Jan 03, 2014 11:49 AM EST

The Best and Worst Films of 2013

The Best and Worst Films of 2013
At end of each year, I am tasked by FlickDirect to come up with a list of the best/worst movies of the past year. Without further ado, here is my list in no particular order...

Best Films of 2013

Thor: The Dark World -- Disney might have had a bad year on the animated side of things, but Marvel keeps on ticking. Miles ahead of the original Thor, I am really starting to love the god of thunder.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Enough said.

Fast & Furious 6 -- It isn't Shakespeare, but it is the perfect summer popcorn movie. Still getting over the untimely death of Paul Walker.

The Wolverine -- Wolverine grows up to finally have blood on his claws. Best X-men film since X2.

Despicable Me 2 -- One of the times the sequel is better than the original. This film is THE BEST ANIMATED film for this year and probably in a long time!

Man of Steel  -- Having grown up on original Superman movies, I was hesitant about this film -- especially because Sucker Punch famed director Zack Synder was making it. However, it turned out to be one of the best renditions I have ever seen of the Man of Steel. Only thing missing was the screaming of "Kneel before Zod!" 

World War Z -- I was not sure how they were going to make a bunch of short stories into a film, but I was pleasantly surprised. Best zombie film since 28 Days Later.

Iron Man 3 -- This film divided Iron Man fans. With a different approach to the series, this one was more cerebral than action based. If you loved Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black's collaboration in  Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, you will love this film!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug -- -- The first Hobbit film was a bit of a let down. Aside from being back in Middle Earth, and a new frame rate, nothing really made it a "great film". However, this time, Peter Jackson and company do not hold anything back and give us a riveting tale of Middle Earth.

Blackfish --
A relative unknown hidden behind the summer popcorn films. This film shows the background and history of Sea World, and how what we sometimes see are only half truths.

Now You See Me -- Coming out of nowhere, this film took down the summer box office with a great cast and a great story. Unfortunately, it looks like we will get a Now You See Me 2.

Worst Films of 2013

Frozen -- People are raving about this, but I can't see it. Characters broke out into songs at the oddest times in the film.

Lone Ranger -- No explanation needed. Johnney Depp and company failed. At least we get Pirates 5.

Star Trek Into Darkness -- A.K.A Wrath of Kahn. Just watch the original which is warp speed ahead of this remake.

Monsters University -- Cash grab by the mouse. Cute film, but should have straight to Blu-ray.

Pain and Gain -- The Rock's worst role since "The Scorpion King", like-wise with Walhberg since his film debut with "Fear". Grilling body parts? Come on! As with Lone Ranger, at least we get a new Transformers film out of this.

Gravity -- Simple movie with amazing special effects. Same film could have been done as a short with the exact same message. 

A Good Day To Die Hard -- Once an amazing series, it is pathetic to see what has become of it. Horrible acting by Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney, along with a convolved story line, made this probably THE WORST film of the year.

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