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Best and Worst Movies of 2013 So Far... Post Cannes Film Festival Edition

Eight films currently competing for the year end top ten

Best and Worst Movies of 2013 So Far

On April 1, I took a look at the best and worst movies of 2013 up to that point and my list of the best films of the year included one movie, Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects out of the 22 films I'd reviewed to that point. Two months later and I've now posted 65 total reviews and the list of top quality movies has dramatically increased.

Of the 65 total reviews I've posted this year, eight are reprinted reviews from last year's Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. These include reviews for Room 237, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Sapphires, Antiviral, Spring Breakers, To the Wonder, The Iceman and Aftershock. I never quite know which year to credit those films in, but while a couple of them are some of the better films to be released this year, I wouldn't consider any of them as members of the "best" of 2013.

As of right now, I have eight films I would say are in strong consideration for my year end top ten. Those titles are listed below in alphabetical order...

Of the 65 films I've reviewed this year I'd say the 15 below would qualify as the best I've seen, though there are films such as Fast & Furious 6 or even Beautiful Creatures, which were decent pieces of entertainment, though to call them members of "the best" would be quite the stretch.

Each link below leads to my full review for each film.

Now when it comes to the worst, just because I was in Cannes doesn't mean I didn't see any bad films. In fact if I were to make a list of the ten worst films I've seen this year, at least three -- Shield of Straw, The Bastards and The Immigrant -- would make that list.

As of right now, I'd say there are 12 films vying for my year-end list of the worst films of 2013, one of which being Aftershock, which I saw last year, but really deserves to be on every "worst of" list I make for the rest of my life. Here are the 12 worst films of 2013 so far, listed in alphabetical order with links to my full review for each:

Now I want to hear from you, what are the best and worst films you've seen this year? And what films are you most looking forward to seeing over the course of the next few months?

* Denotes films I saw at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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

    I've only seen 10 films from 2013 so far, so I may as well rank them.

    1. Mud (4.5/5)
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness (4/5)
    3. The Great Gatsby (4/5)
    4. 42 (4/5)
    5. Oblivion (3.5/5)
    6. Warm Bodies (3.5/5)
    7. Iron Man 3 (3/5)
    8. Jack the Giant Slayer (3/5)
    9. G. I. Joe: Retaliation (2.5/5)
    10. Oz: the Great and Powerful (2/5)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    Well as of now I've only seen nine but here's my ranking. Only the top 2 are going to have guaranteed spots on the end of the year list.

    9. The Host- 2/5
    8. Side Effects- 3.5/5
    7. Iron Man 3- 3.5/5
    6. Star Trek Into Darkness- 3.5/5
    5. Evil Dead- 4/5
    4. To the Wonder- 4/5
    3. Upstream Color- 4/5
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines- 4.5/5
    1. Spring Breakers- 4.5/5

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

    Best so far:

    Spring Breakers
    Upstream Color
    Mud
    Frances Ha
    Pain and Gain
    Room 237
    Side Effects
    Iron Man 3
    From Up on Poppy Hill
    Furious 6

    Worst:

    Gangster Squad

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt

    I've only seen 8 films from 2013 this year. Here's my ranking-

    1) Side Effects- B+
    2) The Great Gatsby- B+
    3) Iron Man 3- B
    4) Evil Dead- B
    5) Star Trek Into Darkness- B-
    6) Oz the Great and Powerful- C+
    7) Broken City- C
    8) Mama- C-

    Nothing great yet (though "Side Effects" comes close) but nothing truly terrible either. I've, unfortunately, missed some of the best reviewed films of the year but I'm hoping to catch up on those this summer.

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

    1. Behind the Candelabra
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. Side Effects
    4. Trance
    5. Reality

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

    Yeah, let's give some grades...

    TOP 3
    1. The Place Beyond the Pines (A-)
    2. The Great Gatsby (A-)
    3. Iron Man 3 (B+)

    Others...
    The Croods (B)
    The Best Offer (B)
    Beautiful Creatures (B)
    Oz the Great and Powerful (B-)
    Spring Breakers (B-)
    To the Wonder (B-)
    Oblivion (C+)
    Mama (C+)
    Side Effects (C+)
    Upside Down (C)
    Stoker (D)
    Movie 43 (D)
    Safe Haven (D-)
    Hansel and Gretel (D-)

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

    1. Place Beyond the Pines
    2. Mud
    3. Upstream Color
    4. Behind the Candelabra
    5. Side Effects

    Great year so far.

