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The 10 Best Movies Of 2013 So Far

19 August 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by Sean Wu

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2012 was a magnificent year in movies, and so far 2013 looks like it will exceed in greatness. Venice and Toronto film festivals are upon us, and with the arrival of film festivals comes the arrival of Oscar contenders. The first 2/3 of 2013 however still deserves a fair share of recognition and awards, so without further ado, here are the best movies of 2013 (so far)! (Note: I have yet to see Blue Jasmine)


10. Mud


Matthew McConaughey embodies the title role in Jeff Nichols’ Mud. After Take Shelter, it’s truly wonderful to see Nichols’ experiment with more accessible independent drama, and it is also wonderful to see two great child actors (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) work with Matthew McConaughey, an actor in the process of redefining himself. It’s a great filmic timepiece.


9. Upstream Color


Shane Carruth is the great experimental film artist of our generation; at least I think he is based on his work in Upstream Color. Color is a beautiful film that explores infection, friendships, loneliness… It’s a film that deserves to be seen. I can’t really explain the film that well without losing my head, but I do ask of everyone to see it.



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  • Sam Silbert

    Great list man, but I just have to ask why The Conjuring didn’t at least get a nod? Totally opiniated on my part, but I thought it was a great movie, even though I don’t even like horror that much. Pacific Rim was a tad overrated, but Before Midnight is a great choice for #1.

    • Sean Wu

      As author of the post, I regret to tell you that I haven’t seen The Conjuring yet. Sorry!

  • annarose

    I made a list, some films in common some not. I decided on Stoker and Spring Breakers for example over Only God Forgives and Side Effects: