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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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What’s up with your people mover shot, where it seems like people are kind of floating along?
Oh, my signature shot? That’s just a new way for people to move! It’s really become my Alfred Hitchcock cameo. I did not invent that shot, but Ernest and I did it on the set of Mo Better Blues, when Shorty had to walk [through the park], and I thought, “Let’s try it.” But after that, we tried to have a reason for it. For example, that wonderful sequence in Malcolm X where you hear the great song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” The final scene is like that, Malcolm floating along to his destiny. In 25th Hour, after Philip Seymour Hoffman has kissed Anna Paquin, we did a shot like that, and it shows his state of mind. In Inside Man, after Denzel thinks he’s witnessed the murder of a hostage, we did the floating shot there.

So you just like the way it looks?
Yeah!
~ Spike Lee To Matt Zoller Seitz

“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster