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The Best Movies of 2013 So Far
The Best Movies of 2013 So Far

If I hadn't been to the Cannes Film Festival this year I would have to look at 2013 as a major disappointment so far. The major blockbusters have largely disappointed from Iron Man 3 to Star Trek Into Darkness. I found Man of Steel entertaining, but Fast & Furious 6 remains the summer blockbuster I most enjoyed and yet I don't plan on returning to it any time soon.

Of the four movies I would list as the very best of 2013 that released in the first six months, one I saw over a year ago at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Laurence Anyways), two are independent features (Before Midnight and Frances Ha) and only one (Side Effects) comes from a major studio. This isn't to say my list was all that much different last year at this time, but at least I could add something like The Avengers whereas Fast 6 merely gets an honorable mention at this time.

The good news, for anyone that largely agrees with my opinion (and even for those that don't), I can guarantee 2013 is going to get a lot better. Five of the films on my list of "Top Ten of the Year Contenders" come from this year's Cannes Film Festival and will be released later this year, one (Fruitvale Station) arrives this month.

That said, here's a look at the best and worst movies of the year so far and I'd love to see your lists in the comments below. I'll be putting together a list of my most anticipated films for the second half of 2013, but five of the best the year will have to offer have a red asterisk (*) next to them in the list immediately below.

Top Ten of the Year Contenders (in alphabetical order)

  • All is Lost* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Before Midnight (read my review here)
  • Frances Ha (read my review here)
  • Fruitvale Station* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Inside Llewyn Davis* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Laurence Anyways (read my Cannes 2012 review here)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive* (read my Cannes review here)
  • The Past* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Side Effects (read my review here)
  • Venus in Fur* (read my Cannes review here)

Titles with an * next to them will be released later this year.

Quality, but Not Top Tier (in alphabetical order)

  • Behind the Candelabra (read my Cannes review here)
  • Mud (read my review here)
  • The East (read my review here)
  • Upstream Color

Favorite Genre Titles So Far (in alphabetical order)

  • The YA Adaptation: Beautiful Creatures (read my review here)
  • The Blockbuster: Fast & Furious 6 (read my review here)
  • The Uplifting True Story: 42 (read my review here)
  • The Horror: The Lords of Salem
  • The Comedy: This is the End (read my review here)

WORST OF THE YEAR SO FAR (in alphabetical order)

As I was putting the following list together I had to start limiting myself to films I didn't grade higher than a "D+" and I still came away with 19 movies receiving a D+ or worse from the first six months of the year. Last year I only felt the need to include eight. Eight!

Looking over the list, which is in alphabetical order, the ordering is fortunate in that Aftershock and After Earth are probably the worst of the lot. Aftershock may, in fact, be the worst film I've ever seen.

The good news is that, while putting the list together, I'd actually forgotten most of these films even existed or were even released this year. The shrinking theater-to-DVD release windows make it easier to forget today's films and the awful ones are that much more easily erased from our memories. Thank God!

  • Aftershock (read my review here)
  • After Earth (read my review here)
  • The Bastards* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Bullet to the Head (read my review here)
  • Gangster Squad (read my review here)
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (read my review here)
  • Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (read my review here)
  • The Host (read my review here)
  • Identity Thief (read my review here)
  • The Immigrant* (read my Cannes review here)
  • The Internship (read my review here)
  • The Last Stand (read my review here)
  • Maniac (read my review here)
  • Oz the Great and Powerful (read my review here)
  • Pain & Gain (read my review here)
  • Safe Haven (read my review here)
  • Shield of Straw* (read my Cannes review here)
  • Stoker (read my review here)
  • White House Down (read my review here)

Titles with an * next to them will be released later this year.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    All right, here are the contenders to be on my best list. I'm not going to make one for a worst list, because I haven't seen enough.

    Best (in alphabetical order):
    Fast and Furious 6
    42
    The Great Gatsby
    Mud
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    World War Z

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I'll post my ranking of the films I've seen in 2013 later as I'm seeing Monsters University in about an hour.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    The only question is, which film is gonna be knocked out of the Top Ten once Pacific Rim is released. ;)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Foggy/ Liam Fogarty

    Sad when I've only been able to see 2 of your best of the year...and 3 of your worst (Stoker, of which, is still one of my favourites of the year.)

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    I don't really want to set a number for each so I'll just make a general list of the good, the bad and the ugly.

    The Bests (The Good):

    Before Midnight
    What Maisie Knew
    The Spectacular Now
    Blackfish
    Populaire
    Frances Ha
    The East
    Eden
    Man of Steel
    Oblivion
    This is the End
    Mud
    Place Beyond the Pines
    Trance
    Evil Dead
    Stoker
    The Croods
    Wish You Were Here
    Drinking Buddies
    The Crash Reel
    I'm So Excited

    Middle of the Line (The Bad?):

    Much Ado About Nothing
    The Bling Ring
    The Kings of Summer
    Mistaken for Strangers
    A Hijacking
    The Way Way Back
    Ain't Them Bodies Saints
    Blackbird
    Cockneys Vs Zombies
    Unfinished Song

    The Worst (The Ugly):

    The Lone Ranger
    The Heat
    42
    Last I Heard
    All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
    VHS 2
    Dead Meat Walking
    Prince Avalanche

    • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

      Oh, how could I forget the horror of Oz: The Great and Powerful and Last Exorcism: Part 2. Those truly earned their place in the ugly pile.

      While I'm at it I'd add Upstream Color to the best (definitely the strangest) and Mama to that middler area.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    My top five are below, but for me the only truly "great" films I've seen this year are Before Midnight and Place Beyond the Pines.

    1. Before Midnight
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. Mud
    4. Side Effects
    5. To the Wonder

    Honorable mention to World War Z, a surprisingly effective and well-made blockbuster I found to be miles better than Star Trek Into Darkness, which in my opinion was an absolute disaster.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I wish i could remember half the films i've seen this year but The Hunt, Upstream Color and Laurence Anyways are my most memorable and The Last Stand is easily the worst

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      actually Trance was worse than The Last Stand and i'd like to add Arbitrage as one of the best

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I have nothing I would think will be in a Top Ten by December at this point in the year.That's not unusual for me so just now it doesn't concern me too much. However, I can categorise what I have seen of 2013's US/UK theatrical releases that I've seen so far. It isn't as much as Brad has seen, and on the arthouse/foreign/independent side I have more than a few 2013 titles on my rental list waiting to come through. I've generally used Brad's categories for reference but added one of my own.

    Top Ten of 2013:

    No contenders so far as I mentioned above.

    Quality but not Top Tier:

    Behind the Candelabra
    Ginger & Rosa
    Mud
    Oblivion
    The Place Beyond The Pines

    Favourite Genre Titles:

    The YA Adaption - I don't really go in for them, not seen any to date.
    The Blockbuster - Easily so far it's 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
    The Uplifting True Story - No contenders yet.
    The Horror - I guess it's debatable but to date the closest would be 'World War Z'.
    The Comedy - No contenders yet.

    The 'OK' section: (Because some films have areas where I could or have criticised them but then also overall I still didn't feel I had wasted my time or didn't enjoy them for what they were)

    Iron Man 3
    Unfinished Song
    World War Z (yes, it's also listed as horror above but that was because I had nothing else to put in there)

    Worst of the Year: (I would say here though in caveat that probably none of these are genuine 'worst' movies as such so far but certainly I did not think they were particularly good films at all for various reasons - there's nothing here I outright hated which is where I would normally place a 'worst of' contender)

    The Great Gatsby
    Man of Steel
    Oz: The Great and Powerful

    By the time the end of year review rolls around I should have caught up on a lot of 2013 material beyond the above though.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      What's the deal with the comments count?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/beatandres/ andrés

    The bests:
    -Upstream color
    -To the wonder
    -Spring Breakers

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CColombus/ CColombus

      Spring Breakers?... SPRING BREAKERS?... Please tell me this is a facetious statement.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    I guess the three contenders for the top 10 list as of now are Before Midnight, Mud and Upstream Color. The absolute worst is The Host, with Iron Man 3 and Olympus Has Fallen falling close to the bottom. Biggest disappointment is Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Movies I expect will be contenders (when I see them):
    Side Effects
    The Great Gatsby
    Frances Ha
    The East
    The Way Way Back
    Fruitvale Station
    Blue Jasmine
    Only God Forgives
    The Conjuring
    Elysium
    The World's End
    Don Jon
    Gravity
    The Counselor
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Frozen
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    American Hustle
    All is Lost
    The Past
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    August: Osage County
    Oldboy

    And I'm probably missing one or two....

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      You can Add The Spectacular Now, Drinking Buddies, Short Term 12, The Place Beyond the Pines and Ain't Them Bodies Saints to the last list.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      Oh, and Spring Breakers and maybe The Bling Ring (though even die hard Coppola fans seem let down by it).

      Here's a better ranking of what I've seen.
      1. Before Midnight {A+++++++}
      2. Mud {A}
      3. Upstream Color {B+}
      4. Man of Steel {B-}
      5. Monsters University {B-}
      6. Star Trek Into Darkness {C+}
      7. Jack the Giant Slayer {C}
      8. Iron Man 3 {C-}
      9. Olympus Has Fallen {D+}
      10. The Host {F}

  • http://twitter.com/snimaem Grisha Nelyubin

    haven't seen many movies, but that's what i've got

    BEST
    1. Borgman
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. Matterhorn
    4. Side Effects
    5. Spring Breakers
    6. Ernest & Celestine
    7. Stories We Tell / Blackfish / TPB AFK / Sound City
    8. To the Wonder
    9. Heli
    10. A Touch of Sin

    also liked Man of Steel, Iron Man, Gatsby, Hangover, The Croods & MU

    WORST
    1.Movie43
    2.Upstream Color
    3.Los amantes pasajeros
    4.Fast & Furious (dumbest dialogs of the year)
    5.Dead Man Down
    6.Oz Great & Powerful
    7.Mama
    8.Trance
    9.Internship
    10.The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    Of the 17 films from 2013 that I've seen, I'd say "Side Effects" and "The Great Gatsby" are probably tied as my favorite. I didn't love either of them, but they were both good. I also really liked "This Is the End" but can't see myself returning to it. I also found "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man 3" to be quite fun, and enjoyed "Evil Dead" as well.

    As for the worst so far, "Texas Chainsaw 3D" easily takes the title, but "Gangster Squad" and "Stoker" aren't far behind. I'd also say "Star Trek Into Darkness" was the most disappointing film of the year so far, even though I don't think it's outright bad.

    But I missed quite a few big movies so far this year. I couldn't get anyone to see "Spring Breakers" or "The Place Beyond the Pines" with me, and "Mud" never came to my town, so I had to wait until those hit DVD. Also interested in seeing "Frances Ha", "42" and "Trance" eventually.

  • http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/ Gautam Anand

    My Top 5:

    1. Upstream Color [5/5]
    2. Before Midnight [4.5/5]
    3. The Great Gatsby [4/5]
    4. Stoker [3.5/5]
    5. To The Wonder [3/5]

    Hon. Mention: Side Effects [3/5]

    Here's my interesting article on Best 5 of first half of the year explaining why I like what I like

    http://www.cinemaconfessions.com/2013/05/the-list-best-5-films-of-first-5-months.html

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    The three films I've enjoyed the most so far this year are:

    1. Behind the Candelabra
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness
    3. Monsters University

    I can't imagine Star Trek or MU making my top ten list, but I still found them to be the most satisfying summer movies so far this year. Behind the Candelabra could make my top ten, but probably in the bottom five. If it ends up at #1, then 2013 will be a disappointing year for movies. For me, at least. Luckily, there are many films from Cannes that I'm looking forward to, and many other 2013 films that I still haven't seen.

    Good/Decent 2013 Movies:

    Warm Bodies
    Jack the Giant Slayer
    Iron Man 3
    The Great Gatsby
    Man of Steel

    Worst of 2013:

    1. Identity Thief
    2. A Good Day to Die Hard
    3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    4. Gangster Squad

    Still Need to See:

    Before Midnight
    Mud
    The Place Beyond the Pines
    Spring Breakers
    Frances Ha
    World War Z
    This Is the End
    Fast and Furious 6
    Oblivion

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

      I should also add 42 and Side Effects to the Good/Decent list.

  • Saud Al Saud

    Best Movies That i have watched:

    Man of steel
    Trance
    Side effects
    Star trek: into darkness

    Worst:
    Iron man 3
    Oblivion
    Dark skies

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

      You and I must be the only ones who enjoyed Trance.

      • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

        Count me in, I really liked it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Unfortunately, I haven't caught the smaller movies this year (will definitely have done that by the end of 2013), so here goes:

    Favorites of 2013:

    Man of Steel
    The Place Beyond the Pines
    This is the End
    The Great Gatsby
    Warm Bodies
    Side Effects
    Oblivion
    Hangover III
    Star Trek II
    Iron Man III

    WORST of 2013:

    Gangster Squad
    Identity Thief
    Oz the Great and Powerful

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

      Add World War Z to the favorites; really enjoyed it!

  • Aidan Khan

    I guess u had not seen The Lone Ranger when u made this list.

    So far the best would be Man of Steel, Jack The Giant Slayer and Side Effects

    Worst: Trance. There are other bad ones but none as bad as Trance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Movie Fan

    This has been a disappointing year

    Best:
    - Fast and Furious 6
    - The Great Gatsby
    - Side Effects
    - This is the End

    Worst:
    - The Purge
    - Oblivion
    - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    - White House Down
    - A Good Day to Die Hard

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    I actually think it's a pretty good year so far. I have six films that are contenders for my top ten, which is a very good sign. My most anticipated film of the year (Spring Breakers) didn't disappoint, and my second most anticipated (12 Years a Slave) still looks amazing.

    Best:
    1. Before Midnight
    2. Spring Breakers
    3. Behind the Candelabra
    4. The Place Beyond the Pines
    5. Frances Ha
    6. Side Effects

    Worst:
    1. To the Wonder
    2. The Great Gatsby
    3. Berberian Sound Studio

    I'm pretty selective in the films that I watch, so I won't be watching films like After Earth or Fast Six anytime soon, thus my best and worst lists are always somewhat skewed.

    • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

      I should have mentioned that Room 237 and Upstream Color will probably both get honorable mentions. (I actually thought the later was just okay, but it does deserve a mention for its ambition.)

      The other films that I have seen like Iron Man 3, Evil Dead, and Star Trek Into Darkness all just fall into the category of being "meh".

      I'll also be seeing The Bling Ring tonight.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

        whaaaaat?! you had Berberian Sound Studio as one of your worst? i saw this last year and loved it, they even found a perfect ending for it

        • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

          I couldn't stand it. It had a great atmosphere, but a story that went nowhere.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

            i must admit one chap did walk out halfway through which i probably haven't seen before, im glad you liked the atmosphere at least, it had a similar tone to David Lynch i thought

            • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

              It was actually too similar to David Lynch, I thought. The ending felt like a cheap Lynch rip-off.

            • http://www.cinemastrippeddown.blogspot.ca IngmarTheBergman

              You've never seen anyone walk out halfway through before?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    Seen very few movies of this year:
    1. Upstream Color
    2. Iron Man 3
    3. Star Trek into Darkness.

    Favorite movie seen this year, but no from: Strangers on a Train (1951)

  • http://themoviegurusblog.blogspot.com The Movie Guru

    I will say this: I need to see more before I can make my final "First Half of the Year" list. But for what I have seen, this will have to do"

    1. Room 237 (5/5)
    2. Fast and Furious 6 (4.5/5)
    3. Now You See Me (4.5/5)
    4. Iron Man 3 (4/5)
    5. World War Z (4/5)
    6. Monsters University (4/5)
    7. Star Trek Into Darkness (4/5)
    8. No (3.5/5)
    9. Oz, The Great and Powerful (3.5/5)
    10. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (3/5)
    11. Man of Steel (2.5/5)
    12. The Croods (2.5/5)
    13. Warm Bodies (2/5)
    14. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2/5)
    15. The Great Gatsby (2/5)
    16. Upstream Color (1.5/5)

    I know the last one is controversial, but I found nothing redeeming about that film. I still need to see a lot of movies before I can make my final list, but I think that it has been a solid, yet unspectacular year thus far.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Rach/ Rach

    Favorites
    1.The Bling Ring
    2.World War Z
    3.The Great Gatsby
    Worst
    1.The Host
    2.Safe Haven

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

    This really has been a year of one disappointment after another. There were so many films I was looking forward to seeing that just ended up either being not very good or simply not as great as I wanted them to be. There's only about four movies I would actually say are legitimately great films that came out this year.

    1. Before Midnight
    -Just excellent all around. This series just keeps getting better, and I think it's because each new endeavor allows these characters to grow and become more complex. To see their relationship play out in this one, and go into some darker territory, was refreshing and captivating. It's charming but real, and I absolutely loved it.

    2. Spring Breakers
    -This was at the top until I caught Before Midnight just before the halfway point ended. It was really the only movie I had any interest in returning to. It has some flaws, but I was mesmerized by the way Harmonie Korine used his dreamy imagery to float into the lives of these characters. And I love James Franco's manic persona here, and after Oz, boy did he need redemption.

    3. Upstream Color
    -I'm not going to pretend that after one viewing of the film that I totally understand everything about it, and I'm not even sure that repeated viewings of the film will yield anything new. But for now, I admire the dedication Shane Carruth has as a personal storyteller, and weaving a fascinating puzzle box mystery set against what felt like an allegory for how relationships disintegrate was an experience I appreciated.

    4. Side Effects
    -Even now, I feel a little uneasy saying this is one of the best films of the year, but even though I admit it doesn't strive to be anything more than an entertaining studio thriller, it still does the job really well, and for that I give it credit. Also for Rooney Mara's performance and the suspenseful atmosphere that Soderbergh creates that I feel harkens back to Hitchcock. And speaking of Soderbergh, if Behind the Candelabra had been released theatrically in the US, I would not feel guilty about putting it above this film on the list.

    Amongst the numerous films ranked as disappointments for me, I would name The Place Beyond the Pines, Star Trek Into Darkness and Trance among them.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GothamCity151/ GothamCity151

    Here is my top 10 and bottom 5 of the year: http://reelprojection.com/2013/06/26/best-and-worst-of-2013-so-far/

    The best includes Upstream Color, Short Term 12, and Frances Ha.

    The worst includes Pain And Gain and Movie 43.

    • http://reelprojection.com/ GothamCity151

      Here is the full list of films I have seen so far:

      1. The Spectacular Now
      2. Stories We Tell
      3. Short Term 12
      4. The Way Way Back
      5. The East
      6. Before Midnight
      7. Frances Ha
      8. Side Effects
      9. Much Ado About Nothing
      10. Upstream Color
      11. Drinking Buddies
      12. Evil Dead
      13. Monsters University
      14. Milo
      15. The Kings Of Summer
      16. The Bling Ring
      17. Beautiful Creatures
      18. Mud
      19. Sightseers
      20. Now You See Me
      21. West Of Memphis
      22. Disconnect
      23. Trance
      24. It's A Disaster
      25. The Company You Keep
      26. I Give It A Year
      27. The Place Beyond The Pines
      28. The To Do List
      29. Small Apartments
      30. Man Of Steel
      31. Quartet
      32. Mama
      33. Some Girl(s)
      34. Star Trek Into Darkness
      35. Spring Breakers
      36. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
      37. Iron Man 3
      38. Oblivion
      39. Warm Bodies
      40. The Great Gatsby
      41. The Sapphires
      42. 42
      43. Fast & Furious 6
      44. From Up On Poppy Hill
      45. At Any Price
      46. Hours
      47. White Reindeer
      48. The Croods
      49. Stoker
      50. Despicable Me 2
      51. The Lone Ranger
      52. You're Next
      53. Epic
      54. Wrong
      55. Prince Avalanche
      56. John Dies At The End
      57. Jack The Giant Slayer
      58. Emperor
      59. Oz: The Great And Powerful
      60. Stand Up Guys
      61. The Last Stand
      62. The ABCs Of Death
      63. The Big Wedding
      64. This Is The End
      65. The Heat
      66. The Hangover Part III
      67. To The Wonder
      68. Gangster Squad
      69. A Good Day To Die Hard
      70. Pain & Gain
      71. After Earth
      72. Movie 43
      73. The Host

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Bruce_Wayne/ Vibhor Panda

    No great movies for me this year so far.........alas !!

    good movies

    1. man of steel
    2. star trek into darkness
    3. fast and furious 6
    4. iron man 3
    5. this is the end
    6. side effects
    7. mud
    8. before midnight
    9. world war z
    10. now you see me

    average movies

    1. the great gatsby
    2. olympus has fallen
    3. oz the great and powerful
    4. monsters university
    5. the croods
    6. jack the giant slayer
    7. warm bodies
    8. 42
    9. spring breakers
    10. epic
    11. evil dead
    12. white house down
    13. the heat
    14. identity thief

    bad movies

    1. a good day to die hard
    2. after earth
    3. the hangover 3
    4. hansel and gretel
    5. movie 43
    6. pain and gain
    7. the last stand
    8. bullet to the head
    9. parker
    10. snitch
    11. the incredible burt wonderstone
    12. g.i. joe retaliation
    13. gangster squad
    14. broken city

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I've seen 4 movies from this article. Three of them are on your "Worst" list (Safe Haven, Oz, Hansel & Gretel) and the fourth SHOULD be on your Worst list (Beautiful Creatures). In fact, all four are pretty bad, but Beautiful Creatures takes the cake as being the worst of them all.

    I feel like I've seen very little 2013 movies this year. But then again, I'm hardly going to the movies anymore. I'm disappointed almost every time I go see a big studio feature, and without an indie theater close by, I'm mostly just watching older movies at home.

    I'd rank the "2013" films I've seen this year as:

    1. The Croods
    2. Now You See Me
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Man of Steel
    5. The Great Gatsby
    6. World War Z
    7. Olympus Has Fallen
    8. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
    9. Iron Man 3
    10. Safe Haven
    11. Oz: The Great & Powerful
    12. Beautiful Creatures

    Needless to say, I'm not impressed at all with what I've seen this year.

