Movies Released in 2013 (in alphabetical order)

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

This fun if ultimately slight chapter in the Iron Man franchise gets a significant goose in the comedy factor, thanks to director/cowriter Shane Black, taking over for Jon Favreau after Iron Man 2's tepid critical response. Black, who made his name as the screenwriter for Lethal Weapon and who later cast IM3 star Robert Downey Jr. in his overrated (in… read more!

Monsters University

Monsters University

It's been twelve years since Monsters, Inc. was released, and I must admit that I'd forgotten pretty much everything about it, other than it's about monsters and the two main characters are voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman. And frankly, this prequel about how this mismatched duo met in college seemed to be a part of Pixar's recent slump… read more!

Nebraska

Nebraska

Bruce Dern plays Woody, a stubborn old man from Billings, Montana who actually believes a Publisher's Clearing House-like notice that says he's won a million dollars. He then vows to trek 900 miles to Lincoln, Nebraska, over the protestations of his cranky wife (June Squib) and put-upon sons (Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk), in order to claim his sham prize.… read more!

No

No

Thoroughly engaging drama that retells Chile's great 1988 political saga, when right-wing dictator Augosto Pinochet - 15 years after overtaking the country in a military coup - bowed to international pressure to make his regime appear "democratic" and thus allowed the public to cast their votes on a simple yes/no ballot: "Yes" meant 8 more years of Pinochet rule. "No"… read more!

Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful

It all sounded so promising: Sam Raimi directing a story that takes place in Oz? A prequel idea that actually seems to make sense - telling the story of how a Kansas carnival magician (James Franco) wound up becoming the Wonderful Wizard? And even though it's a 3-D Disney movie, I would have thought that if anybody could make 3-D… read more!

Room 237

Room 237

An enjoyably weird pseudo-documentary about Stanley Kubrick's 1980 cult horror film The Shining, and five obsessed fans with conspiracy theories about what it "really" was about. Although these fans are never shown on camera, they are allowed to ramble at length about their ideas via voiceover narration, with footage from The Shining (indeed, from all of Kubrick's work, and from… read more!

Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers

The most shocking thing about Spring Breakers is that it garnered a semi-wide (over 1,000 screens) release in the US. The distributors must have been banking on the prurient allure of seeing former Disney TV stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in a sexploitation romp, along with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, James Franco, and Rachel Korine (the writer/director's… read more!

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

I'm trying to think of what was so great about J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek reboot. Its newness, I suppose. New faces in the cast, some of them perfectly aping the old ones (in particular Zachary Quinto as Spock and Karl Urban as McCoy), new set design, new energy. And it was nice to see a Star Trek movie that… read more!

Stoker

Stoker

This thoroughly loopy family drama is the first English language film for Korean director Park (Oldboy). Those expecting an ordinary thriller will either be turned off or entranced by Park's remarkable visual stylings and the intentionally demented performances of the cast. Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller's debut screenplay isn't much to speak of; in the hands of a hack director, Stoker would be… read more!

To the Wonder

To the Wonder

It's curious, the apathy that has greeted Terrence Malick's new film. It's been just two years since his Tree of Life opened to great discussion, critical acclaim, multiple Oscar nominations, and a hotly divided audience. You'd think To the Wonder would have arrived with at least some fanfare. But nope. Perhaps Malick is paying the price for this surprisingly prolific… read more!

The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

First, a confession: I have never been a fan of Japanese animation. It's a stylistic thing. I simply cannot understand the animators' insistence against smooth-flowing movement. They're capable of producing visuals that are haunting, surreal, even horrifying. And yet the walk cycles are still herky-jerky and the mouths are still basically small holes that are either open or shut. In… read more!

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

There are lots of reasons why I should not have liked The Wolf of Wall Street. For starters, it's three hours long. And as it's an anecdote-heavy memoir of debauched Wall Street swindler Jordan Belfort that plays out over the course of ten years, there's no strong dramatic storyline. It's filled with lengthy scenes of actors screwing around, yelling a lot… read more!

World War Z

World War Z

First, the good news: World War Z is an exciting, suspenseful zombie/end of the world movie. If you just want some thrills and a compelling enough mystery – what is turning billions of people into zombies, and how can we stop it before it kills us all? – then you'll have a good time. Otherwise, it may be hard to… read more!

The World’s End

The World’s End

Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old drunken mess of a man, gathers together his four best mates from sixth form (high school) to relive what he still considers the greatest night of his life: the time when the five of them, in their late teens, tried to hit 12 pubs in their hometown, got ridiculously sloshed in the process, and… read more!