2013 was a great year for movies, even better than 2012. The themes were dark, as filmmakers embraced tough topics like slavery, loneliness, greed, police brutality, bigotry, discarded children, divorce, and terrorism. Films we loved that did not make our Top Ten include Blue Jasmine, Mud, Enough Said, The Attack, Gravity, The Angel's Share, About Time, Fruitvale Station, and The Way Way Back. Here are our favorite films of 2013.
1) Her - This quirky story of love and loneliness will expand your heart.
2) Before Midnight - An honest look at what happens when we trade independence for love.
3) Sound City - Dave Grohl's compelling pitch for a return to making music in a studio.
4) Saving Mr. Banks - Uplifting film about the head-to-head battles of two storytellers.
5) Short Term 12 - Those who care for others are the true heroes of our culture.
6) American Hustle - The best collective display of great acting in 2013.
7) 12 Years a Slave - A painful reminder of America's dark side.
8) Rush - Competition brings out the best and worst in us all.
9) The Spectacular Now - High school drifter comes of age.
10) Philomena - Elder woman seeks closure of a 50-year-old wrongdoing.