We're halfway through 2013, and having seen 102 new movies so far, now seemed as good a time as any to take stock of what this year has had to offer audiences. There have been huge blockbusters (Iron Man 3, with nearly $1.2 billion worldwide), surprise hits (Now You See Me), and big flops (Jack the Giant Slayer, anyone?). Good sequels (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6), and even more bad ones (A Good Day to Die Hard, Hangover Part III). Disappointments (Man of Steel), missed opportunities (Gangster Squad), and films that were better than they had any right to be (The Call). Oh, and that whole YA craze that Twilight started hasn't really panned out too well (nice try, Beautiful Creatures and The Host).
Before we get into the Best of the year though, let's (dis)honor the 5 WORST I've seen:
5. The Internship: an unfunny and embarrassing Google ad that captures none of the magic of Wedding Crashers.
4. Texas Chainsaw 3D: No, you cannot make Leatherface into a misunderstood hero. You. Just. Cannot.
3. A Haunted House: infantile and idiotic spoof of Paranormal Activity starring (who else?) Marlon Wayans.
2. Dead Man Down: a lethargic "thriller" starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace that proves endlessly boring and uninteresting - worse than the similarly flawed The Tourist!
1. The Purge: I love the concept (crime is legal one night a year) but despised the execution, and didn't buy anything that happened on screen for a minute.
Now, with that out of the way, here are the 10 BEST movies I've seen this year. Will any of these make it to my end of the year list? Only time will tell.
Agree? Disagree? Comment below and let me know what you've enjoyed in theaters this year.
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