2013

Intro

The following films appeared on year-end lists in Cinema Scope, Film Comment, The New York Times, and Sight & Sound. Selection for the Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, New York, Sundance, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals is noted.

Films

12 Years a Slave

USA
Steve McQueen

Lists: Film Comment (2, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis / 2 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Film Comment Presents, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

Abuse of Weakness

Abus de faiblesse
France, Germany, Belgium
Catherine Breillat

Lists: Film Comment (4 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Toronto (Masters, 2013)

The Act of Killing

Denmark, Norway, UK
Joshua Oppeheimer

Lists: Film Comment (4, 2013) | New York Times (1 [Documentary] - Scott, 2013) | Sight & Sound (1, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Panorama, 2013) | Toronto (Docs, 2012)

All is Lost

USA
J. C. Chandor

Lists: New York Times (6 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013)

American Hustle

USA
David O. Russell

Lists: Film Comment (19, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis / 10 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Berlinale Special, 2014)

Bastards

Les salauds
France
Claire Denis

Lists: Film Comment (13, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Toronto (Masters, 2013)

Before Midnight

USA
Richard Linklater

Lists: Film Comment (3, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Out of Competition, 2013) | Sundance (Premieres, 2013)

Behind the Candelabra

USA
Steven Soderbergh

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013)

Blind Detective

Man tam
Hong Kong, China
Johnnie To

Lists: Film Comment (18 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Midnight Projections, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

The Bling Ring

USA
Sofia Coppola

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard, 2013)

Blue is the Warmest Color

La vie d'Adèle - Chapitre 1 & 2
France
Abdellatif Kechiche

Lists: Film Comment (12, 2013) | New York Times (3 - Scott, 2013) | Sight & Sound (3, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

Butter on the Latch

USA
Josephine Decker

Lists: Film Comment (17 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2014)

Captain Phillips

USA
Paul Greengrass

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate - Opening Night, 2013)

Closed Curtain

Pardé
Iran
Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi

Lists: Film Comment (10 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Masters, 2013)

Club Sandwich

Club sándwich
Mexico
Fernando Eimbcke

Lists: Film Comment (9 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Emerging Artists, 2013) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2013)

Coast of Death

Costa da morte
Spain
Lois Patiño

Lists: Film Comment (19 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2013) | New York (Views From the Avant-Garde, 2013)

Computer Chess

USA
Andrew Bujalski

Lists: Cinema Scope (10, 2013) | Film Comment (8, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2013) | Sundance (Next, 2013)

The Counselor

USA
Ridley Scott

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Cutie and the Boxer

USA
Zachary Heinzerling

Lists: New York Times (5 [Documentary] - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Sundance (US Documentary Competition, 2013)

Enough Said

USA
Nicole Holofcener

Lists: New York Times (4 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

Frances Ha

USA
Noah Baumbach

Lists: Film Comment (9, 2013) | New York Times (7 - Scott, 2013) | Sight & Sound (5, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Panorama, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

The Grandmaster

Yi dai zong shi
Hong Kong, China
Wong Kar-wai

Lists: Film Comment (20, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Out of Competition, 2013)

Gravity

UK, USA
Alfonso Cuarón

Lists: Film Comment (7, 2013) | Sight & Sound (2, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

The Great Beauty

La grande bellezza
Italy, France
Paolo Sorrentino

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2013) | Sight & Sound (4, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

The Great Gatsby

USA, Australia
Baz Luhrmann

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Out of Competition - Opening Film, 2013)

Her

USA
Spike Jonze

Lists: Film Comment (17, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate - Closing Night, 2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis

USA
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Lists: Cinema Scope (7, 2013) | Film Comment (1, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis / 1 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013)

Jealousy

La jalousie
France
Philippe Garrel

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2013) | Film Comment (1 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2013)

Lee Daniels' The Butler

USA
Lee Daniels

Lists: New York Times (9 - Scott, 2013)

Let the Fire Burn

USA
Jason Osder

Lists: New York Times (4 [Documentary] - Scott, 2013)

Like Someone in Love

Japan, France
Abbas Kiarostami

Lists: Film Comment (15, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2012) | New York (Main Slate, 2012) | Toronto (Masters, 2012)

Museum Hours

Austria, USA
Jem Cohen

Lists: Film Comment (11, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2012) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2012)

Nebraska

USA
Alexander Payne

Lists: Film Comment (18, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013)

Nobody's Daughter Haewon

Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon
South Korea
Hong Sang-soo

Lists: Film Comment (3 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013)

Our Sunhi

U ri Sunhi
South Korea
Hong Sang-soo

Lists: Film Comment (5 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Masters, 2013)

Pain & Gain

USA
Michael Bay

Lists: New York Times (10 - Scott, 2013)

People's Park

USA, China
Libbie D. Cohn, J.P. Sniadecki

Lists: Film Comment (14 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present, 2012)

Redemption

Portugal, Germany, Italy, France
Miguel Gomes

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

Rush

UK, Germany, USA
Ron Howard

Lists: New York Times (Dargis, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Gala Presentations, 2013)

The Selfish Giant

UK
Clio Barnard

Lists: Sight & Sound (6, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight, 2013) | Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema, 2013)

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

France, Estonia
Ben Rivers, Ben Russell

Lists: Film Comment (7 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (Signs of Life, 2013) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

Spring Breakers

USA
Harmony Korine

Lists: Film Comment (14, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis / 10 - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

The Square

Al midan
Egypt, USA
Jehane Noujaim

Lists: New York Times (Dargis / 3 [Documentary] - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2014) | New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Sundance (World Cinema Documentary Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Docs, 2013)

Stemple Pass

USA
James Benning

Lists: Film Comment (13 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2013)

Stories We Tell

Canada
Sarah Polley

Lists: Film Comment (16, 2013) | New York Times (2 [Documentary] - Scott, 2013)

Festivals: Sundance (Spotlight, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2012)

Story of My Death

Història de la meva mort
Spain, France
Albert Serra

Lists: Cinema Scope (8, 2013) | Film Comment (8 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps
Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Lists: Film Comment (15 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2013) | Toronto (Vanguard, 2013)

The Strange Little Cat

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen
Germany
Ramon Zürcher

Lists: Cinema Scope (5, 2013) | Film Comment (6 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum, 2013) | Cannes (ACID, 2013) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

The Three Disasters

Les trois désastres
France
Jean-Luc Godard

Lists: Cinema Scope (Special Mention, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Critics' Week, 2013)

Three Interpretation Exercises

Trois exercices d'interprétation
Romania, France
Cristi Puiu

Lists: Film Comment (12 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

Til Madness Do Us Part

Feng ai
Hong Kong, Japan, France
Wang Bing

Lists: Film Comment (11 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

A Touch of Sin

Tian zhu ding
China, Japan
Jia Zhangke

Lists: Cinema Scope (3, 2013) | Film Comment (5, 2013) | New York Times (Dargis / 5 - Scott, 2013) | Sight & Sound (6, 2013)

Festivals: Cannes (Competition, 2013) | New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Toronto (Masters, 2013)

La última película

Mexico, Canada, Denmark, Philippines
Raya Martin, Mark Peranson

Lists: Film Comment (16 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Forum Expanded, 2014) | Toronto (Wavelengths, 2013)

Upstream Color

USA
Shane Carruth

Lists: Film Comment (10, 2013) | Sight & Sound (6, 2013)

Festivals: Berlin (Panorama, 2013) | Sundance (US Dramatic Competition, 2013)

Watermark

Canada
Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky

Lists: Film Comment (20 - Undistributed, 2013)

Festivals: Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

What Now? Remind Me

E Agora? Lembra-me
Portugal
Joaquim Pinto

Lists: Cinema Scope (4, 2013)

Festivals: Locarno (International Competition, 2013) | New York (Motion Portraits [Documentary], 2013)

The Wind Rises

Kaze tachinu
Japan
Hayao Miyazaki

Lists: Sight & Sound (18, 2014)

Festivals: New York (Main Slate, 2013) | Toronto (Special Presentations, 2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street

USA
Martin Scorsese

Lists: Cinema Scope (9, 2013) | New York Times (10 - Scott, 2013) | Sight & Sound (11, 2014)