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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ray Pride

Movie City News 1. Boyhood 2. Gone Girl 3. The Immigrant 4. The Grand Budapest Hotel 5. Love Is Strange 6. We Are The Best! 7. Ida 8. Calvary 9. Winter Sleep 10. Actress

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Moira Macdonald

Seattle Post Birdman Boyhood Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel Life Itself Like Father, Like Son Love is Strange Mood Indigo Selma

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Christopher Haskell

MoviePilot Whiplash Breathe In The Drop Joe Captain America: Winter Soldier Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Snowpiercer The Rover Interstellar Transformers 4  

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Donald Shanahan

Chicago Examiner Whiplash Selma Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Gone GIrl American Sniper The One I Love Birdman The Imitation Game Dawn of the Planet of the Apes      

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kristen Page-Kirby

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

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Bob Leeper

To be certain, with the near killing of The Interview at the end of the year, there was plenty to get angry about, but overall 2014 was a pretty darn good year at the movie theater, especially for the genre films that are our primary focus here at Nerdvana.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Ryan Beltram

There were certainly some surprises in 2014 and kicking off my list is one that had everyone shouting “Everything is awesome.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Mal Vincent

Choosing a top 10 as the curtain falls is not as easy as you might think. This year’s list includes science-fiction (a rare occurrence) and two semi-musicals (even more rare). Sadly, it includes few box office bonanzas. We always love it when we find a commercial hit that is also a gem – a “Forrest Gump” or “Titanic.” It makes me feel less like a jerk. “Gone Girl” is perhaps the closest

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Mike Noyes

There were some pretty amazing films released and some train-wrecks, and a whole lot in-between. Presented here are my ten favorite films of this year. Though, it must be noted that I really wanted to see Inherent Vice and it really annoys me that it’s not getting a wide release until next year, being in limited release just so it can get award nominations.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Germain Lussier

Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michelle Douvris

Guardians of the Galaxy was easily one of the most unexpected successes of 2014. At this point it’s easy to expect a particular level of quality from Marvel, but few people were able to predict just how thrilling this space adventure would be.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jim Brunzell

Twin Cities Daily Planet 1. Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (USA) 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson (USA/Germany/UK) 3. Inherent Vice, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA) 4. CITIZENFOUR, directed by Laura Poitras (Germany/USA) 5, Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulnier (USA/France) 6. The Overnighters, directed by Jesse Moss (USA) 7. Tales…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Scott Kurland

I think my favorite part of this job is making this list every year. So here it is — my top 10 best films of 2014. You may have heard of some of these film…you might not know any of them. This is it, the best films of the year … (in my opinion). – See more at: http://chelmsford.wickedlocal.com/article/20150107/NEWS/150107674/?Start=1#sthash.NrxBeZyS.dpuf

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: David Poland

I didn’t find bringing this list down to ten to be terribly difficult. I don’t quite know why. There are some films in the other 32 “runners-up” that could have moved into this list. But there was no movie gnawing at me that I feel terrible about not including. It was a good year for films, but it was a year of relative subtlety.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jeff Grantz

“If there’s a certain number of viewings at which this film ceases to delight, I haven’t reached it yet. The jokes are still hilarious and get me laughing every time.”

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Nick Schager

1. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) 2. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) 3. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 4. Gone Girl (David Fincher) 5. A Field in England (Ben Wheatley) 6. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) 7. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 8. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) 9. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michael Tully

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater) 2. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund) 3. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) 4. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski) 5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 6. Manakamana (Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez) 7. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) 8. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch) 9. The Immigrant (James Gray) 10. Stop the Pounding Heart (Roberto Minervini)…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Shade Rupe

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) 2. The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet) 3. John Wick (Chad Stahelski) 4. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs) 5. The Dance of Reality (Alejandro Jodorowsky) 6. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) 7. Birdman (Alejandro González Iñárritu) 8. Queen & Country (John Boorman) Via Fandor.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Michael Pattison

1. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang) 2. Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev) 3. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) 4. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman) 5. Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) 6. Starred Up (David Mackenzie) 7. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Declan Lowney) 8. Story of My Death (Albert Serra) 9. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) 10. Exhibition (Joanna Hogg) Via Fandor.

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Kevin B. Lee

1. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard) 2. The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher) 3. What Now? Remind Me (Joaquim Pinto) 4. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh) 5. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras) 6. Dear White People (Justin Simien) 7. Policeman (Nadav Lapid) 8. The Dance of Reality (Alejandro Jodorowsky) 9. Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Denis…

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas