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NY Times Manohla Dargis's Top Films Of 2013 Include 'The Counselor,' 'Her,' 'Spring Breakers' & More

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 11, 2013 2:22 PM
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Another day, another top ten sixteen list, this time from the desk of New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis. And while you'll find the usual suspects like "Inside Llewyn Davis," "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "Her," the list is mostly notable for giving shine to perhaps some of the more undersung and left-field films that dropped in 2013.

And so this writer is at least pleased to see some love for Ron Howard's slept-on "Rush," while Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" continues to show more end-of-year love than anyone might have expected. Surprisingly, two highly anticipated but middlingly received movies get props here in the shape of Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" and Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster." And Steven Soderbergh's lively "Behind the Candelabra" appears as well.

Full list below, and while Dargis didn't make a list of stuff she didn't like, she did mention that "Oz The Great And Powerful" was "one of the worst movies of 2013." And you can check out her colleague A.O. Scott's top ten right here.

The New York Times' Manohla Dargis Top 16 Of 2013 (alphabetical)

‘American Hustle’ (David O. Russell)
‘Before Midnight’ (Richard Linklater)
‘Behind the Candelabra’ (Steven Soderbergh)
‘Captain Phillips’ (Paul Greengrass)
‘The Counselor’ (Ridley Scott)
‘The Grandmaster’ (Wong Kar-wai)
‘The Great Beauty’ (Paolo Sorrentino)
‘Her’ (Spike Jonze)
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (Joel and Ethan Coen)
‘MANAKAMANA’ (Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez)
‘Redemption’ (Miguel Gomes)
‘Rush’ (Ron Howard)
‘Spring Breakers’ (Harmony Korine)
‘The Square’ (Jehane Noujaim)
‘A Touch of Sin’ (Jia Zhang-ke)
‘12 Years a Slave’ (Steve McQueen)
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7 Comments

  • adpalarunkumar | February 8, 2014 4:03 AMReply

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  • mentd | December 11, 2013 11:53 PMReply

    Before I saw The Counselor I remember seeing a clip where Ridley Scott mentions
    it will make a fine extended cut DVD or something to that effect.

    I loved the theatrical cut but feel a longer director's cut could help clarify some of the
    parts certain people didn't seem to understand and possibly turn the film from a
    Kingdom of Heaven to a Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut.

  • daniel | December 11, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    Finally some love for The Counselor. I can't think of a film in 20 years that more deserves a critical reevaluation.

  • John | December 11, 2013 7:07 PM

    How about Only God Forgives? Two of the best films of the decade getting no love whatsoever.

  • Margot | December 11, 2013 4:22 PM

    I agree about The Counselor. It deserves to be on this list, and frankly deserved better from the critics. Dargis was one of the few who reviewed it for what was actually on the screen rather than for what was expected to be on screen.

  • HB | December 11, 2013 3:14 PM

    The Counselor and Only God Forgives will be cult classics in 10-20 years. Just like Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia was.

  • Eric | December 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    Southland Tales

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