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2/4 75% Lone Survivor (2014) Feels more like a military recruitment commercial than an actual film, filled with superficial displays of patriotism. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Formless, unwieldy, and ultimately disappointing. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 90% Frozen (2013) Disney still has the magic and charm to turn out something wonderful, and Frozen is a delightful animated treat for the whole family. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) What sets The Hunger Games apart from other blockbusters of its type is how it doesn't use its violence as a crutch. It actually makes us feel the loss of its victims. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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4/4 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) Too often have [slavery's] horrors been whitewashed in popular culture, but here at last McQueen lays them bare through the eyes and words of a man who experienced the unthinkable. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 89% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) An incisive look at the burning fire of first love, and the ache and devastation of its fading. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 61% Ender's Game (2013) Offers enough challenging ethical material for its target audience that it should be celebrated for asking these questions in the first place. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 93% Captain Phillips (2013) Mainstream films this good deserve to be celebrated, because they don't come along nearly as often as they should. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 96% Gravity (2013) A wondrous experience, a space epic on a grand and rare scale that is one of this year's can't miss films. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 88% Rush (2013) It's bland and unmemorable where it should be fresh and exhilarating, and despite some fine period design and nifty cinematography. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 80% Prisoners (2013) A slow burning powder keg of mystery and emotion that winds up the audience and never lets it go. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 78% The Grandmaster (2013) An intoxicating exploration of love and honor, and Wong's finest film since his 2001 masterpiece, In the Mood for Love. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) It's the kind of performance Oscars are made of, but beyond any thought of awards or accolades, Blanchett delivers a once-in-a-lifetime kind of achievement. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 71% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) It's an odd, uneven film, but there is a lot to like here. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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1.5/4 66% Elysium (2013) The action sequences are so frenetically edited that they lack cohesion, leaving the film without a narrative drive. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 94% Fruitvale Station (2013) It's a rough sit, sometimes unpleasant, and ultimately deeply painful, but somehow an essential watch. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 71% The Wolverine (2013) is a refreshing change of pace for a superhero film to directly deal with the emotional fallout of its predecessor. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 72% Pacific Rim (2013) The love for these films is evident, and Del Toro makes us love them, too, through the sheer force of his enthusiasm. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) Often patently ridiculous, with plenty of outrageous stunts and off the wall humor, but that's part of its singular charm. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 65% The Heat (2013) The main appeal here is clearly the two leads, and indeed Bullock and McCarthy are a comedic dream team. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 80% Monsters University (2013) A decent enough way to pass the time, but it pales in comparison to the modern classics that Pixar has delivered before. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 56% Man of Steel (2013) An event movie that is actually an event. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 84% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) As if everyone involved was just going through the motions, playing Star Trek dress-up but ignoring the true essence of what they're trying to embody. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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4/4 46% To The Wonder (2013) A mesmerizing, haunting work of immense beauty and insight, a film that is constantly alive, pulsing with feeling and emotion in every frame. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 48% The Great Gatsby (2013) It retains the raw power of the original story without sacrificing thematic intimacy, and that is a rare achievement indeed. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 79% Iron Man 3 (2013) This is biggest, boldest Iron Man yet. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 53% Oblivion (2013) A wholly satisfying post-apocalyptic adventure that blazes new trails while channeling some of the greatest science-fiction films of all time. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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4/4 91% Jurassic Park (1993) Just as magical now as it was 20 years ago. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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4/4 67% Spring Breakers (2013) Finds transcendence in trash, wallowing in the basest instincts of human nature to create a mesmerizing and frightening portrait of a world gone mad and innocence destroyed. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) Like its titular character, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is all promise and no payoff. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) There's not an honest, human moment in the entire film. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 53% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) There's nothing ground-breaking here by any means, but Singer has beefed up a classic tale into an entertaining family adventure. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 42% Dark Skies (2013) Puts a new spin on a tired subgenre. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 83% Side Effects (2013) An engaging and deeply pleasurable nail-biter done without compromises. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 46% Bullet to the Head (2013) Much like its star, it's a film from another era, and at its heart pulses a steely verve that is sorely missing in many modern action films. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 92% Silver Linings Playbook (2012) A perfect storm of great writing and expert performances working in tandem, a rare romantic comedy with both a heart and a brain that rings painfully and beautifully true. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 61% The Last Stand (2013) Serves as both an entertaining action film and a sort of exploration of tried and true values still operating in a modern world. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 91% Zero Dark Thirty (2013) This is crackerjack filmmaking, at once thrilling and deeply felt, a gripping CIA procedural that shows us what great movies are all about. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2/4 37% Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) If there is such a thing as Oscar porn, then Hyde Park on Hudson is as obscene as they come. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 69% Les Misérables (2012) This is the kind of show that demands to be seen live, and no amount of cinematic spectacle can replace a Broadway production. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 65% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) A grand cinematic spectacle that demands our full surrender but doesn't overwhelm its simple tale of courage with its spectacular special effects. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 62% Anna Karenina (2012) Its nearly flawless craft is done at the expense of the story rather than in service of it, and that I think is its fatal mistake. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 87% Life of Pi (2012) Lee imbues the film with remarkable grace, even when its imagery threatens to overwhelm it. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 89% Lincoln (2012) A haunting performance that is one of Lewis' finest in a career filled with towering achievements, proving yet again that he is arguably our greatest living actor. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 92% Skyfall (2012) A hugely entertaining adventure that takes Bond into previously uncharted territory, giving us everything we have come to expect from the 007 films and more. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 78% Flight (2012) Even amidst the depths of personal despair, Zemeckis maintains a light touch, interjecting moments of humor that keep the film entertaining and not as ponderous as it could have been. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 66% Cloud Atlas (2012) Tykwer and the Wachowskis clearly aimed for the stars, and while the final product ultimately falls short, there is still quite a bit to admire in the failure of their epic folly. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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2.5/4 64% Sinister (2012) Bughuul is perhaps one of the most terrifying horror villains in recent memory, even though he has relatively little screen time. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3.5/4 96% Argo (2012) Both a riveting spy thriller and an emotionally engaging piece of historical filmmaking. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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3/4 87% Frankenweenie (2012) A gothic comedy for youngsters, mixing Burton's love of the macabre with a decidedly gentler bent. Frankenweenie finds Burton squarely in his element. - The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) EDIT
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