2013 Movie Picks: Tim Wainwright
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Domhnal Gleeson and Bill Nighy in 'About Time'

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 Haunted House Movie
The Conjuring
(Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror)

During a summer that was full of disappointment for us genre-flick fans, The Conjuring was a deliciously horrifying success. It got the period touches just right, the acting was above horror average, and it bluntly declared that the "fairy tale is true. Evil exists. God exists." People go to horror movies to jump, to laugh, and to (I believe) experience worlds where fairy tale truth is held to be self-evident. The Conjuring delivered all three in a technically capable and visually handsome way. (Nick Olson's review for CT.)

Best Journey Film
Inside Llewyn Davis
(For language including some sexual references)

The Coen brothers have done it again. This spiritual sequel to O Brother Where Art Thou drew on masterful cinematography, musical savoir-faire, and mythopoeic style to make something even squares can love. See it, read the editor's take on it, and then go see it again. And maybe buy the soundtrack for someone as a Christmas ...

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