This year I went to the movies more than any other year in my life, 30 times to be exact. (Luckily, many of them were free thanks to advanced screenings.) Including films that I got to eventually watch on DVD or television, I’ve seen a sufficient amount of films to compile a confident top 10 list for 2013. So here are what I feel were the best movies of the year:
- PRISONERS – The best “whodunit” thriller of the year. It features what is probably the best performance of Hugh Jackman’s career.
- DON JON – Joseph Gordon-Levitt made a very gutsy movie about addictions that most celebrities would be afraid to touch. And he managed to make it very funny.
- THE WAY, WAY BACK – It’s hard to find a really good film for the whole family to watch nowadays, but this was the best one of the year.
- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Probably the exact opposite of a family film, but you can’t take your eyes off it.
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE – A hard film to watch due to its subject matter, but a realistic portrait of what slavery was like. Excellent performances by all of the actors made it a standout.
- NOW YOU SEE ME – This is what you go to the movies for. Pure entertainment with a cool twist at the end.
- THE SPECTACULAR NOW – This will make you miss being a teenager. No special effects or anything, just a really good story.
- DISCONNECT – A film about how many of us are now connected to each other in the modern world through technology, and the consequences that we have to deal with because of it.
- THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes all starred in this little-seen film about how our actions can greatly affect our children’s future.
- HER – A man falls in love with a female-voiced computer. Think about it, we’re probably not far off from this happening in real life.
I have a few honorable mentions as usual that just missed the list. The Conjuring was the best horror film of the year and genuinely scary. The Best Man Holiday was the best sequel of the year (sorry Iron Man) and a worthy follow-up to the original after such a long time. And Lee Daniels' The Butler featured a great cast in a good old American film about the White House of all things. This was another good year for movies overall. And now we’ll be stuck with mostly crappy films which all come out in the first few months of the new year.