Lyles Movie Files Top 10 Films of 2013

I find it kinda hard to believe that 2013 is just about over and done with already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I complied my list for 2012 — my first year of LMF — and now it’s time to look through my favorites for 2013.

As a reminder, this is solely my Top 10 with absolutely no other criteria other than which films I enjoyed the most in theaters this year. While I get to see movies for free for reviewing purposes, several films on this list I enjoyed so much that I paid to see on more than one occasion. So without further hype, it’s time to get this countdown started!

Honorable Mentions:

we're the millersWe’re The Millers – My favorite comedy of the year by far. Jason Sudeikis proves he can be a headliner while Jennifer Aniston continues to showcase her comedic talents after years trying to shy away from them following “Friends.”

With so many underwhelming comedies in 2013, this one came in under the radar and was one of the year’s most pleasant surprises.

Frozen – A charming Walt Disney Pictures animated film with great characters, excellent animation, charming songs and a good message.

On the animated front, it didn’t get any better in 2013 than hanging with Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and company.

Not an easy feat considering this was a solid year for animated films including Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University.

The Best Man Holiday – Hollywood experts were shocked when the sequel to the beloved 1999 film performed so strongly at the box office.

Fans who had been eagerly anticipated the follow-up weren’t disappointed thanks to strong performances by an fantastic ensemble led by Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Nia Long and a third edition is already in the works.

 

10.  American Hustle

Christian Bale;Amy Adams;Bradley CooperChristian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner collaborating with David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”) pretty much made this comedy drama a lock once it was announced, but the finished product was a lot of fun thanks to the spirited performances and Russell’s active film-making style.

 

9. Oblivion

oblivion movie review -tom cruise as jackMidway through Tom Cruise’s latest, I realized I was officially down to nine spots for my year-end list. This felt like an old-school, big budget sci-fi film with massive special effects, great visuals and a concept that made you think in Director Joseph Kosinski’s love letter to 80s and 90s science fiction trendsetters.

 

8. Man of Steel

Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Pictures Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel."

Director Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill give us a Superman for the post-Christopher Nolan DC movie universe.

It’s not as fun as other comic book films, but we get a better sense of the man in front of the cape and an actual Superman movie throwdown that sets the stage for an exciting new chapter of DC films as we start the countdown for “Batman vs. Superman.”

7. The Great Gatsby 

Like they did with “Romeo + Juliet,” Leonardo DiCaprio and Director Baz Luhrmann left me mesmerized after I saw their take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic.

There’s not another director who can shoot his films chock full of energy and spirit like Luhrmann and DiCaprio turns in another performance we’ve become so accustomed to that we take it for granted. Lively, appropriately tragic and featuring the best soundtrack of the year, this was another amazing experience by Luhrmann.

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

the hunger games catching fire

 

I’m not the biggest fan of movie cliffhangers — I normally want a full movie experience in one setting — but when it’s done this way and continues the most original adventure/sci-fi series going today somehow it doesn’t even matter.

Click here for the Top 5

  • Fred

    Another great Top 10 list Jeff and not a run of the mill predictable one, just choosing the 10 best films you saw in 2013 regardless of genre of course. But I am a little surprised that you didn’t at least mention “Thor: The Dark World” as an honorable mention seeing you gave it 9.5 out of 10.

  • Cool read as there were some really inspired choices, a few of which I’ve seen on a few “worst of ’13” lists. This is definitely the most unique top 10 I’ve come across this year. And yes, I did have to pick up my jaw when I got to #1. There is no denying that it is a fun one, though.

  • Thanks man. I definitely need to fix that and put Thor in the HM section!

  • 😉
    Thanks Wendell. Come Oscar time, I’ll be more in line with “traditional” voters, but for my own Top 10, I was happy to be unique.

  • Natasha

    Now that I’ve seen your list, it looks like I need to head to the movies a few more times. Thanks for sharing your files, Lyles!!

  • Anytime Natasha!
    Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  • TerrenceMalickfan89

    The guy who says Fast and furious 6 is the film of the year but gave a bad review to prisoners. No futher comment, I will let that sink in.

  • I said Fast and Furious 6 was my favorite film of the year, not THE film of the year. And I will continue to give “Prisoners” a bad review. It bored me and was way too long.

    I find it amusing that people are so upset with my favorite film of the year choice as if it’s the end-all/be-all list. Apparently I need to talk to my agent as I’m waaaaay more influential than I realized.

  • Fred

    I liked “Prisoners” myself and I liked “Fast and Furious 6” as well. No one agrees on everything and Jeff is a fantastic film critic, don’t let a review here or there that you disagree with him on sour you on the guy. He’s written film reviews I’ve disagreed with from time to time, but that doesn’t stop him from being a damn good film critic in my eyes.

  • Always appreciate you having my back Fred!

    That’s the beauty of the world. Everyone can have an opinion and as far as movies go, no one can have an incorrect one – unless they say Empire Strikes Back is terrible 😉

  • Fred

    Anytime Jeff, anytime my friend. You’re about no one having an incorrect opinion on a film, unless in The Godfather either lol.

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