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Movie Critics: The Best (And Worst) Movies Of 2013

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This was another record-breaking year at the box office for the film industry and on Friday's Central Standard, the movie critics gather 'round to share what they felt were the best (and worst) movies of 2013.

The Top Five Films of the Year:  

John Tibbetts:

  1. 12 Years A Slave
  2. Gravity
  3. Philomena
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis
  5. The Act of Killing 

 Eric Melin:

  1. Gravity 
  2. The Act of Killing 
  3. Her 
  4. 12 Years A Slave
  5. Mud 

Tom Poe:

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Her
  3. American Hustle
  4. Blue is the Warmest Color 
  5. (tie) Gravity, Blue Jasmine, Philomena, Nebraska, Mud, Dallas Buyers Club

Marie Asner:

  1. All Is Lost 
  2. Gravity
  3. Nebraska
  4. American Hustle
  5. Captain Phillips

Loey Lockerby: (in alphabetical order)

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Act of Killing
  • All Is Lost
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

Russ Simmons:

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. Gravity 
  3. Blue is the Warmest Color
  4. Stories We Tell
  5. The Hunt -

The Worst Films of the Year:

  • Man of Steel 
  • Gangster Squad 
  • The To-Do List
  • The Hangover Part III
  • The Big Wedding
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Spring Breakers
  • The Host
  • Austenland
  • Closed Circuit

 Reviews of films currently in the theaters (out of 5 stars):

 Noteworthy film events:

Film critics regard 1939 as the greatest year in Hollywood history, when more memorable movies were released than at any other time. Throughout 2014, the Kansas City Public Library recreates the movie going experience enjoyed by audiences 75 years earlier. 

Summer In February is based on the true story of painter sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens). Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences. All proceeds benefit the Kansas International Film Festival.

  • Stargazing, Now through Friday, Jan. 31, Central Library

For nearly three decades, journalist and educator John Tibbetts — one of Central Standard's fabulous movie critics — has enlivened his interviews with Hollywood stars and filmmakers by creating watercolor portraits of his subjects. Invariably, his interviewees sign the paintings, leaving Tibbetts with a unique collection of personal art and famous autographs.


Central Standard movie critics
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.