Best Music Movies of 2013

1.

Begin Again

6.0

A long lost music producer finds a singer-songwriter right about the moment he has given up all hope on life.

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener
Directed by: John Carney
Release date: 2013-09-07
2.

Sound City

5.5

The history of Sound City and their huge recording device; exploring how digital change has allowed 'people that have no place' in music to become stars. It follows former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighter David Grohl as he attempts to resurrect the studio back to former glories.

Starring: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, John Fogerty
Directed by: Dave Grohl
Release date: 2013-01-18
3.

20 Feet from Stardom

5.4

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Starring: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Release date: 2013-06-14
4.

Metallica: Through the Never

5.1

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.

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Mackenzie Gray, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
Directed by: Nimród Antal
Release date: 2013-09-25
5.

One Chance

4.9

This film follows the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night.

Starring: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date: 2013-09-09
6.

One Direction: This Is Us

4.2

Go behind the scenes during One Directions sell out "Take Me Home" tour and experience life on the road.

Starring: Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2013-08-30
7.

Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem

4.1
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While Toki and Abigail remain in the clutches of Magnus Hammersmith and the Metal Masked Assassin, the remaining members of Dethklok carry on with their lives while pretending not to care. But as their guilt mounts and their fans become increasingly restless with Toki's absence, they realize that they must find a way to rescue their brother.
Starring: Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Mike Keneally, Malcolm McDowell, Brendon Small
Directed by: Mark Brooks
Release date: 2013-10-27
8.

Whiplash

4.1
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A ferocious, bullying music teacher teaches a dedicated student. This is the 18 min short film that the feature film was based on.
Starring: Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Nate Lang, C.J. Vana
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Release date: 2013-01-18
9.

Muscle Shoals

3.9

In a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, something miraculous sprang from the mud of the Tennessee River. A group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented, locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more. During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and gave birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”

Starring: Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin
Directed by: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Release date: 2013-09-27
10.

Good Ol' Freda

3.9

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.

Starring: Freda Kelly, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Directed by: Ryan White
Release date: 2013-09-06
11.

Peter Gabriel: Live in Athens

3.8
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In October 1987 after many months on the road, it was in the elevated surroundings of the hillside open-air theatre at Lycabettus overlooking Athens that the So tour came to a climactic close. The three nights were filmed in what was the first-ever Peter Gabriel concert to be committed to film.
Starring: Peter Gabriel
Directed by: Michael Chapman
Release date: 2013-09-13
12.

Teen Beach Movie

3.8

Cowabunga! Catch a perfect wave of fun in the sun, splashed with excitement, surprises and budding romance. Life's a beach for surfers Brady (Ross Lynch) and McKenzie (Maia Mitchell) – until a rogue wave magically transports them inside the classic '60s beach party flick, "Wet Side Story," where a full-blown rivalry between bikers and surfers threatens to erupt. There, amidst a sea of surfing, singing and dancing, Brady and Mack accidentally change the storyline, and the film’s dreamy hero and heroine fall for them instead of for each other! Can our heroes get the plot back on track, or will they be trapped there forever? Overflowing with hilarious comedy and high-energy musical numbers, "Teen Beach Movie" makes it an endless summer all year long!

Starring: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, John DeLuca
Directed by: Jeffrey Hornaday
Release date: 2013-07-19
13.

Shrek the Musical

3.8
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Shrek The Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation's film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek! It was nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical. On July 19, 2013, following the closure of the national tour and West End productions, Amazon.com confirmed that the filmed performance would be available for instant viewing on September 17, 2013. A DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download was also released on that day.The performance is an edit of several live performances as well as a performance shot without an audience. The original principal cast appear, as well as various alumni across the show's Broadway run. Also, it keeps the song "Donkey Pot Pie" instead of the replacement, "Forever."
Starring: Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, Marissa O'Donnell, Rachel Stern
Directed by: Michael John Warren
Release date: 2013-09-17
14.

The O'Briens

3.6

Two years after the death of his beloved wife, Pat O'Brien (Tommy O’Neil) summons his children back to their homestead in the west of Ireland. Fionn (Liam McMahon) travels from New York, Gareth (Emmett Hughes) from London, and daughter Una (Slaine Kelly) returns from Dublin, fearing the worst. Pat is not the only family member bearing the burden of a secret. The O’Briens is a modern comedy about a dysfunctional Irish family and the town they grew up in.

Release date: 2013-10-09
15.

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

3.6
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In the winter of 2011, after a controversial election, Vladimir Putin was reinstalled as president of Russia. In response, hundreds of thousands of citizens rose up all over the country to challenge the legitimacy of Putin’s rule. Among them were a group of young, radical-feminist punk rockers, better known as Pussy Riot. Wearing colored balaclavas, tights, and summer dresses, they entered Moscow’s most venerated cathedral and dared to sing “Mother Mary, Banish Putin!” Now they have become victims of a “show” trial.
Starring: Mariya Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Andrey Tolokonnikov, Pussy Riot
Directed by: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin
Release date: 2013-06-10
16.

Donner Party: The Musical

3.6

Snowbound and desperate, some of the Donner Party died of starvation. Some of them did not. They all sang.

Starring: Kendra White, Vincent Tomasino, Lizzie Stanton, George Alford, Ed Lowe
Directed by: Andrew Migliori
Release date: 2013-08-10
17.

CBGB

3.6

CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.

Starring: Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Malin Åkerman, Johnny Galecki, Stana Katic
Directed by: Randall Miller
Release date: 2013-10-11
18.

Battle of the Year

3.6

A down-on-his-luck coach is hired to prepare a team of the best American dancers for an international tournament that attracts all the best crews from around the world, but the Americans haven't won in fifteen years.

Starring: Josh Holloway, Josh Peck, Chris Brown, Laz Alonso, Caity Lotz
Directed by: Benson Lee
Release date: 2013-09-21
19.

Europe: Live at Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show

3.5

On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favourite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time.

Starring: Joey Tempest, John Norum, Mic Michaeli, John Leven, Ian Haugland
Directed by: Patric Ullaeus
Release date: 2013-10-20
20.

Sunshine on Leith

3.5

Davy and Ally have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers.

Starring: George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas, Jane Horrocks
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Release date: 2013-10-03

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