In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form:
1. "Gravity:" A perfect marriage of art and technology, Alfonso Cuarón's film and Sandra Bullock's performance, out of this world in wondrous ways.
2. "American Hustle:" David O. Russell's raucous, riotous con game. Christian Bale's hustle and flow, Jennifer Lawrence's scene stealing. Wow, baby.
3. "12 Years a Slave": "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station:" Beautifully rendered portraits of our racial past. In looking back, the future may change.
4. "Her": Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams caught up in Spike Jonze's acerbic techno love triangle. Brilliant concept, great execution.
5. "Blue Is the Warmest Color": For using sex — explicitly — to get beyond sex and into purer extremes of love; and introducing Adele Exarchopoulos.
6. "Inside Llewyn Davis": In my book the Coen brothers do no wrong. It's only a matter of what they're doing right. Everything, and Oscar Isaac too.
7. "Nebraska," "Mud": Earthy stories, harsh realities. Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey, respectively, handle the raw and real exceptionally.
8. "Saving Mr. Banks," "Philomena": Men driven crazy by smart, insistent women. Emma Thompson, Judi Dench perfectly on point. What's not to like?
9. "The Armstrong Lie," "Inequality for All," "The Unknown Known": Shrewd docs that show truth is not just stranger than fiction, it's far scarier.
10. "Frozen," "The Way Way Back": Disney animation and indie comedy. Very different beasts. Both made me laugh. And that, my friends, is priceless.
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