13 Movies to See in 2013 – And 13 More

No. 8. Monuments Men

A World War II movie starring and directed by George Clooney? Sold. The movie is about a special force of American and British museum directors, curators and art historians who, in the face of a Nazi invasion, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

No. 7. The Place Beyond the Pines

In what looks like Drive meets Heat, Ryan Gosling stars as a downtrodden motorcyclist who becomes a bank robber to care for his girlfriend (Eva Mendes) and their kid. Bradley Cooper plays an honest cop, in this drama-thriller from the director of Blue Valentine.

No. 6. Iron Man 3

Following the formation of the Avengers and the invasion of New York, Tony Stark is looking for some downtime. Unfortunately, the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) has other plans for Iron Man. Though some consider Iron Man 2 to be a misguided adventure, Marvel has had more hits than misses – so odds are favorable for a rebound here.

No. 5. Ender’s Game

A young boy is transported into space to train to become the next general of Earth’s army, which is battling aliens in another part of the galaxy. While the movie is based on my favorite book of all time – written by Orson Scott Card – I have two major concerns with this title: 1) it is a very challenging and complex book to adapt, and 2) it’s directed by Gavin Hood, whose last film was the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

No. 4. A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane travels to Russia and becomes the last line of defense in a terrorist attack. I was sold at "John McClane."

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By Erik Samdahl
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