After a final quarter packed with strong movies, the struggle to choose 2013's best in film got a lot easier when I asked myself which movies I'd like to see again.
Suddenly, “American Hustle,” the New York critics' top pick for the year, dropped from the list. While I admired individual performances, I thought the Abscam movie had a slow first hour before pulling off a strong finish. “August: Osage County,” too, offered heaps of fine acting. But it felt drained of the biting family-dysfunction humor I admired so much in the Omaha Community Playhouse production 16 months ago.