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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LAURENCE ANYWAYS

Young wunderkind Xavier Dolan's third feature about a French teacher (Melvill Poupaud) who decides one day that he wants to become a woman and how this affects his fiance (Suzanne Clement) is at the heart of this staggering, nearly 3-hour work. Dolan saturates the screen with colorful bursts of color, artsy angles, and music video-style interludes, which compliments Poupaud's nuanced believability and Clement's explosive fury. It's a movie about a transgendered character who never feels like a caricature, and the brilliance of Dolan's epic is that he treats the central love story as if it's just like any other. Messy, sprawling, and altogether magnificent.

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