Top 10 Films of 2013 So Far: Ernie Trinidad

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With the year half over, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at some of our favorite films of the year so far and publish some mid-year top tens.  Here’s Film Pulse contributor and critic Ernie Trinidad’s take on some of the highlights of 2013.  Rather than a numbered list, his are in alphabetical order, but he does award the best, worst, and best documentary of the year so far.

Hit the break to see the full list.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT directed by Richard Linklater

Not as good as Sunset but still well written, expertly directed and exceptionally acted.

FILL THE VOID directed by Rama Burshtein

An intriguing look into a society not often presented on screen.

FRANCES HA directed by Noah Baumbach

Greta Gerwig’s irresistible charm will win you over in this amusing little comedy.

IRON MAN 3 directed by Shane Black

Nearly as good as the first and certainly the third best in the Marvel-verse behind The Avengers and Iron Man.

MUD directed by Jeff Nichols

A solid bayou thriller filled with well written and performed characters that’ll stick with you long after the credits role.

PARADISE: LOVE directed by Ulrich Seidl

A potent and well acted drama about one woman’s search for love in all the wrong places.

SIDE EFFECTS directed by Steven Soderbergh

A fun thriller with twists and turns that reach a satisfying conclusion.

SPRING BREAKERS directed by Harmony Korine

Bikinis, guns and drugs.  Spring break, ya’ll!!  It’s not what you’d expect which is another reason to love it.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS directed by J.J. Abrams

Not only is it a fun sci-fi/adventure it ranks high amongst the best in the series.

UPSTREAM COLOR directed by Shane Carruth

I can’t even begin to describe it.  All I know is I really, really liked it when all was said and done.


The Best Film of the First Half of 2013: BEFORE MIDNIGHT

The Worst Film of the First Half of 2013 (and maybe the year): A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

The Best Documentary of the First Half of 2013: LEVIATHAN

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