Iron Man 3 – Best Action Hero
As the highest grossing film of 2013 at $1.2 billion, the Iron Man franchise has done it again! In Iron Man 3 we follow Tony Stark as he embarks on a journey to capture those responsible for destroying his personal world. Robert Downey Jr. can be our superhero anytime!
Gravity – Best 3D/Science Fiction Thriller
The best 3D film since Avatar is Gravity, a science-fiction thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, who play astronauts. The film follows their involvement in the destruction of a space shuttle and their struggle to return back to Earth. Gravity has been praised for its cinematography and story alike, keeping us on our toes throughout the film.
American Hustle – Best Drama
After the success of Silver Linings Playbook, the anticipation of American Hustle was off the charts. Thankfully, this entertaining and humorous film definitely lived up to the hype. American Hustle tells the story of a con man and his partner who are forced to work for an FBI agent. With an all-star cast performing their hearts out, this original screenplay is a must-see for 2013.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Best Book to Film Adaptation
The much anticipated second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy left us wanting more! In this film we follow along with everyone’s favorite heroine Katniss Everdeen as she embarks on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. With drama, danger, and some of the best costumes we’ve ever seen, we definitely give this epic film a three-finger salute.
This is the End – Best Comedy
A little apocalypse humor, anyone? Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, This is the End presents a comedic all-star cast. The film follows the actors who play exaggerated and humorous versions of themselves trying to survive the apocalypse in Los Angeles. With lots of Hollywood cameos as an added bonus, this film is sure to have you laughing.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Best Fantasy/Adventure
As the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug chronicles the journey of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and a band of dwarves as they attempt to reclaim their kingdom from Smaug. It’s a masterpiece that is as beautiful as it is daring and is a true tale of courage and friendship. Follow along on this epic adventure, just make sure you have 3 hours set aside first!
Blackfish – Best Documentary
The most talked about documentary of 2013 follows the life of Tilikum, an orca held captive in Sea World. The film focuses on his life in captivity and the dangers that result. This heart wrenching film with have you feeling sadness, fear, and even anger. Blackfish has made world news by exposing people to the gritty details of orcas living in captivity, leading to protests around the globe.
Captain Phillips – Best Action/Thriller
Captain Phillips is based on the true events of the 2009 hijacking of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips. This film kept us on the edge of our seats, thanks in part to a show-stopping performance from Tom Hanks. Equally impressive is the debut performance of Barkhad Abdi who plays the lead pirate. The fact that this film is based on a true story makes it that much more thrilling!
The Great Gatsby – Best Drama
Who wouldn’t want to see a film staring Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan!? This beautiful flick, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is jam-packed full of crazy parties, great music, and beautiful costumes. We can’t help but love The Great Gatsby for its over-the-top extravagance. This film adaption of an American classic has helped us revisit the 1920’s in a fun and fabulous way.
Frozen – Best Animation
Taking it back to the classic Disney musicals, Frozen is nothing shy of heartwarming. With a soundtrack that rivaled Beyoncé for the number one Billboard spot, you’re sure to get lost in the magical story of true love, adventure, and the cutest little snowman that you ever did meet! Kristen Bell is marvelous as the voice of our new favorite heroine, Anna, and watching her break out of the “damsel-in-distress” role made this movie a definite favorite for years to come.