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Owen Gleiberman's 10 Best Films of 2013

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Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman filed the following report, his list of the top 10 movies of 2013.

There's been a lot of talk this year about how television, when it comes to quality, now trumps movies. But I'd say: Don’t count movies out yet. The quality this year has been extraordinary. See if you agree, as you listen to my list of the 10 best films of 2013.

My number 10 choice is "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen brothers' tale of a struggling folk musician in the Greenwich Village of 1961. It's cynical, yet, in its haunted way, indelible.

Number 9 is "Prisoners," a startling thriller that seems to recombine the DNA of every vigilante and revenge film of the past 40 years. Hugh Jackman acts with a rage so real you're never sure where morality leaves off and wrathful insanity begins.

My number 8 choice is "World War Z," a true epic horror film that excitingly evokes the spectacle of a world coming apart.

Number 7 is "The Past," a staggering drama from the Iranian director of "A Separation." The way the plot keeps churning, turning, revealing new angles infuses a tale of domestic turmoil with the charged tension of a thriller.

My number 6 choice is Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," in which Cate Blanchett brilliantly plays a contemporary Blanche DuBois. Blanchett makes Jasmine a woman going crazy not because of brain chemistry, but because her stubborn dreams of entitlement won't allow her to accept her fate.

Number 5 is "Gravity." Alfonso Cuarón's luminous technological daydream puts us right up in space, along with a couple of U.S. shuttle astronauts. The film's story is just slender and organic, enough to reinforce the feeling that each moment is flowing into the next.

My number 4 choice is "Fruitvale Station," Ryan Coogler's powerful dramatization of the life of a young African-American killed by a transit officer. Michael B. Jordan, in a stunning performance, makes him fully, complexly alive.

Number 3 is "Before Midnight," the most powerful chapter yet in Richard Linklater's beguiling romantic talkfest. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy express the tensions and mythologies that have divided women and men in the post-feminist age.

My number 2 choice is "American Hustle," David O. Russell's exhilarating tale of a con man lured into the FBI sting operation known as Abscam. It's a film of jaw-dropping virtuosity and pleasure that out-Scorseses Scorsese.

And finally, my choice for best movie of the year is "12 Years a Slave." Steve McQueen's agonizing masterpiece is the first film to dramatize the experience of slavery in all its fear, madness and terror, with an extraordinary performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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