2013: The Best Films Of The Year...So Far

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June 4, 2013 2:56 PM
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Coming Soon: The Best Movies of The Year (That We've Already Seen)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” 
A public service announcement before we begin: While it admittedly shares a superficially similar storyline to “Badlands” and there’s a few sunkissed shots in the beginning that are familiar visuals, to call “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” a Malick re-do or modern update (as some have) is frustratingly reductive and off base. One of the best films of the year by far and an arresting, tense, smoldering crime/romance drama set in the 1970s, David Lowery’s third full-length feature certainly has very different moods, tenors and preoccupations than Mr. 'Tree Of Life.' Like a portentous bad moon rising, the outlaw tale of “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a Cormac McCarthy tragic romance, a Johnny Cash requiem, a Will Oldham dirge and a Godspeed You Black Emperor tornado rolling into town, and you know that can't end well. It’s dark, atmospheric and burns with intense, sweaty dread. On top of all that it boasts a fantastic cast (who all deliver terrific performances) of Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster and an excellent comeback role for Keith Carradine. Simply put, it’s a must-see film. [Our review from Sundance 2013]

"Inside Llewyn Davis"
The logline for the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” may not be especially appealing on paper, but from the completely bravura opening scene, which is an exquisitely shot sequence of Oscar Isaac’s titular singer/songwriter performing a song in its entirety, we were completely and totally hooked. In fact, there was a particular moment early on where we felt ourselves relax completely, and more or less tune out our critical voice, because we simply felt in such safe storytelling hands. As an example of the sheer unquestioning pleasure that can be gained from watching a film, “Inside Llewyn Davis” is unequaled this year. Isaac himself is breathtakingly good -- we’d liked him before but had no idea he’d be capable of anything as winsomely human and relatable as this performance. The story merely meanders through several days in his life and yet, loosely plotted though it is, it never lost its grip on our hearts and minds and engaged us completely through funny/sad, funny/happy and funny/funny moments until its thoroughly satisfying, sweetly melancholic ending. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful film, and finds the Coens in masterful form, turning in something that is entirely, idiosyncratically them and yet simultaneously something very new and perfect; a fully-formed story of a fully-formed character with whom it’s impossible not to fall just a little bit in love. [Read our review from Cannes 2013]

The Past"
One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival, one that is already staring potential Oscar talk, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past” might be the best-written movie we’ve seen so far this year. With four main characters, caught up in a melodrama about divorce, the risk of this story veering into one dimensional histrionics is high, but Farhadi navigates it thanks to an almost novelistic drawing of his characters and narrative. The story pivots around Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and her ex Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) who has flown from Tehran to Paris to finalize their divorce. She’s already planning to move on and live with single father Samir (Tahar Rahim), but from the moment Ahmad steps into his old house he quickly sees that Marie has much than divorce papers to clear from a life that has fallen into an tapestry of complication which she strains to keep from unraveling. Farhadi has great compassion for his characters but he’s not above seeing their flaws either, and “The Past” never favors one character over another. Instead, over the course of the movie, as revelations come to light (particularly for the other characters in the movie) and the story dips and turns, it’s not so much our allegiances that change, as our understanding of the decisions that have been made and choices taken. The entire cast is outstanding, with special notice going to Pauline Burlet who plays Lucie, Marie’s daughter. She’s given a particularly tricky arc but thanks both to Farhadi’s writing and her pitch perfect delivery, Burlet brings real heart to someone whose soul is weighted with tremendously damaging knowledge. Dense and astonishingly well developed, and capturing the messiness of relationships and elusive qualities that bring people together and push them apart, Farhadi’s film is a deeply human look at the struggle to move on from the mistakes, pains and emotional scars from our past so we can forge a brighter future.  [Read our review from Cannes 2013]

