Gregory Ellwood's top 10 films of 2013
Another year, another top 10 list. This one, however, will be slightly different than previous installments.
You may not be aware, but there are two different protocols critics use to compile their end of year lists. Most reviewers only consider films that were released in their city or country during the calendar year. That means if a film was screened at a festival and hasn't been released in theaters (yet) it wouldn't qualify. The other protocol is somewhat obvious: you consider any film you experienced in a theater during the year. Traditionally, this pundit has always gone with the former. However, after screening so many films at the world's top film festivals (snap), there were two motion pictures that had such a profound effect on me I've decided to transition to the latter qualifications for the foreseeable future. Therefore, this year's list is a mix of films I originally screened at festivals in 2012 before their release this past year (two entries), at festivals in 2013 which have not been released yet (two entries) and those which fell within a traditional theatrical release window (six entries). Make sense?
For the list itself, check out the story gallery below. But, in case you're curious what didn't make it...
In no particular order, the best of the rest:
"Frances Ha," "Wolf of Wall Street," "American Hustle," "Upstream Color," "The Kings of Summer," "Blue Jasmine," "This is the End," "Twenty Feet from Stardom," "Mud," "The Conjuring," "The Bling Ring," "Kill Your Darlings," "The Heat," "Enough Said," "Behind the Candelabra"
"Oblivion," "Man of Steel," "Only God Forgives"
The HitFix editorial team will post our worst films of the year in a week or so. Smartly, I avoided seeing a number of the obvious clunkers over the past 12 months, but don't worry "Jimmy P." there's an entry waiting with your name on it.
Look for a print version of Kris Tapley's top 10 on Monday. Drew McWeeny's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday. Guy Lodge will unfurl his top 10 on Christmas day.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
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