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As previously reported I am struggling to come up with a top ten movies of 2013. The problem, there are four 2012 films that didn’t get a UK release until 2013 that are in contention. There are also half dozen big 2013 movies that haven’t been released here yet. Therefore I am forgoing my top ten in favour of a top five (sort of).

  1. Stoker (dir. Chan-wook Park): Its no secret that Oldboy is one of my all-time favourite movies, it therefore comes as no surprise that I have been eagerly anticipating the English language debut of its director, Chan-wook Park. It isn’t Oldboy but I was far from disappointed. Sumptuous and beautiful to look at and suitably weird and unnerving.stoker
  2. Before Midnight (dir. Richard Linklater): Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back for part three of Richard Linklater’s “before” series. Nine years after the events in Paris and the magic is still there. It’s basically more of the same as we saw in the first two movies. In other words it is sensational.Before Midnight
  3. Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón): Generally I hate 3D but once in a while it works, once in a very long while, it really, really works, this is that film. To call it stunning is an understatement. My one reservation, it just won’t be the same on TV as it was in IMAX 3D.GRAVITY
  4. Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass): Pauld Greengrass lends his signature style and flair to the true story of Somali pirates. Full of visual style and unbelievable tension, Greengrass’ direction is sublime and Tom Hanks gives the performance of his career.Tom Hanks
  5. Rush (dir. Ron Howard): Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl are excellent as James Hunt and Niki Lauda in this true story of their rivalry particularly during the 1976 F1 season. But ultimately it is a story about people not about racing and like the Documentary Senna (2010) it should still hold the interest of audiences who are not racing fans.Rush

Also recommended:

The EastNebraska Prisoners Mud The East

The best of 2012 released in 2013 in the UK:

Zero Dark Thirty 
Cloud Atlas 
Django Unchained 
Amour Zero Dark Thirty Cloud Atlas Django Unchained Amour

Look out for my redux list later in the year once I have seen all 2013 movies.

Ryan at The Matinee has compiled a list of other bloggers best of lists HERE

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Movies seen in October:

Girl Most Likely: A failed playwright finds herself living back home with her exocentric mother and brother. Kristen Wiig is as watchable as you would expect but the film is too thin and lightweight. Similar themes were better explored in Young Adult.Girl Most Likely

How I Live Now: Adapted from a young adult novel of the same name. An American teenager moves to England to stay with her aunt and cousins just as a war breaks out. Atmospheric photography and some interesting ideas make for an interesting film held together by excellent performances from the young cast particularly Saoirse Ronan.How I Live Now

Metallica Through The Never: A mix of concert footage and an esoteric and surreal adventure. In 3D Imax it’s the closet to a Metallica concert other than actually going to a Metallica concert. For fans only but a real treat for them.Metallica Through The Never

Rurouni Kenshin: In 1868 as Japan is in transition from the samurai age to the New Age former assassin Kenshin Himura carries a sword with an “inverted blade” as part of his vow not to kill. His resolve is tested when he comes up against a drug lord. The action scenes are great too few and far between.Rurouni Kenshin

Filth: Adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s supposedly un-filmable novel. James McAvoy is monumental but the movie is a little patchy.James McAvoy and Eddie Marsan in Filth - Jul 2013

Captain Phillips: The true story of Richard Phillips, the Captain of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Paul Greengrass’ direction is sublime and Tom Hanks gives the performance of his career.Tom Hanks

Sunshine on Leith: Dexter Fletcher’s second movie as a director is musical based on the stage musical of the same name featuring music by The Proclaimers. Largely enjoyable but too saccharine sweet.FILM Fletcher 4

Machete Kills: Danny Trejo is back as the eponymous hero in Robert Rodriguez pastiche of exploitation movies. Sillier than the first movie and without the political message but still great fun. Lots of people will hate it, personally I can’t wait for “Machete Kills Again …In Space”.Machete Kills

Prince Avalanche: Director David Gordon Green finally lives up to the promise he showed in Undertow (2004) with a bizarre road movie starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as a mismatched pair of labourers painting lines on a road in rural Texas.Prince Avalanche

Escape Plan: A security expert who escapes from prisons for a living to help make them more secure until he agrees to test the worlds most secret and secure prison. Forget The Expendables, this is the first proper teaming of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and I am pleased to report it isn’t bad. Its silly and predictable but, it really isn’t bad. Stallone tries hard to keep it serious and ernest, Schwarzenegger is clearly having a blast as he hams it up. The plot contains a couple of twists that even the most casual of viewers will see coming.THE TOMB

Ender’s Game: Forget the negative publicity surrounding the politically incorrect views of the author of the source novel and take the movie on its own merits. An international military space program are looking for a leader to save the world from a pending alien attack. The young cast includes Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld who impressed in Hugo and True Grit respectively, they are both good here too. Harrison Ford plays Colonel Graff, given his personal Colonel Gruff would be more appropriate. Far darker than you would expect and surprisingly good.ENDER'S GAME

For all the good films I have seen this month, there has only been one great one: Captain Phillips is movie of the month. To take things a stage further, I haven’t always agreed with Tom Hanks’ Oscar nominations/wins but if he wins for this I won’t be disappointed.Captain Phillips Poster

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