    I have a "Side Effects" and "Stoker" screener in an apartment of mine, but I won't be there until the 12th. Hopefully I'll be able to add some quality to my list by then.

    However, I'll be in New York City on Friday, and I'm hoping to catch "Much Ado About Nothing" which I've been dying to see for weeks. Hopefully it's as good as the reviews I've seen.

    By the way Brad, are you planning on seeing Much Ado About Nothing??? I'd like to know your thoughts on Whedon's Avengers follow-up.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      Wow, we had very different reactions to Beautiful Creatures. Was there something in particular that made you dislike it so much?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JohnDoeSnow/ John Doe Snow

    TOP 10 of 2013 (so far):

    10. (tie) To the Wonder & Oz the Great and Powerful (they're so similar, lol)
    9. The Best Offer
    8. Beautiful Creatures
    7. The Croods
    6. Iron Man 3
    5. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Only God Forgives
    3. The Great Gatsby
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    1. THE LONE RANGER (yes, really)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jack/ Jack Tyler

    BEST SO FAR:
    1. The Place Beyond the Pines
    2. Before Midnight
    3. Spring Breakers

    HONORABLE MENTION:
    Frances Ha

    WORST:
    1. Movie 43
    2. Charles Swan
    3. Scary movie 5
    4. Evil Dead
    5. Gangster Squad
    6. Haunted House
    7. 21 and Over
    8. Burt Wonderstone
    9. Good Day to Die Hard
    10. Passion

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CColombus/ CColombus

      Thank god someone put Passion on the list. From the trailer alone it looks like THE worst thing since Catwoman.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    Thankfully I haven't had too many stinkers. I tend to avoid movies I don't think I'll enjoy. Not going to rank until the end of the year, but will categorize the movies I've seen released in 2013 as follows:

    Good / Favorites
    Side Effects
    Iron Man 3
    The Hangover: Part 3
    Before Midnight
    Fast & Furious 6
    This Is The End
    Man of Steel

    Enjoyable
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    Olympus Has Fallen
    Evil Dead
    Oblivion
    Star Trek: Into Darkness
    Now You See Me

    Decent
    Broken City
    21 and Over
    Oz: The Great and Powerful
    The Call
    GI Joe: Retaliation
    The Purge
    The Internship

    Below Average / Didn't Enjoy
    A Haunted House
    Pain & Gain

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Stinger/ Stinger

    So far, I know that my best movies of the year list will certainly include Stoker and the Past.

  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin Gorski

    My top 10 so far are:
    1. The Place Beyond the Pines
    2. Before Midnight
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Man of Steel
    5. This is the End
    6. Side Effects
    7. Spring Breakers
    8. World War Z
    9. Evil Dead
    10. Monsters University

    Honorable mentions:
    *Fast and Furious 6
    *V/H/S 2
    *Pain & Gain
    *Oz: The Great and Powerful
    *The Great Gatsby

    Bottom Ten so far are:
    1.Scary Movie 5
    2. Movie 43
    3. The Last Exorcism Part 2
    4. Texas Chainsaw 3D
    5. The ABC's of Death
    6. Stoker
    7. Parker
    8. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    9. Stand Up Guys
    10. Hangover Part 3

  • http://www.cinemastrippeddown.blogspot.ca IngmarTheBergman

    The Best Four:
    1. Before Midnight
    2. Frances Ha
    3. To The Wonder
    4. Behind The Candelabra

    The Worst Four:
    1. Side Effects
    2. Into Darkness
    3. The Place Beyond The Pines
    4. Sound City

    *I should mention I've only seen 13 films so far.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/themoviewatcher/ themoviewatcher

      The Best -
      The Place Beyond the Pines
      Mud
      Very Good -
      The East
      Much Ado About Nothing
      Oblivion
      42
      World War Z
      Star Trek Into Darkness
      Now You See Me
      Man of Steel
      Iron Man 3
      This Is The End
      Good -
      The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
      Olympus Has Fallen
      The Iceman
      The Great Gatsby
      Jack the Giant Slayer

