The 20 Best Films of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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To The Wonder
Terence Malick

For some, Malick’s elliptical portrait of a sputtering marriage was a descent into starry-eyed self-parody. For others, it was a revelation. Malick’s most explicitly Christian film, it’s a rapturous meditation on marital reciprocity, class imbalance, the body in motion, and the pros and cons of accepting divine grace. 
Max Nelson

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Spring Breakers
Harmony Korine

Something like a late-90s rap video as codirected by Guy Debord and Hieronymous Bosch, Korine’s sprawling, sense-deranging fifth feature is the rare parable that meaningfully covers all the bases: class, race, love, god, Gucci Mane, etc. The two finest performances of 2013 were James Franco as the corn-rowed, grill-wearing Alien and… James Franco as the Kanye stand-in in his and Seth Rogen’s parody of the “Bound 2” music video. 
Dan Sullivan