2013 so far has been quite good for less, shall we say, mainstream movies. The majority of releases have been of the Buster Blocking variety but, based on my cinema going thus far in 2013, the independent and lower budget scene
has produced some enjoyable fare.
Here's my favourite five of the bunch that I've been to see.
A great piece about childhood and family, Eloise Laurence is superb as the child juggling with her feelings and morals.
A movie that is like a great HBO series condensed into 140 minutes with a number of great performances. It is a movie that you think is taking you in one direction only to take a detour into more complex territory.
Yes McConaughey really has resurrected his career, off the back of last year's excellent Killer Joe he plays Southern enigma perfectly in this film that many have called a cross between Huckleberry Finn and The Go-Between. This movie creates a dream like state and has a great deal of heart.
Chan-wook Park's promising US debut is a slow burn Hitchcockian journey. Shades of Shadow Of A Doubt tinge this Gothic family drama.
A old school style movie star vehicle. Flight uses Denzel Washington's star power to tell a story of addiction and responsibility. Kelly Reilly is particularly good as the junkie that Washington tries to make his codependent. A message movie with a crash sequence of pure exhilaration, masterfully directed by Robert Zemeckis.