Compiling a running list throughout the year, the final number of films with a 4 Stars+ rating exceeded 60 (from a list of close to 200), so when I was asked to cull that list to just 10 films - taking into account a few rules, 2013 Australian cinema releases, plus any festival screenings - it became a very difficult task.
I won't mention the ones that missed out, because there are too many, but I will give a couple of early 2014 recommendations. Her (Jan 16), 12 Years A Slave (Jan 30), Blue is the Warmest Color (Feb 13), Nebraska (Feb 20) and The Past (Feb 20) all come highly recommended.
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. Cloud Atlas
5. Dirty Wars
6. Captain Phillips
7. Before Midnight
9. The Place Beyond the Pines
10. Short Term 12
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Andy Buckle is a passionate Sydney-based film enthusiast and reviewer who has built a respected online voice at his personal blog, The Film Emporium. Andy will contribute reviews, features and be our resident film festival, and awards expert.