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

      Heck yea Place Beyond the Pines was really good.

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

    I've seen ten films that have come out this year, and while I would consider revisiting films 1-6, I can only imagine the top 2 vying for a spot in my year end top 10.

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines (A-)
    2. Side Effects (B+)
    3. Mud (B+)
    4. To the Wonder (B+)
    5. Trance (B)
    6. Oblivion (B-)
    7. Stoker (C+)
    8. 42 (C)
    9. Gangster Squad (D)
    10. Pain & Gain (D-)

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

      I also have a lot of catching up to do, hoping to see Before Midnight, Frances Ha, Upstream Color, The Great Gatsby, and Spring Breakers in the near future.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Best:
    1. To The Wonder (4/4)
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines (4/4)
    3. Side Effects (3.5/4)
    4. The Great Gatsby (3.5/4)
    5. Pain & Gain (3/4)

    Worst:
    1. A Haunted House (1/4)
    2. A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III (2/4)
    3. Broken City (1.5/4)
    4. The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (1.5/4)
    5. Oz: The Great and Powerful (2/4)

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

    1. Mud (4.5/5)
    2. Upstream Color (4.5/5)
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines (4/5)
    4. Side Effects (4/5)
    5. Behind the Candelabra (4/5)
    6. Star Trek Into Darkness (3.5/5)
    7. The Great Gatsby (3.5/5)
    8. Oblivion (3.5/5)
    9. Iron Man 3 (3.5/5)
    10. Spring Breakers (3.5/5)
    11. Evil Dead (3/5)
    12 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (3/5)
    13. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (3/5)
    14. Trance (2.5/5)
    15. The Call (2/5)
    16. Identity Thief (1.5/5)

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

      The rating should for Behind the Candelabra should be 3.5/5, not 4/5 (even though it was very borderline).

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

    I havent seen too much this year, but the only two that can say were quite good were Side Effects (even though I had some issues) and The Place Beyond the Pines.

    I don't actively seek out bad movies, so this list is usually pretty short at the end of the year. The only one that comes to mind so far is Olympus Has Fallen.

    I put together a little list of all the movies I'm excited to see for the rest of the year (might be missing some).

    Out of the furnace
    Mud
    Only God Forgives
    Rush
    Captain Phillips
    Elysium
    The Counsellor
    Wolf of Wall Street
    Gravity
    American Hustle
    Monuments Men
    12 Years a Slave
    Foxcatcher
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Man of Steel
    Inside Llewen Davis
    Bling Ring
    Fruitvale Station

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

    Of this year so far, it goes:

    1. The Great Gatsby
    2. Spring Breakers
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Evil Dead (being in the last spot does not make this a bad film. In fact, it is altogether more solid than Star Trek, but the effects were better in Star Trek and, more importantly, there was nothing in Evil Dead that could surpass Cumberbatch's performance)

  • Good Grief

    Best:

    1. Side Effects (A)
    2. The Grandmaster (A)
    3. Behind the Candelabra (B+)
    4. The Place Beyond the Pines (B)
    5. Star Trek into Darkness (B)

    Worst:

    1. Bullet to the Head (F)
    2. A Good Day to Die Hard (D)
    3. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (D)
    4. Oz the Great and Powerful (D)
    5. Gangster Squad (D)

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    The following films have guaranteed spots for my annual top ten list:
    1. Before Midnight
    2. Spring Breakers
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines

    Depending on how the year turns out, Side Effects may also end up in my top ten. I would also like to see Upstream Color a second time before dismissing it, although I had a rather mixed reaction to it on first viewing.

    Behind the Candelabra is currently sitting in my DVR. It's one that I have high hopes for and I plan to watch it some time soon.

    Overall, it's been a great year so far, already a step up from the disappointing 2012.

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

    Here's my ranking of what I've seen so far.

    1. Behind the Candelabra
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Side Effects
    5. The Great Gatsby
    6. 42
    7. To the Wonder
    8. Gangster Squad
    9. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

    The first four films, I think, are all very good and some I would consider buying. I really liked Gatsby when it first came out, but it hasn't really stuck with me since. I still like it, but I got caught up in the spectacle and was probably too positive on it when it first came out. 42 is decent, I've got nothing to say on To the Wonder, and both Gangster Squad and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone are pretty bad.

