Favorites of 2013: Movie Dramas

We continue our Favorites of 2013 with drama movies.

Iron Man 3

{Marvel Studios}

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“I’m Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, got a great girl, occasionally save the world. So why can’t I sleep?”

Iron Man 3 was the perfect movie to follow The Avengers from last summer. Tony suffered from the deep psychological trauma of nearly dying during the battle of New York, and his ensuing insomnia and panic attacks made him more relatable than he’s ever been. He still hasn’t lost his trademark wit, but he did lose a bit of his edge for a while there. His friendship with the kid, Harley, was my favorite part. —Kerry

Saving Mr. Banks

{Walt Disney Pictures}

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“Winds in the east, mist coming in-”

Saving Mr. Banks was able to keep a little bit of mysticism while staying grounded throughout the whole entire movie. The cast was filled with amazing actors, and the movie left me with the high one can get after watching a great film. —Becca

Thor: The Dark World

{Marvel Studios}

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Loki: This is so unlike you, brother. So… clandestine. Are you sure you wouldn’t rather punch your way out?
Thor: If you keep talking, I might.

This movie might have focused too heavily on trying to make the audience care about Jane, but at least there was more Heimdall and Darcy to make up for it. The relationship between Loki and Thor (and Loki and Frigga) was fantastically written and acted, and I love a good twist. The closing title cards were especially beautiful. —Kerry

Pacific Rim

{Legendary Pictures}

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“Today. Today… At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!”

The characters were great, Idris Elba was amazing as always, and I now have a new appreciation for Charlie Day. —Becca

Much Ado About Nothing

{Bellwether Pictures}

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It takes a ‘life is a party’ vibe with most of the movie, but it’s not afraid to show the darkness. It was a delight to see several people from the Whedonverse perform Shakespeare, and I hope Joss Whedon gets the opportunity to do something like this again. —Becca

Now You See Me

{K/O Paper Products}

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“Whatever is about to follow, whatever this grand trick is, is really going to amaze. Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you’ll actually see.”

This movie was a big surprise for me. I went in expecting a lighthearted caper, and what I got instead was a well-crafted story about magicians, misdirection, and the art of a really good magic trick. The imagery is beautiful, the main four magicians are entertaining, Melanie Laurent is compelling instead of boring, and the veterans (Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine) take lines that could’ve been overly hammy and make them their own. But this movie truly belongs to Mark Ruffalo. —Kerry

Jack the Giant Slayer

{New Line Cinema/Legendary Pictures}

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“There’s something behind me, isn’t there?”

I watched this movie on a whim last night when it was on HBO, and it was great. Fun, adventure, romance, humor, and Ewan McGregor? It makes me wonder why I didn’t watch it sooner. —Kerry

Agora

{Focus Features}

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“What if we dared to look at the world just as it is. Let us shed for a moment every preconceived idea – what shape would it show us?”

Agora (2009) is not an easy story to watch. It is so firmly entrenched in the historical record that even thinking the words ‘happy ending’ feels flippant and out of place. But it’s a fascinating story, and a view of a time period that not only is rarely covered in period pieces, but done so from a woman’s perspective, which is even rarer. —Moff

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