The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 2013 Edition

There seemed to be fewer options for Bad this year, but also fewer options for Good, so I'm not entirely sure that this is a good trend. I hated to pick on movies like, say, Carrie, which were disappointing but at least seemed to be making every effort to be good films. I wouldn't exactly go as far as an A for effort, but it seemed mean to actively pan them. Read on to see who the winners (and losers) were:

The Good:

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Elysium: A fascinating look at a future that's unfortunately darkly probable. Here's a nice picture of Matt Damon, because you can never have too many nice pictures of Matt Damon.

Gravity: Quiet, understated, and wriggle-in-your-seat tense. I even forgot I don't really like George Clooney. It's a beautiful day for a stroll in space.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Now here's a series I never thought would hit any category in this list, but somehow they managed it, though I did have a terrible time deciding between this and Smaug. Here three characters risk death: the kids by their salute, and Effie by wearing that dress.




The Bad:

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Phantom: Sadly, even having two good actors doesn't always help when the script is mediocre and a lot of the rest of the cast looks vaguely embarrassed to be there. In this shot, Ed Harris wonders if his career is sinking.

The Purge: I'm all for a little social commentary in the movies, but it helps if the writers actually have something to say. Note how Ethan Hawke has barricaded himself away from the critics.

The Counselor: I'm still not entirely sure what sort of feel they were trying for here, but sadly it didn't work. Here, Michael Fassbender drinks to forget how little depth his character has, and Javier Bardem drinks to forget the awful wardrobe he has to wear.




The Ugly:

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Warm Bodies: The zombies themselves are almost adorable compared to the Boneys like this one. As R so famously said: "They'll eat anything with a pulse. I mean, so will I , but at least I'm conflicted about it."

World War Z: Unattractive as this crowd is, the film's ending was even less attractive, unfortunately. A case where I'm particularly glad I didn't read the book, so the movie version was less of a letdown.

Evil Dead: And as ugly as this picture is, there were infinitely worse ones I could have chosen. But they were squicking me out a little too much and I couldn't bring myself to use any of them. Truly, 2013 was the Year of the Ugly Undead.

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The Return of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 2013.

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