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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OUR DAY WILL COME

Bold, brilliant, and just plain strange, director Romain Gavras (son of the legendary filmmaker Costa-Gavras) has crafted a movie that dapples in social commentary and xenophobia, but that nonetheless plays as a road picture with a healthy dose of mordant dark humor. Vincent Cassell gives an explosive, unhinged performance as a creepy guidance counselor and Oliver Barthelemy is appropriately defensive and blank as a red-headed teenager seeking a life away from the trauma of bullying. Vibrant, hilarious, disturbing, and unpredictable.

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