Wadjda
Given that it was made by a female director in an environment as hostile to both women and film as Saudi Arabia (where women can't drive, and cinemas have been closed for decades), it's genuinely staggering that "Wadjda" -- which made its U.S. debut at Tribeca on its way to a full release from Sony Pictures Classics -- turned out as brilliantly as it did. Owing equal debt to Italian neo-realism and more contemporary Iranian cinema, Haifaa Al-Mansour's feature debut follows the title character, a rebellious 12-year-old girl who enters a Koran-recitation competition at school in order to win enough money to ride a bike. Meanwhile her mother (Reem Abdullah) fights to hold on to her husband, whose wealthy mother is encouraging him to get a second wife. To a western audience, Riyadh might feel like an alien setting, and Al-Mansour shoots the city, and the world, with both the back-of-the-hand expertise of an insider and the inquisitive eye of an outsider (she went to film school in the U.S., and had to direct mostly from the back of a van, lest she be seen doing the job in public). It's an unashamedly political picture but relaying its message -- about the rotten lot of women in the country -- through the personal and the specific, with a humanism that refuses to demonize difficult characters like Wadjda's father (Sultan Al Assaf) or the stern headmistress Ms. Hussa (Ahd).  It might tip into sentimentality in places, but it's the kind of sentiment that's entirely earned, and few would begrudge it in a film as warm, sweet and beautifully made as this. [Read our review from LFF 2012]

"Blue Is The Warmest Color"
While we’re not yet sure of the details of the U.S. release of Abdellatif’s Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color," we’re fairly certain its Palme d’Or win and near-deafening buzz should see distributors Sundance Selects strike sometime in 2013. It’s a film that deserves as wide an audience as possible in spite of its forbidding length; a hugely powerful work of great empathy and insight that features a performance from Léa Seydoux that would probably have been the most talked-about coming out of Cannes had it not been overshadowed by that of the film’s lead Adele Exarchopolous. Exarchopolous, feeling like she’s come from nowhere, is in every single scene, the unflinching center of our attention and identification throughout, and Kechiche weaves the film around her so unobtrusively that you almost don’t feel his presence (except possibly in the film’s laudably graphic but nonetheless overlong first lesbian sex scene) -- surely a mark of an exceptional skill. We’ve been a fan of the director’s previous work (the drably-titled “The Secret of the Grain” is anything but drab, and a great favorite) but here he finds a previously unmatched depth and resonance in the simple charting of a first love from its initial giddy, heady heights, through a realistic and relatable relationship to its end, and the messy way one of us always stops loving the other first. That central relationship may be same-sex, but the film is profoundly wise about how it feels and what it means for your sense of self to be in love, no matter who the object of your affections. It gives it a universality far beyond any reductive categorisation. [Read our review from Cannes 2013]

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69 Comments

  • jw | October 12, 2013 1:24 PMReply

    great list. a lot i haven't seen but my top 5 is currently: The Act of Killing, Upstream Color, Blue Jasmine, To the Wonder, Frances Ha (and Sightseers if that gets counted as this year)

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  • Corey | September 4, 2013 7:23 PMReply

    Do us all a favor and maybe in your movies reviews, tell us what the movie is about you turd! No one reading this is going to have any idea what these movies are about. Over laden with your slick wording and cheesy descriptions of what the directors were "trying to do" we dont care. tell us about the movie....thats all thats it.

  • Paxton | June 30, 2013 1:06 PMReply

    Only God Forgives is one of the most bold and daring films this year (I'm surprised it at least didn't make the honorable mentions list). No one even fought over it?

  • tyrannosaurus max | July 8, 2013 5:10 AM

    Let's hope God forgives the playlist for such an exclusion, because we sure as hell aren't going to...

  • Jake | June 21, 2013 1:39 AMReply

    Maybe I missed it (only skimmed this article) but what about The Sapphires?