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

    From Best to Worst

    1. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) 10/10
    2. Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh) 10/10
    3. The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola) 9/10
    4. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) 9/10
    5. Hannah Arendt (Margarethe von Trotta) 9/10
    6. The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann) 9/10
    7. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas) 8/10
    8. Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski) 8/10
    9. Gambit (Michael Hoffman) 8/10
    10. Blancanieves (Pablo Berger) 8/10
    11. Populaire (Régis Roinsard) 8/10
    12. Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin) 7/10
    13. No (Pablo Larraín) 7/10
    14. Broken City (Allen Hughes) 7/10
    15. A Caretaker’s Tale (Katrine Wiedemann) 7/10
    16. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Don Scardino) 7/10
    17. Promised Land (Gus Van Sant) 7/10
    18. Fairhaven (Tom O'Brien) 7/10
    19. Jack the Giant Slayer (Bryan Singer) 7/10
    20. Hummingbird (Steven Knight) 7/10
    21. Now You See Me (Louis Leterrier) 6/10
    22. Passion (Brian De Palma) 6/10
    23. Mama (Andrés Muschietti) 6/10
    24. Thérèse Desqueyroux (Claude Miller) 6/10
    25. Trance (Danny Boyle) 6/10
    26. Circles (Srdan Golubovic) 6/10
    27. G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation (Jon M. Chu) 6/10
    28. Möbius (Éric Rochant) 6/10
    29. Comrade Kim Goes Flying (Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner & Kim Gwang Hun) 6/10
    30. Parker (Taylor Hackford) 6/10
    31. L (Babis Makridis) 6/10
    32. Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer) 5/10
    33. Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill) 5/10
    34. Iron Man 3 (Shane Black) 5/10
    35. Epic (Chris Wedge) 5/10
    36. The Croods (Chris Sanders & Kirk De Micco) 5/10
    37. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance) 5/10
    38. Twice Born (Sergio Castellitto) 5/10
    39. Young & Wild (Marialy Rivas) 5/10
    40. The Last Stand (Kim Jee-woon) 5/10
    41. Mental (P.J. Hogan) 5/10
    42. 7 Boxes (Juan Carlos Maneglia) 5/10
    43. Lay the Favorite (Stephen Frears) 5/10
    44. The Hangover Part III (Todd Phillips) 4/10
    45. Dark Skies (Scott Stewart) 4/10
    46. Olympus Has Fallen (Antoine Fuqua) 4/10
    47. Paradise: Love (Ulrich Seidl) 4/10
    48. Zaytoun (Eran Riklis) 4/10
    49. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) 4/10
    50. The Big Wedding (Justin Zackham) 3/10
    51. Vanishing Waves (Kristina Buožytė) 3/10
    52. After Earth (M. Night Shyamalan) 2/10
    53. The Dyatlov Pass Incident (Renny Harlin) 2/10
    54. The Call (Brad Anderson) 2/10
    55. A Gun in Each Hand (Cesc Gay) 2/10
    56. Identity Thief (Seth Gordon) 2/10
    57. The Host (Andrew Niccol) 2/10
    58. Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas) 1/10
    59. Single Valentine (Donatas Ulvydas) 1/10
    60. Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez) 1/10
    61. A Good Day to Die Hard (John Moore) 1/10
    62. Scary Movie 5 (Malcolm D. Lee) 1/10
    63. The Barrens (Darren Lynn Bousman) 1/10

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Out of curiosity, do you keep a running tab as the year goes on?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

        A bunch of friends and I used to try and watch every single movie released in one year. We never quite got them ALL, but we always saw around 250 films in one year. We did this for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. I kept a list with my personal rankings from best to worse.

        In 2012, I had to stop, because I was burned out. 2010 and 2011 were full of horrible films. I couldn't fathom going through another year where I forced myself to watch all the bad movies. Now I just watch a few. No big lists for me.

        • http://www.scifiblock.com John D.

          Ah, I remember the days of seeing at least one movie every weekend, sometimes two or three. I even saw three in one day once (still remember it was The Island, Bad News Bears, and Devil's Rejects). Even then I think the most I saw in a year was 80, so I can only imagine how burned out you would get seeing 250. January, February, and March are really rough when you're trying to see every movie that comes out.

          I primarily rent nowadays so I haven't seen nearly enough films this year to do a definitive best or worst, but so far I can definitely say without a shadow of a doubt that the worst film for me has been Oz: The Great and Powerful. As for films that I enjoyed this year, I'd say it's a short list that includes Man of Steel, Evil Dead, Fast 6, and Monster's University. As you can tell by that list, I haven't seen nearly enough.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CColombus/ CColombus

            No. You've seen enough of what's come out haha

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Silga/ Silga

        I run a list of all films I've seen on MUBI.

        This year I worked at my hometown Vilnius International Film Festival so I had a chance to see a lot of films.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

      what makes spring breakers your number 1?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Out of the 17 films I've seen so far this year, my ranking from best to worst would be

    1. Iron Man 3- A+
    2. The Internship- A
    3. The Heat- A
    4. Star Trek Into Darkness- A
    5. The Great Gatsby- A-
    6. Side Effects- A-
    7. Identity Thief- B+
    8. The Last Stand- B+
    9. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone- B+
    10. Warm Bodies- B
    11. Gangster Squad- B
    12. Mama- B
    13. Oz: The Great And Powerful- C+
    14. Monsters University- C+
    15. A Good Day To Die Hard- C
    16. Broken City- C
    17. Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters- D+

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I can only do a top three at this point, though obviously I haven't seen the Cannes films are there are a few art house films I didn't make it to in theatres that I plan to catch on Blu-ray. But as it stands right now:

    1. Before Midnight
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. Side Effects

    The already released films I still need to see are Spring Breakers (more out of curiosity than out of an expectation that it will be good), Frances Ha, Much Ado About Nothing, and Lawrence Anyways.

    On the bright side, 2012 picked up quite a bit over the last four months, but as it stands right now, 2013 has been awful. I could tell going in that it wouldn't be great, but it's pretty clear that it's going to be a long, long time before we get another banner year like 2010 again.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Flo/ Flo

      2010 really was a hell of a year.

      A+/A: The Fighter, Inception, Black Swan, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Tangled

      A-/B+: The Town, Despicable Me, How To Train Your Dragon, Get Him To The Greek, The Ghostwriter, Kick-Ass, Shutter Island, Blue Valentine, Rabbit Hole, Animal Kingdom

      Just to name a few. It was also an incredible year for animated movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Flo/ Flo

    A rather disappointing year so far. I have seen 15 movies and would rank them as following.

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines (B+)
    2. Side Effects (B+)
    3. Iron Man 3 (B)
    4. Upstream Color (B-)
    5. Behind The Candelabra (B-)
    6. Dead Man Down (C+)
    7. Oblivion (C)
    8. Olympus Has Fallen (C)
    9. Trance (C)
    10. Warm Bodies (C)
    11. Spring Breakers (C-)
    12. 21 & Over (D+)
    13. The Hangover Part III (D+)
    14. Gangster Squad (D)
    15. Oz the Great and Powerful (D)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    What I've seen so far:

    4/4 (great)
    1) Before Midnight
    2) Upstream Color

    3.5/4 (very good)
    3) Spring Breakers
    4) The Place Beyond the Pines
    5) Star Trek Into Darkness
    6) Behind the Candelabra

    3/4 (good)
    7) Side Effects
    8) Trance
    9) Mud
    10) The East
    11) 42
    12) This Is the End
    13) The Way, Way Back
    14) Quartet

    2.5/4 (OK)
    15) The Bling Ring
    16) Iron Man 3
    17) Evil Dead
    18) Warm Bodies
    19) The Croods
    20) Now You See Me

    2/4 (Not Good)
    21) Monster's University
    22) The Great Gatsby
    23) What Maisie Knew
    24) Man of Steel
    25) Jack the Giant Slayer
    26) The Hangover: Part III

    1.5/4 (Bad)
    27) The Internship

  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    Top 5 Best:
    1) The Place Beyond the Pines (A)
    2) The Great Gatsby (A-)
    3) Side Effects (A-)
    4) Oblivion (B+)
    5) Trance (B+)

    Top 5 Worst:
    1) Scary Movie 5 (F) (This is one is like a cheat cause is just plain excrement)
    2) A Hunted House (F)
    3) The Host (F)
    4) A Good Day to Die Hard (F)
    5) Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (D)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

      I too loved Place Beyond the Pines, intense story with beautiful acting.

    • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

      Good taste! I should check out Trance based on your top 4.

      • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

        The thing about Trance is you have to see it like Danny Boyle having some fun, cause is not as smart as it thinks, but it's still a great and thrilling time. Boyle is just an excellent director.

        • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

          I just checked out Trance, I really dug it!!!

          Was about to say I'm not sure I've seen any of Danny Boyle's films, but after checking his IMDB I clearly have (lol!). I think I like every one of his films I've seen! (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire). Will check out his others.

          Cheers again man! I might have checked it out at the end of the year anyway when doing 2013 catch ups but now it's well and truly penciled into my top 10.

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    End of the Year Top 10 Contenders (Alphabetical Order)
    Behind the Candelabra (B+)
    Iron Man 3 (B+)
    Mud (A-)
    Place Beyond the Pines (A-)
    Side Effects (B+)
    Upstream Color (A-)
    World War Z

    Worst:
    Identity Thief (D-)
    Parker (D+)
    Oz: the Great and Powerful (D+)

    • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

      (B) grade on WWZ

  • Haslyn Roberts

    The best films of 2013 so far.
    1. Before Midnight
    2. 20 Feet From Stardom
    3. Mud
    4. Spring Breakers
    5. Fruitville Station
    6. The We and the I
    7. Gimme the Loot
    8. The Kings of Summer
    9. Bling Ring
    10.Sunlight Jr

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

      Have heard great things from Before Midnight, hope to catch it soon.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

    Haven't seen as many films or television as I've wanted to but my standouts are:
    1) The Place Beyond the Pines (9/10)
    2) Game of Thrones (8.5/10)
    3) This is the End (8/10)

    My most anticipated are
    1) Elysium
    2) The Counselor
    3) Inside Llewyn Davis

    This month I'm looking forward to Fruitvale Station and The Way Way Back (but sadly it seems like it won't be releasing in my area)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lonelytourist/ lonelytourist

    Australian release dates are whack, so here's the 10 films of 2013 I've seen thus far (ranked).

    1. Spring Breakers (5/5)
    2. Kon-Tiki (4.5/5)
    3. Much Ado About Nothing (4.5/5)
    4. The Place Beyond the Pines (4/5)
    5. Goddess (4/5)
    6. The Great Gatsby (3.5/5)
    7. Trance (3/5)
    8. Mama (3/5)
    9. I Give It A Year (3/5)
    10. Man of Steel (2/5)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Thornsy/ Thornsy

    I've seen 12 films this year, if you count Mud and the Place Beyond the Pines as 2013 releases.

    The Good:
    1. Mud
    2. The Kings of Summer (I can't be the only person who's seen this...)
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines

    Honorable mention: The almost-Great Gatsby

    The Bad:
    1. The Last Stand
    2. Oz the Great and Powerful
    3. Iron Man 3

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Love these posts Brad. Waiting on a heap of Cannes films. One of your 'worst of the year' is in my top 5.

    5. Stoker
    4. Side Effects
    3. Breathe In
    2. World War Z
    1. The Great Gatsby

    Seeing a heap (40+) at the Melbourne Film Festival in a few weeks, really pumped.

    • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

      Might as well link my letterboxd list of all 29. I want to see Before Midnight already! Haha. http://letterboxd.com/athomas/list/movies-of-2013-ranked/

      • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

        I can't wait for Before Midnight either, I'm seeing it next week. As for your list, I guess I should give Stoker another chance, cause I don't have a clear opinion on it. It's a strange watch.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    Thus far I've seen 37 films. I should have seen more, in the 40-50 range, but sometimes things don't pan out. By the end of this 4th of July weekend I'll be at 40.

    THE BEST:

    Upstream Color
    Spring Breakers
    Before Midnight
    The Spectacular Now
    Dear Mr. Watterson

    VERY HONORABLE MENTIONS:

    The Place Beyond the Pines
    Kill Me Now
    The Way, Way Back
    Beyond the Hills
    Side Effects

    THE WORST:

    Safe Haven
    21 and Over (by far the worst, as I've said multiple times)
    Big Sur
    Star Trek Into Darkness

    OTHER:

    John Dies at the End
    Warm Bodies
    5/25/77
    Stoker
    Emperor
    Oz the Great and Powerful
    No
    Olympus Has Fallen
    The Croods
    The Host
    Evil Dead
    42
    Iron Man 3
    Pain & Gain
    The Great Gatsby
    VHS2 (very good, I'd really recommend this one; just not in my top lists)
    Now You See Me
    Much Ado About Nothing
    This is the End
    Man of Steel
    Monsters University
    White House Down
    The Lone Ranger (Close to the worst, but I didn't dislike it THAT much)

    My emailed copy of LAURENCE ANYWAYS was glitchy; the audio wasn't synched right for the video, so I had to get a copy mailed. That came today, and I haven't had a chance yet. Might tomorrow (or tonight).

