critics’ picks – must see movies of 2013

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Another fine year for film. Following you will see some of the critics and award noms that might point you in the right direction, or not. I haven’t seen them all, but I have done what I can so my seen are shown in bold. And stay tuned for my top picks. Critics key with links below for reference.

  • 12 Years a Slave – RC, AFI, CN, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, IS, F, AA, KT, BS, CFC, GA
  • The Act of Killing – RC
  • After Tiller – MO
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – F, MO, GA
  • All Is Lost – CN, AOS, IS
  • American Hustle – RC, AFI, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, AA, KT, BS, CFC, MLS
  • The Armstrong Lie – BS
  • At Any Price – MLS
  • Before Midnight – CN, MD, SH, F, GA, MLS
  • Behind the Candelabra – MD
  • Beyond the Hills – F
  • The Bling Ring – AOS, MO
  • Blue Caprice – F
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – F, AOS, SH, BS
  • Blue Jasmine – F
  • The Butler – AOS, BS
  • Captain Phillips – AFI, CN, GG, CC, MD, F, AA, KT
  • Computer Chess – MO
  • The Conjuring – CN
  • The Counselor – MD
  • Dallas Buyers Club – CC, AA
  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay – CN
  • Drug War – F
  • Enough Said – CN, AOS
  • Frances Ha – AOS, IS, F, KT, MO
  • Frozen – RC, BS
  • Fruitvale Station – AFI, CN, F, KT, BS
  • Furious 6 – RC
  • The Grandmaster – RC, MD
  • Gravity – RC, AFI, CN, GG, CC, SH, F, AA, BA, KT, BS, CFC
  • The Great Beauty – RC, MD, SH
  • The Great Gatsby – AOS
  • Hannah Arndt – AOS
  • Her – RC, AFI, GG, CC, MD, F, AA, KT, NS, MO, CFC
  • The Hobbit  – RC
  • Inequality for All – BS
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – AFI, GG, CC, MD, AOS, SH, IS, F, KT, BS, CFC, GA
  • The Invisible Woman – KT
  • Manakamana – MD
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – BA
  • Much Ado About Nothing – MLS
  • Mud – F, BS
  • Nebraska – AFI, GG CC, SH, IS, F, AA, KT, BS
  • Out of the Furnace – CN
  • Pain and Gain – AOS
  • Paradise: Love – SH
  • The Past – SH
  • Philomena – GG, AA, BA, BS
  • The Place Beyond the Pines – F
  • Post Tenebras Lux – MO
  • Redemption – MD
  • Rush – GG, MD, BA
  • Saving Mr Banks – AFI, CC, BA, BS
  • The Selfish Giant – BA
  • Short Term 12 – KT
  • The Spectacular Now – F
  • Spring Breakers – MD, AOS, SH, MO
  • The Square – MD
  • A Touch of Sin – MD, AOS, SH, MO
  • Touchy Feely – F
  • The Unknown Known – BS
  • Upstream Color – MO, GA
  • The Way Way Back – BS
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – AFI, GG, CC, AOS, SH, F, AA, MLS

AA – Academy Award NominationsAFI, AOS – A.O. Scott for NYT, BA – BAFTA, BS – Betsy Sharkey for LAT,  CC – Critic’s Choice Nominations, CFC – Chicago Film CriticsCN – Chris Nashawaty for EW, F – Flavorwire, GA – Gotham AwardsGG – Golden Globe Nomination, IS – Independent Spirit Award Nominations, KT – Kenneth Turan for LATMD – Manohla Dargis for NYT, MLS – Mick LaSalle for SFGate, MO – Mark Olsen for LATRC – Richard Corliss for Time, SH – Stephen Holden for NYT

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