What’s your favourite movie of 2013 (so far)?

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We’re well into July, and with some of the year’s much buzzed-about weightier offerings, like Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (both of which I’m dying to see), starting to open, this seems as good a time as ever to look back on the first half of the year. Here’s my list of my favourite 2013 films I’ve seen, including a one-sentence review for each. Be sure to leave your own list in the comments!

  1. The Place Beyond the Pines – A truly impeccable cinematic treat in terms of acting, visual style, and structure.
  2. Mud – A hazy, atmospheric look at corrupted youth, featuring brilliant performances from McConaughey and Sheridan.
  3. Lore – Haunting visuals and two fantastic first-time performances from its leads make for a gripping viewing experience.
  4. Before Midnight – Seeing Delpy and Hawke reunite once again is magical, and Linklater takes the series in a darker but equally honest direction.
  5. Star Trek Into Darkness – It betters the first installment thanks to tight plotting, amazing action sequences, and a deliciously villainous turn by Benedict Cumberbatch.
  6. Stoker – Park Chan-wook offers some of the most memorable images of the year and has plenty of fun embracing Stoker‘s batshit crazy tendencies.
  7. Side Effects – Though I preferred the film’s moody first half to its increasingly pulpy second half, Side Effects is successfully suspenseful and features strong lead performances from Mara and Law. 
  8. Iron Man 3 – Way more fun than it had any right to be, thanks in large part to Shane Black’s whip-smart writing and directing style.
  9. This is the End – Rogen and co. hold nothing back, making everyone wonder why nobody thought to make this sort of film sooner.
  10. Byzantium – It may not be groundbreaking, but Byzantium still has bite (pun intended) and Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan prove to be more than game to take on the vampire genre.
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One response to “What’s your favourite movie of 2013 (so far)?

  1. My favorite of the year so far is Star Trek Into Darkness. Great character development, great special effects, and a great performance by Benedict Cumberbatch. 🙂

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