3 December 2013 4:25 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As awards season is well underway, it's a good time to look back at some of the unsung films of 2013. While these films might be long shots in terms of critics' prizes and Academy Awards, they deserve your attention and will probably outlive many of the year's prestige movies. And you can stream them at home. "Side Effects" (Netflix) Rooney Mara gives a wicked and beautiful performance in Steven Soderbergh's cinematic swan song "Side Effects," in which she plays the cunning, duplicitous Emily Taylor who is the victim of a prescription drug experiment gone wrong. One minute she has our sympathies and the next, you want to strangle her. That's the brilliance of young Mara, who is oh so good at playing complicated women (Fincher's underrated "Dragon Tattoo" anyone?) -- but aside from her work, the film stands on its own as a mesmerizing noir-thriller that is utterly impossible »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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