Finally, here they are ... my top 10 movies of 2013:
(7) Ender's Game - I didn't want to like this. I wasn't even sure I was going to go because of my deep disagreement with Orson Scott Card's personal politics. But ultimately, the book and the movie stand on their own. And Card had no involvement in the movie. The filmmakers do a great job of distilling the main points of the book into a more manageable time frame. And the young leads: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin are well-cast. The training battle scenes are how I envisioned them when reading the book.
(5) Sound City - Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made this documentary about the famous LA studio that produced many of the classic rock albums of the 70's, 80's, and 90's including Nirvana's Nevermind and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. I wrote a bit more about it here.
(2) Rush - I wrote fairly extensively about this here. A movie about racing, but not really. Rush is more about the things that motivate us in our lives. Sometimes they are external, but often they are internal.
Honorable Mention: A few indies: Upstream Color, Prince Avalanche, Drinking Buddies, Side Effects and The Europa Report. Some big budget films that were good ... just not quite good enough: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Gravity and Pacific Rim.