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Kenneth Turan’s best feature films of 2013

‘Captain Phillips’
Intricate cat-and-mouse doings on a pirate-captured freighter mixing action, character and social conscience.

MORE: Watch cast, crew discuss the film | Read the review (Hopper Stone / Columbia Pictures)
‘American Hustle’
David O. Russell and familiar faces Adams, Bale, Cooper & Lawrence take a scam story to the limit and beyond.

MORE: Scenes | Director, editor discuss the film | Read the review (Francois Duhamel / Sony - Columbia Pictures)
‘Frances Ha’
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig present the joys and sorrows of youth, bringing a touch of the French New Wave to hipster New York.

RELATED: Read the review (IFC)
‘Fruitvale Station’
A real-life shooting in Oakland dramatized with assurance and emotional depth by debuting director Ryan Coogler.

MORE: Read the review | Interview with lead actor Michael B. Jordan (Rachel Morrison / The Weinstein Company)
Imagine a camera in outer space and you are there. Knockout visuals show you the view from out there as you’ve never seen it before.

MORE: Scenes | Read the review (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Romance in the technological future envisioned by the iconoclastic Spike Jonze and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.

MORE: Scenes | Joaquin Phoenix, Spike Jonze on ‘Her’ (Warner Bros. Pictures)
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Oscar Isaac soars as a folk singer spending a week in Coen brothers hell. The music, however, is sweetness itself.

MORE: Read the review (Alison Rosa / CBS FIlms)
‘The Invisible Woman’
Star and director Ralph Fiennes, aided by Felicity Jones, brings Charles Dickens to life in a triumph of classic cinema.

MORE: Watch cast, crew discuss film (David Appleby / Sony Pictures Classics)
Bruce Dern and Will Forte in a poignant and ruefully funny father-and-son reunion that showcases the gifts of Alexander Payne.

MORE: Cast, crew discuss the film | Read the review (Paramount Pictures)
‘Short Term 12'
Exceptional naturalness and empathy in a foster-care group-home drama with a breakout performance by Brie Larson.

MORE: Read the review (Cinedigm)
‘12 Years a Slave’
Unblinking director Steve McQueen presents the horrors of slavery as Hollywood has not shown them before.

MORE: Cast, crew discuss the film | Read the review | Scenes (Jaap Buitendijk / Fox Searchlight)