Halfway Decent : The Five Best Films of 2013 Thus Far

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Halfway through the cinema year comes that time to evaluate what the motion picture industry has lobbed at us thus far. As anyone who knows anything will tell you, all the really great movies come out in the last third of the year, so this is always a fairly easy task. However, if one knows where to look, when faced with sifting from the first quarter movie graveyard and mostly disappointing summer spectacles, they can find a number of choice gems among the rubble, which may still end up on lists come year-end awards season. Or not…
Halfway Decent : The Five Best Films of 2013 Thus Far

2The Place Beyond The Pines

Though your girlfriend may not be thrilled with the actuality of Ryan Gosling’s screentime in this ambitious, powerful drama, The Goz’s second outing with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance packs a magnificent script and great performances all around (from a cast that includes Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne and Dane DeHaan) as it weaves a rich tapestry of fatherhood, legacy and destiny in Schenectady, NY. Despite some contrivances, a standout and a stunner all the way.

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