Film Faves 2013

2013 was, in my opinion, another middling year for movies. I can't think of one great film that was released this year and a few of them I outright hated (I'm lookin' at you, "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Man of Steel"). Mostly, it was a year of mediocre to good movies. I'm hopeful that the next few years will see the release of some great cinema, but time will tell. This is also the second year in a row when a retro-release earned a spot on my list of film faves.

So here are the five films that I enjoyed seeing the most in a movie theater this year...

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Monsters University - A worthy addition to the Monsters mythos  and probably the best prequel I've ever seen. The final sequence showing how Mike and Sully finally become the A-team at Monsters Inc is what makes the film truly special for me.

Much Ado About Nothing - The Dogberry scenes are the funniest film moments of the year for me. Whedon and Fillion made a character that I used to loathe into the highlight of the story.

Oblivion - This movie looked beautiful in IMAX and I was genuinely surprised by one of the plot twists, which is a rare thing for me.

Pacific Rim - My favorite new movie of the year. Great concept, amazing visuals and wonderful world building. An overly simplistic plot and a cut-to-the-credits-too-quick ending make this film just short of "great" for me.

Rear Window - One of my favorite movies of all time. I've seen it too many times to count and when I finally had a chance to see it on the big screen I jumped. The theater was packed, the audience was loving the show and the movie, as always, delighted me from beginning to end. The image quality was the only bad thing about the experience... this movie looks gorgeous on blu-ray in a way that a projected celluloid image simply cannot compare to.

-Otis