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10 Movies to Watch in 2013 

Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one gnomic pronouncement endures: Leos Carax describing cinema as "a beautiful island with a cemetery" following the world premiere of Holy Motors at Cannes. What are the contents of that necropolis? As we look ahead to 2013, several unnecessary sequels — Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover Part III, Grown Ups 2, The Smurfs 2 — seem eligible for the funeral pyre. Buried under mountains of cash when they were first released, the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Little Mermaid and the Star Wars installments Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith will be disinterred and reissued in 3-D.

Yet for all of next year's likely stinking corpses, 2013 also boasts plenty of reinvigorating fare — movies that are the flora and fauna of Carax's "beautiful island." Below are ten titles — including some we haven't seen (and which might be eligible for the charnel house when we do) — whose promise suggests to us that reports of film's death are greatly exaggerated. (All dates are subject to change.)

By Melissa Anderson
"1. No, opens February 15

The superb final installment of Pablo Larraín's trilogy on Pinochet, No is set in 1988, when the Chilean dictator called for a referendum to determine whether he could extend his ru
"2. Beyond the Hills, opens March 8

Like his 2007 Palme d'Or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Cristian Mungiu's astringent new film revolves around a female friendship tested by a sclerotic culture. Nun-in-tr
"3. Carrie, opens March 15

One of several remakes slated for 2013, including Spike Lee's Oldboy and Ben Stiller's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Kimberly Peirce's update of Brian De Palma's 1976 adaptation
"4. Room 237, opens March 29

Another adaptation of a Stephen King novel — Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterwork, The Shining — is the subject of Rodney Ascher's dense, deft documentary. Five obsessiv
"5. The Heat, opens April 5

A comedy that features Sandra Bullock as an FBI special agent might lead a reasonable viewer to worry that this will be Miss Congeniality 3. But The Heat is directed by Paul Feig,
"6. Something in the Air, opens May 3

Autobiographical yet never sentimental, Olivier Assayas's early '70s-set coming-of-ager centers on high school student Gilles (terrific newcomer Clément Métayer), born t
"7. Frances Ha, opens May 17

Noah Baumbach's latest, starring and cowritten by his romantic partner, Greta Gerwig, is both a fizzy homage to the French New Wave and a sharp, witty entry into the long-moribund adrift-
"8. The Last Time I Saw Macao, opens summer TBD

Film noir meets Chris Marker–like cine-essay meets tranny fabulousness in this playful, poetic rumination on time, space and memory, co-directed by João Pedro R
"9. Elysium, opens August 9

Writer-director Neill Blomkamp proved to be a master of metaphor with his debut, District 9 (2009), a biting sci-fi allegory about apartheid. Hopes are high for the Occupy-inflected E
"10. Runner, Runner, opens September 27

In his last outing, The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), director Brad Furman showed a knack for jazzing up a legal thriller, one that ushered in the Second Coming of Matthew McConaugh
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"1. No, opens February 15

The superb final installment of Pablo Larraín's trilogy on Pinochet, No is set in 1988, when the Chilean dictator called for a referendum to determine whether he could extend his ru

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