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The most underrated movies of 2013

Eight films that deserve much more critical attention and social appreciation than they received

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The Broken Circle Breakdown

The We and the I
directed by Michel Gondry, available on VOD/DVD
If you ever took the bus home from school as a teenager, this film may be an unwanted kick in the head. It’s every high-school social nightmare stuffed into one slow-moving, zit-filled bus, but it’s also brilliant and uncannily observed. The teenage actors are uneven, as you might expect, but the wit and horror make it easy to overlook. Gondry has made a true film that can sit beside The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine.

directed by Francis Ford Coppola, available on VOD/DVD
Saddled with a terrible trailer and dumped onto VOD after a year of trying to attract a distributor, Twixt was destined to fail. But it’s an injustice, even if the film is campy as hell. Val Kilmer returns from a long vacation as the charming, chill Val Kilmer we used to know, while Elle Fanning continues to pad an already incredible résumé as the little dead girl who haunts him.

The Grandmaster
directed by Wong Kar Wai, available on VOD
So much was written about the controversial U.S. edit of this film that the film itself seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Having seen both versions of The Grandmaster, I’m struck by the silliness of it all. The two versions of the movie work well together as companion pieces, telling the same story from slightly different vantage points. Scenes excised from each shed light on the other, to the point that they feel like sibling films – though the U.S. cut is visually marred with an unfortunate amount of style-less screen text.

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