Moreover, any of my honorable mentions could have replaced several of the films that made my cut.
At the recently concluded Starz Denver Film Festival, I moderated a panel about the ways in which the best of TV seems to have surpassed so many movies. It's true: We seem to be living in a Golden Age of television, at least when it comes to the finest work.
Still, this year's best work made me wonder if maybe the movies still can hold their own. Heading toward 2014, I'm hopeful.
2. American Hustle
3.12 Years A Slave
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. The Great Beauty
6. The Past
8. Fruitvale Station
9. Blue Jasmine
10. The Act of Killing
Honorable mentions: Before Midnight, Cutie and the Boxer, Short-Term 12, The Spectacular Now, The Square, and Wadjda.