English & French.  Color.  1.85 : 1.

Theatrical Release: February 8, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: May 21, 2013

Reviewed on July 31, 2013.


4 What Maisie Knew

“What Maisie Knew”

Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel.  Screenplay by Nancy Doyne & Carroll Cartwright.  Based on the novel by Henry James.  Released May 3, 2013.  Drama.  Rated R for some language.  99 minutes (93 minutes at TIFF).  USA.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: May 3, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: August 13, 2013

Reviewed on September 19, 2013.


5 Man of Steel

“Man of Steel”

Directed by Zack Snyder.  Screenplay by David S. Goyer.  Story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan.  Superman created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster.  Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.  Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language.  143 minutes.  USA, Canada & UK.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: June 14, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: November 12, 2013

Reviewed on June 21, 2013.


1 Stoker


Directed by Chan-wook Park.  Written by Wentworth Miller.  Drama, Mystery, Thriller.  Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content.  99 minutes.  UK & USA.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: February 28, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: June 18, 2013

Reviewed on November 29, 2013.



“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Directed by Martin Scorsese.  Screenplay by Terence Winter. Based on the book by Jordan Belfort.  Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama.  Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.  180 minutes.  USA.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: TBD (estimated April 2014)

Reviewed on Janaury 23, 2014.


2 Captain Phillips

“Captain Phillips”

Directed by Paul Greengrass.  Screenplay by Billy Ray.  Based upon the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips & Stephen Talty.  Action, Adventure, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller.  Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequence of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use.  134 minutes.  USA.  English & Somali.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: October 11, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: January 21, 2014

Reviewed on November 19, 2013.



“12 Years a Slave”

Directed by Steve McQueen.  Screenplay by John Ridley.  Based on “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup.  Biography, Drama, History.  Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.  134 minutes.  USA & UK.  English.  Color.  2.35 : 1.

Theatrical Release: November 8, 2013
Blu-ray / DVD Release: TBD (estimated February 2014)

Reviewed on December 24, 2013.


Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The Bling Ring
The Conjuring
Dallas Buyers Club
Don Jon
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man Three
Lo Imposible
Monsters University
Room 237
Spring Breakers
This Is the End


1. Movie 43
2. Insidious: Chapter 2
3. Safe Haven
4. Identity Thief
5. Grown Ups 2
6. To the Wonder
7. Warm Bodies
8. Evil Dead
9. Carrie
10. Gangster Squad

13 thoughts on “Best of 2013

  1. I have to know a few things:
    1) How do you cite your reviews? You know when you click on the title, it goes to your review, etc.
    2) How do you make a tab, like the one that says “Best of 2013”? I have failed to understand wordpress…
    Either way, a unique list that I almost agree with 100% (I liked every film on this list except Man of Steel and I can’t figure out why). Looking forward to your “Best of 2014” (and I can guess which films will be on that one).

    • 1) If you’re in the visual editor, you highlight the text you want to link, click “link”, and then you go from there. Or you could do it a harder way, which is in the HTML editor. For that, you’d use a specific HTML tag.

      2) To make a tab, you go into “appearance” and select “menus.” Then you create/edit a menu to include various categories, tags, or pages. Some WordPress themes don’t support displaying menus, but for those that do, there should be a checkbox you can click that will allow the menu to display. I think there might also be a certain widget (“widgets” is also under “appearances”) so that you can display a menu, but I may be wrong on that one.

      Glad to see we’re in agreement! A lot of people didn’t like Man of Steel so I totally understand where you’re coming from on that one.

      My Best of 2014 will be posted as soon as the New Year rings in on the east coast. Though I’ll probably see more 2014 films after the New Year, so I’ll more than likely post an updated list a week before the Oscars.

  2. What I love most about your list are the unconventional choices. Stoker, Man of Steel, What Maisie Knew, Side Effects and Now You See Me are not the standard picks that you’ll find on every Top 10 list for 2013. Even though I may not agree with all of your choices, I like that you cited them because it makes your list unique.

    I’d also like to say thank you for all the support you show my blog. You are my most active commenter and I really appreciate that.

    *** Happy 2014 Alexander!! ***

    • I’m still your most active commenter!? Wow. You’re welcome then!

      And thanks. I know you didn’t enjoy Stoker and Man of Steel was your very worst of the year (tried leaving a comment–didn’t feel like Google two-step authentication). 😉

      Happy New Year!!

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