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For 2013 movies, the best is yet to come

It's already two days into the new year, yet — typical of Spokane — local theaters have yet to play a number of the films that are making the best-of-2013 lists. Two at the very top are "Inside Llewyn Davis," which was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and "Her," written and directed by Spike Jonze.

The fact that neither film has played locally didn't stop Nathan Weinbender, staff writer for The Spokesman-Review, from including both on the list that he compiled. In fact, he made them his top two choices (you can access that list here).

I'm still working on mine, as is Mary Pat Treuthart — who along with Nathan, is my Movies 101 cohost — but we'll both be ready to release them next week. Just in time for one, and maybe both, of Nathan's favorites to open somewhere we can all see them.