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08.30.2013by: Chris Bumbray

JoBlo.com's Top 10 Films of Summer 2013!

And so the summer of 2013 is in the books. As always, it was a bit of a mixed bag, with a few of the biggest tentpoles getting mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, some landing with a big enough thud (THE LONE RANGER, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, AFTER EARTH) that they may call into question a star or franchise's bank-ability. Overall though, it was a rather decent summer, and we, the critics here at JoBlo.com decided to make a top 10 of our favorite summer movies (coincidentally, two movies on this list just opened last week) . On this list you'll find it all: indies, blockbusters, flops that are actually great, and under-the-radar genre flicks. Agree, or disagree? Make sure to strike-back below!

Honorable Mention: Iron Man 3

I utterly enjoyed the surprises of IRON MAN 3 and all that it had in store. Now when I begin to look back at movies for all of the “best of” lists, I try and revisit as many of them as I can. Truthfully Tony Stark’s latest adventure did lose a little bit of its original spark. Still, this was an improvement over the last IRON MAN film and it was a satisfying thrilling continuation after the massive success of THE AVENGERS. In regards to this chapter’s potential villain – or villains - I personally enjoyed the twists and turns writer/director Shane Black took in telling this story. Is IRON MAN 3 a perfect film? Of course not, and it doesn’t quite seem as shiny and new upon repeated viewings. However, Stark and company still entertained the hell out of me and shockingly, it didn’t always go the exact way I would have expected it to. The surprise element in any kind of summer tent-pole is a rare treat indeed.

- Jimmy O

10- The Kings of Summer

Strange, funny, touching and full of heart, KINGS OF SUMMER announces the presence of a new indie phenom - Jordan Vogt-Roberts - who takes a rather silly premise (three boys build a house in the woods in order to escape their lame home lives) and turns it into a charming pseudo-fantasy with meaningful contemplations on friendship, independence and family. Also has one of the best soundtracks of the year.

- Eric Walkuski

9- You're Next

A clever, nasty take on the home invasion thriller, YOU'RE NEXT doesn't reinvent the wheel - it just rolls it very, very well. Watching the tragic slaughter of a family has never been so much fun; that's thanks to director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's solid grasp on how to balance gory chills and macabre laughs. Plus, we're introduced to the coolest, and most believable, "final girl" in ages: Sharni Vinson's Erin is an instant classic in the genre.

- Eric Walkuski

8- Pacific Rim

When I first sat down with Guillermo del Toro’s vision of massive robots kicking the scaly asses of giant creatures I was taken away by the visual effects. That said, the story itself didn’t excite me as much as I had hoped but making a return visit to PACIFIC RIM really gave me a whole new appreciation for this modern day Kaiju flick. With scene-stealing performances from Ron Perlman and Charlie Day and the director’s incredible talent, there is a real sense of fun in this larger than life and visually stunning monster movie. It is no surprise that del Toro is a true artist when it comes to creature creation, and PAC RIM is loaded with some seriously imaginative visual effects. With a couple of viewings it became impossible to resist the extravagant fun that this popcorn spectacle had in store.

- JimmyO

7- This is the End

The flat-out funniest movie of the summer is also the most admirably gonzo; THIS IS THE END has all the hallmarks of a stoner improv session, yet it's legitimately engaging - we don't feel as if we're just stuck watching a group of wealthy jerks screw around for 90 minutes, they work for their laughs. One of those movies you leave excitedly quoting with your friends, if it's even possible to remember all the ridiculous gags.

- Eric Walkuski

6- Fast & Furious 6

OK, so maybe the FAST & FURIOUS movies aren't particularly brilliant. Actually, they're kinda dumb. But they're also kinda awesome, and FAST & FURIOUS 6 did not disappoint, with absolutely bug-nuts action sequences, like Vin Diesel literally flying off a bridge, to a fifteen minute chase sequence on what must be the longest runway in history (complete with slo-mo heroic sacrifices, and rough-kills), and Vin Diesel driving a car through the front of a plane. It's bloody bonkers, but it's a blast. Given the way FURIOUS 6 ends, I think we can reasonably assume the upcoming seventh installment of the series will be just as good. I can't wait.

- Chris Bumbray

5- Man of Steel

Everyone gets caught up with hype, and certainly I've been guilty of this now and again in my reviews. When MAN OF STEEL came out earlier this summer, I gave it a 9/10 rave, but looking back I think I went one point too high. The movie itself is pretty damn good, and Henry Cavill makes one hell of a Superman. I also still think Michael Shannon made a great Zod, but the last forty minutes, where first Smallville, and then Metropolis are laid to waste is a little much. I understand that Zack Snyder wanted to make a "tougher" Superman, but the carnage was too much. Still, it can't be denied this is a very solid reboot of the character, and I have no doubt Cavill's going to go on and establish himself as one hell of a memorable Supes (arguably, he already has). And next time, he's going to have Ben Affleck co-starring as Batman! I'll reserve judgement on that one.

- Chris Bumbray

4- Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen's best in years. I know people say that every couple of years when it comes to the hit-and-miss auteur, but this time it's true. (Actually it's his best in decades.) A sublime and moving character study focusing on a woman's descent towards irreversible breakdown and the multiple bridges she carelessly burns. Cate Blanchett is utterly phenomenal as Jasmine, and Sally Hawkins is equally splendid as her struggling sister.

