Staff Picks: The Best Movies Of 2013 (So Far…)

With reaching the year’s midpoint, we look back at the films that have piqued our interest in the first half of 2013.

OJ’s Pick: Doin’ It in the Park

Bobbito Garcia has been telling amazing stories about music, sneaker culture and basketball for over 20 years. In grand fashion, this documentary personalizes the phrase, “Ball above all.” — Orlando Lima

Mark’s Pick: Before Midnight
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Rare is the threequel that wasn’t greenlit strictly due to the potential revenue impact of fast food tie-ins and licensing potential, but Before Midnight proves that there’s still room at the multiplex for intelligent, darkly humorous, character-driven films ($4.6MM at the B.O. and counting). The third film of a trilogy that also includes Before Sunrise And Before Sunset catches us up on the lives of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), a couple that first met during a chance encounter in the mid-90s and now finds themselves in their mid-40s trying to recapture the romantic connection that initially drew them together. It’s elegantly directed by Richard Linklater, who has proven himself over the course of his 20+ year directing career to be an American talent to rival the likes of Robert Altman. — Mark Graham

RUNNER-UP: Frances Ha (directed by Noah Baumbach)

Sabrina’s Pick: Man Of Steel

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