Top 30 Best New Movies Of 201320.05.12 # Top Ten # 63 Comments
Let’s take a look at the top 30 best new movies of 2013. While it didn’t quite match up to the previous year for exciting titles, it was the biggest ever for science-fiction and finished strong. What did you think were 2013’s best movies? Let us know in the comments.
30th – The Place Beyond The Pines
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dane DeHaan, Eva Mendes
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Released: April 2013 (U.S. Release Dates)
A motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his ex-lover (Mendes) and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop (Cooper) navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective (Ray Liotta). Ambitious crime saga with a clever and daring three act structure that constantly surprises with its changes of direction. It may start off a little like ‘Drive’ on a motorbike, but soon establishes its own identity. It’s an acting showcase for current and upcoming talent. Certainly not feel-good, but a great drama.
29th – Riddick
Starring: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà
Director: David Twohy
Released: September 2013
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien beasts and becomes more powerful than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on him, only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. From the writer-director of the two previous movies, it’s a smaller experience than ‘Chronicles’, rated R like ‘Pitch Black’. Karl Urban briefly reprises his role as Vaako, and the bounty hunters include ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ Katee Sackhoff. Hard to believe it’s been 9 years since the last installment.
28th – Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Director: Francis Lawrence
Released: November 2013
Returning home, Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) try to forget their time in the arena. But all is not well; rebellion is simmering. As they embark on the Victors Tour of the districts, Katniss has to prove that her act to save both herself and Peeta in the arena was not that of defiance against the Capitol, but one of love for him. Meanwhile, the President (Sutherland) prepares a special Hunger Games made up of previous victors, to show his people who is ultimately in control. The production added some serious class since the first movie (which I thought compared poorly with ‘Battle Royale’) – this one was adapted by Simon Beaufoy (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) and Michael Arndt (‘Little Miss Sunshine’), had the director of ‘I Am Legend’, and Philip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast. Everything in the arena was filmed in IMAX. A more polished, grander-scale rerun of the first film.
27th – The Wolverine
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova
Director: James Mangold
Released: July 2013
An adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 1982 comic book arc, this sees Wolverine heading to Japan where he falls for the daughter of a Japanese crime lord and goes up against Silver Samurai (Lee) and Viper (Khodchenkova). We’re told to expect different forms of martial arts – mano-a-mano, extreme fighting. Jackman says “It’s a world full of honour, tradition and customs and Wolverine’s obviously someone who’s really anti-all of that, trying to negotiate his way. He gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai – not even mutants. He’s shocked by that at first.” Coming from a solid director (James Mangold, ‘3:10 To Yuma’) and writer (Christopher McQuarrie, ‘The Usual Suspects’) this is different enough to erase the underwhelming memory of ‘Origins’.
26th – Oblivion
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Released: April 2013
In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. Jak (Cruise) is a repairman, not a policeman. It’s just that one of his tools is a firearm, and his job is to look after the surface world on behalf of the 1-percent above. But when he finds a woman in a crashed ship, his whole world view comes into question. From the director of ‘Tron: Legacy’, this $130m sci-fi thriller is adapted from his own graphic novel. The visuals are fantastic and the story twists effectively all the way to a satisfying conclusion (even if it does lift heavily from ‘Portal’ and another recent sci-fi hit).
25th – Rush
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer
Director: Ron Howard
Released: September 2013
Action-drama about the 1976 Formula One season (the sexy, glamorous golden age of the sport) and the rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth) and methodical, brilliant Austrian Niki Lauda (relative unknown Daniel Brühl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die. Written by Oscar-nominee Peter Morgan (‘The Queen’, ‘Last King of Scotland’, ‘Frost/Nixon’) and directed by Ron Howard (‘Apollo 13’, ‘Cinderella Man’, ‘Frost/Nixon’). Both have excellent track records with biopics. It’s a classy affair that will feature at awards season.