Gotta admit: this has been an unusual year at the movies. After a summer of merely sufficient blockbusters that range from a Christopher Nolan-produced bombardment about America's mythical "superman" to the return of a fabled villain in the Star Trek franchise, it's comforting to see movies about gray morality towards a convict in the Southern US and the simple conversations between a long-married couple stand tall among the year's more satisfying cinematic productions. Shane Black directed a humorous and exciting Shane Black film that so happened to have Iron Man in it, while Brat Pitt's over-budget, problematic in-name adaptation of World War Z somehow ended up being ... well, not too shabby at all, certainly better than expected. Interestingly enough, this year's mix of meager successes and outright flops opened the door for several unexpected films to shine brighter than they might have under different circumstances, from a visually alluring sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise to a popular Korean director's first outing in the English-language.
Here's a collection of the top films I've taken away from 2013 up to this point, with more assuredly to come as the year continues.
Posted by Thomas Spurlin on 8/05/2013