The Rest of the Best Part 2

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Best of, Movies
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Continuing my rundown on the great flicks that won’t quite make my Top 10.

The poster shows a flaming starship falling towards Earth, with smoke coming out. At the middle of the poster shows the title "Star Trek Into Darkness" in dark grey letters, while the production credits and the release date being at the bottom of the poster.

Star Trek Into Darkness

It’s not as consistently enjoyable as the first in Abrams’ rebooted universe but it is a lot of damn fun especially when focusing on the characters.  It leans heavily on knowledge of pre-reboot films but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  My biggest complaint was a lack of significant McCoy action.

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The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire

A superior sequel in every way that truly benefited from an increased budget.  And that’s coming from someone who rather liked the first film.  Jennifer Lawrence is on a roll and it’s a true pleasure to see her playing in big “tentpole” franchise movies as well as smaller awards worthy stuff.

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Evil Dead

What can I say?  I liked it.  It’s not as revolutionary as the original nor is it trying to be.  It’s simply trying to tell a fun gory story filled with blood and good jump scares and it does a hell of a job of doing just that.  Jane Levy kills it especially in a crimson soaked final confrontation that would leave even the most jaded horror hound breathless.

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Warm Bodies

Stronger films pushed this out of my top 10 as the year rolled on but I remained fond of the clever zombie romance tale.  The film is at its best when focusing on ‘R’ and his love for the stunning Teresa Palmer’s Julie but an action-filled clunky third act doesn’t distract too much from the proceedings.  It’s a tasty alternative from typical undead fare.

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