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Vanity Fair Reveals Top Films of 2023: Must-See Movies Selected by Leading Film Critic

Vanity Fair Reveals Top Films of 2023: Must-See Movies Selected by Leading Film Critic

Berfin Ceren Meray
December 29 2023 - 12:16am

Vanity Fair, staying true to its annual tradition, has unveiled its list of the best films for the year 2023. Compiled by the esteemed chief critic at Vanity Fair, this eagerly anticipated list offers cinephiles a curated selection of cinematic gems. Let's dive into the list together, promising delightful reading and a lineup of movies that are bound to captivate your attention. Enjoy the read, and here's to some fantastic viewing ahead!

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10. Asteroid City

10. Asteroid City
  • IMDb: 6.6

  • Summary: The film revolves around the Unseasoned Star Observers and Military Space Students Congress taking place in a fictional desert town in America. The scientific congress, bringing together students and their families for academic competition, suddenly encounters alien chaos. As the town is declared a forbidden zone, life-altering events unfold on Earth.

  • Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Tilda Swinton

  • Director: Wes Anderson

9. Showing Up

9. Showing Up
  • IMDb: 6.4

  • Summary: William is in the midst of preparing for a crucial exhibition that will change the course of his career. Just days before the opening of the exhibition that will shape William's professional trajectory, he finds inspiration in his everyday life. William's perspective, influenced by relationships and the complexities of his life, might also resonate with you.

  • Cast: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, André Benjamin

  • Director: Kelly Reichardt

8. You Hurt My Feelings

8. You Hurt My Feelings
  • IMDb: 6.6

  • Summary: New York writer Beth is married to Don, a supportive and loving husband in every way. However, their seemingly perfect marriage is turned upside down by Don's confession. Don confesses that he does not admire Beth's writing style, leading to unexpected challenges in their relationship.

  • Cast: Amber Tamblyn, David Cross, Tobias Menzies, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • Director: Nicole Holofcener

7. Anatomy of a Fall

7. Anatomy of a Fall
  • IMDb: 7.8

  • Summary: Sandra, Samuel, and their 11-year-old visually impaired son Daniel, who have lived in the mountains away from urban life for years, face a tragic incident that completely changes their lives. The question of whether Samuel's death from a fall was a suicide or an accident remains unresolved. Sandra, seen as a suspect, is arrested on charges of murder, leading to a psychological journey into the turbulent relationship of the couple during the trial.

  • Cast: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner, Antoine Reinartz

  • Director: Justine Triet

6. Earth Mama

6. Earth Mama
  • IMDb: 6.7

  • Summary: The story follows the coming-of-age journey and life-changing experiences of a single and pregnant young woman as she becomes part of the Bay Area community, poised to determine her family's fate.

  • Cast: Tia Nomore, Erika Alexander, Doechii, Keta Price

  • Director: Savanah Leaf

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5. Passages

5. Passages
  • IMDb: 6.8

  • Summary: Tomas, living in Paris with her husband Martin, embarks on a new film project. Tomas's involvement with a woman named Agathe on the last day of filming leads to an unexpected rupture in Tomas and Martin's relationship, leaving Tomas anticipating a jealous and narcissistic dynamic.

  • Cast: Franz Rogowski, Ben Whishaw, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Erwan Kepoa Falé

  • Director: Ira Sachs

4. The Zone of Interest

4. The Zone of Interest
  • IMDb: 8.0

  • Summary: Adapted from Martin Amis's novel of the same name, the film depicts the life of the Höss family, who live next to the German Auschwitz camp. The movie presents the ordinary daily routines of the Höss family, even as ashes of death rain down on them, including the flower-filled expansive gardens, greenhouses, and pools. Simultaneously, the film portrays a Polish family assisting prisoners in the camp.

  • Cast: Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam, Ralph Herforth

  • Director: Jonathan Glazer

3. The Holdovers

3. The Holdovers
  • IMDb: 8.0

  • Summary: Paul Hunham, a teacher at a prep school in New England, disliked by students for his arrogant demeanor, spends the Christmas holiday overseeing students who have nowhere to go. During the two weeks spent together, Paul, the school's head chef Mary, who lost her son in Vietnam, and the intelligent and troublesome student Angus, share funny and unfortunate moments that deviate from their expectations.

  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa, Carrie Preston

  • Director: Alexander Payne

2. Past Lives

2. Past Lives
  • IMDb: 8.0

  • Summary: Nora and Hae Sung, childhood friends who parted ways when Nora's family moved from Korea to Canada, reunite after twenty years in New York. Over the course of a week spent together, Nora and Hae Sung confront their pasts and love.

  • Cast: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro, Moon Seung-ah

  • Director: Celine Song

1. May December

1. May December
  • IMDb: 7.0

  • Summary: Twenty years have passed since the infamous love affair of Julianne Moore and Cory Michael Smith, which became the subject of gossip magazines. While researching her past for a film about Elizabeth's life, popular actress Natalie Portman, the dynamics of their marriage change.

  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Cory Michael Smith, Julianne Moore

  • Director: Todd Haynes

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