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2013 Movie Picks: Kenneth R. Morefield
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'Despicable Me'

For movie lovers and movie critics, the end of the year brings an avalanche of "best of" lists to analyze, pick apart, and argue over. Here at CT Movies, knowing that every critic and every movie lover brings different tastes, interests, and perspectives to the table, we've decided to take a different approach.

Each of our regular critics came up with a list of "best" films in categories of their own choosing, and we'll be running them over the next week. These aren't necessarily the year's best films, nor even the best movies these critics saw all year—just a sampling of the riches of 2013. We hope you'll find something to love.

Best Movie about Breaking the Family Curse
1982
(Not rated)

Writer-director Tommy Oliver told audiences at the Toronto Film Festival that the portrait of drug addict Shenae Brown was drawn from his own family experience. The steadfast Tim Brown (masterfully played by Hill Harper), conversely, was a conglomerate—a projection of the person he wished had been there to try to protect a child from a too-soon exposure to the problems of the adult world. Because of its Philadelphia setting, 1982 may get labeled or marketed as a "black" film. That would be a shame: family transcends all racial and socioeconomic boundaries, and the attempt to change the trajectory of a family is a narrative conflict that should be universally understood. See also: Saving Mr. Banks; Running from Crazy.

Best "Feel Good" Movie
Despicable Me 2
(Rated PG for rude humor and mild action)

This has been a great year for quality films, but the "feel good" movie has been conspicuously absent from most Top Ten lists, and for good reason. I asked ...

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