Rush – Director Ron Howard makes a racing movie that isn’t just about racing, but about the rivalry and intriguing relationship between real-life Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The movie balances the racers’ personal life, their careers, and the impact their relationship has on each other from the moment they began competing. An underrated film of 2013 filled with great performances. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, and Alexandra Maria Lara. 

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – After scientist Flint Lockwood’s food machine created a fiasco of large proportions, the food island where he used to live with his friends is shutting down to be cleaned up. Meanwhile, Flint gets to work at Live Corp Company with his idol Chester V, the Bill Nye of the movie, but with much more sinister intentions. But when Flint learns that his machine still works and is creating food animals, he, Sam, and friends must band together to save the island. The film has a voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, and Andy Samberg.

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Last Vegas – Billy, Paddy, Archie, and Sam grew up together in New York and were inseparable as kids. While their friendships remain, life has taken them on different paths and to different places across the U.S. When Billy proposes to his girlfriend, the four friends reunite for a glorified and final bachelor party that might get a little more complicated when old secrets come into play and threaten Billy and Paddy’s relationship. The film stars Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline. 

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The Fifth Estate – After two documentaries last year, Julian Asange of WikiLeaks became more of a famous name than he already was. Choosing to take the path of a non-documentary, Bill Condon focuses his story from the point of view of Asange’s former friend and WikiLeaks partner Daniel Berg. Based on Berg’s book, the movie follows the two as they build and expand their website and reveal world secrets, while giving us a glimpse into their rocky relationship. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, David Thewlis, Alexander Beyer, Dan Stevens, and Alicia Vikander. 

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – 86-year-old Irving Zisman journeys from Nebraska to North Carolina in order to bring his grandson home to his real father. Of course, as they venture on this road-trip adventure, a hidden camera chronicles the adventures they have and the people they meet. The film stars Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. 

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Metallica: Through the Never – Trip, a young roadie for Metallica, is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. But what seems like a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure. The film stars Metallica and Dane DeHaan. 

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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