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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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“I always thought that once I had lived in Chicago for a while, it would be interesting to do a portrait of the city – but to do it at a significant time. Figuring out when would be the ideal time to do that was the trick. So when this election came around, coupled with the Laquan McDonald trial, it seemed like the ideal time to do the story. Having lived in Chicagoland for thirty-five-plus years and done a number of films here, I’ve always been struck by the vibrancy of the city and its toughness. Its tenderness too. I’ve always been interested in the people at the center of all the stories. This is a different film in that regard, because we’re not following a couple of individuals over the course of the project in the way that a lot of the films I’ve done have, but I still feel like people’s voices and aspirations and hopes are at the center of this series.

It wasn’t easy. We started back in July 2018, it was actually on the Fourth of July – that was our first shoot. It’s like most documentaries in that the further you go along the more involved and obsessed you get, and you just start shooting more and more and more. We threw ourselves into this crazy year in Chicago. We got up every day and tried to figure out if we should be out shooting or not, and what it is we should shoot. We were trying to balance following this massive political story of the mayor’s race and these significant moments like the Laquan McDonald trial with taking the pulse of people in the city that we encounter along the way and getting a sense of their lives and what it means to live here. By election day, Zak Piper, our producer, had something like six cameras out in the field. You could double-check that, it might have been seven. We had this organized team effort to hit all the candidates as they were voting, if they hadn’t already voted. We hit tons of polling places, were at the Board of Elections and then were at the parties for the candidates that we had been able to follow closely. Then of course, we were trying to make sure we were at the parties of the candidates who made it to the runoff. So, yeah, it was kind of a monster.”
~ Steve James On City So Real

“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho