Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fourth Quarter of 2013

It's time for my quarter end review!  Below are the 79 films I saw that were released in the fourth quarter of 2013. Overall it was a very good quarter, with 39 of them getting a grade of B+ or better.  (As usual I may have tweaked a few grades since my original review after pondering them a bit or seeing them again.)

You can refresh your memory on the films of the first quarter, films of the second quarter, and films of the third quarter (with some additions since I originally posted them).  But tomorrow I'll be posting a complete ranking of the 303 films I saw that were released in 2013.

About Time     Grade: A+

Philomena      Grade: A+

The Short Game    Grade: A+

Hunger Games: Catching Fire     Grade: A

August: Osage County      Grade: A

Dallas Buyers Club     Grade: A

Captain Phillips      Grade: A

The Wolf of Wall Street    Grade: A

American Hustle     Grade: A

12 Years a Slave      Grade: A

Some Velvet Morning      Grade: A

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty   Grade: A-

Saving Mr. Banks     Grade: A-

Let the Fire Burn    Grade: A-

Seduced and Abandoned     Grade: A-

Blue is the Warmest Color     Grade: A-

A Case of You    Grade: A-

Life According to Sam    Grade: A-

Broken Circle Breakdown    Grade: A-

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug     Grade: B+

Ender's Game     Grade: B+

Runner Runner     Grade: B+

Concussion    Grade: B+

Sunlight Jr.   Grade: B+

The Armstrong Lie    Grade: B+

Tim's Vermeer    Grade: B+

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom    Grade: B+

Escape Plan    Grade: B+

Running from Crazy    Grade: B+

Lone Survivor    Grade: B+

Gravity     Grade: B+

Her    Grade: B+

Zero Charisma    Grade: B+

Broadway Idiot    Grade: B+

Last Love (a.k.a. Mr. Morgan's Last Love)    Grade: B+

We Are What We Are    Grade: B+

The Past    Grade: B+

Sweetwater (a.k.a. Sweet Vengeance)    Grade: B+

Frozen      Grade: B+

Escape from Tomorrow    Grade: B

The Invisible Woman    Grade: B

Charlie Countryman    Grade: B

Labor Day     Grade: B

Last Vegas    Grade: B

Nebraska     Grade: B

Gloria   Grade: B

The Truth About Emanuel    Grade: B

Life Tracker    Grade: B

How I Live Now    Grade: B

Here Comes the Devil    Grade: B

Cold Turkey (a.k.a. Pasadena)    Grade: B

S#x Acts     Grade: B

Parkland    Grade: B

Grudge Match    Grade: B-
A.C.O.D.    Grade: B-

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues      Grade: B-

Machete Kills    Grade: B-

Muscle Shoals    Grade: B-

Inside Llewyn Davis     Grade: C+

Out of the Furnace      Grade: C+

Last Days on Mars     Grade: C+

Best Man Down     Grade: C+

The Book Thief      Grade: C+

All is Lost     Grade: C+

The Best Man Holiday      Grade: C+

The Great Beauty      Grade: C+

The Fifth Estate      Grade: C

The Counselor     Grade: C

Thor: The Dark World      Grade: C

Wadjda     Grade: C-

Haute Cuisine     Grade: C-

Kill Your Darlings     Grade: D

Expecting     Grade: D

Delivery Man      Grade: D

Diana     Grade: D

Motel Life     Grade: D-

The Wind Rises     Grade:  D-

Homefront      Grade: F

Wrong Cops      Grade: F

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

47 Ronin
After Tiller
American Promise
Justin Bieber's Believe
Betty Page Reveals All
Black Nativity
Free Birds
Gimme Shelter
Great Expectations
Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
Man of Tai Chi
Mother of George
Romeo and Juliet
Spinning Plates
The Summit
Walking with Dinosaurs
Wedding Palace
Wicker Man - Final Cut


  1. I would check out Carrie, Bad Grandpa, Oldboy and Spinning Plates among the ones you missed when you get around to it. Side note: these are not on my 'official recommendation list', haha. I saw the original Wicker Man a couple of years ago and enjoyed it

    1. Thanks. Those were all on my list to potentially see once they're on DVD.

      I, too, have seen the original Wicker Man and enjoyed it. Edward Woodward rules!