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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  1. Intro
  2. Joshua Rothkopf's best of 2013
  3. Keith Uhlich's best of 2013

Keith Uhlich's ten best films of 2013

  • 10. The Wolf of Wall Street

    Greed is better than good to the abhorrent Wall Street types populating Martin Scorsese’s bitter-pill bacchanal. With an unsparing eye and a terrifically entitled man-boy performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, this acerbic satire cuts through corpulent excess to the nonexistent heart within.

  • 9. The World’s End

    Capping his Cornetto trilogy in ebullient style, writer-director Edgar Wright follows a middle-aged British quintet of high-school buds on an epic pub crawl, during which they stumble upon some unearthly doings. As the group’s resident stunted adolescent, Simon Pegg offers a hilarious and heartbreaking portrait of over-the-hill deadbeatness.

  • 8. To the Wonder

    Terrence Malick’s sublime examination of a doomed love affair is more abstract dance than straightforward drama—touching on deep-rooted themes of cultural disconnect and spiritual anxiety. It’s anchored by the gorgeous, raw-nerved Olga Kurylenko as a European immigrant living in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, caught in an emotional maelstrom of a marriage.

  • 7. This Is Martin Bonner

    This intimate drama about a particularly unlikely friendship is the kind of subtly observed and deeply affecting Amerindie that’s in short supply. Paul Eenhoorn is sheer perfection as the eponymous Australian expat, and Richmond Arquette is every bit his equal as an ex-con acquaintance trying to readjust to life outside prison.

  • 6. Berberian Sound Studio

    A British sound designer (Toby Jones, perfectly cast) takes a job on an Italian giallo, and it isn’t long before the low-rent horror movie starts messing with his mind. Peter Strickland’s eerily quiet psychological thriller—a master class in the power of suggestion—will have you jumping at every shadow.

  • 5. Viola

    One of the year’s purest pleasures, this delightful comedy from writer-director Matías Piñeiro follows a group of young Argentines who engage in a romantic roundelay reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Featuring playful performances by a mostly female ensemble, the film has a light-touch profundity that would make the Bard proud.

  • 4. Post Tenebras Lux

    Carlos Reygadas’s mesmerizingly abstruse feature revolves around a wealthy Mexican family as seen through the eyes of their two youngest children. Impressionistic imagery (best ever appearance by a naked CGI devil) thrillingly takes precedence over narrative cohesion; it’s a major, marvelous dose of WTF.

  • 3. The Lords of Salem

    It initially seems like another Rob Zombie boo-fest, populated with dirt-covered witches, throbbing music and other diabolical elements. But once Sheri Moon Zombie’s beleaguered rock DJ comes to the fore, the film reveals its true colors—a poignant study of drug addiction cloaked in horror-movie duds. Call it A Woman Under the Demonic Influence.

  • 2. Museum Hours

    Jem Cohen expertly blends fact and fiction in this study of a friendship that blossoms between a museum attendant and a Canadian woman visiting Austria to attend to an ailing family member. Also a richly realized city portrait of Vienna, the movie is stirring to the senses and the soul.

  • 1. Bastards

    Bleak is beautiful in Claire Denis’s latest, a hypnotically woozy tale of a working-class mariner out for revenge against the big businessman who ruined his family. It’s an enveloping nightmare that you perversely don’t want to wake up from.

10. The Wolf of Wall Street

Greed is better than good to the abhorrent Wall Street types populating Martin Scorsese’s bitter-pill bacchanal. With an unsparing eye and a terrifically entitled man-boy performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, this acerbic satire cuts through corpulent excess to the nonexistent heart within.



Keith Uhlich's worst film of 2013

Pain & Gain

Michael Bay attempted to break out of blow-stuff-up blockbuster mode with this cringe-inducing black comedy about a bunch of Miami bodybuilders whose kidnapping plot goes awry. Loud and abrasive, blatantly hateful of gays, women and humanity in general, the film aims to be a caustic lampoon of the American Dream, but comes off as the cocky doodlings of a dumbbell way out of his depth.


  1. Intro
  2. Joshua Rothkopf's best of 2013
  3. Keith Uhlich's best of 2013

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