The Best Movies of 2013

Yes, Gravity makes it. Also, a superior sex comedy

DARK SKIES
In the 1990s, the era of The X-Files, we couldn't get enough of alien-abduction stories. But almost nobody went to see Scott Stewart's Dark Skies, a well-made, melancholy little picture that takes the measure of our current national anxiety just as Joseph Ruben's dream-family nightmare The Stepfather took the Reagan era's. Dark Skies didn't screen for critics, an increasingly common practice that still leads people to assume a movie is "bad"—another kind of alien brain-hijacking, when you think about it. Lovers of the wonderful J.K. Simmons, in particular, should have a look: He plays an alien specialist and crazy cat-daddy, though, in the end, he's not so crazy after all.

Inside Llewyn Davis
Alison Rosa
Inside Llewyn Davis
Before Midnight
Despina Spyrou
Before Midnight
Dark Skies
Matt Kennedy
Dark Skies

And don't forget: David O. Russell's American Hustle for its disco-ball dazzle and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby for sheer braggadocio; Something In the Air, Olivier Assayas' semi-autobiographical sketch of a kid growing up in Paris, post-1968; After Tiller, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's morally complex documentary about the few remaining doctors in America who perform late-term abortions; The Butler, from Lee Daniels, a mini pop history of black America from the 1950s to 2008; Joseph Gordon-Levitt's sweet, sure-footed directorial debut, Don Jon; Best Man Holiday, Malcolm D. Lee's sequel to The Best Man, a comedy-drama with tons of life packed into it; The Past, in which acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi gets in touch with his inner Douglas Sirk; Paul Schrader's The Canyons, messy, problematic, but alive, thanks to Lindsay Lohan's scraped-raw performance; Paolo Sorrentino's lush, mournfully poetic The Great Beauty (and guys! Take some style tips from impeccably appointed leading man Toni Servillo).

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les.thomas
les.thomas

Thank you for mentioning Whedon's underrated mod-Shakespeare !

 

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