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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    2013 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2013 out of 1603 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsBefore Midnight (2013) 10  With Sex/Nudity
    Linklater's second sequel to Before Sunrise, set another nine years later, in Greece. Brilliant, believable.
  2. Movie DetailsGravity (2013) 10  Sci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Breathtaking masterpiece inspires profound reflection on Earth and humanity. Among the greatest films ever made.

  3. EXCELLENT
  4. Movie Details12 Years a Slave (2013) 9  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/TrueAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Gut-wrenching adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of free-born Solomon Northup who was abducted into slavery.
  5. Movie DetailsAmerican Hustle (2013) 9  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Fictionalization of the Abscam FBI sting operation of the early 1980s. Stylishly brilliant criminal behavior.
  6. Movie DetailsBlackfish (2013) 9  Documentary/True
    The horrors of SeaWorld. Shows the devastating consequences of keeping intelligent, sentient creatures in captivity.
  7. Movie DetailsCutie and the Boxer (2013) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    The art and 40-year marriage of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, Japanese artists in New York.
  8. Movie DetailsDallas Buyers Club (2013) 9  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    In 1985, Ron Woodroof defies the FDA and helps HIV/AIDS patients get medication. Empathic, remarkable.
  9. Movie DetailsFrances Ha (2013) 9  Comedy
    Delightful, compassionate portrait of floundering NYC hipsters by Noah Baumbach and the quirky Greta Gerwig.
  10. Movie DetailsInexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The (2013) 9  Mind-blowingObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Six Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures exploring what we don't know about how the universe works.
  11. Movie DetailsPlace Beyond the Pines, The (2013) 9  
    Motorcycle stunt rider Gosling wants to provide for his newborn son. Haunting modern Greek tragedy.
  12. Movie DetailsRoom 237 (2013) 9  ConspiracyWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Explores the meaning of Kubrick's 'The Shining': Native American genocide, the Holocaust, Apollo moon landings?
  13. Movie DetailsUpstream Color (2013) 9  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Shane Carruth's fragmented, hypnotic story of lost identity. Puzzling allegory via Thoreau and psychotropic grubs.
  14. Movie DetailsWind Rises, The (2013) 9  AnimationDocumentary/True
    Miyazaki shows Jiro Horikoshi's dream of flight in Japan, passing through both world wars. Fascinating.

  15. VERY GOOD
  16. Movie DetailsComputer Chess (2013) 8  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Bizarre story about artificial intelligence via 1980s chess programmers. It's like 'Pi' meets 'Napoleon Dynamite'.
  17. Movie DetailsConjuring, The (2013) 8  HorrorDocumentary/True
    Creepy-as-hell 1971 paranormal investigation of a haunted Rhode Island farmhouse by Ed and Lorraine Warren.
  18. Movie DetailsEast, The (2013) 8  
    Private intelligence agent Brit Marling infiltrates an anarchist group that attacks her firm's corporate clients.
  19. Movie DetailsFinding Vivian Maier (2013) 8  Documentary/True
    Fascinating investigation into the mysteries of an eccentric, secretive nanny with a prolific photographic legacy.
  20. Movie DetailsFrom Up on Poppy Hill (2013) 8  Animation
    Lovely but mundane parable about preserving history from the Miyazakis/Studio Ghibli. Set in post-WWII Japan.
  21. Movie DetailsGrandmaster, The (2013) 8  Documentary/True
    Kar-Wai Wong's dazzling tale of Ip Man, the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee.
  22. Movie DetailsInside Llewyn Davis (2013) 8  Musical/MusicDocumentary/True
    Coen Brothers adaptation about a young singer navigating the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961.
  23. Movie DetailsPainting, The (2013) 8  AnimationFantasyObscure/Rare
    Characters in an incomplete painting seek their creator. Charming parable about God and social status.
  24. Movie DetailsPrisoners (2013) 8  
    Two little girls are abducted. Can the detective or father-turned-vigilante solve the puzzle in time?
  25. Movie DetailsPurge (2013) 8  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    A young woman running from Russian sex-traffickers meets an older version of herself. Gut-wrenching.
  26. Movie DetailsStar Trek: Into Darkness (2013) 8  Sci-Fi
    Well-crafted Abrams sequel explores the bromance between Kirk and Spock, introduces their most famous nemesis.
  27. Movie DetailsTerms and Conditions May Apply (2013) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary examines the erosion of privacy in the digital age. How corporations and governments spy.
  28. Movie DetailsTim's Vermeer (2013) 8  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Ingenious. Inventor Tim Jenison works to replicate the painting techniques of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.
  29. Movie DetailsTrance (2013) 8  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    An art heist gone wrong, or was the whole thing meticulously planned? Hypnotizing psychological thriller.
  30. Movie DetailsTruth About Romance, The (2013) 8  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Losing what you thought you wanted can reveal a new adventure. Danielle Jackson is magnetic.

