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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1

Godzilla

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The granddaddy of Japanese monster movies returns in a 60th-anniversary restoration that will knock you back like its title character’s nuclear breath.

2

Fading Gigolo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The hook is Woody Allen as a pimp (har), but the real appeal here is John Turturro—writing, directing and acting in a romantic comedy that takes women’s needs seriously.

3

Manakamana

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

This sublime experimental documentary is comprised of gorgeous and probing one-shots of passengers traveling to a Nepalese temple via cable car. It’s a journey worth taking.

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