With seven new flicks being released in the last week or so, and therefore ranked below, you’d think this guy is knee-deep in award screeners. But that is not the case…I’m just dedicated.

Aside from the wide theatrical flicks (Evil Dead, 42, The Place Beyond the Pines), a few under-the-radar limited releases (6 Souls, The Shift, John Dies at the End, Phil Spector) were placed in front of these green eyes. And let’s just say all “sections” of the list had to be modified…including the very bottom.

Here’s how the 2013 movie rankings are shaping up thus far:

1. Side Effects
2. Warm Bodies
3. Escape from Planet Earth
4. Oz the Great and Powerful
5. Evil Dead
6. 42
7. The Croods
8. 21 and Over
9. Snitch
10. Spring Breakers
11. Louder than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story
12. Beautiful Creatures
13. The Place Beyond the Pines
14. Empire State
15. Gangster Squad
16. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
17. Phil Spector
18. The Iceman
19. Dead Man Down
20. Stoker
21. Texas Chainsaw 3D
22. Bless Me, Ultima
23. Mama
24. Broken City
25. The Last Stand
26. The Shift
27. Admission
28. Emperor
29. Stand Up Guys
30. Dark Skies
31. Olympus Has Fallen
32. Monk
33. The ABCs of Death
34. The Last Exorcism Part II
35. Jack the Giant Slayer
36. The Host
37. Room 237
38. The Call
39. Safe Haven
40. John Dies at the End
41. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
42. A Haunted House
43. Bullet to the Head
44. Identity Thief
45. A Good Day to Die Hard
46. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
47. Parker
48. 6 Souls

Not screened: Movie 43, Phantom, InAPPropriate Comedy, Tyler Perry’s Temptation


Evil Dead (click on title for full review)

Phil Spector

The acting of Al Pacino and Helen Mirren is great as expected. And this leads to an attractive story. But it’s a story that is choppy and feels incomplete when it all comes to an end.

6 Souls

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the sole reason to maybe give this a look, for he does solid work as multi-personality patient. But the rest of this obvious and slow-moving horror story has nothing to offer. It arrived a decade too late. Go watch The Ring again if this sub-genre entices you.

The Shift

The setting of this tale unfolding in a hectic emergency room poses a few provocative questions to ponder. And the script and direction is focused. But the jagged conversations and the obvious labor-of-love storytelling does not always mesh well.

John Dies at the End

He should have died sooner. Basically, someone wanted to pay homage to products like The Evil Dead but also add something to it. Nice hustle, but there’s fanboy made films on Youtube that are more enjoyable.

The Place Beyond the Pines

This is your typical three-act structure. The first and third act are impeccable. The second act needed to be a lot shorter and/or have more of a charismatic presence (aside from the always awesome Ray Liotta). It’s a well-told and methodical story, but just not always an interesting one.


The sports bio-pic on Jackie Robinson (first African-American major league baseball player) doesn’t quite hit its stride until after the opening 15 minutes. But once it gets moving, it will steal your heart. And Harrison Ford finally found a role in his latter years that he can do something with. Bravo Mr. Ford!

Evil Dead

By Joe Belcastro

Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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