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Sunday, December 15, 2013

8 Films You Need To See Before The Year Is Over

Before we close the book on 2013, I want to look back at some of the films I felt  were overlooked this year. A few have gotten some critical acclaim (without as much of an audience), but others have all but been swept under the rug as though they never existed. With just a few more weeks left in the year, these are just eight of the films you need to catch up with.



BLANCANIEVES
USA release date: March 3, 2013
Why you need to watch it: Those of you who are jaded by all the weak fairy tale remakes recently will be pleasantly surprised by the rich nuance and wit found in this Snow White-esque gem.


MOTHER OF GEORGE
USA release date: September 13, 2013
Why you need to watch it: Much more than simply a coming to America tale, it addresses universal concepts like societal pressures to conceive, assimilation and self-worth.


THE HUNT
USA release date: July 12, 2013
Why you need to watch it: While Mads Mikkelsen's stunning portrayal of a teacher accused of child molestation is in equal parts heartbreaking and maddening, the film's relentless persecution of its lead character is fascinating to watch.


THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
USA release date: November 15, 2013
Why you need to watch it: Easily one of the most effective statements this year about love, heartache and unbridled passion, this bittersweet Belgian drama will have you fighting back tears the entire time.



ENOUGH SAID
USA release date: October 11, 2013
Why you need to watch it: Finally! A modern romantic comedy that is actually based on genuine conversations and emotions, between two characters who are no strangers to the L word.


THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE
USA release date: October 11, 2013
Why you need to watch it: It's one of the only films this year with young lead characters whose stories aren't usurped by adults or love interests.


THE EAST
USA release date: May 31, 2013
Why you need to watch it: How many great ecological thrillers are there? Even with its unapologetic agenda, the film has a way of blurring the lines of right and wrong without sacrificing the intelligence of its characters.


THE ICEMAN
USA release date: May 3, 2013
Why you need to watch it: If Michael Shannon as a cold-blooded serial killer doesn't make you run to Netflix, Winona Ryder as a devilishly contradicting mom should.

5 comments:

37paddington said...

Great list! There are some here that were not on my radar but should have been. Thank you.

Alex Withrow said...

Great list. I really do need to sit down and finally watch BLANCANIEVES. Heard nothing but great things.

Brittani Burnham said...

Awesome list! I love that you included The East, The Hunt, and Ice Man. I went and saved the others in my Netflix queue.

Daniel said...

I've been looking forward to see THE ICEMAN, really hope to finally see it at some point.

TheVern said...

I plan on seeing at least 3 of the movies on your list this weekend

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