Prisoners (2013)

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Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing a parent’s worst nightmare: His young daughter and her friend are missing, and panic has set in for both families as hours turn to days. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests the only suspect – the driver of a dilapidated RV on which the girls had been playing – but a lack of evidence forces his release. As pressure mounts, Loki’s team pursues multiple leads while a frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis

Duration: 153 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations.

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Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue Is the Warmest Color

The colorful, electrifying romance that took the Cannes Film Festival by storm courageously dives into a young woman’s experiences of first love and sexual awakening. Blue Is the Warmest Color stars the remarkable newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos as a high schooler who, much to her own surprise, plunges into a thrilling relationship with a female twentysomething art student, played by Léa Seydoux. Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, this finely detailed, intimate epic sensitively renders the erotic abandon of youth. It has captivated international audiences and been widely embraced as a defining love story for the new century.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche

Duration: 179 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 45 wins & 34 nominations.

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Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

Durations: 134 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 68 nominations.

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street

Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s. Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie…

Duration: 180 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 62 nominations.

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American Hustle (2013)

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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock America, American Husle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.

Director: David O. Russell

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper…

Duration: 138 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 49 wins & 87 nominations.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Academy Awardr winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in this thrilling second adventure from The Hunger Games saga. Against all odds, Katniss and fellow tribute, Peeta, have returned home after surviving the games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind, and embark on a Victory Tour through the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow announces a deadly 75th Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) that could change Panem forever.

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Duration: 146 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 32 nominations.

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Director: Steve McQueen

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender

Duration: 134 minutes

Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 123 wins & 136 nominations.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World

From the Studio that brought you the #1 Super Hero movie of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers, comes another must-own, epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

Duration: 112 minutes

Awards: 3 nominations

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Gravity (2013)

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Gravity, directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Duration: 91 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 101 wins & 62 nominations.

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this uplifting and powerful film inspired by true events. Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) sees his free-wheeling life overturned when he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Determined to survive, Woodroof decides to take matters in his own hands by tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. After finding an unlikely ally in Rayon (Jared Leto), he establishes a hugely successful “buyers’ club” and unites a band of outcasts in a struggle for dignity and acceptance that inspires in ways no one could have imagined.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Duration: 117 minutes

Awards: Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 42 wins & 27 nominations.

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