Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 Monday morning via Twitter. Typical of these smart writers from all corners of the film critic universe, the list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Before Midnight" that broke out in 2013. ("To the Wonder" made some of TOH's ten worst lists.)
1. TO THE WONDER, "Terrence Malick's gorgeous American reverie."
2. BEFORE MIDNIGHT, "How did a little American romance from 1995 launch one of the richest experiments in mainstream cinema?"
3. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, "suspended between who he is and what he might be, between what he’s done and what's been done to him."
4. MUSEUM HOURS, "a quiet adventure film...about discovering a new place hidden within a familiar one..."
5. LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE. "Kiarostami prioritizes suggestion and ambiguity, inviting us to engage with and complete the work."
6. FRANCES HA. "Widely perceived as a millennial snapshot, the film transcends a strictly generational reading..."
7. POST TENEBRAS LUX, "a fragmented family portrait trapped inside in its own exhilarated, frightened headspace."
8. VIOLA, "Matias Pineiro's gently oneiric whatsit . . . a very nimble, very playful animal."
9. BEYOND THE HILLS, "a devastating horror story and a stinging indictment of religious fervor and institutional neglect."
10. THE ACT OF KILLING, "breaks new and treacherous ground for the form in its search for the ecstatic truth."