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Justin’s 2013 Top 10

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(Click any highlighted film title for the original Black Sheep review.)

This year in film has proven that not everything has to be an adaptation or remake to be incredible, like so many years passed. The original screenplays this year have gone to great lengths to assure audiences that original ideas are no longer a foreign concept but one regaining favour in the film industry. However, with that being said, there were also a number of truly fantastic adaptations this year that made it such a hard year to choose only ten films to represent it. There could easily be a Top 20 (especially if I managed to see all of this year’s greats, like BLUE JASMINE or ALL IS LOST). Still, there are also movies this year that reached a new level of terrible. Thankfully though 2013 had a significantly higher amount of fabulous movies to focus on and this is why we’re here to begin with. Here’s a look back at the most engaging, thought provoking, and occasional guilty pleasure that 2013 had to offer for me (in alphabetical order).

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

12 YEARS A SLAVE

One of this year’s most powerful films breaks every member of the audience down into a puddle by the end of it. Steve McQueen has finally gone ‘mainstream’ and proves with this masterpiece that he is a true force to be reckoned with.

ABOUT TIME

I am a romantic at heart and ABOUT TIME is one of the most adorable movies that came out in theatres this year. It embodies the definition of movie romance but it is crafted in such a remarkable way that to call it anything other than beautiful is unacceptable.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

This powerful story about AIDS in the 1980’s features a superb cast that steals the show and make DALLAS BUYERS CLUB a strong contender for Oscar season.

THE EAST

This eco-terrorism movie could have easily fallen prey to boredom but instead the well-crafted and brilliantly performed script made THE EAST a transcendent film from start to finish.

FAST AND FURIOUS 6

Every top 10 list should have a guilty pleasure or two, and FAST 6 is some of the most fun I had at the movies this year. It is a non-stop, adrenaline-fuelled, action ride, with a riveting story any fan of the franchise can enjoy. Rest in Peace, Paul Walker.

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FRUITVALE STATION

For someone who typically does not watch reality inspired films, I found FRUITVALE STATION to be one of this year’s most powerful films. Michael B. Jordan’s performance was radiant and the true story elicits so much emotion, making it a fitting homage to the inhumanity of the situation it depicts.

MUD

Here’s another coming of age film but that was truly this year’s overarching theme in my eyes. MUD is an exceptionally well crafted story with a remarkable conclusion, which is carried by some of the best performances of the year. If this movie fell under the radar, seek it out.

THE SPECTACULAR NOW

This is one of this year’s greatest underrated movies, providing a strong story with wonderful performances. THE SPECTACULAR NOW is simply beautiful and heart wrenching at the same time, leaving you in complete and utter awe.

THE WAY, WAY BACK

In a year of coming of age films, THE WAY, WAY BACK is just one of the best examples, with a very unexpected cast coming together to create this wonderful masterpiece. It is a movie that fully embraces the times it is set in and the difficulties that we all strive to overcome.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

This is one of the most un-Scorsese like films to date but it is so brilliantly executed that it could only be accomplished by Scorsese himself. Continuing his collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio allows for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET truly hits the mark.

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The 5 Worst Movies I Saw All Year (again in alphabetical order)

ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH

MOVIE 43

ONLY GOD FORGIVES

SPRING BREAKERS

TOP GUN 3D

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