2013 was an awesome year for cinema. And now that it’s a thing of the past, we can look forward to an exciting and spectacular year to follow in 2014. Although all the films of 2013 have been released, we still have a lot to look forward to with holdover films–films still in theatres and films nominated by Academy Awards as well as the broadcast coming in March. The impressions left by the variety of films from 2013 are some that will stay with us for many years to come and could potentially pave the way for the future of cinema over the next decade or perhaps longer. Below, is Night Film Review’s Top 13 films of 2013. From outer-world, special effect laden blockbusters, to small indie films, to unexpected festival entries. For us at Night Film Reviews, if you haven’t seen these films then your 2013 was surely incomplete. So, without further ado, sit back and enjoy our list of the best 13 films of 2013, as chosen by us. Dive right in below!
It isn’t uncommon that after I leave a deeply affecting, emotional roller-coaster of a film that I am left speechless. Contrary to its title, the effects that Short Term 12 leaves you with are anything but short term. In what has become one of the most personal films of 2013, has also been one of my most challenging reviews to write. Ironically enough, Short Term 12 is also one of the most rewarding and mandatory films of the year. Thankfully, there is just too much to share about writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton film that can’t be left unsaid. The film tenderly explores the lives of tormented souls who have faced and are forced to conquer the lasting repercussions of sexual and other violent abuse. For that, Short Term 12 is a weary yet rewarding film that refuses to beg for empathy. Instead it chooses to be a galvanic and delicate narrative intent on telling a story right. More below!