- Eric Walkuski

3- The Conjuring

Whether you believe in the ghostly occurrences the real life Ed and Lorraine Warren professed to have, it is hard not to be haunted by THE CONJURING – a film that exams one of their investigations. The James Wan directed and supposed true haunted house/demonic possession story is simply told with elements we have seen before, yet it all works with seriously spooky goodness. With the use of mostly practical effects and a fantastic cast including the terrific Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor, the horror in this haunted tale is all the more terrifying. Oftentimes the less you see is far more goose bump inducing than filling the screen with gory and ghastly images. THE CONJURING is a perfect example of this. That moment when a young girl is nearly frozen in fear insisting that something unseen is standing in the doorway shrouded in darkness is about as scary as you can get.

-JimmyO

2- Before Midnight

In Richard Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT, the filmmaker explores the complex and lasting romance between Celine and Jesse. The relationship began with the wonderfully romantic 1995 feature BEFORE SUNRISE and continued with 2004’s excellent BEFORE SUNSET. In the latest film, the series stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have started to face middle-age together and realize that passion and long-term companionship is much harder than what they had ever imagined. MIDNIGHT is a poignant and practical examination of a married couple who must live with the choices they have made, right or wrong, good or bad, and it is an inspired one. This is a perfect summer movie that is emotional, romantic, funny and a little heartbreaking. Strike that, this is a perfect movie period, one that will be just as significant ten to twenty years from now and so on.

- JimmyO

1- The World's End

A couple of years ago, a couple of us at JoBlo.com were asked to choose our favorite movies of the "aughts" (2000-2009). For me, one of the movies on the list was a real no-brainer, SHAUN OF THE DEAD. I remember seeing it a few months before it hit North America, at the Fantasia Film Fest in Montreal, and I don't think I've ever been quite the same since. Suffice to say, I love Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright, and I couldn't wait to finally see the conclusion to the THREE FLAVORS: CORNETTO trilogy. THE WORLD'S END did not let me down.

It's just about as funny as SHAUN & HOT FUZZ, and while maybe I'd rate it slightly below those two, it's just about the most fun I've had in theaters all year. Coming off SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, Wright seems more confident than ever handling the huge action setpieces (which are bigger than you'd think) with fluid long-takes, great fight choreography, and a hilarious twist ending adding up to one hell of a movie. My only caveat is that I find the notion of Wright, Frost and Pegg maybe not continuing on together horrifying. Why does "Cornetto" have to be a trilogy? I hope they all go on to make loads more films together.

