'Under the Skin' (2013) Movie Review

'Under the Skin' (2013)

Under the Skin is an existential experiment of a film in which an alien teaches us a little something about ourselves over the course of her travels in Scotland as she harvest humans and finds compassion for her victims, which will eventually serve as her downfall. Read the Review

'Joe' (2013) Movie Review

'Joe' (2013)

David Gordon Green's Joe is another white trash weeper with similar narrative notes akin to Mud and the tonal darkness of Winter's Bone that ultimately finds success in the performances of Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. Read the Review

'Fading Gigolo' (2013) Movie Review

'Fading Gigolo' (2013)

To no real surprise, Fading Gigolo is an enjoyable, unassuming little film that feels like something of a bizzaro world Woody Allen film by way of John Turturro. Read the Review

'Felony' (2013) Movie Review

'Felony' (2013)

Felony lacks any measure of intrigue as one cop commits a crime, another attempts to cover it up and another attempts to expose it. Problem is, without any evidence it's all a matter of sideways glances and suspicion, leaving little else to be explored. Read the Review

'12 Years a Slave' (2013) Movie Review

'12 Years a Slave' (2013)

Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is some of the best filmmaking you'll see all year, but at the same time it will subject you to a story filled with shame, guilt, hatred, anger, rage, torture, anguish and tears. You'll be leaving the theater in a stupor. Read the Review

'Enemy' (2013) Movie Review

'Enemy' (2013)

Denis Villeneuve's Enemy is a confounding piece of cinema that will capture your imagination and challenge you to be more than just an observer. Read the Review

'Afflicted' (2013) Movie Review

'Afflicted' (2013)

Afflicted is a low concept, found footage thriller that would have been best served rolling credits 30 minutes in, but they went for another hour and everything goes off the rails. Read the Review

'August: Osage County' (2013) Movie Review

'August: Osage County' (2013)

If it weren't for a couple of narrative hang-ups, August: Osage County would have been a film I'd quickly call one of the year's best. Nevertheless, I loved almost every minute of the snarling and nasty dialogue with performances from the likes of Streep, Roberts, Martindale, Nicholson and Cooper that actually are some of the year's best. Read the Review

'Dom Hemingway' (2013) Movie Review

'Dom Hemingway' (2013)

Dom Hemingway is something of a second cousin to Nicolas Winding-Refn's Bronson, in that it's a film about guy that's violent, vulgar and coked out of his mind. Sign me up. Read the Review

'Philomena' (2013) Movie Review

'Philomena' (2013)

Guided by powerful performances and superb screenplay, Philomena is an uplifting, moving, funny and heartfelt story of two people that will capture your heart and a story you won't soon forget. Read the Review

'Rush' Movie Review - 2013

'Rush' - 2013

Rush is a fantastically layered story of two opposing sides that clash, neither one hero or villain, simply two human characters that must learn to fight their natural human instincts. Read the Review

'Gravity' (2013) Movie Review

'Gravity' (2013)

There's no denying Gravity is a towering achievement and technological marvel with some of the most impressive filmmaking we've seen in some time, but some of the flaws stand out a little too much upon reflection. Read the Review

'The Double' (2013) Movie Review

'The Double' (2013)

Richard Ayoade's The Double is a very Gilliam-esque paranoid drama, relentless in its tiresome approach to the story of a man suffering an identity crisis. Many are going to like it... I didn't. Read the Review

'The Railway Man' (2013) Movie Review

'The Railway Man' (2013)

The Railway Man is another traditionally told period piece, but the elegant nature in which it's told and performed elevates this story of revenge, retribution and reconciliation to heightened levels. Read the Review

'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013) Movie Review

'Dallas Buyers Club' (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club is an absolute knockout with a pair of fantastic performances as director Jean-Marc Vallée sells compassion over fear and succeeds in most every way. Read the Review

'Prisoners' (2013) Movie Review

'Prisoners' (2013)

Prisoners is likely to be one of the darkest films you'll see all year as a kidnapping narrative is taken to some unexpected places and done so with powerful performances, masterful directing and talent from all corners. Read the Review

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