Best Films of 2013

2013 was such an incredibly strong year for film that whittling things down to a mere 25 was an arduous task, but ultimately a rewarding one. I was a bit disappointed that my list didn't feature any mainstream Hollywood movies (contrary to popular opinion, I'm not THAT much of an indie elitist), but it seems as if I went even further off the cinematic grid than year's past. Without further ado, here are my 25 favorite films of 2013!

Best Films of 2013
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12 YEARS A SLAVE

The most distinctive and harrowing vision of American slavery ever put to film, Steve McQueen's masterpiece is an unflinching moviegoing experience, depicting the weight of human suffering that's often lost in academic discussions of this subject matter. Chiwetel Ejiofor's turn as Solomon Northrup is astounding in it's silence and restraint, while Michael Fassbender is equally mesmerizing in a very tough role as a sadistic slave owner. Meanwhile, McQueen employs his usual long-take shots (lensed with stark beauty by Sean Bobbit) to stunning effect, resulting in an important film rendered with an emotional truth that digs deeper than mere historical facts.

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