-Chris Bumbray

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8:40AM on 09/13/2013
I would have Before Midnight #1...although other than the release date it isn't really a 'summer' movie. Already looking forward to the next one, hopefully I won't have to wait another 9 years!
I would have Before Midnight #1...although other than the release date it isn't really a 'summer' movie. Already looking forward to the next one, hopefully I won't have to wait another 9 years!
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10:56AM on 09/01/2013
Didn't dislike it just because it wasn't a typical Superman story, I disliked it all the way through as a movie on it's own. It started off alright until it just became non-stop, boring as fuck, blow everyone up action. I felt nothing for any of the characters and even as an origin for Superman I just thought it was super ininteresting. It borrowed heavily from Mark Waid's "Birthright" comic, but would have been a better movie if it just adapted the story as a whole. Pa Kent's death was beyond
Didn't dislike it just because it wasn't a typical Superman story, I disliked it all the way through as a movie on it's own. It started off alright until it just became non-stop, boring as fuck, blow everyone up action. I felt nothing for any of the characters and even as an origin for Superman I just thought it was super ininteresting. It borrowed heavily from Mark Waid's "Birthright" comic, but would have been a better movie if it just adapted the story as a whole. Pa Kent's death was beyond fucking stupid as Clark easily could have gone fast enough to save him without anyone really seeing was happening as a goddamn tornado was coming near them! The action bored me to tears as the last half pretty much was the same action scene over and over. Avengers perfectly paced it's final city action setpiece without it becoming dull in any way. The argument over millions being killed in Metropolis is a bit over played, but isn't without it's merit. Those opposed to it may say that he is still inexperienced and learning who he is, but he's saving people throughout the whole movie already! Overally just a boring action filled piece of garbage. That said, I love Superman Returns and it toom a viewing of Man of Steel to make me realize it! I think more people should go back to that movie and see how much better it is.
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10:48AM on 09/01/2013
Wasn't a fan of the Fast and Furious movies until I decided to watch all 5 films leading up to this one's release, and boy am I glad I did. It's amazing to see that it took a series 5 movies to finally get really good. 1 and 2 are decent movies that focus too much on the babes, nitrous, and racing parts. 3 was just a fucking boring ass movie that was pointless. 4 was alright, but really was just on the cusp of becoming as awesome as 5 and 6 were. I still think 5 is the best of the bunch, but 6
Wasn't a fan of the Fast and Furious movies until I decided to watch all 5 films leading up to this one's release, and boy am I glad I did. It's amazing to see that it took a series 5 movies to finally get really good. 1 and 2 are decent movies that focus too much on the babes, nitrous, and racing parts. 3 was just a fucking boring ass movie that was pointless. 4 was alright, but really was just on the cusp of becoming as awesome as 5 and 6 were. I still think 5 is the best of the bunch, but 6 is a super solid entry in the series.
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10:43AM on 09/01/2013
Pacific Rim is probably the most overrated "underrated" movie in a while. Everyone keeps saying it's a better Transformers, which it is, but it's not like it's that much better plot or character wise. It certianly is a beautiful movie and the scene with Mako as a child is one of the most beautiful scenes this year, but overall the movie never really made me excited to see the action going on. While they didn't over fill the movie with action scenes, each fight just felt like the same thing over
Pacific Rim is probably the most overrated "underrated" movie in a while. Everyone keeps saying it's a better Transformers, which it is, but it's not like it's that much better plot or character wise. It certianly is a beautiful movie and the scene with Mako as a child is one of the most beautiful scenes this year, but overall the movie never really made me excited to see the action going on. While they didn't over fill the movie with action scenes, each fight just felt like the same thing over and over and became tedious. I love Del Toro and the movie is definately well produced, I just feel like it's getting higher ratings from movie fans because he made it. Most of the characters are super one dimensional and had they been in a Michael Bay movie people would have been more critical of them. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an awful piece of garbage, I just think it's being highly overrated by the few people that did see it because it was "different" that most other movies this summer. Had it a better script and dialogue, I probably would have liked it a lot more, but overall I just didn't care much about anything that was going on.
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10:32AM on 09/01/2013
As a comic fan, I completley understand that the movies and the comics are always going to be two seperate things. I could care less about changes to the comic's story and specific events and such, so long as they make a fantastic movie. IM3 is definately my favorite of the summer. It was a blockbuster that was smartly written (thanks to Shane Black!) and was beyond entertaining! While I still think Avengers is the better movie, I think IM3 comes extremely close to the same tone and the right
As a comic fan, I completley understand that the movies and the comics are always going to be two seperate things. I could care less about changes to the comic's story and specific events and such, so long as they make a fantastic movie. IM3 is definately my favorite of the summer. It was a blockbuster that was smartly written (thanks to Shane Black!) and was beyond entertaining! While I still think Avengers is the better movie, I think IM3 comes extremely close to the same tone and the right balance of comedy and seriousness that Whedon acheived last summer. I mean it is essentially a typical Shane Black movie, that just happens to center around a hugely popular comic adaptation! Looking forward to seeing it again when it's on Bluray!
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6:15AM on 09/01/2013
This summer has been the worst summer for movies in my life so far. This isn't your usual "awww, everything today sucks" internet comment. It's just the observation for this year.
Just Man of Steel and Ironman 3 alone... what garbage. Every movie exactly the same as the other mainstream one. The only more or less good mainstream movie was Lone Ranger (being different).
Oh and Before Midnight was awful as well. What a generic, fake "indie".
Which doesn't mean there were no good movies this
This summer has been the worst summer for movies in my life so far. This isn't your usual "awww, everything today sucks" internet comment. It's just the observation for this year.
Just Man of Steel and Ironman 3 alone... what garbage. Every movie exactly the same as the other mainstream one. The only more or less good mainstream movie was Lone Ranger (being different).
Oh and Before Midnight was awful as well. What a generic, fake "indie".
Which doesn't mean there were no good movies this year obviously. Just no good mainstream ones.
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8:37AM on 09/13/2013
Totally wrong about Before Midnight. Otherwise you make some good points.
Totally wrong about Before Midnight. Otherwise you make some good points.
9:43PM on 08/31/2013
I certainly don't agree with this list by a long shot but always enjoy reading your opinions. Actually I haven't even seen most of these.
I certainly don't agree with this list by a long shot but always enjoy reading your opinions. Actually I haven't even seen most of these.
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9:01PM on 08/31/2013

Que?!

Where's MUD? Seriously, without it this list is moot. But to each his own I guess.
Where's MUD? Seriously, without it this list is moot. But to each his own I guess.
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3:33PM on 08/31/2013

your all gonna hate me

im about to be -56 right now on dislikes but lets be real Worlds End was not good. If i want back and forth jokes and puns every minute of dialogue ill watch Two and Half men. Its simply overrated
im about to be -56 right now on dislikes but lets be real Worlds End was not good. If i want back and forth jokes and puns every minute of dialogue ill watch Two and Half men. Its simply overrated
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3:32PM on 08/31/2013

your all gonna hate me

im about to be -56 right now on dislikes but lets be real Worlds End was not good. If i want back and forth jokes and puns every minute of dialogue ill watch Two and Half men. Its simply overrated
im about to be -56 right now on dislikes but lets be real Worlds End was not good. If i want back and forth jokes and puns every minute of dialogue ill watch Two and Half men. Its simply overrated
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12:44PM on 08/31/2013
I am glad it's an honorable mention, but for me, this was the best film of the summer (I still haven't seen WWZ though). Glad it's on here the awful 'Into Darkness' is not.
I am glad it's an honorable mention, but for me, this was the best film of the summer (I still haven't seen WWZ though). Glad it's on here the awful 'Into Darkness' is not.
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1:24AM on 08/31/2013
I love people who talk about how bad a movie is and claim to speak for film lovers in general but based on the reaction on this one I think you should go back to speaking strictly for yourselves. It looks like a lot of film lovers liked this movie.
I love people who talk about how bad a movie is and claim to speak for film lovers in general but based on the reaction on this one I think you should go back to speaking strictly for yourselves. It looks like a lot of film lovers liked this movie.
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12:35AM on 08/31/2013
I liked Man of Steel, but it could've been better. It's definitely the best Superman movie ever made and the action in the film was incredible. I didn't like Amy Adams as Lois Lane and she and Henry Cavill didn't have any chemistry either. It was just an OK movie.
I liked Man of Steel, but it could've been better. It's definitely the best Superman movie ever made and the action in the film was incredible. I didn't like Amy Adams as Lois Lane and she and Henry Cavill didn't have any chemistry either. It was just an OK movie.
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12:28AM on 08/31/2013

Pacific Rim SUCKED!

