Chris Parente’s top 10 movies of 2013

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Best movies 2013

2013 was a great year for film, with so many movies worthy of your time, and your cash.  Hollywood scored an all-time high in revenue, bringing in a projected 10.9 billion dollars.

And amid this success, we’re thrilled to be the only TV station in Denver with a working member of the “Broadcast Film Critics Association.” Our Chris Parente has scored hundreds of film interviews this year.

Now, he’s set to  bring you live reports from Los Angeles, and the “Critics Choice” awards, airing on on Jan. 16. You can watch the awards show live on our sister station KWGN at 8 p.m.

And as Chris prepares to vote on the final nominees, here is his list of the top ten films of the year:

  1. “American Hustle”
    A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his 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. Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner also star.
  2. “August: Osage County”
    A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor highlight the all-star cast.
  3. “Dallas Buyers Club”
    In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Musician-turned-actor Jared Leto is sure to gain nominations for his supporting performance as Rayon, Woodroof’s transgender assistant.
  4. “Her”
    A lonely writer (Joaquin Phoenix) develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) that’s designed to meet his every need. The wildly inventive film also stars Amy Adams and Chris Pratt.
  5. “Nebraska”
    An aging, booze-addled father (Bruce Dern) makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Forte, typically the jester, takes a turn for the stoic and turns in a moving performance.
  6. “12 Years A Slave”
    In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender also stars as Northup’s dubious and tormented slave owner in this narrative that’s based on Northup’s true story. Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt are also part of a large ensemble cast.
  7. “Philomena”
    A world-weary political journalist (Steve Coogan) picks up the story of a woman (Judy Dench) who is desperately searching for a son who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
  8. “Gravity”
    A medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) and an astronaut (George Clooney) work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Many said the 3D work in this movie could revolutionize the film industry.
  9. “Mud”
    Two young boys encounter a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love (Reese Witherspoon).
  10. “Frozen”
    Fearless optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams up with Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) in an epic animated journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Bell, a veteran actress, flexes some impressive pipes alongside Broadway vets Menzel and Groff in Disney’s return to musical form.

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