The Top Ten Movies of 2013

by Robert_duder | created - 12 Jan 2014 | updated - 25 Feb 2014 | Public

Time for my annual list. Granted there are still some 2013 movies I want to squeeze in but time is ticking so this is the list of the best movies I personally saw in 2013. I have no doubt (as always) that there are countless other terrific films out there I missed so this is just what I managed to see. 2013 was a decent year for movies. I still wouldn't say the best but certainly better than 2012 overall. Enjoy!! Thanks for reading my reviews!!

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1. 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: 148,441 | Gross: $54.24M

Balk all you want...Evil Dead was AWESOME!! Gory, dark, blood soaked, just brilliantly crafted and freaky as anything!! And yet it still managed to re-create some of the classic scenes from the original. Watch the scene near the end with Mia standing outside in the blood red rain and tell me it doesn't chill you to the bone. I walked out of the theater knowing full well this was gonna get a HUGE 10 for me and was my first of the year and my first in quite some time actually. Horror fans should delight in this near-perfect "re-creation" (I won't call it a remake!)

2. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 78,921 | Gross: $95.00M

Its always hard for me to deny a film that brings out powerful emotions in me. 42 did that and more. However, it wasn't just that I was left in tears time and time again at the struggle he went through but the performances in this film particularly by Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford left me in awe. The scene where Boseman is literally verbally harassed off the field and holds it all in until he's in the hallway and then breaks down...was beyond powerful. If I were the Academy, Boseman would at the very least be getting a nomination. Don't miss this film because it was so incredible and an easy 10/10 for me!

3. Rush (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

75 Metascore

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 400,586 | Gross: $26.95M

In retrospect I probably should have given this a 10. However, there must be some reason I settled for a very hearty 9. Every once in awhile when I have seen all I care to see at the theater I take a shot in the dark and just pick something because I love the movies. Well, this was one of those. I had seen the trailers and really didn't think it appealed to me at all. So imagine my shock when this had me riveted to my seat. Both lead performances were brilliant, the story was well crafted, and the race scenes had you on the edge of your seat. I'm not a racing fan or a car guy at all so this clearly appealed to my love for drama, bio-pics and just sheer entertainment. I should not have doubted Ron Howard for crafting one of the best films of the year!! 9/10

4. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

54 Metascore

When the Dark Elves attempt to plunge the universe into darkness, Thor must embark on a perilous and personal journey that will reunite him with doctor Jane Foster.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 554,645 | Gross: $206.36M

It just wouldn't be a "best of" list without a Marvel film on it but this one took me by surprise. The first Thor (to me) was okay at best. It certainly was my least favourite of the Marvel films thus far and I thought it felt rushed. I hesitantly headed into The Dark World. Easily one of the greatest Sci-Fi flicks I've ever seen because they didn't force themselves into a "superhero" mold. This is all about Asgard and the fight to save their Universe. There was even a scene that almost made me tear up...yep in a Marvel movie. This one was outstanding!! 9.5/10

5. Warm Bodies (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich, Analeigh Tipton

Votes: 210,751 | Gross: $66.38M

Usually the films that score the best for me are the ones that I have little to no expectations for because then they catch you off guard and just floor you!! Warm Bodies was exactly that. I couldn't have cared less when this was in theaters, the trailers didn't even peak my interest and suddenly there I was watching the ultimate date movie. Romance, action, drama, horror...all rolled into a near perfect blend. The script is nothing short of brilliant and the performances are simply really, really good. It was a completely out of left field romance flick that was fun and pure entertainment. If you haven't seen it yet and you think the zombie genre is stale? This will prove there are still ideas out there. 9.5/10

6. White House Down (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

52 Metascore

While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke

Votes: 195,015 | Gross: $73.10M

It also wouldn't be a "best of" list of mine without a film that everyone else thought was a giant dud. I love action films but most of them nowadays don't even hold a candle to the 80's and 90's type of action that dominated the box office. White House Down proved that style of film isn't dead yet!! It was insanely fun, well made, action packed with great performances from the leads. Best of all the Ra-Ra-America that many make fun of was well placed and actually brought me to tears in the end. This was described as Die Hard In The White House and some reviewers used that as a negative...huh?!?! That's wickedly AWESOME!! And it was. This will certainly be a staple in my collection 9.5/10

7. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Votes: 408,941 | Gross: $27.30M

This will be one of the few that I agree with the critics on. Dallas Buyers Club is certain to take some Oscar nominations and rightfully so. The film itself is very good, an easy 9/10 BUT the performances in this film by the two leads...WOWWW!! Both Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey are jaw dropping and went above and beyond to capture their characters. This is definitely a film that isn't about entertainment but education and fascinating to say the least but it is made exponentially better by two Oscar worthy performances both the best of either of their careers (and they've both had good roles.) 9/10

8. Escape Plan (2013)

R | 115 min | Action, Thriller

49 Metascore

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 215,183 | Gross: $25.13M

It just wouldn't be fair if I didn't include this on my list. After all it features my two heroes of cinema together in starring roles for the first time. Anyone who says Escape Plan disappointed them went in with completely wrong expectations. This was (as far as I'm concerned) everything a fan could have wanted from a team up from these two. It was reminiscent of the great action/heist films of the 80's complete with perfectly delivered (and cheesy) one liners and a villain cut and paste right out of 80's action movie. But it wasn't only was actually smart and well written and pure entertainment. I loved it and anxiously await to see it again on DVD! 9/10

9. All Is Lost (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

87 Metascore

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Star: Robert Redford

Votes: 72,159 | Gross: $6.26M

One of the most unique films I saw this year and also one of the best. It also has one of my favourite actors doing what he does best and proving you need nothing more than Robert Redford talent and charisma. The entire film beginning to end is other characters, actors or anything else to get in the way. It is a minimalist film in the truest sense of the word and it was terrifying. Sitting in that dark theater I felt like I was trapped on that boat with him. There is hardly any dialogue so you see and feel everything through Redford's performance. An Oscar nomination is a MUST (though McConaughey or Leto still deserves it just a little bit more.) All is Lost is unique, riveting, terrifying and an absolute must see!! If you still have the chance to see it in theaters DO IT because the atmosphere will only serve to make the experience better! 9/10

10. About Time (I) (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

55 Metascore

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

Votes: 272,497 | Gross: $15.32M

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