I'm sorry, but Pacific Rim was a terrible movie. The story was lame and the acting was terrible. The action wasn't even that great.
I'm sorry, but Pacific Rim was a terrible movie. The story was lame and the acting was terrible. The action wasn't even that great.
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12:47PM on 08/31/2013
I agree with you about the action, but not the plot. The characters, 50/50.
I agree with you about the action, but not the plot. The characters, 50/50.
6:22PM on 08/30/2013
I am a huge kaiju fan, and this was my second most anticipated movie of the summer ('Man Of Steel' being first), and I was left slightly disappointed. Acting was good, but the characterizations were cliche. The SFX were excellent (best of the year so far, IMO), but the action felt same-y, and thus it got a tad boring (why was every action scene at night in the rain? Some variety would have been nice).

Certainly not bad, but given the talent behind it, it should have been way better.
I am a huge kaiju fan, and this was my second most anticipated movie of the summer ('Man Of Steel' being first), and I was left slightly disappointed. Acting was good, but the characterizations were cliche. The SFX were excellent (best of the year so far, IMO), but the action felt same-y, and thus it got a tad boring (why was every action scene at night in the rain? Some variety would have been nice).

Certainly not bad, but given the talent behind it, it should have been way better.
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6:07PM on 08/30/2013

The Way Way Back and Star Trek Into Darkness

Both of these thoroughly deserve to be on the list! Especially over Iron Man 3 and You're Next
Both of these thoroughly deserve to be on the list! Especially over Iron Man 3 and You're Next
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5:29PM on 08/30/2013
I disagree with your number 1 pick, it wasn't that good, plus not having STAR TREK on here, is disappointing!
I disagree with your number 1 pick, it wasn't that good, plus not having STAR TREK on here, is disappointing!
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5:08PM on 08/30/2013
The lack of Star Trek is stunning to me. The movie may have hurt itself by drawing such a close parallel to past-Trek near the end, but that doesn't change how strong the film was outside of that. Even with that in the film, it's one of this summer's best.
The lack of Star Trek is stunning to me. The movie may have hurt itself by drawing such a close parallel to past-Trek near the end, but that doesn't change how strong the film was outside of that. Even with that in the film, it's one of this summer's best.
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4:37PM on 08/30/2013
This gets so much hate yet, at least to me, this was better than the disappointing Iron Man 3.
This gets so much hate yet, at least to me, this was better than the disappointing Iron Man 3.
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4:35PM on 08/30/2013
Great choice fuck the haters.
Great choice fuck the haters.
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4:16PM on 08/30/2013
Top 10's are so lame. Their too subjective and pointless since nobodies going to agree with it anyway. Somebody clearly phoned it in today.
Top 10's are so lame. Their too subjective and pointless since nobodies going to agree with it anyway. Somebody clearly phoned it in today.
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3:24PM on 08/30/2013

8/10 sounds about right...

OK, so it wasn't the masterpiece everyone was expecting. Was it ever going to be? It had Zach Snyder at the helm, and David "S stands for ShittyScreenwriter" Goyer on writing duties. So no, given both their track records, I wasn't expecting this to be The Godfather of Superhero movies... However, what I got was what I was hoping to get: 2 hours+ of a Superman movie, in which he actually got to punch f**k out of super-villains (and had the shit hit out of him back!!). After-all, I was one of the
OK, so it wasn't the masterpiece everyone was expecting. Was it ever going to be? It had Zach Snyder at the helm, and David "S stands for ShittyScreenwriter" Goyer on writing duties. So no, given both their track records, I wasn't expecting this to be The Godfather of Superhero movies... However, what I got was what I was hoping to get: 2 hours+ of a Superman movie, in which he actually got to punch f**k out of super-villains (and had the shit hit out of him back!!). After-all, I was one of the voices in the crowds shouting out for this... And then we got it. And then everyone went "W-wait a minute! This is too much!!!!!"
Seriously, what the f**k!!??
Let's be honest here, if an inexperienced super-powered being went toe-to-toe with other super-powered beings hell-bent on his (and his adoptive planet's) destruction, buildings would get smashed, people would get hurt/die, and it would be devastating. So bravo on them actually doing that. It could've been easy for them to have pulled a Power Rangers moment, where they have a big fight in the middle of some wasteland where nobody can get hurt. But I prefer that they didn't. Zod and his crew didn't give a rats ass about the Humans, and Supes was trying his best to take them out as quickly as possible (albeit for his very first battle!!!!). All-in-all, for me, I was totally satisfied with the end product. Sure there were other issues with the story (i.e. the relationship with Lois Lane was way too quick! among others...), but it turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable Summer Blockbuster movie! Looking forward to the sequel (with the vain hope that they find a better writer), and even looking forward to hoping to be surprised at Affleck's casting (not against it, but totally wouldn't have considered it before...).
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3:19PM on 08/30/2013
Top 10's are fucking lame.
Top 10's are fucking lame.
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3:06PM on 08/30/2013

I have so many mixed feelings on this film.

