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    #120410

    The UK’s biggest selling film magazine Empire released their Top 50 Best Films of 2013.
    (Films released in 2013 in the UK. Argo, The Avengers & The Dark Knight Rises lead the list last year2012)

    (Late Entry)50. The Sectret Life of Walter Mitty
    (Late Entry)49. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    (Late Entry)48. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
                       47. Now You See Me
                       46. Prisoners
                       45. The Conjuring
                       44.  Kill Your Darlings
                       43. Much Ado About Nothing
                       42. Robot & Frank
                       41. World War Z
                       40. Nebraska
                       39. The Bling Ring
                       38. Warm Bodies
                       37. Wreck-It Ralph 
                       36. The Place Beyond The Pines
                       35. Saving Mr Banks
                       34. Star Trek Into Darkness
                       33. Les Miserables
                       32. The Impossible
                       31. About Time
                       30. Frances Ha
                       29. Philomena
                       28. Man of Steel
                       27. Trance
                       26. The Hunger Game: Catching Fire
                       25. A Field in England
                       24. Filth
                       23. Blue Is The Warmest Color
                       22. All Is Lost
                       21. Upstream Color
                       20. Cloud Atlas
                       19. Blackfish
                       18. Only God Forgives
                       17. Thor: The Dark World
                       16. Short Term 12
                       15. Blue Jasmine
                       14. Behind The Candelabra
                       13. Django Unchained
                       12. The World’s End
                       11. Zero Dark Thirty
                       10. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
                         9. The Great Beauty
                         8. Before Midnight
                         7. Iron Man 3
                         6. Stoker
                         5. Lincoln
                        4. Mud
                        3. Rush
                        2. Captain Phillips
                        1. Gravity

    http://www.empireonline.com/features/films-of-the-year-2013/

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    Scottferguson
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    #120412

    This is sort of the Entertainment Weekly of the UK (a bit more film oriented), but a populist publication nonetheless. They only include films that actually open in the UK this year.

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    babypook
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    20. Cloud Atlas
    36. The Place Beyond The Pines

    Well, I dont have many issues with their choices. It’s also a nice mix of Indy and B.O.

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    mse
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    20. Cloud Atlas
    36. The Place Beyond The Pines

    Well, I dont have many issues with their choices. It’s also a nice mix of Indy and B.O.

    Completely agreed. It’d obviously not be my personal choice 100%, but I do like it overall. There is such thing as a well made BO hit, and it’s nice to see those side-by-side with some hidden and overlooked gems and of course with the obvious award players as well.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #120415

    Hasn’t 12 Years a Slave premiered in the UK yet? If it has, it’s a pretty glaring omission from this list.

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    AviChristiaans
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    Nope. Released January 10th, 2014.
    It has screened for BFI critics & BAFTA though.

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    DamianWayne
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    Now You See Me??? Iron Man 3 in the Top 10?

    LMAO no thanks. 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Is there a single non-english language film on that list?

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    KT
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    This list is a joke.

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    I’m rather suprised to see Stoker on the top 10. I don’t want to like this list (too many blockbusters for what I feel was a weak year for those). But damn, they got me there. This film is unlikely to be in any year-end lists, so I feel I have to give them credit for that. There’s a few silly inclusions (it’s Empire after all, and they don’t pretend to be high-brow and neither does their readers, and it’s okay). But there are SO many ways this list could be worse it’s hard to get worked up over it. And Gravity is exactly the kind of film that feels deserving of a top spot in a list like this without alienating the readers they have. I must be going soft… Where’s my bitchy demanding spirit animal right now?

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Is there a single non-english language film on that list?

    23. Blue is the Warmest Color

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    (too many blockbusters for what I feel was a weak year for those)

    Catching Fire?  Man of Steel?  Frozen?  That’s weak?  

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    AviChristiaans
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    Of course there are gonna be blockbusters recognised. They are the reason cinemas and distributers like Disney, Warner Bros and Pixar exist. Critically acclaimed films don’t sustain the film world.

    I’d rather have a list like this than have the usuall acclaimed arthouse Top 10 where the general movie goer doen’t know what 80% of those films are and also have no intention of getting out of bed for any of them.

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    [quote=”Renato_Miranda”](too many blockbusters for what I feel was a weak year for those)

    Catching Fire?  Man of Steel?  Frozen?  That’s weak?  [/quote]

    I rather liked Catching Fire (but thought it was merely okay) and I haven’t watched Frozen,  but hell yes. This was a terrible year for blockbusters, especially summer fare. And Man of Steel was the worst of all for me. I thought it was abysmal. And Monster University, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, World War Z, Elysium… didn’t like any of them. The only blockbusters I really liked were Pacific Rim, Gravity and Fast and Furious 6. I also liked The Wolverine better than I expected, along with Catching Fire and Evil Dead. But that’s it. To me, that a weak Blockbuster year.

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    Of course there are gonna be blockbusters recognised. They are the reason cinemas and distributers like Disney, Warner Bros and Pixar exist. Critically acclaimed films don’t sustain the film world.
    I’d rather have a list like this than have the usuall acclaimed arthouse Top 10 where the general movie goer doen’t know what 80% of those films are and also have no intention of getting out of bed for any of them.

    I actually agree with that. I don’t mean to sound like having blockbusters in itself is a bad thing. I mean I only feel like this year’s blockbusters have been mostly disappointing. Personal opinion, of course. But I wouldn’t expect Empire to do this list very differently, I just wish there was a little less franchises and bombastic epics that go nowhere and more underrated, smaller Hollywood entertainment films from the big studios (like Stoker, which I truly felt was underappreaciated until I saw this list). 

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