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      I forgot about the ABCs of Death; add that into OTHERS.

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      And switch The Way, Way Back with Dear Mr. Watterson.

    • http://reelprojection.com/ GothamCity151

      Glad to see some love for The Spectacular Now! I cannot wait for more people to see that one.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        Yeah, same here! It's... spectacular ;)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kathrynlynn/ kathrynlynn

    I'm going to give my five favorite experiences, and my five least favorite. This doesn't necessarily cede that a film was good or bad, I believe there were some really excellent films that personally bored me- lists are sort of arbitrary anyways, but it's fun to think about-i haven't seen everything, but from what i have been able to see in theatres..

    Five Favorite Experiences

    1. Mud
    2. Iron Man 3
    3. Before Midnight
    4. Place Beyond the Pines
    5. Side Effects

    Five Worst Experiences

    1. Temptation- I wish I had just walked out, this was an incredible waste of my time
    2. The Host
    3. Bullet to the Head
    4. Last Exorcism Part 2
    5. The Hangover Part 3

    I feel like as I look over the list of ALL the movies I've seen this year, it's a pretty even split between entertaining and not, I haven't seen anything yet that I would classify as truly great.

  • Joseph Bridges

    I'm a bit surprised on putting you Stoker in your bottom films. Even though it wont be in my top 10 at the end to the year, I thought it was pretty good on several levels.

  • http://www.criminalmoviereviews.com Manon @ Criminal Movie Reviews

    At the very bottom of my list for 2013 will probably be Olympus Has Fallen. Man, what an astonishingly bad movie. Entertainingly so though, I guess.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    So far the only movie that I've seen this year that has a shot of making my year end top 10 is Before Midnight (unless the second half of the year is awful).

    My top five so far:
    1. Before Midnight
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. Mud
    4. Side Effects
    5. World War Z

    Worst five so far:
    1. Identity Thief
    2. Warm Bodies
    3. Redemption aka Hummingbird
    4. Oz The Great and Powerful
    5. 21 & Over

  • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

    I agree with some of your picks, though there are a few in the 'worst' category that I don't think were as bad as a lot of people have made out, The Last Stand in particular I actually enjoyed and Stoker was terribly dull but had some things I appreciated. The Internship, Oz and Bullet to the Head were all passable too, though not great.

    The top 10 for me so far, in alphabetical order...

    Before Midnight
    The East
    Everyone's Going to Die
    Frances Ha
    Mud
    The Place Beyond the Pines
    Spring Breakers
    Stories We Tell
    This Is the End
    What Maisie Knew

    Other honorable mentions that didn't quite make the top 10 : Behind the Candelabra, The Conjuring, Fast & Furious 6, The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3, Side Effects, Stuck In Love, Olympus Has Fallen, Warm Bodies, Welcome to the Punch

    I usually forget a lot of the bad ones but the five worst for me would be...

    A Good Day to Die Hard
    Beautiful Creatures
    G.I. Joe: Retaliation
    Not Another Happy Ending
    Stolen

    • http://www.seensome.com SeenSome

      The Hangover Part III was terrible too.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/llane10/ edward masiglat

    Good ones

    Odd Thomas
    The Host
    Side Effect
    Admission
    PLace Beyond Pines
    Assault on Wallstreet
    FF6
    Iron Man

    Worst

    Hangover 3

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    My top ten right now would look like this:

    1. This is the End
    2. Before Midnight
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines
    4. Mud
    5. Fast & Furious 6
    6. The Conjuring
    7. Lesson of the Evil
    8. Fruitvale Station
    9. The Great Gatsby
    10. Behind the Candelabra

    The top four are definitely going still be on it by the end of the year, as for the rest I'm not sure, but they're all movies I've really enjoyed this year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    Top 10 movies I've seen so far, starting from the best:

    1) Frances Ha (this one may end up on my all-time favorites list)
    2) Upstream Color
    3) Before Midnight
    4) Beautiful Creatures
    5) Spring Breakers
    6) This is the End
    7) Side Effects
    8) Mud
    9) Fast & Furious 6
    10) World War Z

    Worst by a mile: Jack the Giant Slayer

    Not sure what enjoyment you found there to give it a C+ Brad :P I felt like I was rapidly losing brain cells while watching it. I saw it for free on a delayed jetBlue flight, and felt like I'd been ripped off. Should've watched Beautiful Creatures again instead, now there's a movie.

    Ones I refuse to watch: Star Trek, Man of Steel, Hangover, Oz, etc.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/wensink/ wensink

    Difficult to narrow it down to just ten, so here's my top thirteen:

    13. The Place Beyond the Pines
    12. Side Effects
    11. Room 237
    10. Reality
    9. The East
    8. The Gatekeepers
    7. Stoker
    6. In the House
    5. Frances Ha
    4. Sightseers
    3. The Hunt
    2. A Hijacking
    1. Mud

    Full list can be found here:
    http://www.imdb.com/list/jrJFWbkzXYw/

  • Gordon West

    Ehh I can't say I fully agree with this list, 2013 has been a great year for movies thus far though.

    I found this list to be more accurate, tho it's not perfect either: http://pavethewave.com/top-5-best-movies-of-2013-so-far/