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10 Best Movies of 2013

Peter Travers counts down great films from a provocative year

Producer, Dede Gardner, director, Steve McQueen, Jeremy Kleiner, Best Picture, award, 12 Years a Slave, actress, Julia Roberts, onstage, Critics' Choice Movie Awards

(L-R) Dede Gardner, Steve McQueen and Jeremy Kleiner accept the Best Picture award for '12 Years a Slave' from Julia Roberts onstage during the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, in Santa Monica, California on January 16th, 2014.

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In the most potent and provocative year at the multiplex in recent memory, 2013 stretches the boundaries of film. Here's the top 10.

by Peter Travers

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’12 Years a Slave’

The best movie ever made about slavery is also the best movie of the year. No prettified classroom study for director Steve McQueen, a visual artist and visceral provocateur of the first rank. He rubs our noses in the horrific true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man living in New York in 1841 until he becomes enslaved in the Deep South. Ejiofor, his eyes pools of torment, is an acting giant. This is one for the time capsule.

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