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1. "Gravity" (Alfonso Cuarón)
Head and shoulders above the fray of an absolutely amazing year is Alfonso Cuarón's milestone vision of grief and tribulation, adversity and rebirth in orbit. It is a landmark achievement, again, deceptive in its simplicity, clearly brilliant in its technological innovation, but above all, extraordinarily moving in the emotional purchase it finds by film's end. Sandra Bullock delivers a fearless, physical high-wire act throughout, the sort of performance few could have managed. It is one of the great films, an experience among pretenders, an achievement for all time to be cherished not as a bellwether for industry innovation to come, but for the profound thematic virtue it oozes.