  • Aasif Faiz | June 20, 2013 11:57 AMReply

    what about Stoker, i thought it was a stunning film

  • Miles Valentine | June 18, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    GIMME THE LOOT

  • maribeth hendrickson | June 14, 2013 2:33 PMReply

    No one has mentioned WHAT MAISIE KNEW. It's an extraordinary and sensitive depiction of a young girl's responses to the petty, immature, vitriolic relationships she sees between her divorced parents and then between each of them and their new lovers. Those subtle and perceptive reactions are almost always played out on her incredibly expressive face. Her words are spare and unnecessary given her magnificent acting talent. What comes through clearly is the emotional devastation caused by careless, narcissistic adults whose painful impact on their children is not even noted.

  • maribeth hendrickson | June 14, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    No one has mentioned WHAT MAISIE KNEW. It's an extraordinary and sensitive depiction of a young girl's responses to the petty, immature, vitriolic relationships she sees between her divorced parents and then between each of them and their new lovers. Those subtle and perceptive reactions are almost always played out on her incredibly expressive face. Her words are spare and unnecessary given her magnificent acting talent. What comes through clearly is the emotional devastation caused by careless, narcissistic adults whose painful impact on their children is not even noted.

  • maribeth hendrickson | June 14, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    No one has mentioned WHAT MAISIE KNEW. It's an extraordinary and sensitive depiction of a young girl's responses to the petty, immature, vitriolic relationships she sees between her divorced parents and then between each of them and their new lovers. Those subtle and perceptive reactions are almost always played out on her incredibly expressive face. Her words are spare and unnecessary given her magnificent acting talent. What comes through clearly is the emotional devastation caused by careless, narcissistic adults whose painful impact on their children is not even noted.

  • Anonymous | June 10, 2013 8:25 PMReply

    Most Anticipated Movies:
    This Is The End
    Man of Steel
    World War Z
    The Heat
    Despicable Me 2
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Pacific Rim
    Red 2
    The Wolverine
    Elysium
    Kick-Ass 2
    Monsters University
    Thor: The Dark World
    Inside Lleywn Davis
    Ender's Game
    Gravity
    Runner, Runner
    The World's End
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Riddick
    Captain Phillips
    Delivery Man
    The Bling Ring
    The Way, Way Back
    Turbo
    Planes
    Last Vegas

  • Anonymous | June 10, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    Best:
    Mud
    Iron Man 3
    Star Trek Into Darkness
    Oz: The Great and Powerful
    Stories We Tell
    The Croods
    The Place Beyond The Pines
    Stoker
    Pain & Gain

    So-So:
    42
    Spring Breakers
    Oblivion
    Jack the Giant Slayer

    Worst:
    After Earth
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

  • Simon Opitz | June 10, 2013 4:26 PMReply

    Place Beyond The Penis, which is my most hated film of the year, and no Spring Breakers? come on.

  • Ben Kingsley | July 20, 2013 10:13 PM

    You sound like you have awful taste :(

  • Kenny Orvinets | June 11, 2013 2:03 PM

    It's Place Beyond The ''Pines'' not ''Penis''

  • Nick Ondras | June 9, 2013 8:50 PMReply

    "Side Effects" is a great movie -- twisty, creepy, and all sorts of uncomfortable. Career bests from Mara and Jude Law. Not since "Looper" have I seen a script so air-tight and bulletproof, and -- paired with Soderbergh's usual flair for muddy, vacuum-sealed directing -- not even the haywire nature of the third act is enough to derail "Side Effects". Hell, it might ultimately even make it what it is. Ditto "Spring Breakers". A truly exciting, DIFFERENT party film.

  • Anton | July 4, 2013 3:46 PM

    What. Looper has a fuckin terrible script. In terms of logic, at least. I knot that 'suspension of disbelief' stuff, but ohmygod, you have to completely turn your brains off to ignore the stupidity.

  • Nick Ondras | June 9, 2013 8:51 PM

    "To the Wonder" and "Pines" are my favorites of the year so far. Great list regardless.

