First off, let me just say that this is not a Best-Of list. I think such lists are silly, as is the Awards Circuit and all that goes with it (Although I suppose we do have to try to honor the best -- and I'll absolutely accept that Oscar, Mr. Spielberg).
These are just the films I liked most, and experienced most powerfully as works of art. The list includes a few for which I've only read the scripts. Here we go, a-la-Letterman:
10. Upstream Color
9. Enough Said
8. The Spectacular Now
7. The Way, Way Back
6. Before Midnight
4. Fruitvale Station
3. The Place Beyond the Pines
1. Short Term 12
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*Note: To forestall any annoyed comments about the exclusion of 12 YEARS A SLAVE... I haven't watched it. I started to read the script, but it hurt my heart too much, so I stopped.
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