It was a great year for movies. Here are the 21 best of 2013, as picked by Ann Hornaday.
David O. Russell talks about ?American Hustle,? comebacks and the dangers of ?going Hamlet.?
?Let the Fire Burn,? by Jason Osder, mines the archival record to examine the tragic MOVE bombing of 1985.
Christian Bale and Casey Affleck deliver galvanizing star turns in the rust-belt thriller ?Out of the Furnace.?
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Dame Judi plays the title character in ?Philomena,? about a birth mother searching for her long-lost son.
The British actress plays a birth mother searching for her long-lost son.
Jennifer Hudson and Jacob Latimore star in ?Black Nativity,? an uneven but stirring holiday musical.
?Camille Claudel 1915? featuring a shattering performance from Juliette Binoche, raises troubling questions.
With Bruce Dern, and directed by Alexander Payne, ?Nebraska? is an ?American Gothic? of our age.
?The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? should please fans of the series, anchored by Jennifer Lawrence.
This week: a winsome rom-com starring Chris Messina and a trail-blazing coming-of-age film.
The long-awaited sequel ?Best Man Holiday' brings the old gang back together, with laughs and lots of tears.
This week: SyFy’s schlocky summer hit and an earnest holiday movie with a killer soundtrack.
Saoirse Ronan shines in an otherwise drab teen wartime romance ?How I Live Now,? adapted from the novel.
Matthew McConaughey punctuates a long line of terrific performances with his best so far in ?Dallas Buyers Club.?
This week: an entertaining stand-up set from Aziz Ansari, an engrossing documentary about film technology and a Sal Mineo biopic.
ESSAY | With Oliver Stone discussing ?JFK? at the Newseum, what?s become of American paranoid style?
The documentary ?After Tiller? explores the wrenching issue of late-term abortion with lucid compassion.
Domhnall Gleeson is an adorkable leading man in the winsome, winning rom-com ?About Time.?
Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated cum laude with a degree in Government from Smith College. After working at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, she became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at the Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008.