Most people seem to love or hate this film, but I fall in the middle. I liked the cast and the action scenes, but to me this origin story wasn't as good as what Donner did with Superman 1 and 2. Sure those movies are dated, but they had a sense of heart and heroics that seemed absent from this film. Of course, the original film was written in part by Puzo, author of the effing Godfather, while Man of Steel was written by the guy who directed Blade: Trinity.
Most people seem to love or hate this film, but I fall in the middle. I liked the cast and the action scenes, but to me this origin story wasn't as good as what Donner did with Superman 1 and 2. Sure those movies are dated, but they had a sense of heart and heroics that seemed absent from this film. Of course, the original film was written in part by Puzo, author of the effing Godfather, while Man of Steel was written by the guy who directed Blade: Trinity.
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2:22PM on 08/30/2013

Look this is my issue with the film's twist.

It essentially uses the same twist that Nolan used in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises (the big scary bad guy actually isn't the main villain, but instead a seemingly benign supporting character is). That's cool, I mean Nolan didn't invent that twist, anyone else is totally welcome to use it.

The thing is, that in Nolan's films the plots all totally work before you know the twist, but become even richer and make even more sense after the twist is revealed. Yes, Kane Watanabe as Ra's
It essentially uses the same twist that Nolan used in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises (the big scary bad guy actually isn't the main villain, but instead a seemingly benign supporting character is). That's cool, I mean Nolan didn't invent that twist, anyone else is totally welcome to use it.

The thing is, that in Nolan's films the plots all totally work before you know the twist, but become even richer and make even more sense after the twist is revealed. Yes, Kane Watanabe as Ra's worked just fine and the film was totally serviceable, but the story instantly took on added depth and was made even more cohesive when Neeson was outed as the real Ra's. The same can be said for Bane and Talia in TDKR. Watanabe and Bane were awesome, intimidating villains on their own, but they also weren't extremely well developed and were shadowy archetypes, Nolan made sure that when the real villains were revealed that they were deeper, richer, more interesting character than the placeholder villains they replaced. And again, most importantly he did it in a way that actually worked at the service of the story. In Iron Man 3 it doesn't go down like this. You replace an extremely charismatic villain with a flat, cardboard Bond villain without no real character arc and only an extremely loose motivation. Even worse, whereas Nolan's twists made his stories work better (although some discerning viewers could point out some minor plot holes they created) this twist creates massive plot holes that undermine the entire inner-logic of the film. I thought Killian and Hansen are so desperate for funding that they actually join up with The Mandarin so that they could further their research. But wait there is no billionaire villain, in face they just paid some dude to pretend to one! So wait, where the heck did they get all of their money from? I thought that was the whole point of having the Mandarin to begin with? How in the heck did they have the funding to do their research let alone hire an army of mercenaries and supply The Mandarin with a mansion and prostitutues? Who cares? Shane Black doesn't! Its just a big dumb summer action film, quit expecting it make sense!

No dude, I'm sorry but after the original Iron Man I expect more from these films than for them to just be big dumb action flicks. That kind of logic doesn't cut it for me. Bottom line, Nolan used his twist to actually tell a better story, Black used is as a cheap "I gotcha didn't I?" moment.
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2:22PM on 08/30/2013
I love Superman. It had a great cast, I normally enjoy Snyder's work and it had the action I always wanted to see in a Superman movie yet it was a tremendous letdown. The way some fans feel Iron Man 3 was slap in the face of comic fans with what they did to the Mandarin - that's how this movie made me feel. Like Lone Ranger, this movie feels like it was made by people who seem to not care about the character or even understand him. It was just so empty of anything other than action, which
I love Superman. It had a great cast, I normally enjoy Snyder's work and it had the action I always wanted to see in a Superman movie yet it was a tremendous letdown. The way some fans feel Iron Man 3 was slap in the face of comic fans with what they did to the Mandarin - that's how this movie made me feel. Like Lone Ranger, this movie feels like it was made by people who seem to not care about the character or even understand him. It was just so empty of anything other than action, which failed - for me - to even be thrilling or exciting. So disappointing.
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2:21PM on 08/30/2013

Oh man...

I can think of a long list of movies that I'd put in that honorable mention slot before this one.
I can think of a long list of movies that I'd put in that honorable mention slot before this one.
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2:12PM on 08/30/2013
I totally get why some fans disliked the Mandarin twist. But the character is a horribly-dated "yellow scare" villain that would of come off as incredibly racist to most non-comic fan moviegoers. They took a ballsy chance and I thought it was funny. Disappointing, sure. But for the movie, once you separate it from the source material, I thought it worked and was a nice subversion of everything audiences expected.
I totally get why some fans disliked the Mandarin twist. But the character is a horribly-dated "yellow scare" villain that would of come off as incredibly racist to most non-comic fan moviegoers. They took a ballsy chance and I thought it was funny. Disappointing, sure. But for the movie, once you separate it from the source material, I thought it worked and was a nice subversion of everything audiences expected.
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1:47PM on 08/30/2013
No Star Trek Into Darkness?
No Star Trek Into Darkness?
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1:45PM on 08/30/2013
Very solid choice.
Very solid choice.
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1:44PM on 08/30/2013
This movie is a piece of crap.
This movie is a piece of crap.
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1:02PM on 08/30/2013
I enjoyed it. PLENTY of flaws, but doesn't deserve all the hate.
I enjoyed it. PLENTY of flaws, but doesn't deserve all the hate.
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12:58PM on 08/30/2013
Enjoyed it like I knew I would. Was a tad bit underwhelmed by the ending, but still a great time.
Enjoyed it like I knew I would. Was a tad bit underwhelmed by the ending, but still a great time.
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12:56PM on 08/30/2013
Most overrated movie I've seen in a long LONG time. Barely ever felt anything by it or really remembered it by dinner afterwards.
Most overrated movie I've seen in a long LONG time. Barely ever felt anything by it or really remembered it by dinner afterwards.
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12:48PM on 08/30/2013
I agree with Jedd. I did World's End. Great movie...Hot Fuzz is still my fav and then Shaun. However Star Trek was def my fav of the summer and I'm actually shocked it didn't make it on the list. Neither did Gatsby
I agree with Jedd. I did World's End. Great movie...Hot Fuzz is still my fav and then Shaun. However Star Trek was def my fav of the summer and I'm actually shocked it didn't make it on the list. Neither did Gatsby
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12:29PM on 08/30/2013

