Lyles Movie Files Top 10 Films of 2013

5. Fruitvale Station

fruitvale-station-blu ray coverjpgFirst-time director Ryan Coogler leads Michael B. Jordan to a star-making performance as they chronicle the last hours of Oscar Grant III’s life.

Haunting, well-crafted and dynamically acted by Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz, this drama stays with you long after the credits roll.

4. 12 Years a Slave

A raw, brutally unflinching look at slavery backed by the year’s best ensemble and is the rightful Oscar favorite for Best Picture, Best Picture and Best Actor while making strong cases for Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. It’s an unforgettably powerful experience.


3. Her

Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore in the romantic drama "HER."

Director Spike Jonze creates an adult fairy tale that wonders what society would look like if we could have relationships with operating systems that had their own intelligence and yearned to have a full human experience.

Joaquin Phoenix is excellent and Scarlett Johansson provides one of the most complete voice acting roles we’ve heard so far in this creative and thought-provoking romance drama.


2. Gravity

GRAVITYThis was a movie experience unlike any other for me this year. It’s the closest most of us will come to being in space.

Backed by tremendous 3D visuals that put you right in the action and Sandra Bullock’s performance, this was one of the rare spectacle events that lived up to the hype. If you can still see it somewhere on the big screen and in 3D don’t let another weekend pass without seeing it.

1. Fast & Furious 6

Universal Pictures Han (SUNG KANG), Tej (CHRIS "LUDACRIS" BRIDGES), Gisele (GAL GADOT), Dom (VIN DIESEL), Brian (PAUL WALKER) and Roman (TYRESE GIBSON) reunite for "Fast & Furious 6", the next installment of the global blockbuster franchise built on speed.

While you’re picking your jaw up from the floor, let me assure you this wasn’t some knee-jerk reaction to Paul Walker’s tragic death, but rather the result of a thoroughly entertaining movie that left every other movie in its dust.

I loved Fast 5 and thought there was no way possible for the franchise to top that effort, but through an evil doppelganger set of our protagonists, a never-ending runway, a Legion of Doom-worthy Doomsday Device, the post credit shocker and a tank(!), this film was the one I forgot about being a movie critic and just sat back as a regular moviegoer and enjoyed every minute of it.

This line from my review sums up my thoughts on it perfectly: This is a franchise whose filmmakers know what their audience likes and delivers movies that they’ll love.

I don’t know what the future holds for the franchise, but for 2013, this was definitely my favorite film.