2013 Movie Picks: Mark Moring
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Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse in 'The Book Thief'

For movie lovers and movie critics, the end of the year brings an avalanche of "best of" lists to analyze, pick apart, and argue over. Here at CT Movies, knowing that every critic and every movie lover brings different tastes, interests, and perspectives to the table, we've decided to take a different approach.

Each of our regular critics came up with a list of "best" films in categories of their own choosing, and we'll be running them over the next week. These aren't necessarily the year's best films, nor even the best movies these critics saw all year—just a sampling of the riches of 2013. We hope you'll find something to love.

Best Resurrection Movie Disguised As a Zom-Rom-Com
Warm Bodies
(Rated PG-13 for zombie violence and some language)

I like zombie movies (1968's Night of the Living Dead, 2013's World War Z), and I like zombie comedies (2004's Shaun of the Dead, 2009's Zombieland). But I wasn't prepared to so thoroughly enjoy a zom-rom-com ("zombie romantic comedy") that it would end up being one of my favorite movies of the year.

Warm Bodies released just before Valentine's Day, and as it turns out, it's got a lot of heart. There's a poignant love story—playfully riffing off of Romeo & Juliet—at the center of this film. What makes it a "resurrection movie" is when the main character, a 20-something undead dude named "R," falls for a pretty (non-zombified) girl . . . and his heart begins to . . . come alive again. But he can't fully come back to life until she loves him in return—unconditionally, "dead" in sin. Just as he is, without one plea. It'd be silly to over-theologize ...

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