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Elijah Smith, Votes: 409,580 R [Read our review]. | We count down the 25 movies from 2014 that you absolutely need … Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -- The summer's greatest blockbuster is also the film that brings us into the top … [Read our review]. And the result is a profound film of honest-to-goodness Biblical proportions delivered with a kind of invisible grace, which lodges itself in the memory banks and reverberates with an emotionally stirring, painfully real vision of humanity. 'Gone Girl' 4 | | There’s still plenty more year-end coverage to come, and there have been quite a few Best of the Year features already (which you can check out here). David Oyelowo, $259.77M, R Tom Cruise, - Enemy, Locke, Under The Skin, Snowpiercer, Coherence.The following couldn't make it: Fury, Big Hero 6, Godzilla, The Hobbit, The One I Love, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Leviathan, A Funny Kind Of Love, Still Alice, The Rover, The Two Faces of January, The Lookalike, Stonehearst Asylum, Poker Night, Force Majeure, Goodnight Mommy, Foxcatcher, '71, Cold in July, American Sniper, A Most Wanted Man, Top Five, Kingsman, Some Of My Other Lists:The Best 25 TV Shows: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls002563035/ Top 100 Movies Of All Time: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027739020/?publish=save Top 20 Korean Movies: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069116484/ Top 20 Marvel Movies:http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068643542/ Top 20 Movies of 2010: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064718629/ Top 20 Movies of 2011: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064040850/ Top 20 Movies of 2012: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064058864/ Top 20 Movies of 2013: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064059588/ Top 20 Movies of 2014: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls062871176/ Top 20 Movies of 2015: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls062875588/ Top 20 Movies of 2016: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls062994020/ Top 20 Movies of 2017: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069903885/, R Director: The film won the top prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at this past year's Oscars. On its blackly comic, satiric surface, “Nightcrawler” is an indictment of today’s anything-goes, Twitter-ready media landscape, but writer/director Dan Gilroy knows that one note has been played, and sustained, before. Pawel Pawlikowski’s return to his native Poland, it’s a small, personal and beautifully formed little gem, focusing on novice nun Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska, who’s astonishing for a first-time actor), who discovers that she’s actually Jewish, and sets out with her aunt (the equally-astonishing Agata Kulesza) to look for her parents’ grave. And, yes, nothing like this has ever really been attempted in narrative feature filmmaking before, but underneath the novelty factor of the approach, it is a profound rumination on time and the way our personalities are shaped by the people and events around us, which just so happens to be housed in this unique framework. Michael Spierig, Patricia Arquette, 'Birdman' 1 “There are more things in heaven and earth,” as Hamlet says to Horatio, “than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” And Jonathan Glazer’s bewitching “Under the Skin” may be the best expression ever of a film told from the point of view of one of those things. Director: | | Mathieu Amalric, Eligible movies are ranked based on their Adjusted Scores. | Granted, the Marvel hype machine was running at full steam, but this adaptation of one of the comic book giant’s lesser-known titles seemed like a gamble. [Read our review]. From its opening titles set in a heavy metal/medieval font, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a study in perfectly made artistic choices. Ellar Coltrane, 458,735 [Read our review]. Action, Mystery, Thriller. Melissa Benoist, Daniel Henshall, Either way, this soulful, humanist triumph might be more worthwhile than anything you pay to see in theaters this year. Elizabeth Banks, In his article highlighting the best films of 2014, Richard Brody of The New Yorker stated, "The great surge in American filmmaking in the past ten years is due to independent financing at all levels. A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production. Iko Uwais, Alessandro Nivola, Votes: Stars: Blockbuster “Edge Of Tomorrow” also figured in, as did James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” Iranian vampire pic “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” acerbic race-relations comedy “Dear White People,” Brendan Gleeson showcase “Calvary,” ’80s throwback actioner “The Guest,” environmental doc “Virunga,” Errol Morris‘ “The Unknown Known,” and stripped-down crime picture “Cold In July.”. 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In a banner year for 84-year-old visionaries, Jean-Luc Godard issued his first 3-D feature, a skeptical phantasmagoria that proves the unstoppable innovative verve of the auteur who set movies … | We hope the Academy doesn’t forget this delightful Wes Anderson film come Oscar time, because for our money, it’s easily one of his best films to date, and one of 2014’s signature titles. Movies with 40 or more critic reviews vie for their place in history at Rotten Tomatoes. Christopher Nolan Vincent Wettergren, Votes: Here are 20 of the most potent examples, ranked from top to bottom. Chris O'Dowd, If we had to sum up the Year in Movies for 2014 in one word it would be "surprising." The Top 10 Best Black Movies of 2014. Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Votes: Phil Lord Alejandro G. Iñárritu The top 20 arthouse films of 2014 . 169 min In Christopher Nolan’s space opera, the Earth coming to end is not a time mourn but an opportunity to explore new worlds and evolve as a species — it’s easily his most affecting, emotional work, that may have introduced a few of us to a new experience: crying at a Nolan film. After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him. Joaquin Phoenix, | Gross: Stars: Posted: Monday December 15 2014 Share Tweet. | Jazz bobs and weaves, it hits with unexpected rhythms, delights in accomplished technical feats of musicianship and wows with thunderous emotion at its highest peaks. 'Foxcatcher' 2 Bradley Cooper, 85,449 Past that, there was also support for Denis Villeneuve‘s unnerving “Enemy,” Richard Ayoade‘s similarly doppelganger-themed “The Double,” and the Dardennes’ bruising “Two Days One Night,” while high placings in an individual list from two Playlist contributors saw “The Raid 2” and “John Wick” come near the top 25. [Read our review]. 'Whiplash' 5 But they’d be giving up on one of the most excitingly fresh, unapologetic directorial voices of the moment in Xavier Dolan and missing out on what ultimately becomes one of the most beautiful, goddamn heart-bursting movies of the year. Much has been made of the film’s awe-inspiring “single-take” (actually achieved by seamlessly stitching together its merely very impressive long takes) and the film’s detractors have pointed to that as a gimmick. 'Boyhood' | Gross: The story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s pivotal civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama — a pilgrimage that led to the landmark passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act — “Selma” is deeply moving. Rosamund Pike, Went into this film not really knowing much about it and was honestly blown away completely by the profound technical skill involved in this film, not to mention seamless editing and great acting. Still definitely worth a watch especially for Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Lou Bloom, PG-13 16 responses to “Top 20 Most Pirated Movies of 2014 Led by ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Gravity’” Daniel says: December 28, 2014 at 9:31 am 2014 Movies: A list of movies in theaters + released in 2014. But the technique isn’t merely Iñárritu showing off (though it is that too), it’s also the best way to communicate the film’s manic energy and immediacy, in a world where where mundanity and surreality collide. An underrated psychological thriller about the stress of parenthood and tragedy. Best-Reviewed Movies 2014 – Wide Release #1. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Votes: Michael Keaton, | Gross: Gareth Evans Stars: 698,509 100 min | Gross: Brendan Gleeson, Votes: The end tally range from moody period-pieces to contemporary documentations to far-flung futuristic voyages. "20 Feet from Stardom" The unsung heroes behind some of pop music's biggest hits finally get their time to shine in this heartbreaking-yet … R | $333.18M. 21. 130 min Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. | But while “Only Lovers Left Alive” is impeccably cool, that doesn’t mean that it’s above real emotion. Wes Anderson | Stars: | 120 min Top 20 Science Fiction Movies of the 2000s. | Ethan Hawke, And while it takes up over two hours on the screen, as ever with Miller, there’s nothing extraneous, no frame out of place (DP Greig Fraser continually wringing poetry out of the mundane) and no performance that isn’t minutely finely tuned. Going in to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we, like most other commentators, weren’t sure quite what to expect. 2014 Romance movies, movie release dates. 165 min [Read our review]. Dan Gilroy With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. Justice or vengeance? | Every once in a great while a film comes along that makes you wonder, “Where the hell has that guy been?” and reminds you of why you loved that guy in the first place. Brendan Gleeson, The 20 best films of 2014 The best films of the year – the overground, the underground, the widely released and the still emerging, from oldtimers and first-timers – as chosen by 112 of our international contributors and colleagues. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) David Leitch Blue Ruin A grimy, sweat-stained revenge drama, Blue Ruin lays out its premise in an impressively … $25.38M, R Profoundly, chillingly alien, Glazer’s uncanny masterpiece feels like it’s animated by an unearthly intelligence, the kind of dark, still watchfulness that is perhaps closest in spirit to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” — a perspective that feels simply not-human. And that’s okay. Adding connective tissue from the Book of Job and Thomas Hobbes’ book on statecraft with which the film shares its name, and setting the story in a Northern Russian town close to the Black Sea, Zvyaginstev assembled a terrific ensemble of actors (stand-outs being the two King pieces on either side of the chessboard; Roman Madyanov as the Mayor and Aleksey Serebryakov as Nikolai), and worked from a script co-written by his writing partner Oleg Negin (with whom he shared Cannes’ Best Screenplay honor). Director: Drama. It’s the building block of cinema.” And he is fascinated by the structural and personal implications of his bold experiment, but you can be dazzled by its form while also connecting deeply to the material (via the nostalgia-inducing cultural signposts like an old Nintendo system or a pop song that is still lodged in your head, all these years later). Noah Wiseman, | The 20 Best Japanese Movies of The 21st Century Posted on December 27, 2014 March 14, 2016 by Vinnoth Krish Rashomon, Akira, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Ugetsu, Late Spring, Seven Samurai, Harakiri, Twenty-Four Eyes and Yojimbo. Biography, Drama, History. Evaluation of the year. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. James McAvoy, Votes: Lili Sepe, Votes: Dolan’s use of music has never been better, with two sequences in particular providing swooningly gorgeous, unexpected audio/visual pairings, and lest you think the Academy ratio is a gimmick from the young filmmaker, it’s a choice that ramps up the intensity in a film where the emotions threaten to leap off the screen and eat you whole. “Mommy,” much like Steve, is wild, reckless and flawed, but like Diane, that’s why we love it to death. Aidan Gillen, Votes: Puffed up by ego, fueled by ambition, and unwilling or unable to stop until greatness is achieved, Fletcher and Andrew are in perverse need of each other to achieve their dreams. It’s also one of the best times any of us had in a movie theater all year, mixing the high adventure and clever humor of an “Indiana Jones” movie with the swashbuckling deep space action of “Star Wars.” Marking the transition of James Gunn from making quirky, skewed-vision, offbeat personal low-budget indies, to making quirky, skewed-vision, offbeat multimillion dollar blockbuster tentpoles, there were few developments in 2014 more heartening. | | Movies Quiz / Top 20 Blockbuster Movies Of 2014 Random Movies Quiz Can you name the Top 20 Blockbuster Movies Of 2014. by clovis15 Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . Paul Thomas Anderson A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge. And it’s absolutely brilliant from first frame to last. Jake Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, 6) LAND OF STORMS. In any other hands, “Mommy” wouldn’t work. 530,536 | Boyhood (2014) 97% #1. Sitting at our number one spot for the year by an enormous margin, mysterious, hypnotic and completely terrifying (is there any scene more eerily unheimlich than Johansson dragging that swimmer’s body past the crying baby on the beach?) Director: 01 January 2015 The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of 2014 Songs by Pharrell Williams, Ella Henderson, Meghan Trainor and Idina Menzel are among the most sold in 2014. Action, Crime, Thriller. The sci-fi-ish prologue is unnecessary, the movie runs too long, and the opening twenty minutes may well be a deal-breaker for some. Having had enough of the proverbial boot on their throat, the passengers at the back fight their way to the front, where the upper crust live in luxury, with things like education for their kids, natural light, and food that doesn’t look like grainy gelatin. Best of Rotten Tomatoes. F. Murray Abraham, | 208,287 | For such a brief film (just 80 minutes), it’s also hugely substantial, packing in issues of identity, faith, history, guilt, sexuality and nationhood, while also being one of the most beautifully composed films in recent memory. “Selma” may check off all the Oscar boxes — it’s emotionally stirring, inspirational, crowd-pleasing, powerful and socially relevant — but if Best Picture has to hit these criteria, let “Selma” take it for all the right and honest reasons. David Fincher doesn't disappoint with this unpredictable thriller with twists and turns. Stars: 97 min Whiplash (2014) Top-selling DVD titles in the US for 2014. It sounds bleak, and with its stark Bressonian black-and-white Academy ratio framing, seems like it could look that way too, but it’s a film of great warmth and power. Keri Russell, Posted on October 14, 2014 January 11, 2015 by Emilio Santoni. The gorgeous music by Alexandre Desplat is a large part of the film’s success, with the score (like the film) constantly on the move, always one step ahead of the audience, jumping from genre to genre (screwball sex comedy/prison break/quasi-World War II/stories within stories). | Gross: Peter Spierig PG-13 Top 10 Bollywood Movies in 2014 by Box Office Collection. 9 December 2014. ! Action, Crime, Thriller. | And the picture provides a warm, lived-in look into MLK’s life that is full of human dimension, while also being vividly shot by Bradford Young (the year’s MVP director of photography for “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year”), who imbues every frame with a textured authenticity and intimacy. Joel David Moore, Votes: $5.74M, R by SONofMLGBOI Plays Quiz not verified by Sporcle . Damien Chazelle 'Under the Skin' 8 Almost plotless, but never aimless, Jim Jarmusch’s take on the vampire genre is exactly what you’d expect from the director at his best: full of mood, dry wit and solid performances in cities as diverse as Detroit and Tangier. | Lachy Hulme, Top movies 2014: Addicted • Interstellar • X-Men: Days of Future Past • Transformers 4: Age of Extinction 728,428 Directors: Action, Adventure, Comedy. | 249,797 Robert Redford, Votes: | Gross: Isaac just wants to stay on the right side of the law, even if everything is pulling him towards criminal activity (personified by his brassy, mobbed-up wife played by Jessica Chastain). 