  • Ssssppprrriiiiinnnnng Bbbbbbrrrrreaaaakkkkkk | June 8, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    Spring Breakers
    This is the End
    Oz the Great and Powerful
    Mud
    The Iceman

  • DomizianoA | June 7, 2013 7:03 PMReply

    Ok, i appreciate this great eye to all this new wave of cinema and in fact i have loved so many, but, i am very disappointed that anyone has even mentioned "The Company you Keep" a film from Robert Redford, i found touching and important despite its (few) flaws! Julie Christie's performance was exceptional and should be considered for Awards, she's always mesmerizing, whatever she does, and, we owe her a lot! For example, Sally Potter, who was able in 1983 to make her very first film an International (feminist) sensation just thanks to the presence and the work of Christie, in it! Or Sarah Polley whom became a terrific director thanks to Christie's work in "Away from Her" for whom she should have won the Oscar! I am sorry, but Cotilliard lip synching and made up to perfection by the best costume designer and make up artists was nothing next to Christie's understated, chilling, complex and ultimately surprising, Fiona in Polley's acclaimed film debut! And, "The Company you Keep" was touching, simple, and, far more important than many others you listed, especially Derek Cianfrance's new film "Beyond the Pines" really muddled, tedious , and, so wanna be Hollywood, without even getting close, a true disappointment(note that I loved and adored "Blue Valentine")! I loved then Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rosa", i loved Sarah Polley's new genius in "Story we Tell" a real study in depth, and, a never ending surprise of observation, i loved "To the Wonder", i liked very much "The Hunt" by Thomas Vinterberg, adored "Hide your smiling Faces" (let's hope this formidable director doesn't sell out to Hollywood any time too soon, like too many others!), and liked both "Blue Bird" and David Gordon Green's finally finding clearly his filmmaking best in "Prince Avalanche"! I liked Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" truly brilliant, and Ozon's extraordinary "In the House". "Frances Ha" was stylish, but i would not include this in the list of best films of the year! However.. "The Gustibust not disputandum est" they used to say in ancient Rome! Now, not one, one single mention for "The East"? Uhm...
    Oh thank you for mentioning "Ain't them Bodies Saint", and, "No" 2 examples of brave Cinema also!
    But, please, again i am shocked this attention to "A place beyond the Pines" a truly bad film and not a mention for "The Company you Keep" and "The East"! That truly disappoints me!
    And, I'd rather not comment a few other choices..
    Oh, i must say, for all of those like me who love Ryan Gosling and great cinema.. Just wait for "Only God Forgives" a sensational film! Terrific, and Scott Thomas also shall be back to Awards with this turn! It would be great to have Scott Thomas, Julie Christie and Brit Marling all nominated!
    And Ryan Gosling, back on too, for "Only God Forgives"! I hope reason will finally come back!
    One mention for the worst film: "The Great Gatsby" followed by "Star Trek". Ewwww!!!!

  • Nick Ondras | June 9, 2013 8:53 PM

    Absolutely with you on "The East". Looking forward to it greatly. "OGF" and "The Bling Ring" are my most-anticipated this summer.

  • DomizianoA | June 7, 2013 7:13 PM

    Sorry... a few "typo's" I meant: I am very disappointed that nobody has even mentioned "The Company you Keep".. I forgot to mention that Sally Potter's exceptional first film (just finally out in Blue Ray), and, starring an everlasting Icon, such as Julie Christie, was called "The Gold Diggers" (1983 and it was shot in Iceland, believe it or not!).
    Also, i am sorry, i meant.. "Away from Her" for which Christie should have won the Oscar, of course!
    And finally, Sarah Polley, WHO has became such a terrific director.. of course! Again, I apologize for my mistakes! Thank you for reading through them!

  • Tyrannosaurus Max | June 6, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    I know it's not really 'out' yet but guyyyyysss c'mon, ONLY GOD FORGIVES!!!!
    and I'm not just blowing smoke out of my ass, I was in France last week and actually got to see it and I can't believe the reaction it's gotten so far. Damn good film.

