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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THIS IS MARTIN BONNER

This is Martin Bonner refuses to do so many things that a lesser film would have done given the same premise that it's easy to overlook just how masterful it is. Paul Eenhoorn gives one of the year's best performances as an elderly divorcee helping convicts adapt to the outside world, and Chad Hartigan is wonderfully understated as a sad-sack newly released from prison. Their mutual friendship is at the heart of Chad Hartigan's second feature, a beautifully observed and authentically moving portrait of lives we rarely get these days in cinema.

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