Hmm

Well there's always a movie in a trilogy that usually shines less than others. This is that movie.
Well there's always a movie in a trilogy that usually shines less than others. This is that movie.
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11:52AM on 08/30/2013

no...just..no

In a couple weeks you'll probably rank MOS a number lower and so on and so on... After all the noise and smoke have cleared this movie was just bad. Snyder doesn't deserve this franchise.
In a couple weeks you'll probably rank MOS a number lower and so on and so on... After all the noise and smoke have cleared this movie was just bad. Snyder doesn't deserve this franchise.
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11:46AM on 08/30/2013
While I am a big fan of the trilogy, not sure I'd put this number 1. I agree it's a notch below Shaun and Hot Fuzz but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and hope they make more films together.
While I am a big fan of the trilogy, not sure I'd put this number 1. I agree it's a notch below Shaun and Hot Fuzz but I still thoroughly enjoyed it and hope they make more films together.
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11:28AM on 08/30/2013
Not seen the World's End yet, but my favourite film of the summer did have Simon Pegg in it too. Yes yes, the ending seems uninspired/too cute in the way it plays with the ending of a previous film in that franchise, but the whole affair was supremely entertaining.
Not seen the World's End yet, but my favourite film of the summer did have Simon Pegg in it too. Yes yes, the ending seems uninspired/too cute in the way it plays with the ending of a previous film in that franchise, but the whole affair was supremely entertaining.
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11:27AM on 08/30/2013
It's a minor travesty that you have this ranked above the best movie of the summer This is the End, which by the way is helluva lot funnier than The World's End.
It's a minor travesty that you have this ranked above the best movie of the summer This is the End, which by the way is helluva lot funnier than The World's End.
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11:26AM on 08/30/2013
Good film. Not excellent or earth-shatteringly awesome, but on the whole, I liked it. Yeah, bits and bobs maybe don't sit too well with people but I think this did something Superman Returns didn't at all: this pushed the character and the franchise forward, and it is a relatively solid cornerstone on which a DC cinematic universe can be built.
Good film. Not excellent or earth-shatteringly awesome, but on the whole, I liked it. Yeah, bits and bobs maybe don't sit too well with people but I think this did something Superman Returns didn't at all: this pushed the character and the franchise forward, and it is a relatively solid cornerstone on which a DC cinematic universe can be built.
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11:24AM on 08/30/2013
I liked it. Fast and Furious 6 was fun. It's a rare "part 6" that doesn't seem to be stifling a yawn at every turn, keeping the franchise on life support. I totally want to see more of the series. Yes, Letty coming back was a very soap opera-ish retcon and some attempts at humour didn't play that well but it was big, it was silly, it was genuinely exciting and it was fun. This is one of those films where the laws of physics are but theories. Human bodies take improbable amounts of punishment,
I liked it. Fast and Furious 6 was fun. It's a rare "part 6" that doesn't seem to be stifling a yawn at every turn, keeping the franchise on life support. I totally want to see more of the series. Yes, Letty coming back was a very soap opera-ish retcon and some attempts at humour didn't play that well but it was big, it was silly, it was genuinely exciting and it was fun. This is one of those films where the laws of physics are but theories. Human bodies take improbable amounts of punishment, soaring or falling through the air to have falls broken by the metal roofs of cars; airstrip runways stretch into infinity– but it's to Justin Lin's credit that I was willing to suspend disbelief enough to get swept along for the ride. Sure, there's noticeable CGI in parts, but there was some tactility to the collisions and impacts. I also like that there was a good mix of hand-to-hand combat with the car stunts; Gina Carano and Joe Taslim in particular got to show off what they know.
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11:17AM on 08/30/2013
Good stuff. People have been saying this might be "Star Wars" for this generation - I think it's more like "Independence Day", which is not an insult in any way. Independence Day packed a lot of spectacle along with it's good old-fashioned cheese and was very much a throwback to the 50s alien invasion flicks. In pretty much the same way, Pacific Rim homages creature feature, Tokusatsu, mecha and kaiju type movies and TV shows while boasting top-tier production design, visual and special effects
Good stuff. People have been saying this might be "Star Wars" for this generation - I think it's more like "Independence Day", which is not an insult in any way. Independence Day packed a lot of spectacle along with it's good old-fashioned cheese and was very much a throwback to the 50s alien invasion flicks. In pretty much the same way, Pacific Rim homages creature feature, Tokusatsu, mecha and kaiju type movies and TV shows while boasting top-tier production design, visual and special effects work.
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11:15AM on 08/30/2013
Blood and Ice Cream ftw!!!!!
Blood and Ice Cream ftw!!!!!
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11:13AM on 08/30/2013
Between this and Iron Man 3, I prefer Iron Man 3. But still this is a good movie.
Between this and Iron Man 3, I prefer Iron Man 3. But still this is a good movie.
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11:08AM on 08/30/2013
Double post, apologies.
Double post, apologies.
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11:06AM on 08/30/2013
Sequel! Sequel! Sequel!
Sequel! Sequel! Sequel!
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11:06AM on 08/30/2013
I enjoyed this very much. It was a ballsy take on the Summer blockbuster. Sometimes, these big studio movies don't have much of an identity because of how they have to conform with the "brand". However, you could definitely recognize this as a Shane Black picture, for better or for worse. I thought it was for better.
I enjoyed this very much. It was a ballsy take on the Summer blockbuster. Sometimes, these big studio movies don't have much of an identity because of how they have to conform with the "brand". However, you could definitely recognize this as a Shane Black picture, for better or for worse. I thought it was for better.
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2:31PM on 08/30/2013
Nah, it wasn't a ballsy move, it was a clumsy attempt at a twist that's been done much more effectively before in m many better summer movies (Ra's Al Ghul, anyone?)
Nah, it wasn't a ballsy move, it was a clumsy attempt at a twist that's been done much more effectively before in m many better summer movies (Ra's Al Ghul, anyone?)
10:59AM on 08/30/2013
I loved this movie! Should've been way up in the list..
I loved this movie! Should've been way up in the list..
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10:46AM on 08/30/2013

