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Continued from yesterday’s 10-6 countdown, here are my picks 5 thru 1:

10. Fruitvale StationRyan Coogler

9. HerSpike Jonze

8. GravityAlfonso Cuaron

7. 12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen

6. Go For SistersJohn Sayles

5. Bastards – Claire Denis

The amazing, the lovely, the extraordinary Claire Denis is the only female filmmaker to find a spot in my top ten theatrical releases this year. Her works are always must see cinema and she’s an auteur I tend to favor. This year, she returned to dark subject matter with this Faulkner inspired tale of depravity, featuring a disturbed family harboring perverse secrets. Another killer score from her long time collaborators Tindersticks made me want to immediately see it again right as it hits its final frames. Bastards should have played in the main competition at Cannes, and it happens to remain what I consider one of this year’s bigger cinematic slights. [October 23rd NYC Release - IFC Films]

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- Nicholas Bell

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