Here we are again, nearing the end of the year, and what better way to cap it than to make a list of our top 10 movies for 2014.
Whether you plan to revisit the following outstanding films on the list or argue their merits over schnapps, eggnog, or whatever concoction you choose to lose yourself in over the holidays, here are our 10 best movies of the year, in no particular order:
- “Birdman” – features Michael Keaton as a washed-up Hollywood actor struggling to make a name for himself in theater. Expect voices in the head, levitation, telekinesis and a refreshingly stoned Emma Stone.
- “Obvious Child” – comedienne Jenny Slate is primarily responsible for getting the “Best Discovery” nod for her debut as a stand-up comic who finds herself knocked up after a one-night’s stand.
- “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” – seems like Andy Serkis is onto something. He’s been playing one creature or another (my Precious!) in successful blockbuster franchises of late.
- “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – we just love us some delectably eccentric Tilda Swinton, whose one-of-a-kind performance makes a delightful counterpoint to debonair Ralph Fiennes, as he makes a great departure from his malevolent Voldemort to play a dignified old-school concierge standing to inherit a glamorous hotel set in pre-World War 2 Budapest.
- “Edge of Tomorrow” – it’s good to know Tom Cruise hasn’t fallen off the edge of the A-list map, Scientology crap and all, but it is sculpted yet elegant tough chick, Emily Blunt who grabs our attention in this sci-fi thriller featuring alien invasion, time loops and awesome battle suits.
- “Snowpiercer” – can you imagine Captain America with an unkempt beard, blood-shot eyes, grimy skin and a murderous streak? We can’t either. But here’s Chris Evans in a critically acclaimed South Korean sci-fi film that takes place on an alternative earth where global warming has brought on another ice age, and where survival means class segregation on a perpetual motion train. Oh, and Tilda Swinton’s in it, as well. Hooray!
- “Nightcrawler” – we never thought we’d see dashing Jake Gyllenhaal as an eerily obsessed quasi-journalist who’ll do anything to get his footage on air and earn a buck, including starting fires, inciting crime, using blackmail, and getting colleagues killed.
- “Boyhood” – this movie was filmed over the duration of 12 years, centering on the life of a boy as he makes his way from childhood to adulthood. It’s fluid, charming, and stars Ethan Hawke.
- “Citizenfour” – the docudrama cuts right to the heart of the Edward Snowden revelations and gives us a chilling look at how much of our privacy has become nonexistent. Thanks, NSA.
- “Under the Skin” – Scarlett Johansson sports super dark hair. And plays an alien. Housed in a woman’s body. Has random sex with strangers to feed. Enough said.
Watch this trailer of “Snowpiercer” from our list of favorites:
So what’s on your list?
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