The 20 Best Films of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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Drug War
Johnnie To

The director’s first action movie on the Chinese mainland is a well-oiled machine of mutually assured destruction. Cops and criminals are envisioned as robotic cogs in a surveillance apparatus that saps their energy, leaving them as emotionless husks of professionalism. The only way to assert individuality? Drop down dead.
R. Emmet Sweeney

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Museum Hours
Jem Cohen

In a year whose movies seemed to be all about speed, violence and staring into the void (but what else is new?), Cohen’s first proper narrative-
feature instead opted to double down on placid observation, delicately sketched melancholy and naturally lighted loveliness. It was this summer’s great air-conditioning movie, an entrancingly patient examination of how relations between human beings are even possible in the first place. 
Dan Sullivan