I saw a ton of movies this year, but there were still some that I didn't see. I haven't seen Her or Lone Survivor yet, nor have I seen Dallas Buyers Club or Nebraska. Here's a breakdown of what counts and what doesn't count for this list.
-Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska are films that I hope to see in the near future, but they will not count on any top ten or fifteen lists since they opened in my area before December 31.
-Her and Lone Survivor will count as 2014 films since they opened in my area on January 10.
-And while Inside Llewyn Davis opened on January 10 in my area as well, I will be counting the film on this list since I've seen it.
So, I hope that clears everything up. I had hoped to get more films in, but it just became too much. Nonetheless, I saw a ton of films this year. Here is a full list
Oz, The Great and Powerful
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Man of Steel
G.I. Joe Retaliation
World War Z
Iron Man 3
Despicable Me 2
The Way, Way Back
The Great Gatsby
Star Trek Into Darkness
Fast and Furious 6
The World's End
Now You See Me
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
12 Years A Slave
Thor: The Dark World
Saving Mr. Banks
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Place Beyond The Pines
That brings me to a grand total of 46 movies this past year. That's a good total for the year. As I previously said, 2013 was the best year that I've covered as a film critic. There were so many impressive films. I mostly avoid the clunkers, so you won't see a ton of terrible films on the above list, but I did see some films that disappointed me. But when all was said and done, the following films were the ones that affected and stuck with me either for their emotional center, their craftsmanship or for their overall entertainment value. Here are my top fifteen films of 2013.
15. THE CONJURING
13. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
Philomena is another film that is incredibly emotional. It is anchored by two incredible performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and a script that provides an involving story that goes straight for the heart. Philomena is the story of the title character and she leads this film. She's the good, wholesome center of the film and she is why you care so much about the characters. The contrast between Philomena and Martin, the journalist, is very interesting and also entertaining. I found Philomena to be a powerful film and also one that most audiences will love. Philomena's also a film that takes unexpected turns at every corner and that made it even better. It's one of those films that everyone can enjoy and love.
7. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Prisoners is a film that I expected to like a lot, but it's not a film that I expected to love like I did. Prisoners is an exceptional old-school noir with a bit of a moral twist. The performances, the cinematography, the story: everything in this movie is pitch-perfect. The film is 153 minutes long, but you don't feel the runtime at all. I was utterly gripped by the film and the mystery had me glued to the small screen I was watching the film on. Jake Gyllenhaal deserves an Oscar nomination for this one and Hugh Jackman is great too. This is the closest that we got to a Christopher Nolan film this year with a twisty, complex plot and a slightly ambiguous ending. All in all, I loved Prisoners and it is absolutely one of the best films of the year.