The 20 Best Films of 2013

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

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Claire Denis

The targets of its soul-sick anger aren’t precisely indexed—vague systems of power seem responsible for the horror—but Denis’s triumph of noir atmosphere ensures the unease is infectious. Vincent Lindon’s unsmiling visage, Agnès Godard’s dim-corridor visuals and Tindersticks’ grim score almost prepare you for the worst, which comes.
Justin Stewart

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Before Midnight
Richard Linklater

Celine and Jesse continue their conversation in the best entry in the Before series, which had already been the definitive love story of a generation. Director Linklater, with stars and cowriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, offers a layered and heart-wrenching depiction of a relationship that’s fraying but not yet completely frayed. It adds retrospective depth to the previous installments and culminates in the year’s best, most romantic ending.
Ryan Vlastelica