  • Daniel Delago | June 6, 2013 6:32 AMReply

    Good list, Indiewire! 'The Place Beyond the Pines' was the most frustrating disappointment of the year. After Ryan Gosling exits the film, the story meanders into melodramatic garbage. The third act with the teens is horrible. I kept looking at my watch. The worst performance was the kid who played Bradley Cooper's son. It was a cheesy 'Brando' impression that didn't work.

    So glad you didn't list 'Spring Breakers.' That film is just sexploitation of Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. Sure, they look good in a bikini but the film was paper thin. It was more like a music video.

    'Mud' is excellent by the way. Also, Shane Carruth's 'Upstream Color' is brilliant. Looking forward to seeing 'Frances Ha' this weekend and reviewing it. Cannes Film Festival showcased some amazing indies too. You gotta love the French, they have the best taste in art films.

  • Susan | June 5, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    I cannot believe that you thought Avalanche was good. It was terrible and terribly boring. I saw it at Tribeca and people couldn't wait to get out. You should be embarrassed for including it on this list. Really horrible.

    How about HARMONY LESSONS? By far, the best film I saw at Tribeca. Brilliantly filmed and quite surprising. Amazing! Try to see it.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • Bob Aloo | June 5, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa; François Ozon's In The House; Pablo Berger's Blancanieves; and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond The Hills.
    I agree, keep it to what was actually released this year and make a separate article about the best from film festivals this year. Two separate beasts.

  • adf | June 5, 2013 2:40 PMReply

    STILL TRYING TO MAKE UPSTREAM COLOR HAPPEN. SORRY, GUYS. IT'S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

  • Rick Horne | June 5, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    No mention of Fruitvale Station? Not even in honorable mention?????

  • Sakul | June 5, 2013 8:17 AMReply

    What Maisie Knew!

  • MDL | June 4, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    You should only include films that have gotten a theatrical release. Some of these films won't get a release until 2014. Most critics take into this into consideration. As should you guys.

  • Evan | June 4, 2013 10:08 PMReply

    Favorites that I have seen are Mud, Beyond the Hills, No, Side Effects, and Behind the Candelabra. Still haven't seen as much as I would like but I guess that is what happens when you go to school in a small North Carolina town.

  • Glass | June 4, 2013 9:21 PMReply

    This has been a pretty exceptional year so far, shaping up to be way better than 2011 & 2012

  • Matthew Starr | June 4, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    The Act of Killing was released?

  • THOR | June 4, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    1. Vampire (2011)
    2. Laurence Anyways
    3. Silver Bullets
    4. Everyday
    5. The End of Love
    6. To the Wonder
    7. Something in the Air

    I haven't seen any movies not available on video.

  • bertrand | June 4, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    What Maisie Knew was the best so far.

  • Adam Frazier | June 4, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    Drinking Buddies, Rewind This!, Much Ado About Nothing, The Spectacular Now, Maniac, You're Next, Zero Charisma are all worthy of consideration as well...

  • Richard Harris | June 4, 2013 5:10 PMReply

    My Top 10 So Far:

    1.Sping Breakers-A+
    2.Pain and Gain-A+
    3.Frances Ha-A+
    4.The Place Beyond the Pines-A+
    5.Mud-A
    6.Fast and Furious 6-A
    7.Iron Man 3-A
    8.The Kings of Summer-A-
    9.Behind the Candelabra-A-
    10.Stories We Tell-A-

  • Pat | June 4, 2013 4:38 PMReply

    Best so far (released): Frances Ha, Blancanieves, Lore, Mud, Molly Maxwell, The Ghosts in Our Machine, Hannah Arendt (counting Stories We Tell as 2012)
    Best from fests/coming soon: 15 Reasons to Live, Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, Muscle Shoals, Ernest et Celestine, 7 Boxes

  • wes | June 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    Oh man, I really want to watch Blancanieves!

  • Kiel | June 4, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    TO THE WONDER is the best film of 2013 thus far. Nothing else comes close.

