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Jacqueline Monahan's Top Ten Films of 2013

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Jacqueline Monahan’s Top Ten Films of 2013


This year flew by as swiftly as a pop-up facial tissue leaves its box before another is pulled.  In that interim, I’ve seen an array of films, good and bad, but certainly not all of them.  Listed below is a selection of ten of the best the year had to offer, in no particular order, except perhaps the first one.  That deserves to be in the Number One spot.    –JM

    1.  American Hustle
         Polyester flim-flam at its finest.
    2.  12 Years a Slave
         Ferociously fierce and first-hand.
    3.  Dallas Buyers Club
         No prescription necessary.
    4.  August: Osage County
         Mommy Dearest à la Streep.
    5.  The Book Thief
         Literacy trumps Luftwaffe.
    6.  Captain Phillips
         Don’t mess with the Maersk!
    7.  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
         From prisoner to president in one lifetime.
    8.  Philomena
         Blood is thicker than doctrine.
    9.  Fruitvale Station
         The whole world WAS watching.
   10.  Nebraska
        One man’s worth in deeds, not dollars.


Plus, JM’s SF/Fantasy Shout-Out

Whether we left the world or just messed it up, the future looks fascinating through these “forward” films:

1.    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
       A brilliant brew of bravery and rebellion.

2.    Her
       REAL online dating, relying ONLY on the lines.  "Is that an OS in your pocket or are you just happy         to see me.                                                                                                

3.    Ender’s Game
       And a little child shall lead them – to annihilation.

4.    The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
       Fire and water and Dwarves, oh, my!  The Hobbit is habit forming.

5.    Star Trek Into Darkness
       Mission accomplished – again.

A note about Gravity:  Great visuals, weak protagonist.  See it to feast your eyes, but certainly NOT your mind.

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