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ST Life! wraps up 2013 with best restaurants, movies, books, music and plays

Published on Dec 11, 2013 9:16 AM
A cinema still from Ilo Ilo starring (clockwise from left) Chen Tianwen, Yeo Yann Yann, Koh Jia Ler and Angeli Bayani. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

2013 was a banner year for things made in Singapore, be they films, books or theatre.

In film, Ilo Ilo flew the Singapore flag high and at home, the film's Golden Horse victories helped push the box office across the $1 million threshold. Movie critic John Lui has picked it as his third top film of the year.

Similarly, in the realm of theatre, critic Corrie Tan's list includes seven homegrown theatre productions, two of which are by Pangdemonium Productions, which has been building a devoted following for their solid programming which combines smart scripts with stellar acting.

And what is Life! without food. This year, food critic Wong Ah Yoke's picks reflect the diverse F&B offerings in this fried rice paradise, ranging from eclectic Asian fusion fare from places like LE Restaurant to an eatery driven by a nose-to-tail consumption philosophy, Wolf. Without further ado, here are Life!'s critics and their top 10 picks in the arts and food this year.