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

    I only have seen 8 films from 2013. Here's my ranking!

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines (B+)
    2. Side Effects (B)
    3. Iron Man 3 (B)
    4. Behind The Candelabra (B-)
    5. Oblivion (C+)
    6. Warm Bodies (C)
    7. Gangster Squad (D+)
    8. Oz the Great and Powerful (D)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/William/ William Pichkan

    I'm assuming that as of this point "Only God Forgives" will top your Most Disappointing Films of the year?

  • Aidan Khan

    1. The Reluctant Fundementalist (A-)
    2. Side Effects (B+)
    3. Star Trek 2 (B)
    4. JackThe Gaint Slayer: (B)

    So Far a pretty weak year for me: Gangster Squad, Trance, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Fast and Furious 6 were all bad, and i thought all of them would be good :(

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

    So far seen 17 movies from 2013.

    The best ones so far (none of these expected to be in year end top 10):

    1. Mud (B)
    2. Place Beyond the Pines (B)
    3. Side Effects (B-)

    The Worst:

    1. Identity Thief (F)
    2. Warm Bodies (D-)
    3. Oz the Great and Powerful (D)

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

    Everything I've seen this year (first 5 are in contention for best, bottom 4 are in contention for worst):
    1) Upstream Color (4/4)
    2) Spring Breakers (3.5/4)
    3) The Place Beyond the Pines (3.5/4)
    4) Behind the Candelabra (3.5/4)
    5) Star Trek Into Darkness (3.5/4)
    6) Side Effects (3/4)
    7) Trance (3/4)
    8) Mud (3/4)
    9) 42 (3/4)
    10) The Way, Way Back (3/4)
    11) Quartet (3/4)
    12) Iron Man 3 (3/4)
    13) Evil Dead (2.5/4)
    14) Warm Bodies (2.5/4)
    15) The Croods (2.5/4)
    16) The Great Gatsby (2/4)
    17) The Hangover: Part III (2/4)
    18) Jack the Giant Slayer (2/4)
    19) The Internship (1.5/4)

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

    I have so far seen 58 movies this year. An * denotes what I saw at SXSW back in March.

    My Top 10:
    1. The Spectacular Now*
    2. Short Term 12*
    3. The East*
    4. Side Effects
    5. Before Midnight*
    6. Upstream Color*
    7. Evil Dead*
    8. Drinking Buddies*
    9. Milo*
    10. Much Ado About Nothing*

    My Bottom 10:
    1. The Host
    2. Movie 43
    3. Pain & Gain
    4. A Good Day To Die Hard
    5. Gangster Squad
    6. To The Wonder
    7. The Hangover Part III
    8. The Big Wedding
    9. The ABCs Of Death
    10. The Last Stand

    Most Anticipated 10:
    August: Osage County
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Labor Day
    Man Of Steel
    Monuments Men
    The Past
    Twelve Years A Slave
    Venus In Fur
    The World's End
    The Wolf Of Wall Street

    • http://thefilmgoersproject.com filmgoermatt

      Milo looks awesome. How much screentime does Gillian Jacobs have? She's the main reason I want to see it.

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

    In honesty I can't say I've seen a film so far this year that seems destined to end up as either my worst of the year or on the worst of list but some I have liked more than others.

    I'd say so far this year -

    1. Star Trek Into Darkness (going to have to respectfully disagree with Brad and Laremy's reactions to it myself, while it's not the best of the franchise I think it's the tentpole I've enjoyed so far the most this year).

    2. The Place Beyond The Pines (I admire here much more the ambition of what Derek Cianfrance tried to do rather than how the film itself turned out, because for me it let's every wonderful thing it could have been blow away in the wind with the third act. I don't expect this to stay in a Top Ten for the year by year's end but for now for what it tried to achieve I'll place it here just now).

