Although there isn't much playing in theaters I want to see now, (save for Django Unchained) there were some great movies out this year! You just had to look for them.
Looper was far and away not only one of the best sci-fi movies in years (if you don't count 2011's phenomenal Source Code) but one of the better overall movies this year. Bracing and original; it will be a shame when it's inevitably ignored by all the major awards shows.
Robot and Frank was a delightful little indie nobody saw. It's about an aging cat burglar (a perfectly cast Frank Langella) whose son gets him a helper robot after he begins to experience early Alzheimer's symptoms. It too takes place in the near-future, but is more comedy/drama than sci-fi. Frank hates the "robit" until he learns he can teach it things.. like lock-picking, diversion, slight of hand, etc.
Sleepwalk with Me, an indie comedy based on Mike Birbilglia's one-man show of the same name, is incredibly funny and touching. Very cool look into the life of a fledgling stand-up comic who happens to be afflicted by a bizarre medical condition. Birbig's isn't a world-class actor, but as director, he surrounded himself with enough talent that it hardly matters. It was great to see Carol Kane again! (She plays his mother)
Cloud Atlas was a victim of it's own inflated budget, 3-hour running time and rumored-to-be confusing plot. It bombed miserably. But I tell you what: every penny they spent is up there on the screen! It's pacing makes it fly by and is anything but difficult to follow. One of the better, more meaningful pictures I saw this year. It really deserved a better shake than it got.
Searching for Sugar Man may have been the most inspiring film of the year. A documentary about how an obscure American, feared-dead, 70's folk-rock-nobody became a musical icon to freedom fighters in Apartheid-torn South Africa. Mind bending! A true must-see.
That's my two cents.
Honorable mentions: Argo - worth checking out, but you can wait for video. Cabin in the Woods - a hilarious meditation on the mechanics of horror movie cliche's. If you're a horror fan, you'll get a lot out of it, but it's not gonna pull any Oscars. Wreck-it Ralph - better than Brave, but not near as good as Up or Wall-E or Toy Story 3.
Stealing movies is a victimless crime. If I download a movie it doesn't cost the company anything as I ain't going to buy the DVD, I just wait for it to come on satellite which I pay for anyway so your breaking into cars analogy is a bit weak just like when Kid Rock used it.
Most people who download music or films aren't going to buy the CD or DVD anyway so all this costing the industry billions malarkey is just bollocks.
Keep telling yourself that.
All thieves rationalize this way.