Man of Steel?

Biggest disappointment of the summer. Does not belong here.
Biggest disappointment of the summer. Does not belong here.
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10:06AM on 08/30/2013
I think all 3 of the movies from this series are overrated...
I think all 3 of the movies from this series are overrated...
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10:04AM on 08/30/2013

Liked it

Thought it was pretty silly, but still enjoyable. Reminded me of 80's horror.
Thought it was pretty silly, but still enjoyable. Reminded me of 80's horror.
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9:59AM on 08/30/2013

WTF

Overrated.
Overrated.
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9:44AM on 08/30/2013

I Concur with Oscarxp25

Total disappointment all around and it wasn't even so much because of the twist on the villain. Everything else was incredibly silly and predictable and just wasn't the dark and personal tale for Tony Stark which the trailers sold.
Total disappointment all around and it wasn't even so much because of the twist on the villain. Everything else was incredibly silly and predictable and just wasn't the dark and personal tale for Tony Stark which the trailers sold.
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9:43AM on 08/30/2013

Nah

I thought At World's End was good, just not as good as everyone said. I guess I had high expectations.
I thought Wolverine, World War Z, and Star Trek Into Darkness were better.
Guess they didn't make the list...to each his/her own.
I thought At World's End was good, just not as good as everyone said. I guess I had high expectations.
I thought Wolverine, World War Z, and Star Trek Into Darkness were better.
Guess they didn't make the list...to each his/her own.
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2:01PM on 08/30/2013
Amen dude, out of your big tentpole films Wolverine, World War Z, Star Trek and Pacific Rim were the only ones that I wasn't disappointed in, and most of them still had their issues.
Amen dude, out of your big tentpole films Wolverine, World War Z, Star Trek and Pacific Rim were the only ones that I wasn't disappointed in, and most of them still had their issues.
9:40AM on 08/30/2013

eh...

I liked it, but it dragged in parts. Loved the line "What the fuck does WTF mean" though.
I liked it, but it dragged in parts. Loved the line "What the fuck does WTF mean" though.
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9:39AM on 08/30/2013

Good but a tad bit over rated

It is great to see a good horror film come around. I thought the praise was very over-hyped until the last 20 minutes of the film where I saw the most convincing possession to hit screens in a long time.
It is great to see a good horror film come around. I thought the praise was very over-hyped until the last 20 minutes of the film where I saw the most convincing possession to hit screens in a long time.
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9:37AM on 08/30/2013

This movie was great

We were all recovering from the underwhelming "Superman Returns". "Man of Steel" was heavily influenced by Nolan's take on Batman. I thought Cavill was great. Once again Nolan, who produced this film, surrounded the main character with great actors. Crowe took a small role that was made iconic by Brando and made it into something worthy. I liked the approach they took with Lois Lane and Adam's performance. What woman in their right mind wouldn't know that Kent and Superman aren't the
We were all recovering from the underwhelming "Superman Returns". "Man of Steel" was heavily influenced by Nolan's take on Batman. I thought Cavill was great. Once again Nolan, who produced this film, surrounded the main character with great actors. Crowe took a small role that was made iconic by Brando and made it into something worthy. I liked the approach they took with Lois Lane and Adam's performance. What woman in their right mind wouldn't know that Kent and Superman aren't the same person when the only thing separating them is glasses? Shannon put in a good performance as Zod. The best aspect of the story was the relationship between the Kents and Clark. That was sold by Costner and Lane, who were perfect in these roles. I do agree that the city and life going back to normal so quickly was a bit strange but we finally saw the Superman battle we have been waiting for. I am very interested in what Cavill, Synder, and Affleck do with the next one.
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9:31AM on 08/30/2013

Gone wild!

What I loved about this film is that it doesn't try to mask what it is. Rogen and company just wanted to deliver a wild and crazy adventure. It is their fucked up group dream project. I loved it and the cameos were great
What I loved about this film is that it doesn't try to mask what it is. Rogen and company just wanted to deliver a wild and crazy adventure. It is their fucked up group dream project. I loved it and the cameos were great
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9:27AM on 08/30/2013

There is a big difference between this and Transformers!

I hear people saying that this film and any of the "Transformers" are no different. While my problems with Bay's franchise starts with the second one, the first was actually pretty good, "Pacific Rim" wipes the floor with anything Bay wanted to achieve in his franchise. "Pacific Rim" isn't a highly intelligent but you can feel the technical skill behind the camera. You can also feel the heart that Del Toro put into this picture. The middle battle actually out did the final underwater
I hear people saying that this film and any of the "Transformers" are no different. While my problems with Bay's franchise starts with the second one, the first was actually pretty good, "Pacific Rim" wipes the floor with anything Bay wanted to achieve in his franchise. "Pacific Rim" isn't a highly intelligent but you can feel the technical skill behind the camera. You can also feel the heart that Del Toro put into this picture. The middle battle actually out did the final underwater one for me. The middle one had me on the edge of my seat and feeling like a little kid. Something that Bay failed to do with any of the last two Transformers films.
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2:58PM on 08/30/2013
Probably some "Transformers" fan boy. Same person probably did it to me over on my Iron Man 3 explanation. You don't agree with me? That is fine. Just don't act like a two year old in the process.
Probably some "Transformers" fan boy. Same person probably did it to me over on my Iron Man 3 explanation. You don't agree with me? That is fine. Just don't act like a two year old in the process.
1:06PM on 08/30/2013
Who'd you piss off??? I agree w/ this entirely.

My only beef was the lull in between the first battle and 2nd battles. I wanted at least one more in there. Maybe the Chinese & Russians tag-teaming or something . . .
Who'd you piss off??? I agree w/ this entirely.

My only beef was the lull in between the first battle and 2nd battles. I wanted at least one more in there. Maybe the Chinese & Russians tag-teaming or something . . .
12:44PM on 08/30/2013
Whoa, what's with the army of downvotes on this comment? I agree; del Toro's heart, imagination and unbridled enthusiasm for the kind of movies and shows he was tipping the hat to definitely made this better than a Transformers-type affair.
Whoa, what's with the army of downvotes on this comment? I agree; del Toro's heart, imagination and unbridled enthusiasm for the kind of movies and shows he was tipping the hat to definitely made this better than a Transformers-type affair.
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9:23AM on 08/30/2013

Sorry, but hell no

Iron Man 3 was absolutely terrible from not only a comic lovers view but film lovers too. The twist is an insult to fans of the comic and just stupid to a casual movie goer. The kid that Tony meets is the prime example of how NOT to write a child character. People complain about "Man of Steel" and the over use of CGI for the end battle. The final fight in "Iron Man 3" had so much CGI overkill.
Iron Man 3 was absolutely terrible from not only a comic lovers view but film lovers too. The twist is an insult to fans of the comic and just stupid to a casual movie goer. The kid that Tony meets is the prime example of how NOT to write a child character. People complain about "Man of Steel" and the over use of CGI for the end battle. The final fight in "Iron Man 3" had so much CGI overkill.
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8:51AM on 08/30/2013
You have Iron Man 3 as a honorable mention, but Fast 6 in your top ten? And no The Way Way Back? That film was great.

This list could have been much better in my opinion. Props for having Before Midnight at number 2. Fantastic film that deserves to be seen.
You have Iron Man 3 as a honorable mention, but Fast 6 in your top ten? And no The Way Way Back? That film was great.

This list could have been much better in my opinion. Props for having Before Midnight at number 2. Fantastic film that deserves to be seen.
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8:49AM on 08/30/2013
Easily the best film this summer along with The Way Way Back. It was perfect and an absolute masterpiece in every way.
Easily the best film this summer along with The Way Way Back. It was perfect and an absolute masterpiece in every way.
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8:34AM on 08/30/2013
100% agreed, TWE took it all.
100% agreed, TWE took it all.
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8:34AM on 08/30/2013
Iron Man 3 as an honorable mention? No Star Trek or Kick Ass? Before Midnight and Blue Jasmine, and Boys of Summer on the list at all? What the Hell has happened to this website? And why not wait until after Riddick considering it's still summer? Also Pacific Rim was lame and I stand firmly by the fact that if Michael Bay made it no one would have liked it.
Iron Man 3 as an honorable mention? No Star Trek or Kick Ass? Before Midnight and Blue Jasmine, and Boys of Summer on the list at all? What the Hell has happened to this website? And why not wait until after Riddick considering it's still summer? Also Pacific Rim was lame and I stand firmly by the fact that if Michael Bay made it no one would have liked it.
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9:00AM on 08/30/2013
Michael Bay would never in his life make Pacific Rim , it's jut not possible for him. His transformers are horrible compared to Pacific Rim.
Michael Bay would never in his life make Pacific Rim , it's jut not possible for him. His transformers are horrible compared to Pacific Rim.

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