    3. Oblivion (As a visual experience substantially more than a story one, the visuals are at least worth the viewing. The story doesn't amount to a lot more than has variously been seen before, but that doesn't sink it either)

    4. Iron Man 3 (If it had been made as The Long Kiss Goodnight 2 it probably would have been better.......................but it somehow got tacked onto the MCU instead. Shane Black brings his style to proceedings and it's entertaining enough, but a bit overtly messy as well. It does mostly complete the Stark arc though so I'll give it points for that)

    5. The Great Gatsby (It's not really been a problem for directors to apparently get the literal aspects of the Fitzgerald book, and Lurhmann is no exception. But he can't do any better at bringing out the various other themes and content of the text in his quest to out glitz himself with every film he makes. Add in performances that didn't work for me all that well and what's left is the usual Lurhmann flash and little else)

    6. Ginger & Rosa (An excellent feel for the period in which the film is set, and excellent performances by the two leads kind of overcome the completely predictable trajectory of the story itself, but it's lovely looking in places and the performances feel genuine - apart from Annette Bening whose character is more than mildly annoying)

    7. A Song For Marion (It will be released in the US in the summer with the changed title 'Unfinished Song' and it's simple enough but I enjoyed this low budget Brit flick when I watched it).

    8. Oz: The Great and Powerful (This is as close to my worst of the year as I can get and it isn't strictly bad enough to stay on the list by year's end but definitely it did very little for me at all. I didn't like the performances, the script was 'meh' and although it had candy visuals it felt like it took ages to end).

    As for the rest of the year a nowhere near complete list of films of future interest include:

    Behind The Candelabra (It's actually getting a theatrical release in the UK), Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, Fast and Furious 6, Inside Llelyn Davies, Side Effects, Serena (if it gets a 2013 release), 42, Labor Day, Jack Ryan, White House Down, Mud, The Company You Keep, All Is Lost, Populaire, The Sapphires, and I don't even know what else. That's just stuff off the top of my head.

  • http://www.digitalkebab.com Shaun Heenan

    Top ten so far:

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines
    2. To the Wonder
    3. The Hunt
    4. Upstream Color
    5. Side Effects
    6. Blancanieves
    7. Star Trek: Into Darkness
    8. Spring Breakers
    9. Mea Maxima Culpa
    10. What Richard Did

    Bottom Ten, worst to best.

    1. The ABCs of Death
    2. Movie 43
    3. The Grandmaster
    4. A Good Day to Die Hard
    5. Imaginaerum
    6. Texas Chainsaw 3D
    7. The Host
    8. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    9. The Big Wedding
    10. Identity Thief

    Amazingly, Aftershock is only the 12th worst movie I've seen this year. That comes from a list of 66 movies.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/KevinWoz/ Kevin Wozniak

    Top 5

    1- The Way, Way Back
    2- Kill Your Darlings
    3- Spring Breakers
    4- Mud
    5- Side Effects

    Bottom 5

    1- The Hangover Part III
    2- Pain and Gain
    3- Identity Thief
    4- Austenland
    5- The Lifeguard

    5 Most Anticipated

    1- The Wolf of Wall Street
    2- Fruitvale Station
    3- Inside Llewyn Davis
    4- Before Midnight
    5- Gravity

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

    Top Ten So Far...

    1.) War Witch by Kim Nguyen
    2.) The Sapphires by Wayne Blair
    3.) My Brother the Devil by Sally El Hosaini
    4.) What Richard Did by Lenny Abrahamson
    5.) What Maisie Knew by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
    6.) Yossi by Eytan Fox
    7.) Welcome to Pine Hill by Keith Miller
    8.) From Up on Poppy Hill by Goro Miyazaki
    9.) Ginger & Rosa by Sally Potter
    10.) Disconnect by Henry Alex Rubin

    Honorable Mention...

    1.) An Oversimplification of Her Beauty by Terence Nance
    2.) Antiviral by Brandon Cronenberg
    3.) My Amityville Horror by Eric Walter

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

    I only have a top three so far, and #3 is really only an honorable mention:

    1. The Place Beyond the Pines
    2. Side Effects
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness

    I already have a few limited releases that I need to catch up on: Spring Breakers, Mud, Frances Ha, and Before Midnight. All of these except Before Midnight have played or are currently playing here in Richmond, but I haven't been able to catch any of them in theatres so far. And I know Before Midnight will show up here soon enough.

  • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

    I'm actually enjoying the summmer movies so far.

