Best of 2013: Best films of 2013

From established Hollywood auteurs to the foreign and indie fringes, cinema brought its A-game

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Month after month, 2013 proved so stunning, you almost had to hold your breath. The early-to-mid-year festivals produced an ample batch of keepers, from Richard Linklater’s Sundance sensation Before Midnight to Cannes gems like Bastards and Inside Llewyn Davis. Bracing for summer dumb, we gasped in surprise at The World’s End and Blue Jasmine. And as the year closed, some of America’s most dependable directors—big names like Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell—were operating in peak form. Here, we count down the movies that jockeyed for position in our top-ten lists, which easily could have gone to 20 or 30.




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Force Majeure

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

When a husband on a skiing trip impulsively runs instead of protecting his family during an avalanche, his marriage unravels in this comic dissection of macho posturing.

2

Citizenfour

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

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Vertigo

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

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