Year 2013 Top Movie Picks
Argo [videodisc] by screenplay by Chris Terrio ; produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney ; directed by Ben Affleck — On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped - and a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
The conjuring [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Safran Company/Evergreen Media Group ; writers, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes ; produced by Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan ; director, James Wan — The true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators, who were called to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Despicable me 2 [videodisc] by Illumination Entertainment ; Universal Pictures presents a Chris Meledandri production ; directed by Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin ; produced by Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy ; written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. — Recruited by the Anti-Villain League, Gru helps deal with a powerful new super criminal.
Detropia [videodisc] by Loki Films presents ; in association with Ford Foundation/Justfilms and ITVS, Impact Partners and Vital Projects ; produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady — With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, this documentary sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution.
The hedgehog [videodisc] by produced by Mark Lombardo, Anne-Dominique Toussaint ; directed by Mona Achache — Paloma, a bored eleven-year old who has decided to kill herself on her twelfth birthday, befriends her building's concierge and new neighbor who inspire her to change her pessimistic outlook on life. Based on the novel The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
The impossible [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment ; Mediaset Espana ; director, Juan Antonio Bayona ; producer, Belň Atienza, Alvaro Augustin, Enrique Lopez-Lavigne, Ghislain Barrois ; screenplay, Sergio G. Sanchez — Based on a true story of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
The intouchables [videodisc] by producers, Nicolas Duval- Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou ; written and directed by Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano — A young man from the projects and just out of prison is hired by a French millionaire quadriplegic to be his caretaker, beginning an unlikely friendship between the two men.
Lincoln [videodisc] by Dreamworks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Reliance Entertainment present ; in association with Participant Media ; produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy ; screenplay by Tony Kushner ; directed by Steven Spielberg — A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. Based in part on the book Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Man of steel [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; in association with Legendary Pictures ; a Syncopy production ; story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan ; screenplay by David S. Goyer ; produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Deborah Snyder ; directed by Zack Snyder — A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth, and as a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do.
Monsters University [videodisc] by Disney presents a Pixar Animation Studios film ; story by Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird ; screenplay by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon ; produced by Kori Rai ; directed by Dan Scanlon ; original score, Randy Newman — Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other.
Mud [videodisc] by producers, Lisa Maria Falcone, Sarah Green, Aaron Ryder ; writer/director, Jeff Nichols — Two boys, Ellis and his best friend Neckbone, find a mysterious man named Mud hiding out on a deserted island in the Mississippi.
Oz the great and powerful [videodisc] by produced by Joe Roth ; screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay- Abaire ; directed by Sam Raimi — A small-time magician is whisked away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.
Prisoners [videodisc] by Alcon Entertainment presents and 8:38 Productions/Madhouse Entertainment production ; produced by Broderick Johnson, Kira Davis, Andrew A,. Kosove, Adam Kolbrenner ; written by Aaron Guzikowski ; directed by Denis Villeneuve — Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and the only lead is a dilapidated RV that had been parked on their street.
Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul — Two young South Africans set out to determine what happened to early '70s Detroit rocker Rodriguez, who became a cult superstar in their country.
The sessions [videodisc] by produced by Judi Levine, Stephen Nemeth, Ben Lewin ; written for the screen and directed by Ben Lewin — Paralyzed and confined to an iron lung since childhood, poet-journalist Mark O'Brien has overcome adversity time and time again. But now, at age 38, he faces his toughest challenge yet.
Silver linings playbook [videodisc] by Weinstein Company ; director, David O. Russell ; producer, Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon ; screenplay, David O. Russell — Based on the bestselling book by Matthew Quick, the riotous and poignant story of how a man who has lost everything, his house, his job, his wife, reconnects with himself and creates his own silver linings from the bonds he forms with his family and friends.
Sound City [videodisc] by Roswell films presents a Therapy Content production in association with Diamond Docs "Sound City" ; produced by John Ramsay, James A. Rota, Dave Grohl ; story by Dave Grohl ; directed by Dave Grohl — Featuring performances and interviews, famous rock musicians recount the history of the California recording studio, Sound City Studio, which became renowned for its unique custom-built recording console and the recording of much groundbreakingrock music.
Star trek. Into darkness [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Bad Robot production, a J.J. Abrams film ; produced by J.J. Abrams ... [et al.] ; written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof ; directed by J.J. Abrams — When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find that an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving the world in a state of crisis.
Trouble with the curve [videodisc] by a Warner Bros. release and presentation of a Malpaso production ; Produced by Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Michele Weisler ; screenplay by Randy Brown ; directed by Robert Lorenz — A retiring baseball scout, who is beginning to have trouble with his vision, is accompanied by his daughter on his final scouting trip.
The way, way back [videodisc] by produced by Kevin J. Walsh and Tom Rice ; written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — While fourteen year old Duncan is being dragged on a family trip with his mom and her overbearing boyfriend, he finds a gregarious friend at a local water park.
What maisie knew [videodisc] by directed by Scott McGhee and David Siegel ; screenplay Nancy Doyne & Carroll Cartwright — In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.
World War Z [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films ; a Plan B Entertainment/2Dus production ; a Marc Forster film ; produced by Brad Pitt ... [et al.] ; screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goodard & Damon Lindelof ; directed by Marc Forster. — Gary Lane travels the globe in an effort to eliminate the zombie pandemic that is endangering the existence of humanity.
The world's end [videodisc] by Focus Features presents in association with Relativity Media a Working Title production ; written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright ; directed by Edgar Wright — Twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on doing it again. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future - and that reaching the pub is the least of their worries.