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  • Film Review 12 Years a Slave
    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 1 "12 Years a Slave": Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave,” based on Northup’s 1853 memoir of the same name. The audience encounters the depths of slavery’s inhumanity along with Solomon, and the effect is disturbing and unforgettable.
    Jaap Buitendijk | Fox Searchlight
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 1 "12 Years a Slave": Portraying characters in director Steve McQueen’s wrenching “12 Years a Slave” are (from left) Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps, Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup.
    Francois Duhamel
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 2 "Nebraska": Bruce Dern is Woody Grant in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska," a movie about a cranky, heavy-drinking senior and his son on a dubious road trip that ends in Payne’s most heartfelt film to date.
    Merie W. Wallace | Merie W. Wallace
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 2 "Nebraska": Bruce Dern stars as a man who gets better acquainted his son on a family trip in director Alexander Payne’s "Nebraska."
    Merie W. Wallace | Paramount Pictures
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 3 "American Hustle": Sony Pictures' corruption saga, "American Hustle," is David O. Russell's entertaining take on the Abscam investigation of the 1970s, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and has gained seven Golden Globe nominations.
    Francois Duhamel
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 4 "The Spectacular Now": Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now,” the story of an endlessly charismatic kid who’s raising the roof to avoid considering the future.
    A24 Films
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 4 "The Spectacular Now": Shailene Woodley, left, and Miles Teller in “The Spectacular Now.”
    A24 Films
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 5 "Before Midnight": Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in “Before Midnight,” maybe an Oscar longshot since Delpy’s character rubs some the wrong way.
    Despina Spyrou | Sony Pictures Classics
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 7 "Inside Llewyn Davis": Oscar Isaac, left, Justin Timberlake, center, and Adam Driver share a recording scene in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Leave it to those bleak absurdists Joel and Ethan Coen to craft a folk-singer character (a downcast yet dazzling Oscar Isaac) who travels through the camaraderie and earnestness of the early 1960s folk scene without any of it sticking.
    Alison Rosa
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 9 "Fruitvale Station": Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant in "Fruitvale Station," which follows Grant, the unarmed young man fatally shot in Oakland in 2009 by a BART officer, on the last day of his life.
    The Weinstein Co.
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    Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer's No. 10 "Gravity": Like the Earth seen from a space shuttle’s rear-view mirror, “Gravity” lessens in its size and power the farther you get from it.
Best movies of 2013: Carla Meyer picks ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘The Spectacular Now’
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