Best Reviewed Movies 2013

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

  • 100%
  • PG
  • 137 min
  • Animation

An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her.

Short Term 12 (2013)

Short Term 12

  • 99%
  • R
  • 96 min
  • Drama

Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson, 21 Jump Street and Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”), a twenty-something supervisor at a facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr., HBO’s “The Newsroom” and Tony Award-winner for Spring Awakening). But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future...

Gravity (2013)

Gravity

  • 97%
  • PG-13
  • 90 min
  • Drama

Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to...

Gloria (2013)

Gloria

  • 99%
  • R
  • 110 min
  • Comedy

The film is starred by Gloria (Paulina Garcia), a 58 year-old woman who still feels young. To fill the void of her daily life, her loneliness has become a night party, looking for love in dance parties for single adults, if only to get lost in a series of meaningless adventures. The fragile happiness she lives in suddenly changes when she meets Rudolph, a 65 year-old man, recently separated. This explosive passion, to which Gloria is completely devoted, perhaps sensing it could be the last,...

The Square (2013)

The Square

  • 100%
  • 90 min
  • Comedy

What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go in defending their beliefs in the fight for their nation?

Before Midnight (2013)

Before Midnight

  • 98%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Drama

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

  • 96%
  • R
  • 134 min
  • Biography

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting...

Mud (2013)

Mud

  • 98%
  • PG-13
  • 130 min
  • Drama

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by...

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

20 Feet from Stardom

  • 99%
  • NONE
  • 90 min
  • Documentary

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent...

Starred Up (2013)

Starred Up

  • 99%
  • NONE
  • 106 min
  • Drama

19-year-old Eric (Jack O'Connell, star of the upcoming UNBROKEN), arrogant and ultra-violent, is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES). As his explosive temper quickly finds him enemies in both prison authorities and fellow inmates — and his already volatile relationship with his father is pushed past breaking point — Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Rupert Friend, "Homeland"), who runs an...

Sound City (2013)

Sound City

  • 100%
  • NONE
  • 116 min
  • Documentary

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

The Missing Picture (2013)

The Missing Picture

  • 99%
  • 90 min
  • Documentary

Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia's Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.

Blackfish (2013)

Blackfish

  • 98%
  • PG-13
  • 90 min
  • Documentary

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale...

Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

Jodorowsky's Dune

  • 98%
  • PG-13
  • 90 min
  • Documentary

Shot in France, England, Switzerland and the United States, this documentary covers director Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre) and his 1974 Quixotic attempt to adapt the seminal sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film. After spending 2 years and millions of dollars, the massive undertaking eventually fell apart, but the artists Jodorowsky assembled for the legendary project continued to work together. This group of artists, or his “warriors” as Jodorowsky named them,...

Ilo Ilo (2013)

Ilo Ilo

  • 100%
  • NONE
  • 99 min
  • Drama

Set in the mid 1990s in Singapore, ILOILO chronicles the relationship between a family and their maid from Ilo Ilo, a province in the Philippines.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer

  • 95%
  • R
  • 126 min
  • Action

An adaptation of the French graphic novel, the story takes place aboard the titular train as it travels around in an endless circle, filled with the remnants of humanity after a devastating war. There are separate sections for the separate classes, and obviously all is not harmonious within.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis

  • 94%
  • R
  • 105 min
  • Drama

Inside Llewyn Davis follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said

  • 96%
  • PG-13
  • 93 min
  • Comedy

A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much....

Her (2013)

Her

  • 94%
  • R
  • 120 min
  • Comedy

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club

  • 94%
  • R
  • 117 min
  • Drama

Matthew McConaughey stars in Dallas Buyers Club as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments...