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Reverse Shot Unveils Their Top Ten Films of 2013

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 30, 2013 at 12:34PM

Independent film journal Reverse Shot named their ten best films of 2013 this morning via Twitter. The list is a brainy mix of arthouse festival films for niche audiences as well as indies, such "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha," that broke out in 2013.
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Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck in "To The Wonder."
Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck in "To The Wonder."

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."

This article is related to: Top Ten of 2013, Critics, Critics' Poll, Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha, The Act of Killing , Post Tenebras Lux, Museum Hours, Like Someone In Love, Beyond The Hills


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.