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My Ten Best Films of 2013

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Now that the new year is upon us, it's time to present my Top Ten Films of 2013 List. During the summertime, it was turning into a mediocre year for film. Miraculously, the tide changed in the fall with a slew of provocative adult dramas. Many of these films are certain to be strong Oscar contenders in March.

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What I try to accomplish with this list is to showcase exceptional films made in Hollywood as well as independent films made outside of the studio system. Films are a matter of taste and extremely subjective. If you don't see one of your favorites on this list, my apologies. Besides stellar acting and crafty storytelling, I pick films that affect me on an emotional and personal level. They are films that linger with me long after I exit the movie theater.

Initially, the reason I became interested in film criticism is that I wanted to let people know about independent films that don't get big theatrical releases. They tend to play the art house movie theater circuit and sometimes fly under the radar of the general movie-going public. Many actors and directors get their start in indie films before moving on to mainstream movie careers. These boutique films are quirky, emotionally-charged and give a young filmmaker the opportunity to hone their artistic vision without the pressures of a big-budget Hollywood production.

Thank you for reading my articles and I look forward to providing reviews for a new crop of films in 2014. This blog and social media in general, allows me to show my love for cinema and filmmaking. I think Frederico Fellini sums it up best, "There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the passion of life."

Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Favorite Films of 2013 (By clicking each movie photo on the list, it will take you to each detailed review):

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