Best Movies of 2013 [So Far]
The best movies of 2013 list gets meatier with each passing week.
This has been the year of epic films featuring comic and sci-fi favorites. With ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Man of Steel,’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ all exceeding expectations, it’s hard to hate — even if you are a movie loyalist.
There’s also been Oscar favorites — especially ‘Mud’ — which might very well be 44-year-old Matthew McConaughey’s finest role yet. ‘This is the End’ found a way to make audiences chuckle at the possible end of the world while Steven Soderbergh dazzled us with two fascinating films in 2013.
Without giving away too much, here are our choices for the best movies of 2013.
This is the type of movie that will make your crazy aunt from Brooklyn, who refuses to even take Tylenol, say, “I told you so!” Rooney Mara plays Emily Taylor, a severely depressed young woman who is prescribed a new test drug by her psychiatrist (Jude Law) in ‘Side Effects.’ The drug’s side effects seemingly facilitate her sedated murder of husband, Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum).
The Steven Soderbergh helmed flick probably has some political undertones to it, but even if you’re not the political type, this thriller does keep you on the edge of your seat and it’s one of the best movies of 2013.
Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr. does it again as Tony Stark in ‘Iron Man 3.’ The latest installation in the ‘Iron Man’ series is also directed by ‘Lethal Weapon’ writer Shane Black, widely considered to be the pioneer of the modern day action drama.
The Place Beyond the Pines
Yes, the man of every woman’s dreams, Ryan Gosling, plays a tattooed, bank-robbing motorcyclist in ‘The Place Beyond the Pines.’ We get it, Ryan Gosling — you’re hotter than coals. But on a serious note, Gosling and co-star Bradley Cooper give great performances in this low-budget crime drama making this 2013 film one of the year’s best.
Behind the Candelabra
In Steven Soderbergh’s other big 2013 film, the director illustrates the life and times of gay, musical genius Liberace. ‘Behind the Candelabra’ specifically concentrates on Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his young lover (Matt Damon) and their tumultuous six-year relationship. Both Douglas and Damon give, as expected, fantastic performances, but Douglas steals the show.
Jurassic Park 3D
Okay, so ‘Jurassic Park’ technically isn’t a new movie, but the added third dimension sure is new. And it is awesome. Films like ‘Jurassic Park’ were made for a 3D experience, so now that the tech is here, viewers can kick back in 2013, and view the classic how it should be viewed.
‘Before Midnight’ is the third installment to the “Before” trilogy — ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995) and ‘Before Sunset’ (2004) its predecessors — with both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprising their roles. Unlike the previous two films, Hawke and Delpy are now a couple — not just two travelers who share a romantic moment together somewhere in Europe. However, despite the new plot line, the integrity of the cult romantic series stays true to its roots. It’s one of the best romantic films of 2013.
Man of Steel
Those expecting a carbon copy of the Superman comics might be a bit disappointed, but make no mistake about it: ‘Man of Steel’ kicked some major butt. Director Zack Snyder (‘300′ and ‘Watchman’) created the perfect dark edge to what could otherwise have been a sappy, predictable film. Plus, you gotta hand it to Henry Cavill — he played an awesome Clark Kent / Superman.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Director J.J. Abrams added his own action flare to the classic series, which starred Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Oh, and Zoe Saldana, who was one of our Hottest Women of 2013, reprises her role as Uhura.
Trekkies are some of the most loyal fans out there, and it seems as though ‘Star Trek Into Darkess’ was pretty well-received by even the harshest of loyalists. While we’re not sure where the movie ranks on a best Star Trek movies list, ‘Into Darkness’ is our choice for one of the best movies of the year.
This Is the End
What happens when all your favorite Hollywood actors are at a blow-out party… and the apocalypse hits? ‘This is the End’ stars Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and many more (including a lot of surprises) hilarious folks playing themselves. It’s by far the funniest movie of 2013.
McConaughey plays the role of a mysterious fugitive named “Mud” who is befriended by two teenagers. The teens help him continue to evade the law and even reunite him with a former lover, played by Reese Witherspoon. And no, he is not haunted by ghosts of his ex-girlfriends in this flick. Yes, Matthew McConaughey is shirtless in this movie (it must be part of his standard movie contract), but the bro-y actor arguably gives the performance of his career in ‘Mud.’
What’s your choice for the best movie of 2013? Let us know in the comments.