Holiday Film Guide 2013

Robert De Niro gets into a fist fight with Sylvester Stallone. Leonardo DiCaprio does bumps of blow off a stripper’s breasts. And Joaquin Phoenix has phone sex ... with his phone? All of which can mean only one thing: wholesome holiday entertainment for the entire family, starting on Christmas Day. But Ben Stiller takes the PG route in his latest, and there’s much to admire in the new Nelson Mandela biopic. We review all those movies this week, and pick the best films of 2013.

Punching Below Their Weight

De Niro and Stallone coast through this gentle boxing comedy. By Robert Horton

Girlfriend Version 2.0

Spike Jonze engineers a winning romance out of bits and bytes. By Brian Miller

Love the Man, Not the Movie

The Mandela biopic succumbs to a panoramic view of a great man’s long life. By Robert Horton

Pleasant Dreams

Ben Stiller avoids the darker, better side of his filmmaking talent. By Robert Horton

Buy Low, Sell While High

In Scorsese’s latest, Wall Street swindlers have all the fun . . . until the fall. By Brian Miller

“I Can Do Deadpan”

How a local comedy writer got his first script directed by Alexander Payne. Bob Nelson already has a Golden Globe nomination. Could an Oscar nod be next?

The 10 Best Movies of 2013

By Robert Horton

My Favorite Movies of 2013

By Brian Miller

The Year in Trash

By Mark Rahner

 
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