  • Luke | June 4, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    What about Park Chan-wook gorgeously shot 'STOKER'? It features amazing performances from Wasikowska and Goode. It's a marvelous piece of character study.

  • Li | June 5, 2013 7:34 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Edward Davis | June 4, 2013 10:34 PM

    LOL

  • Laurence | June 4, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    LORE absolutely deserves to be in this list, and LAURENCE ANYWAYS absolutely deserves a mention, somehow only just now getting a US release. The latter is likely my favourite film of the year thus far.

  • Jamie | June 4, 2013 3:52 PMReply

    Mine Top 5 would be No, Mud, Beyond the Hills, Compliance and Behind the Candelabra. Reviews of all of these can be found on http://emptyscreens.com

  • DG | June 4, 2013 3:51 PMReply

    Best of the year so far- Upstream Color Most underrated- Stories we Tell Most overrated- Frances Ha

  • thislalife | June 4, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    Why don't you include some movies that civilians can see in theaters. Dayuum have these movies won't come out until the Fall

  • Nathan Duke | June 4, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    Overall, a decent list - but I'd certainly add "To the Wonder" and "Side Effects" to that list and remove "Upstream Color," which I believe is hands down the most overrated film of the year so far.

  • Ignacio | June 4, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    Side Effects is an underrated movie , there's something strange about that movie, that grabs your attention in a unsettling way. Rooney Mara gave quite a performance, and despite the seemingly cheesy turn towards erotic thriller territory, it's a movie that demands more that one viewing.

  • AndyB | June 5, 2013 11:51 AM

    So you can watch the lesbian makeout scenes? It's a thriller without thrills that looks like a TV movie and tries to portray it has something more deep and meaningful to say (in this case about overprescribing medications). I'm glad 'Candelabra' finally shook Soderbergh out of the warmed over TV movie phase he's been in since "Che".

  • AndyB | June 5, 2013 11:51 AM

    So you can watch the lesbian makeout scenes? It's a thriller without thrills that looks like a TV movie and tries to portray it has something more deep and meaningful to say (in this case about overprescribing medications). I'm glad 'Candelabra' finally shook Soderbergh out of the warmed over TV movie phase he's been in since "Che".

  • Wes | June 4, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    Upstream Color is my favorite so far. Trance is the worst movie I've seen in a long time.

  • ART | June 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    I agree about "Trance". I still makes me mad when I think about it. I liked very much "Klip" by Maja Milos, Matias Pineiro's "Viola", the Uruguayan "So Much Water" and the documentary "Leviathan" (probably most of them came out in 2012 in the US). Oh, and guys? Way to be a tease about "Man of Steel".

  • James | June 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    Completely agreed on both counts. UC knocked my socks off. I saw Trance with Danny Boyle in attendance to talk about it afterward, and I still wish I had skipped it (though he is a really cool guy and a very gracious interviewee). Terrible film. Enough with the big dumb Shyamalanian plot twists already.

  • liz | June 4, 2013 3:35 PMReply

    Two films featuring the talented Jim Sturgess, missed the cut. Unfortunately, both have gone straight to DVD. The first film, "The Best Offer," also features Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland and was directed by the esteemed Giuseppe Tornatore. It also features a soundtrack scored by Ennio Morricone. Beautifully shot primarily in Trieste, Italy, it centers around the Art Auction elites. There are so many layers and twists in this film, and the acting is extremely impressive. And then there's "Ashes," also featuring the great Ray Winstone, about a son who breaks his father -- who's afflicted with Alzheimers, out of a hospital for nefarious reasons. Both films should be given the attention they truly deserve.

  • cirkusfolk | June 4, 2013 3:20 PMReply

    Glad u included Place Beyond the Pines. So far it's my favorite movie of the year.

  • eduardo | June 4, 2013 3:20 PMReply

    I'd say Side Effects deserves a mention, but otherwise it's a solid list. Some of those I haven't seen obviously (Llewyn Davis and Blue for example). The only one I didn't care for was the hackneyed The Place Beyond the Pines.

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