By Laura Rooney laura@moviecitynews.com

Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kristen Page-Kirby

The Washington Post

 

1. Whiplash’: Essentially a 107-minute anxiety attack. That’s a compliment.

2. ‘Boyhood’: Richard Linklater’s masterpiece, a grand experiment that worked.

3. ‘Selma’: Joins the pantheon of films necessary to understanding the American experience.

4. ‘Snowpiercer’: This creative, surprising post-apocalyptic train ride is insane in the best way.

5. ‘Ida’: A stunningly shot, beautifully acted Polish film about a nun who discovers she’s of Jewish heritage.

6. ‘Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance’: Captures the whirling life of a possibly insane actor.

7. ‘Interstellar’: Christopher Nolan took big chances and when they paid off, they packed a punch.

8. ‘Obvious Child’: Looks at an ordinary woman’s ordinary experience without shame or condescension.

9. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’: All about beauty — why it’s important and what happens when it fades.

10. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: A (good) political film disguised as a (great) superhero story

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