    Top 5:
    1) The Great Gatsby
    2) Side Effects
    3) Oblivion
    4) Fast and Furious 6
    5) Iron Man 3

    The Rest:
    6) Evil Dead
    7) Gangster Squad
    8) Broken City
    9) Warm Bodies
    10) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    11) Jack The Giant Slayer
    12) Stocker
    13) Stand Up Guys
    14) Oz The Great and Powerful
    15) G.I.Joe Retaliation
    16) The Last Stand
    17) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    18) A Good Day to Die Hard
    19) A Hunted House

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    my top 5 of the year so far

    1. star trek into darkness
    2. fast and furious 6
    3. evil dead
    4. mud
    5. the place beyond the pines

    honorable mentions:

    1. iron man 3
    2. side effects
    3 .to the wonder
    4. the great gatsby
    5. pain and gain
    6. the croods

    worst movies of the year so far:

    1. scary movie 5
    2. the big wedding
    3. hansel & gretel: witch hunters
    4. dead man down
    5. warm bodies
    6. oz the great and powerful
    7. a good day to die hard
    8. identity thief
    9. 21 and over
    10. incredible burt wonderstone
    11. g.i. joe retaliation
    12. escape from planet earth
    13. beautiful creatures

    there are still a lot of movies i need to see from this year and a lot more to come but so far its shaping up to be a decent year

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

      *add gangster squad to the honorable mentions list

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

    Best/Most Interesting So Far...

    1. Behind the Candelabra
    2. Side Effects
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Furious 6
    5. Upstream Color
    6. About Sunny (technically a 2011 film but got released on VOD this year)
    7. Beautiful Creatures

    Guilty pleasure of the year, so far...The Hangover Part III

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

      Disregard this list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/CoryS./ Cory S.

    Best/Most Interesting So Far...

    1. Behind the Candelabra
    2. Side Effects
    3. Star Trek Into Darkness
    4. Furious 6
    5. Upstream Color
    6. Pain & Gain (Best Dwayne Johnson performance PERIOD)
    7. About Sunny (technically a 2011 film but got released on VOD this year)
    8. Beautiful Creatures

    Guilty Pleasure of the year, so far...The Hangover Part III

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

    Seen very few; the ones I enjoyed are:

    Oblivion
    Great Gatsby
    Iron Man 3
    Place Beyond the Pines
    Hangover 3

    Worst:

    Identity Thief
    Gangster Squad

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

    1: Upstream Color -- Such a meditative film... The actor who played The Sampler and I got into contact, and he made my love of it even higher. If this isn't in my top ten at the end of this year, I'll be very surprised.

    2: Spring Breakers -- My wonderful introduction to Harmony Korine.

    3: The Place Beyond the Pines -- Derek Cianfrance did wonders with the first two acts, and Dane DeHaan held up pretty well in the last act.

    4: Side Effect -- I love me some Soderbergh. A good last theatrically released film. I can't see Behind The Candelabra yet because I don't have HBO...

    5: Antiviral -- My review (here: http://www.youwoncannes.com/2013/05/08/movie-review-antiviral-2012-dir-brandon-cronenberg/) is negative. I wouldn't change a word. It's lacking character, but I still had a great time with it. Brandon Cronenberg did a great job.

    6: Kill Me Now -- Just good ol' campy fun! (http://www.youwoncannes.com/2013/05/09/movie-review-kill-me-now-2012-dir-travis-long/ is my review.) Michael Swaim's script was spectacular.

    7: The Way, Way Back -- I can't talk too much about this yet. What I will say is that I enjoyed it quite a bit, and am going to another prescreening relatively soon.

    8: Beyond the Hills -- Incredibly well shot, but... I can't see myself watching it again.

    9: Warm Bodies -- I liked the acting, writing, direction, and song choices. It's a little too cute, but I'll take it.

    10: Stoker -- Emotionally and storywise it's vacant, but it's so well shot and directed, I'm happy. I give in to style over substance a lot of the time.

    11: Evil Dead -- I love the originals, liked this new one. Enjoyable experience.

    12: From Up on Poppy Hill -- Disappointing, but still had some great, Rushmore-esque moments.

    13: The Croods -- I liked it. Fun times to be had with it.

    14: 42 -- Entertaining.

    15: Iron Man 3 -- It's okay. I wrote a review, but don't care enough about the film to post it. If I were to write it today, it would be significantly more negative.

    16: Pain and Gain -- See: 14.

    17: Olympus Has Fallen -- A carbon copy of Die Hard, but enjoyable.

    18: The Great Gatsby -- I hated the exposition and voice overs, but it was well directed.

    19: Emperor -- It was relaxing to watch, but not much happened.

    20: The Host -- VERY disappointing. The book was good, too.