1. 333,529 But nevertheless, it’s been a fascinating process to watch the poll take shape (especially with the runaway number one film, which took almost twice as many points as its closest competitor), and we think we’ve ended up with a list that represents the site as a whole. $52.08M, R Bogeymen, carnal encounters and alien invasions – we explore the darkest corners of this year's leftfield cinema releases. | Gross: And it’s starkly beautiful to look at and to listen to, eschewing revelations and plot twists to deliver its deceptively simple story through mood, tone and atmosphere. Chad Stahelski, | 20 Feet from Stardom. “Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”. 10. Gary Abrahams, 20. Doug Liman | 99 min Director: Holding the film together are two great performances: from Chris Evans as the insurgent leader Curtis, the most varied and intense work he’s ever done, and a brilliant wing-nut from turn from Tilda Swinton as the vehement idealist Mason, who talks a much bigger game with a gun in her hand, and who occasionally wears a shoe on her head. It’s undeniably goofy at times, even cheesy in its tipsy balance of grand/intimate, but it’s also so earnest and made with such artful craftsmanship that its power, for many of the rest of us, is undeniable. Tomatometer rankings of the top 100 best movies of 2020 and all time. But thank God that it did: it might be set twenty years ago, but it’s a vital film for America in 2014, and beyond. Nightcrawler (2014) 5. 7. 10. Much better than I thought it would be with plenty humour and action to go around. https://www.cnet.com/news/the-30-best-films-of-the-decade-ranked It’s amazing what filmmaker Ava Du Vernay has accomplished over such a short filmography — you’d never guess that “Selma” is only her third feature-length drama. [Read our review]. 2. Joe Russo From the ridiculous to the sublime, as part of our ongoing year-end coverage, we recently looked at the worst films of the year, but we wouldn’t want to rest on a negative note for too long, so there was only one way to go from there: to The Playlist’s Official 20 Best Motion Pictures of 2014. Bill Paxton, Oka Antara, Votes: Although this film is not without its flaws, it was a fully immersive and captivating epic cinematic experience. “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘good job,’” Fletcher says. Oprah Winfrey, [Read our review]. $43.04M. Director: Ben Affleck, Tell us what you think about this feature. 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Carmen Ejogo, The 20 best movies of 2014 From Hollywood’s riskiest dares to the indie, foreign and documentary fringes, the year in cinema was a killer ride By Joshua Rothkopf Posted: Wednesday December 3 2014 FilmCrave's top movies of 2014 includes Tale of Princess Kaguya, The ( Kaguyahime no monogatari ), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow and more. Yayan Ruhian, This is a countdown one year – 2014 to be exact – in the making. | In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend. From Anatolia to Zubrowka, the great motion pictures of 2014 took you places. With his first four features Iñárritu was in danger of hitting the same notes one too many times and thankfully he switched instruments just in the nick of time with this massively entertaining, genre-defying film — we come up short on comparisons when trying to describe it because there’s really nothing quite like it. | 121 min | Holding the film together is Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello and it’s impossible to imagine anyone else embodying him quite as perfectly as the actor does here, as a puppydog optimist and aching romantic. Comedy, Crime, Drama. Arifin Putra, 119 min 132 min 90,600 Jennifer Kent | Comedy, Drama. Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! the film earns its title not so much for any thematic answers it provides (it remains, to the last, a perfectly sealed enigma) but because for its admirers “under the skin” is where it lives, now and probably forever. Johannes Kuhnke, And this all plays out in the film’s blistering finale, a musical performance that’s character-driven, an action-packed sequence that doesn’t need one pixel of CGI. Comedy, Drama. Thus we come to the top ten greatest movies of 2014, so keep reading! Adam Wingard The 18 Best Philosophical Movies of All Time. As centuries-old vampiress Eve, Tilda Swinton has gotten most of the praise for the cast, but viewers shouldn’t overlook the rest of the talent: there’s a magnetic turn from Tom Hiddleston as her depressed vampire lover, Adam; nice supporting roles for Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin; and we were equally enamored of both John Hurt as an undead Christopher Marlowe and Jeffrey Wright as a doctor who helps the ageless couple procure their drug of choice. $13.09M. | Gross: | But the film exhibits a different, new layer: camp, of all things. 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