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Top 10 Films of 2013 - Jo

1Mud (Jeff Nicols)

What we said at the time: 'The highlight of Sundance London, hugely original, with outstanding performances and a beautiful heart - It's one hell of a thing all right.'

Why it's here: This film is stunning on many a level but for penning an original story, creating original and fascinating characters and setting it all in a beautifully cinematic part of America Jeff Nichol receives the top spot for Mud. A joy.

2   - Lore (Cate Shortland)

What we said at the time: 'Lore is a testing film, but also impressive and important.'

Why it's here: A coming of age story with a vicious backdrop. This is not an easy watch but a beautiful one by director Cate Shortland.  Impressionistic and haunting, Lore stayed with us for a long time afterwards

3   - Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

What we said at the time: 'Frances Ha is irrepressibly upbeat. The scene of Frances running and jumping through the New York streets to David Bowie's Modern Love is a cinematic ray of sunshine.'

Why it's here: Some films just restore your faith in cinema, plain and simple. Frances Ha is one of those.. an utter delight from start to finish..

4   - Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)

What we said at the time: ' It is Blanchett and Hawkins who make Blue Jasmine something really special and the supporting cast are a class act. If there is any justice in the world (and we all know Hollywood is all about justice) there will be Oscar nods for both Hawkins and Blanchett because my goodness do they deserve it - this is their movie.'

Why it's here: It’s just another Woody Allen film but it’s here for the absolute powerhouse performances by Hawkins and Blanchett that are it’s beautifully broken heart. If there aren’t Oscar nominations for both I will eat my hat.

5   - Stoker (Chan-wook Park)

What we said at the time: 'It's a fascinating foray for Park Chan-wook into the world of American film making.  Meticulously designed and marvellous in it's fakery, Stoker is not to be taken too seriously, it's a smokin' one night stand whose scent remains on your pillows for quite some time.'

Why it's here: Flawed and cold but interesting and beautiful.  Wasikowska and Kidman are endlessly watchable and the blue tinged world Park Chan-Wook has created is ethereally stunning.

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