by Brent Lang.
American film is back, so let’s dispense with the idea that the only good, creative work is being done on television.
It might be tempting to dismiss this resurrection of quality as the byproduct of Oscar season, but the truth is that in terms of the big screen, 2013 has been one for the ages. Movies like “Gravity,” “All Is Lost,” “Captain Phillips” and “12 Years a Slave” contain the kind of bravura filmmaking and stirring performances that characterize a golden age of cinema.
Even before the awards race heated up, off-beat works like Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” and James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now” provided respite from the steady stream of tentpole pictures about superheroes.
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