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    #121200

    Richard Corliss/Time with Roger Ebert’s passing is now (maybe with Joe Morgenstern of the WSJ) the dean of US critics

    Here’s his 10 best list – he was a vote for AH over 12 Yrs at NY based on his rankings:

    1. Gravity. “In depicting the fearful, beautiful reality of the space world above our world, Gravity reveals the glory of cinema’s future; it thrills on so many levels.”

     

    2. The Great Beauty. “Giving even the cynics a faith in the vibrancy of movies, The Great Beauty is the year’s grandest, most exhilarating film that takes place on Earth.”

     

    3. American Hustle. “This portrait of the ’70s revels in the decade’s gaudiness — its disco dancing and casino dreams, its ugly coiffures and facial hair — and in the eternal abrasion of sexy women and covetous men.”

     

    4. Her. “Spike Jonze… creates a splendid anachronism: a modern rom-com that is laugh-and-cry and warm all over, totally sweet and utterly serious.”

     

    5. The Grandmaster. “A fittingly elegiac climax for a world-class filmmaker who’s always in the mood for lost love.”

     

    6. Furious 6. “This adrenaline-stoking series is addictive, for its chases, crashes, crushes — and for its poetic limning of the closest camaraderie many men can ever know: with their cars.”

     

    7. Frozen. “The first animated feature in the Walt Disney studio’s glorious history to offer two princess heroines, Frozen transforms Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’ into a fable of modern, timeless sisterhood.”

     

    8. The Act of Killing. “Making the movies, which vault from film noir to bizarre musical, eventually gets under Anwar’s skin and into his dreams…. For any viewer, the effect is no less haunting.”

     

    9. 12 Years a Slave. “The movie has the eerie impact of a museum exhibit; it is a diorama of atrocity.”

     

    10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. “Each complex encounter, especially a flume-ride escape of the dwarves, boasts a teeming ingenuity of action and character.”    

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    KT
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    #121202

    The Hobbit!!!  Woah!!

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    babypook
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    #121203

    Hurrah for The Grandmaster! Big fan of Spike Jonze also; hopefully after NBR he wont be entirely ignored.

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    CanadianFan
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    #121204

    I loved the first Hobbit film, so I’m happy to see its sequel here.

    I’m also shocked by AH being ranked higher than 12YAS.  

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    Riley
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    I love http://www.criticstop10.com/.

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    DominicCobb
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    Furious 6 – yeah, no. Very fun movie, no doubt. But sixth best? Ahead of 12 Years a Slave?! Yeah, no. Will be interesting to see what other critics list.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I love http://www.criticstop10.com/.

    I do, too. I’m always curious what the aggregates were for years past. 

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    Renaton
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    Furious 6 – yeah, no. Very fun movie, no doubt. But sixth best? Ahead of 12 Years a Slave?! Yeah, no. Will be interesting to see what other critics list.

    I’m actually considering putting Fast 6 on my top 10 list as well. Justin Lin is one of the best action directors working right now. Very few in the world stage an action scene like he does right now. I mean it.  This guy is immensely talented and skilled as director, and should have the recognition people like Nolan get, so I’m all for this. 

    Also, no american film franchise today tends to adrenaline-seeking cinephiles more than the F&F films. 

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    DominicCobb
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    Yeah, I totally agree, but in my opinion you can’t just get into the top 10 with great action sequences. It doesn’t help that the story is uninteresting and many of the non-action scenes fall flat. Fast Five in a top 10 list I could get. Furious 6, not so much.

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    Renaton
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    I prefer Fast Five as well, but I think Furious 6 is close. And I also think this is a weaker year than when we had Fast Five.

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    #121211

    Eric Kohn – Indiewire

    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Leviathan
    3. Before Midnight
    4. The Act of Killing
    5. Blue is the Warmest Color
    6. Museum Hours
    7. Inside Llewyn Davis
    8. Computer Chess
    9. Upstream Color
    10. Gloria

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I’ve seen a lot of movies this year, but really need to see more. “Upstream Color” is in my Netflix queue, and I’ve got to seek out “The Act of Killing.” I’ve been hearing about that one for a while.

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    Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
    1. 12 Years a Slave
    2. Gravity
    3. The Wolf of Wall Street
    4. Before Midnight
    5. Her
    6. American Hustle
    7. Captain Phillips
    8. Nebraska
    9. Blue Jasmine
    10. Inside Llewyn Davis 

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    Anyone of Travers’ experience and profile who can’t find room on his list for a FL film deserves to be scorned.

    His list every year seems to be an attempt to be close to the BP nominees – he’s missing Saving Mr Banks and not a lot of other prime contenders

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Anyone of Travers’ experience and profile who can’t find room on his list for a FL film deserves to be scorned.

    His list every year seems to be an attempt to be close to the BP nominees – he’s missing Saving Mr Banks and not a lot of other prime contenders

    I’ve noticed that too. That there are no foreign titles on his list bothers me less than the fact that his list, as you said, doesn’t find room for any non-Oscar contenders. Are those the only films he loved?

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