Ofir: A Wildlife Crime Documentary (2013)
12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen's pure, dramatic true story of Solomon Northup's
pre-Civil War kidnapping and enslavement.
Blue Is the Warmest Color [La vie d'Adèle] is the shimmering blue love affair
of Adèle and Emma, so real it stirs the air.
All Is Lost is a Robert Redford acting highlight, a sophomore four-star-peat
for writer/director J.C. Chandor. The boat sinks.
Lee Daniels's Lee Daniels' The Butler is absolutely a masterfully written,
directed, acted and scored White House butler.
Rush (2013) is a dramatic true Formula 1 racing rivalry from the seventies
with great Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.
Gravity is an impressive and suspenseful space disaster adventure
with lacking character development but good acting.
Dallas Buyers Club is Jean-Marc Vallée's emotional exploration of the dawn of the
AIDS crisis with great Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.
Enough Said is a good-humored romantic/divorce comedy with great
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, very good Gandolfini and support.
Despicable Me 2 is a very funny, seamless yet still fresh, inventive
sequel to the very good origin of Gru and company.
Frozen is a lovely, musical, magical 3-D Disney digital fairy tale based on
Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen."
Ender's Game may disappoint book fans or strict adaptationists, but it's
something to see and a good introduction to the books.
About Time is a fun and okay romantic/major life decisions comedy
with time traveling, Domnhall Gleeson's a leading man.
Philomena is the story of a mother's hope and search for her long-lost child
across time, with unexpected turns and humor.
Thor: The Dark World is an unflagging comic book action extravaganza
of Thor pretty-goodness with the spirit of the first.
The Book Thief is a somewhat oddly mannered, worthwhile tale of refugees
from Nazism during World War II, with fine acting.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is stronger than the first without
Wizard of Oz whiskers, killer kids or skint squirls.
The Counselor is an intriguing and entertaining but slightly off
drug deal thriller, would've been better with less talk.
Out of the Furnace is a simple-to-underdeveloped revenge story
of the upper Appalachians, with big holes in the plot.
Black Nativity is not a bad way to spend 90 minutes, with okay music,
strong cast, complex moments but weak story overall.
Homefront is an action movie with not a lot of great stuff going for it
but not a lot of horrible crap going against it.
Captain Phillips is a myopic docudrama of a fascinating real ship hijacking
with little context or meaning brought to it.
The Wolverine is a nonsensical mess with some cool stuff, more proof
that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine goes best with X-Men.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is an overworked, undercooked prequel/sequel
to a fairly original, fun first jump-horror installment.
Elysium (2013) is a boring, unrelatable action sci-fi movie which wastes
great actors and gets nowhere, inferior to Oblivion.
Oldboy is Spike Lee's awkward going-through-the-motions remake
of Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean movie of the same name.
Nebraska is a mean, stupid, depressing, frustrating story of dumb old Midwesterners,
with very good acting and cinematography. NO STARS
The Grandmaster U.S. cut was oddly edited (more than usual Wong Kar-wai)
with grand kung fu fight/learn scenes.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a fun paranormal girl
Percy Jackson with a sense of humor but a bit better.
Red 2 is a not-as-good-as-the-first, pretty fun sequel to the okay
first installment of "retired, extremely dangerous."
Jobs is a high-points biopic with little dramatic identification. Kutcher's okay,
script, soundtrack and movie are unremarkable.
The Wolverine (see above).
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