By Letter Grade (2013)

My reviews never include detailed plot summaries, but they nonetheless often assume you’ve seen the film. There might be spoilers.

Although I grade the films with a Bell Curve in mind I make no attempt to produce one. Here the films are listed by grade, and then viewing sequence.

2013 FILMS

A-Plus

  1. Wadjda
  2. The Act of Killing

A

  1. Ginger and Rosa
  2. Stories We Tell
  3. 12 Years a Slave
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. Fruitvale Station
  6. Short Term 12
  7. The Square

 A-Minus

  1. Mud
  2. Blackfish
  3. Dallas Buyer’s Club
  4. Frozen
  5. The Hunt
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street
  7. her
  8. Mystery Road

B-Plus

  1. The Conjuring
  2. The Spectacular Now
  3. Upstream Color
  4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  5. Sunlight Jr.
  6. Philomena
  7. American Hustle
  8. 20 Feet From Stardom
  9. In A World . . . 
  10. We Are What We Are
  11. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
  12. Big Bad Wolves

B

  1. Warm Bodies
  2. World War Z
  3. The Heat
  4. Family Weekend
  5. The World’s End
  6. Instructions Not Included
  7. It’s a Disaster
  8. Blue Caprice
  9. Gravity
  10. Enough Said
  11. Captain Phillips
  12. Europa Report
  13. All Is Lost
  14. What Maisie Knew
  15. The Attack
  16. The Book Thief
  17. Nebraska
  18. Gimme the Loot
  19. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  20. August: Osage County
  21. The Broken Circle Breakdown
  22. Omar
  23. The Wind Rises

B-Minus

  1. 42
  2. Admission
  3. This Is the End
  4. Blue Jasmine
  5. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  6. The Place Beyond the Pines
  7. Unfinished Song
  8. Room 237
  9. We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
  10. Blue Is The Warmest Color
  11. Frances Ha
  12. Mr. Nobody
  13. Byzantium
  14. Drinking Buddies
  15. 1976: Hunt vs Lauda
  16. Austenland
  17. Hotell
  18. The Animal Project

C-Plus

  1. Side Effects
  2. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  3. Monster’s University
  4. Despicable Me 2
  5. The Way, Way Back
  6. Prisoners
  7. To the Wonder
  8. Disconnect
  9. Rush
  10. Much Ado About Nothing
  11. Last Vegas
  12. The Croods
  13. Thor: The Dark World
  14. Is The Man Who is Tall Happy?
  15. Saving Mr. Banks
  16. Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
  17. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  18. The Great Beauty

C

  1. Jack the Giant Slayer
  2. Quartet
  3. The Call
  4. The Numbers Station
  5. Star Trek: Into Darkness
  6. Pacific Rim
  7. The Grandmaster
  8. Thanks for Sharing
  9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls 2
  10. Don Jon
  11. Frozen Ground
  12. The Fifth Estate
  13. The East
  14. Ender’s Game
  15. How I Live Now
  16. Cutie and The Boxer
  17. Prince Avalanche
  18. C.O.G.
  19. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  20. Lone Survivor
  21. A Case of You
  22. Man of Tai Chi
  23. Best Man Down

C-Minus

  1. Iron Man 3
  2. We’re the Millers
  3. The Iceman
  4. The Kings of Summer
  5. The Lifeguard
  6. Mama
  7. Escape From Planet Earth
  8. Stoker
  9. Out of the Furnace
  10. Museum Hours
  11. Grudge Match
  12. Dirty Wars

D-Plus

  1. Olympus has Fallen
  2. Now You See Me
  3. White House Down
  4. The Wolverine
  5. Kick Ass 2
  6. Closed Circuit
  7. The Family
  8. Machete Kills
  9. Escape From Tomorrow
  10. Pain & Gain
  11. Therese
  12. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  13. Evil Dead
  14. Paulette

D

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful
  2. The Great Gatsby
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Elysium
  5. The Host
  6. Parkland
  7. Killing Season
  8. Lovelace
  9. I Used To Be Darker

D-Minus

  1. Before Midnight
  2. You’re Next
  3. Oblivion
  4. 2 Guns
  5. Insidious: Chapter 2
  6. Epic
  7. Only God Forgives
  8. Dead Man Down
  9. Charlie Countryman
  10. About Time
  11. 47 Ronin
  12. Snitch
  13. The Purge

F-Plus

  1. Girl Most Likely
  2. R.I.P.D.
  3. Safe Haven
  4. Runner, Runner
  5. After Earth
  6. Planes
  7. Behind the Candelabra

F

  1. Spring Breakers
  2. Parker
  3. The Counselor
  4. Trance

F-Minus

  1. Identity Thief
  2. The Bling Ring
  3. A Dark Truth
  4. Getaway
  5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
  6. The Big Wedding
  7. Carrie
  8. Movie 43

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