Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" (credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
2013 must have been a very good year for movies because Jan Wahl had trouble coming up with her list of top-ten movies for the year. Not because there was a lack thereof, but actually there were too many. But she narrowed it down as best as she could and even have the number ten spot as a tie.
KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl:
Jan Wahl's Top Ten Movies of 2013
#10 (Tie) - "American Hustle"
"…Thematically these films are very similar and they're both excellent."
Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence & Jeremy Renner
#10 (Tie) - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Terence Winter (Screenwriter)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler & Rob Reiner
#9 - "Parkland"
"…This film is about the JFK's assassination."
Director: Peter Landesman
Writer: Peter Landesman & Vincent Bugliosi (Book)
Starring: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton & Paul Giamatti
#8 - "Enough Said"
"…Starring the late James Gandolfini who gave so much heart and soul to the film."
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette & Catherine Keener
#7 - "Lee Daniel's The Butler"
"…I really hope people check this one out."
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Danny Strong, Wil Haygood (Article)
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Lenny Kravitz
Three & 1/2 hats.
#6 - "20 Feet From Stardom"
"…It's a documentary about backup singers."
Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Lou Adler & Bruce Springsteen
#5 - "Captain Phillips"
"…One of two Tom Hanks films on my list."
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips & Stephan Talty (Book)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdirahman & Faysal Ahmed
#4 - "Blue Jasmine"
"…Filmed right here in the Bay Area."
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard & Andrew Dice Clay
#3 - "42"
"…A Wonderful film from the early part of the year about Jackie Robinson."
Director: Brian Helgeland
Writer: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford & Christopher Meloni
#2 - "Saving Mr. Banks"
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer: Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman & B.J. Novak
#1 - "Nebraska"
"…An unusual film that I tell everyone to wait for the first 10 minutes and you'll be hooked."
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: Bob Nelson
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach
You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl's movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.
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