    21: Safe Haven -- Best bad movie of the year!!! Incredibly fun!!! I'd see this at 2 in the morning with some friends any day of the week.

    22: 21 & Over -- I DESPISED this movie. I can't think of another movie I hated more than this one. Not just of this year, but of any year. A truly horrible, horrible film.

    I'm a little conflicted with two, both horrors, which I left off this list. John Dies at the End has little substance, but I'm a massive fan of the book (as most know), and it is incredibly enjoyable. I don't know where to put it, though!

    The ABCs of Death had some incredible parts, and some terrible, terrible parts. I don't know where I'd rank that either...

    I'm seeing Now You See Me tonight, The Kings of Summer tomorrow, either Frances Ha or Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, and The Internship next Tuesday... So things are piling up on me, film wise, again.

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

    I've seen 26 movies so far this year I think. Those first five are probably going to end up somewhere on my year end list. The five after that are movies that are worth seeking out. Everything else on the list, in my opinion at least, is disposable. Overall though, I think this is shaping up to be an AMAZING year for movies.

    1: Upstream Color (A+)
    2: Mud (A)
    3: Spring Breakers (A)
    4: The Great Gatsby (A-)
    5: Frances Ha (A-)
    6: The Kings of Summer (B+)
    7: Evil Dead (B+)
    8: Simon Killer (B)
    9: Oblivion (B-)
    10: The Place Beyond the Pines (B-)
    11: Warm Bodies (C+)
    12: Side Effects (C+)
    13: The To Do List (C+)
    14: Stoker (C+)
    15: The Sapphires (C+)
    16: The Last Stand (C)
    17: Jack the Giant Slayer (C)
    18: Iron Man 3 (C)
    19: The East (C)
    20: Mama (C)
    21: Trance (C-)
    22: 21 & Over (C-)
    23: Now You See Me (C-)
    24: Snitch (D+)
    25: Safe Haven (D)
    26: The Heat (F)

    If Behind the Candelabra (B+) was a theatrical release, it would be right above The Kings of Summer.

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

      I missed Star Trek Into Darkness (C+) inbetween 15 and 16.

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

    Best

    1. The Spectacular Now
    2. What Maisie Knew
    3. Frances Ha
    4. Populaire
    5. Stoker
    6. Blackfish
    7. Mud
    8. Trance
    9. Oblivion
    10. The East

    Worst
    1. Spring Breakers
    2. 42
    3. VHS 2

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

    What about Upstream Color, Brad ?

    Did you forget it or just because you didn't rate it, you are not including it in this list. Going by how much you liked the film, I am assuming, you would have atleast awarded it a A- if not more. And by that count shouldn't it have been included in your list.

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

    Here's my Top 5 films of the year to date ..

    1. Upstream Color [A+]
    2. Before Midnight [A ]
    3. The Great Gatsby [A-]
    4. Stoker [B+]
    5 To The Wonder [B]

    Meanwhile, nice to see so many of the commenters placing Upstream Color at the top.

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

    Sadly, most independent releases that others have seen haven't played in my area yet, and I may have to wait for DVD for several. I've only seen five films, and I only really liked one of them.

    1. Mud (A)
    2. Star Trek Into Darkness (C+)
    3. Jack the Giant Slayer (C)
    4. Iron Man 3 (C-)
    5. The Host (F)

    Here's a few that were already released that I have to see:
    Before Midnight (still expanding, is supposed to be in my area a week from Friday)
    Side Effects (renting it either this week or the next)
    Spring Breakers (still unsure about this one, might catch it at the local bargain theater, and might wait a while until the buzz dies down)
    Simon Killer (will rent it soon)
    To the Wonder (very hesitant, but I'll rent it)
    Upstream Color (renting it soon)
    Behind the Candelabra (won't see it for a while, I don't have HBO)
    The Kings of Summer (technically, it's this Friday, but it looks so great I couldn't help but include it)
    Beautiful Creatures (sounds like a rental)
    Safe Haven (so bad, it's good? I guess I'll see)
    The Great Gatsby (might see it this weekend)
    Stoker (looking forward to seeing it on DVD)
    Frances Ha (looks good, hope it expands to my area)
    Evil Dead (hopefully I'll see it soon)
    The Place Beyond the Pines (Actually, I saw the first hour but there were thoubles with the projector and I wasn't able to catch it again. I'll have to wait for DVD or the bargain theatre)
    Warm Bodies (seeing it soon)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheMovieGuru/ The Movie Guru

    Haven't seen a ton of movies but I've gotten to 11 and while the year started off rough, it's been picking up steam lately with some truly fun popcorn blockbusters: here's my top ten and their grades.

    1 (tie). Now You See Me- Incredibly twisty, entertaining thriller that is probably my favorite movie of the year. It's got great performances, great twists and it's more fun than Iron Man and Star Trek combined. A breath of fresh air. A-

    1 (tie). Fast and Furious 6- This movie is just so much fun, a blast from start to finish with enough wit, action and humor to sustain two and a half hours. I've really come to love the cast and the whole atmosphere of the franchise. This was the best yet. A-

    3. Room 237- Extremely entertaining and thought-provoking documentary. I was thinking about it for days. A-

    4. Iron Man 3- Weak beginning and end but the mid-section is the best that Marvel has done so far. B+

    5. Oz, The Great and Powerful- Fun, colorful movie that is plain and simple a good time despite melodramatic stretches. B

    6. Star Trek Into Darkness- Great cast and mildly entertaining but not great. B-

    7. G.I. Joe: Retaliation- Fun, but empty- C+

    8. The Croods- One half bad, one half good. C

    9. The Great Gatsby- Terribly boring from start to finish. Big disappointment. C-

    10. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone- Unfunny, boring comedy. No wonder it flopped. C-

    11. Upstream Color- Horrible, horrible movie. No plot, no anything. Maybe I just didn't understand it but this is no 2001. D-

    I know that I cheated with the tie but both movies were so much fun. I'd probably watch Fast and Furious 6 again first. Hopefully, the rest of the year brings me some A+'s!

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

    Only 8 so far for me:

    1. Star Trek Into Darkness - B+
    2. Iron Man 3 - B+
    3. Warm Bodies - B+
    4. Epic - B
    5. Oblivion - B
    6. G.I. Joe: Retaliation - C+
    7. Jack The Giant Slayer - C
    8. Oz - C-

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

    Havent seen a lot such as Mud, Frances Ha, Before Midnight

    Place Beyond the Pines is the best film so far I watched

    Worst:
    1. Movie 43
    2. Charles Swan
    3. Evil Dead
    4. Gangster Squad
    5. Haunted House
    6. Burt Wonderstone
    7. Upstream Color
    8. Good Day to Die Hard
    9. Identity Thief
    10. The Hangover 3

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kieran/ Kieran

    I haven't seen nearly as many films as I'd hoped so far this year so I'll go with a Top/Bottom 5 list:

    Top 5:
    1) Side Effects - 4/5
    2) Upstream Color - 4/5
    3) Star Trek Into Darkness - 3.5/5
    4) The Place Beyond the Pines - 3.5/5
    5) Iron Man 3 - 3.5/3
    The rest of my top 10 would probably include Oblivion, Warm Bodies and Trance in that order.

    Bottom 5:
    1) A Good Day to Die Hard - 1/5
    2) The Host - 1/5
    3) Oz the Great and Powerful - 2/5
    4) Gangster Squad - 2/5
    5) Room 237 - 2.5/5

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

    Favourites of the Year:

    1: Populaire
    2:Trance
    3:Stoker
    4:Side Effects
    5:American Mary
    6:Mud
    7:To The Wonder
    8: Compliance
    9:In The House

    Worst:
    The Purge
    Gangster Squad
    Oblivion

    Followed a long way back by, the king of all that is awful -

    A Good Day to Die Hard

  • http://thefilmgoersproject.com filmgoermatt

    Here's everything I've seen so far. Anything below a B- is generally negative.

    1. Spring Breakers [A+]
    2. Mud [A]
    3. Disconnect [A]
    4. Evil Dead [A]
    5. The Place Beyond the Pines [A-]
    6. This is the End [A-]
    7. The Great Gatsby [B+]
    8. Pain and Gain [B+]
    9. Gangster Squad [B+]
    10. Iron Man 3 [B+]
    11. The Hangover Part III [B+]
    12. Warm Bodies [B+]
    13. Struck by Lightning [B]
    14. 21 and Over [B]
    15. Dead Man Down [B]
    16. The Call [B]
    17. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters [B]
    18. Dark Skies [B-]
    19. G.I. Joe: Revelation [B-]
    20. The ABCs of Death [C+]
    21. Star Trek Into Darkness [C+]
    22. Trance [C+]
    23. Admission [C+]
    24. Parker [C+]
    25. Stand Up Guys [C]
    26. Oz: The Great and Powerful [C]
    27. Safe Haven [C]
    28. Phantom [C-]
    29. Side Effects [C-]
    30. Escape from Planet Earth [C-]
    31. The Last Exorcism Part II [D+]
    32. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia [D+]
    33. Broken City [D+]
    34. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone [D]
    35. A Haunted House [D-]
    36. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III [D-]
    37. Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor [F]
    38. Identity Thief [F]

    • http://thefilmgoersproject.com filmgoermatt

      Shit, I forgot Stoker. That should be number 10. Adjust everything below it down a spot accordingly.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/ZeroApostle4Ever/ Dominique Meyer

    l haven't seen most of the independent releases this year like Mud or Stoker, so my list doesn't have a lot of *ahem* "credible" movies on it. What can I say? I generally have fun with dumb movies.

    Best
    1. Side Effects
    2. The Place Beyond the Pines
    3. The Croods
    4. Pain and Gain
    5. Bullet to the Head.
    6. Warm Bodies
    7. The Great Gatsby
    8. A Hijacking
    9. Star Trek Into Darkness
    10. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Sue me, I had fun)

    Worst.
    1. Tyler Perry's Temptation
    2. The Last Exorcism Part 2
    3. Movie 43
    4. Admission
    5. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
    6. Texas Chainsaw 3D
    7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    8. Save Haven
    9. Identity Thief
    10. Jack the Giant Slayer

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

    I've only seen 9 movies so far, but none of them I'm really that attached to as far as a "Top 10" goes.

    1. Evil Dead
    2. Side Effects
    3. Mud
    4. Iron Man 3
    5. Warm Bodies
    6. John Dies at the End
    7. Oblivion
    8. Star Trek 2
    9. Gangster Squad

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

    I've only seen 8 movies thus far, and Spring Breakers is probably the only one that has a chance of making it into a top 10 (though I adored Kon-Tiki). There's a few things I missed that I'm keen to see, Side Effects in particular. Also Australian release dates suck, I won't be seeing Stoker until August.

    1. Spring Breakers (5/5)
    2. Kon-Tiki (4.5/5)
    3. The Place Beyond the Pines (4/5)
    4. The Great Gatsby (4/5)
    5. Goddess (4/5)
    6. Trance (3.5/5)
    7. Mama (3/5)
    8. I Give It A Year (3/5)

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

    I've only seen 10 movies from 2013 so far. My ranking of them is..

    1. Iron Man 3- A+
    2. Identity Thief- A+
    3. Side Effects- A
    4. Star Trek Into Darkness- A
    5. The Great Gatsby- A-
    6. Gangster Squad- B+
    7. Mama- B
    8. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone- B
    9. Oz: The Great And Powerful- C+
    10. Broken City- C

    For the rest of the year I'm looking forward to The Internship, This Is The End, Man Of Steel, The Heat, Grown Ups 2, R.I.P.D, 2 Guns, Kick-Ass 2, Thor: The Dark World, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

    Are you looking forward to any of the same films as me?
    Also do you agree with my rankings of the 2013 films that I've seen?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Risa/ Risalat Rahman

    From what I have seen so far,

    Best:
    1.Mud
    2.Side Effects
    3.The Past
    4.Oblivion
    5.Warm Bodies

    Disliked (in no particular order):
    Iron Man 3
    Croods
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
    Oz: The Great And Powerful
    Broken City
    Trance
    Stoker
    Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
    Safe Haven

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

    Films I've seen so far

    Jack the Giant Slayer (4.8/10) (bad)
    Oz the Great and Powerful (6.9/10) (passable)
    Mud (9.4/10) (fantastic)
    The Iceman (8.6/10) (very good)
    Start Trek: Into Darkness (8.3/10) (very good)
    Man of Steel (8.9/10) (great)
    World War Z (6.5/10) (moderate)
    The Place Beyond the Pines (8.9/10) (great)

    Looking forward to seeing This is the End (visiting Japan at the moment), Pacific Rim, The Hunt, Red 2, Kick-Ass 2, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Elysium, Don Jon, The Immigrant (no release date yet and I'm a huge Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner fan), The Counselor, Out of the Furnace, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Anchorman: The Legend Continues (guilty pleasure).