Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

My first movie-watching goal for 2014? Seeing all the top offerings from 2013. (Blame it on “awards season” that so many of the best movies get released so late in the year—with some not in wide release until early in the next.) Still, I have been tasked with putting together a list of the top flicks from 2013—which can be a little tricky to do when you haven’t seen them all. Yet. So here’s my to-watch list for the top flicks of 2013. I couldn’t pick just 10, so here are 20 to see (in no particular order):
Gravity. See it in IMAX 3D if you can. Wow!
12 Years A Slave. For Chiwetel Ejiofor’s haunting performance bringing to life the true story of Solomon Northup.
Before Midnight. Must see
Before Sunrise and
Before Sunset first.
Inside Llewyn Davis. For Joel and Ethan Coen’s authentic take on the early 1960s folk music scene.
Fruitvale Station. Michael B. Jordan (
Friday Night Lights,
The Wire—love him!) as the real-life Oscar Grant III in his final 24 hours.
Saving Mr. Banks. This one is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Emma Thompson as the author of
Mary Poppins takes on Tom Hanks as Walt Disney.
American Hustle. For the mad cap con plot—and all the crazy ’70s hairdos (nice curlers, Bradley Cooper).
Blue Jasmine. Had me at Cate Blanchett.
Enough Said. For James Gandolfini (in one of his last roles) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ take on the pitfalls of love as single parents.
The Past. Because this French family drama is director Asghar Farhadi’s follow up to
A Separation.
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