  31. GOOD
  32. Movie DetailsAbout Time (2013) 7  Fantasy
    Sweet tale of a man from a family of time-travelers. Sentimental tearjerker, but inspires reflection.
  33. Movie DetailsBig Sur (2013) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Depressed alcoholic Beat writer Jack Duluoz/Kerouac retreats to a small cabin in California's Big Sur.
  34. Movie DetailsCalles Hablan, Las (2013) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Documentary about graffiti art in Barcelona, Spain, pitting an artistic community versus a restrictive government.
  35. Movie DetailsElysium (2013) 7  Sci-Fi
    In 2154, only the wealthy are citizens of a space station orbiting the ruined Earth.
  36. Movie DetailsEuropa Report (2013) 7  Sci-Fi
    Six astronauts travel to Jupiter's moon in search of life. NASA-style realism through found footage.
  37. Movie DetailsFL: Unpremeditated Movie (2013) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    No-budget documentary by MTO that chronicles his controversial graffiti art and intervention in Sarasota, Florida.
  38. Movie DetailsFrom One Second to the Next (2013) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Short documentary chronicling the devastating consequences of texting and driving, directed by Werner Herzog.
  39. Movie DetailsGreat Gatsby, The (2013) 7  
    Luhrmann's anachronistic telling of the Fitzgerald novel. It works, despite hyperactive production design and Jay-Z.
  40. Movie DetailsHow I Live Now (2013) 7  
    An American teenager's visit to the English countryside changes dramatically when World War III begins.
  41. Movie DetailsHunger Games: Catching Fire, The (2013) 7  ConspiracySci-Fi
    Jena Malone helps Jennifer Lawrence carry the sequel about rebellion following the 74th Hunger Games.
  42. Movie DetailsKill Your Darlings (2013) 7  Documentary/True
    A 1944 murder draws together Beat Generation greats Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
  43. Movie DetailsLove & Teleportation (2013) 7  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    A disgraced quantum mechanics professor invents a teleportation machine in his garage. Clever, charming ending.
  44. Movie DetailsOblivion (2013) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A dazzling, futuristic Tom Cruise space vehicle. Sadly overexplains the post-apocalyptic mystery. Fuck you, Sally.
  45. Movie DetailsPhantom (2013) 7  Obscure/Rare
    A Tokyo couple's all-night philosophical conversation about their precarious lives and place in the world.
  46. Movie DetailsRewind This! (2013) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    The cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. How home video changed the world.
  47. Movie DetailsSecret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2013) 7  ComedyFantasy
    In this remake, daydreaming photo manager Ben Stiller finds himself in an extraordinary real-life adventure.
  48. Movie DetailsSpring Breakers (2013) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Harmony Korine's latest artsy trainwreck/portrait of American cultural dysfunction, loaded with topless party girls.
  49. Movie DetailsStoker (2013) 7  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    A mysterious uncle appears in the life of a grieving, impressionable teenager. Dark and stylish.
  50. Movie DetailsWhen Time Becomes a Woman (2013) 7  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Dialogue-driven sci-fi filmed at Jordan's Dead Sea. Mysterious narrative about how the world could end.
  51. Movie DetailsWorld War Z (2013) 7  HorrorSci-Fi
    U.N. employee Brad Pitt races around the world trying to stop the deadly zombie pandemic.
  52. Movie DetailsWrong (2013) 7  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Absurdist Dupieux film about a man changing others' lives while looking for his lost dog.

  53. FAIR
  54. Movie DetailsByzantium (2013) 6  FantasyHorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Two mysterious women take refuge in a seaside town. An outlandish but effective vampire story.
  55. Movie DetailsCrystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013) 6  ComedyObscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Two rather insufferable young Americans seek the legendary hallucinogenic cactus in Chile. Anticlimactic drug trip.
  56. Movie DetailsHaunter (2013) 6  Horror
    A 1985 teenager's stuck in a time loop. Predictable yet illogical 'Groundhog Day' with ghosts.
  57. Movie DetailsLifeguard, The (2013) 6  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Lovable Kristen Bell's sensitive, sympathetic performance saves this uninspired movie. But she's actually too likable.
  58. Movie DetailsLovelace (2013) 6  With Sex/NudityDocumentary/True
    Superficially explores the story of one-time porn star Linda Lovelace and her sleazy, abusive husband.
  59. Movie DetailsPacific Rim (2013) 6  Sci-Fi
    Predictable monster-robot movie that's smarter than Transformers, but silly. I expected more from del Toro.
  60. Movie DetailsSalinger (2013) 6  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Invades the privacy of J. D. Salinger. Engaging speculation, but trumpeted through a flawed, self-important lens.
  61. Movie DetailsUpside Down (2013) 6  FantasySci-Fi
    If you can somehow accept the ludicrous science/impossible physics, it's charming. An ambitious love story.

  62. ADEQUATE
  63. Movie DetailsHost, The (2013) 5  Sci-Fi
    From the writer of Twilight comes a poorly structured alien-human romance, presumably for adolescent girls.

  64. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  65. Movie DetailsC.O.G. (2013) CRAP  ComedyObscure/Rare
    A self-absorbed graduate tries living the simple life in Oregon, finds self-hatred through religion? Pointless garbage.
  66. Movie DetailsSharknado (2013) CRAP  HorrorTV Shows
    Was idiotically curious about the magnitude of this TV-movie's absurdity. It's a bloody, bad-CGI trainwreck.
  67. Movie DetailsWild Girl Waltz (2013) CRAP  ComedyObscure/Rare
    I want to support indie films, but this was almost unwatchable. Painful acting, unlikable characters.
  68. Movie DetailsWrong Cops (2013) CRAP  ComedyObscure/Rare
    Aggressively self-conscious inanity via wild, musical antics of a moronic, corrupt police force. WTF, Dupieux.


  69. Statistical ratings distribution of these 62 films (3.9% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 62 films: 7.2.

    10:3.2%

    9:17.7%

    8:24.2%

    7:33.9%

    6:12.9%

    5:1.6%

    CRAP:6.5%



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