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

Magic in the Moonlight

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Woody Allen’s latest—a lighthearted romance set in 1920s Germany and France—is one of his most charmingly conceived and performed efforts.

2

Boyhood

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

The ambition is staggering—a domestic drama shot over 12 years with the same cast—but Richard Linklater more than makes good on his experiment, bringing warmth and insight.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Worried that Hollywood is monkeying around with your favorite franchise? Don’t be: The latest installment is a powerhouse showcase for cutting-edge special effects.

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