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12 OF THE BEST. A movie a month from 2013 - part 1

With 2013 almost over it's time to look back at the year and pick our favourite films from each month released into UK cinemas. It's been an excellent year for movies and we've been hard pushed to choose.
But choose we have, and here are our first 6, from the months of January to June 2013...

Spoiler light throughout.

January - Django Unchained

January seems such a long time ago now. We've spent hundreds of hours at the multiplex (probably) since then but it's Django Unchained that has stayed with us the most. Whilst we were also enjoying Les Miserables and telling anyone we could that The Last Stand really isn't that bad, the highlight of the month was the latest Quentin Tarantino movie. It's the story of a slave who is freed and trained by a German bounty hunter. He then sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. Personally we don't think Tarantino has ever delivered a bad film and the Jamie Foxx / Christoph Waltz / Leonardo DiCaprio tale certainly kept up the quality.

February - Wreck It Ralph

Well what did you think we'd pick, A Good Day To Die Hard?

We liked Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas and we were telling anyone who'd listen that Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters was actually good fun, but we were blown away by Wreck It Ralph. It had been a couple of months since it debuted in US cinemas, but it was well worth the wait. It's packed full of nods and cameos from various video game characters we remember from our misspent youth, and it has a great story too. It's one you won't mind watching with your kids again and again.

March - Oz The Great And Powerful

March was a busy month, and our local multiplex took a fair few pounds from us! We enjoyed Jack The Giant Slayer, The Croods and Parker. We were ashamed to admit that we didn't hate Identity Thief, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone or G.I. Joe Retaliation. But Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful, although not perfect, was a treat for the eyes. There are moments when it sometimes captures the magic of the original Wizard Of Oz, which is no small feat for sure. Rachel Weisz is perfectly cast as Evanora, and James Franco delivers a nice performance as the ethically challenged Oz.

April - The Odd Life Of Timothy Green

In April we absolutely loved Iron Man 3, it's the best Iron Man film so far and could've easily been our pick of the month. We also loved Oblivion, enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen and was pleasantly surprised by the Evil Dead remake. But in reflection the movie that we remember the most from April is The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. It's a wonderful story about a couple (Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton) who can't have children so they write down everything they'd like in a son and bury it in the garden. The next day young Timothy Green appears in their house! It is delightfully charming and the kind of film they just don't make anymore. It opened 8 months earlier in the US and was missed by many people because of all the blockbusters that appeared either side of it, but please, watch this film. If you haven't already done so, watch this film.

May - Star Trek Into Darkness

Lots to pick from again. The Great Gatsby, Epic, Fast & Furious 6, and Byzantium all kept us entertained. We hoped for more from The Hangover III but didn't get it. Then we ignored all the hype and misdirection from JJ Abrams and found ourselves enjoying Star Trek Into Darkness quite a bit actually. It didn't matter to us who Benedict Cumberbatch was or was not playing, we just wanted an entertaining movie, and we got that. Let's be clear that this is in no way a perfect film and we hope we get a good deep space exploration adventure for the next installment, but there was enough excitement and thrilling set pieces that it won the month for us.

June - Despicable Me 2

We were firmly in blockbuster season. Man Of Steel arrived and blew everything up in it's way, quite literally! As much as we enjoyed that, we kinda feel they forgot their audience and didn't have as much fun with the character as they could've. After Earth was surprisingly good, and we left hating ourselves a little for actually liking a movie that had both Jaden Smith and M Night Shyamalan attached to it! World War Z forgot about the world part of the title, but maybe the sequel will rectify that. But it's another animated film that wins the month for us, Despicable Me 2. Gru (Steve Carrell) has turned his back on being a super criminal and joins the Anti-Villain League. He meets AVL agent, Lucy Wilde (Kristin Wiig), and... well let's just say that Despicable Me 2 is very funny, funnier than Despicable Me 1, and that's largely because they've upped the Minion screen time.

What are you favourite films from 2013? Let us know in the comments below.

And look out for Part 2 of our movies of the year, coming soon.

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