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Top Five Films of 2013

2013 has been a year where sequels and franchises have continued to dominate the Box Office. The top five films in the worldwide box office all fit into this category with Gravity and The Croods the only original films breaking into the top ten (although Frozen probably still has some business left to do).

Likewise R-Rated movies (or 15/18 certificate movies in the UK) are virtually dead box office wise. The Hangover Part III at number nineteen being the highest grossing film in this category.

Expect to see these trends continue in 2014 as audiences and studios alike enjoy the comfort that comes from familiarity.

Anyway, in all I reckon I’ve seen 52 of the films released in 2013 so one for each week of the year. I’ve managed to boil this list down to just five. So in true buzz feed style here is: The Top Five Films of 2013 only true movie fans will appreciate.

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What I’ve Been Watching: Philomena


Given its centrality to a lot of people’s life, religion is pretty under-represented on the small screen, whether in a positive or negative way. Perhaps this isn’t that surprising. Movies are a consumer business, and there is little that is more decisive than one’s choice of faith. One may as well make a movie about Manchester United or the LA Lakers.

Philomena is a movie about religion which manages to show both the darkest and most attractive sides to religion without ever feeling preachy or overstating its case.

The (real-life) story concerns Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) a former BBC journalist who has just been fired from his job as a Labour spin-doctor. He happens to come across Philomena (Judi Dench), an elderly lady who wishes to find out what happened to her son after he was sold to a rich American family by nuns in Ireland fifty years before.

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