*That I have seen so far
20. Monster’s University
Although it is far from Pixar’s best, it was wonderful to see Mike and Sully again after twelve years.
19. Side Effects
An entertaining thriller. You kind of suspect how it is all going to end, but it is a rewarding ending either way.
18. The Conjuring
One of the best horror movies to come out in a while.
17. Enough Said
A great story matched with great performances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini.
16. Thor: The Dark World
I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. It was not perfect and plot holes were a-plenty, but it was charming and funny, and I need both of those to enjoy an action film. And, of course, we cannot forget about the main selling point: Loki.
15. The World’s End
It is the end of an era and the final film of the trilogy did not disappoint. It is everything you expect from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.
What an awesome movie. Dark and twisted, just the way I like it.
13. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
I absolutely loved the return of Ron Burgundy and co. Did some jokes fail? Yes, but most were just as wonderful as in the original. The first twenty minutes or so seemed to be a different kind of humor from the original, but it eventually got back to form. If you are a hardcore fan of Will Ferrell and the original Anchorman, I don’t see how you could not enjoy this movie.
2013 wasn’t the greatest year for animation, but Frozen was fantastic. In my opinion, it is one of the most solid Disney storylines ever. My only complaint was that there were a few too many songs for my liking. I know it is supposed to be a musical and I seem to be the only one who feels this way, but I would have preferred a bit more dialogue.
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Boy, this was a solid movie. I absolutely loved the casting for all of the new characters. My one complaint has to do with the whole fake pregnancy storyline. If you didn’t read the book, it probably didn’t bother you, but I wish they would have mentioned it more in the movie than just once. Everything else was perfection for me though.
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. This had potential to be my favorite film of the year if the script was just a little stronger. However, I don’t know if I could have handled one of the most beautiful films with great acting and a great script. My desire to live might have just gone out the window if that was the case.
9. Dallas Buyers Club
Brilliant performances from everyone, especially McConaughey and Leto, and the character development was beautiful. It is a film I hope everyone watches.
8. This is the End
My favorite comedy of the year. These guys took the movie to the limit and beyond and I couldn’t be happier that they did.
I fell completely in love with this film. McConaughey’s performance was, once again, fantastic. The kids in the film were great as well. If you want a movie with a great story, check this one out.
6. American Hustle
Another great effort from David O. Russell. Russell has quickly become my favorite film maker and American Hustle kept him up there for me. Although I personally don’t think it was as good as last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, it was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. The combination of the actor’s from The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook was great. I felt like some of the roles were miscast, but that doesn’t mean the performances were bad, in fact they were terrific. You are making a terrible mistake if you don’t watch this film.
5. The Wolf of Wall Street
I put this one off for a while because sitting through a three hour movie just didn’t appeal to me, but I am so glad I saw it. I was never bored through the three hours. I was horrified, disgusted, and yet I was still laughing the entire time. Once again, great performances from everyone. Even the small roles were great (Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, etc.) and Leo certainly has a shot to get that Oscar. We shall see…
4. Much Ado About Nothing
I am obsessed with this adaptation. Joss Whedon can do no wrong.
You say Steve Coogan is in a movie and I will watch it. You tell me Dame Judi Dench is in a movie and I will watch it. Now a movie with Coogan AND Dench? Too much goodness! It is a beautiful, funny and heartbreaking film. You must watch it!
2. 12 Years a Slave
This is a powerful movie. I don’t know how else to say it. All of the actors put forth outstanding performances and it is another film I think everyone should watch. I truly believe this movie will go down in history as one of the greats.
1. Saving Mr. Banks
You might have picked up on the fact that I am a huge Disney fan and this movie is a Disney nerd’s heaven. Everyone’s favorite guy, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson was the perfect choice to play P.L. Travers. Does this movie show bias and favor one side? Absolutely, but it does give Travers’ side a fighting chance. I laughed, cried and came out of the theater singing Mary Poppins tunes. Everyone needs a feel good movie and this movie is it.
The show we love to hate.