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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

A mid-year top-10 movie list

"Star Trek: Into Darkness," Paramount Pictures.

“Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Paramount Pictures.

We’ve reached the midway point of 2013, odd as that seems, and I think it’s fun to take stock — what would be my yearend awards, and yours, if 2013 stopped here? So, here’s my top 10 through the end of June, based on the hundred or so movies I’ve seen. (I’m not counting 2012 movies that opened here in 2013, like “Amour” and “Zero Dark Thirty”; but I am including at least one movie that hasn’t played Seattle yet.) I suspect most of these will get bumped off the list as the year progresses, but for this brief shining moment, these are my favorites of 2013, in alphabetical order:

  • “56 Up”
  • “Before Midnight”
  • “Behind the Candelabra” (TV movie, I know, but I’m counting it)
  • “The Great Gatsby”
  • “Much Ado About Nothing”
  • “Side Effects”
  • “Star Trek: Into Darkness”
  • “Stories We Tell”
  • “The Way, Way Back”
  • “What Maisie Knew”

And a few more awards:

Best actor: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” / Michael Shannon, “The Iceman”

Best actress: Maggie Smith, “Quartet”

Best supporting actor: Jim Carrey, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (yes, seriously)

Best supporting actress: Kristin Scott Thomas, “In the House”

Best director: Richard Linklater, “Before Midnight”

Best screenplay (if I disqualify Shakespeare): Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Way, Way Back”

Best foreign-language film: “In the House”

Best documentary: “Stories We Tell”

Best popcorn movies: “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “The Heat,” “Fast & Furious 6”

And what are your favorites? So far?




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