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Critics Top Ten 2014 Alison Willmore

Buzzfeed 1. Under the Skin 2. Two Days, One Night 3. The Grand Budapest Hotel 4. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya 5. Birdman 6. Inherent Vice 7. Whiplash 8. Guardians of the Galaxy 9. Ida 10. Selma 11. Nightcrawler 12. Love Is Strange 13. Foxcatcher 14. The Babadook

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2014 Florida Film Critics Circle Nominations

BEST PICTURE Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel   BEST ACTOR Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Michael Keaton – Birdman Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything   BEST ACTRESS Julianne Moore – Still Alice Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon – Wild   BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Edward Norton – Birdman Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher J.K. Simmons – Whiplash   BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Patricia…

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Critics Top Ten 2014 John Anderson

WSJ, NYT and more 1. Ida 2. Citizenfour 3. Mr. Turner 4. Whiplash 5. Boyhood 6. Leviathan 7. Foxcatcher 8. We Are The Best! 9. Point and Shoot 10. A Most Violent Year

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Critics Top Ten Keith Simanton

IMDB 1. Boyhood 2. Whiplash 3. Birdman 4. The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them 5. Guardians of the Galaxy 6. Nightcrawler 7. The Rover 8. The Grand Budapest Hotel 9. Edge of Tomorrow 10. Gone Girl

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Critics Top 10 2014 Dan Kois

Slate 1. Boyhood 2. Wild 3. Under the Skin 4. Love Is Strange 5. We are the Best! 6. Ida 7. The Skeleton Twins 8. Le Week-End 9. Mr. Turner 10. Snowpiercer

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2014 Critics Awards Chicago Film Critics Association

BEST PICTURE: Boyhood BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater–Boyhood BEST ACTOR: Michael Keaton–Birdman BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore–Still Alice BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons–Whiplash BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette–Boyhood BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson–The Grand Budapest Hotel BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn–Gone Girl BEST ART DIRECTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE): Birdman–Emmanuel Lubezki The Grand Budapest Hotel–Robert…

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Chicago Film Critics Go Boyhood; Life Itself; Linklater; LEGO; Force Majeure; Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore; Gone Girl, Adapted; Grand Budapest, Original; J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette

Chicago Film Critics Go Boyhood; Life Itself; Linklater; LEGO; Force Majeure; Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore; Gone Girl, Adapted; Grand Budapest, Original; J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Milan Paurich

Cleveland Movie Blog 1. Boyhood 2. The Grand Budapest Hotel 3. Ida 4. American Sniper 5. Birdman 6. Inherent Vice 7. Leviathan 8. A Most Violent Year 9. Foxcatcher 10. Citizenfour

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Online Film Critics Check Into Grand Budapest Hotel, Take A Piece Of LEGO, Live Life Itself

Online Film Critics Check Into Grand Budapest Hotel, Take A Piece Of LEGO, Pencil In Linklater, Live Life Itself

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2014 Critics Awards Online Film Critics Society

Best Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language Two Days, One Night Best Documentary Life Itself Best Director Richard Linklater – Boyhood Best Actor Michael Keaton – Birdman Best Actress Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl Best Supporting Actor Edward Norton – Birdman Best Supporting…

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Manohla Dargis

New York Times (alphabetical) American Sniper Beyond the Lights Birdman Boyhood The Dog Edge of Tomorrow Gloria Goodbye to Language The Grand Budapest Hotel Inherent Vice Interstellar Listen Up Philip Manakamana Manila in the Claws of Light The Missing Picture National Gallery Selma Snowpiercer Top Five Violette

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Jonathan Rosenbaum

jonathanrosenbaum.net 1. Horse Money 2. (Farewell to Language) Adieu au langage 3. Locke 4. The Owners 5. Citizenfour

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: A. O. Scott

NYT 1. Boyhood 2. Ida 3. Citizenfour 4. Leviathan 5. Selma 6. Love Is Strange 7. We Are the Best! 8. Mr. Turner 9. Dear White People 10. The Babadook

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Critics Top Ten List 2014: Anne Hornaday

Washington Post 1. Boyhood 2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 3. Citizenfour 4. Force Majeure 5. Foxcatcher 6. Under the Skin 7. Selma 8. Edge Of Tomorrow 9. Beyond The Lights 10. Locke

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Critics Top Ten 2014: Kristopher Tapley

Hitfix 1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 2. Foxcatcher 3. Inherent Vice 4. Boyhood 5. The Overnighters 6. A Most Violent Year 7. Godzilla 8. Whiplash 9. How To Train Your Dragon 2 10. Beyond The Lights

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Critics Top 10 2014: Richard Brody

The New Yorker 1. The Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely 3. Goodbye to Language The Last of the Unjust (tie) 5. The Immigrant 6. American Sniper 7. Listen Up Philip 8. Actress 9. Memphis 10. Butter on the Latch

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Makeup-Hair Oscar Shortlist: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxcatcher. Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, Noah, Theory of Everything

Makeup-Hair Oscar Shortlist: Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxcatcher. Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, Noah, Theory of Everything

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7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 87th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ “Foxcatcher” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” “Guardians of the Galaxy” “Maleficent” “Noah” “The…

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2014 Critics Awards: Indiana Film Journalists Association

Best Film Boyhood   Best Animated Feature The LEGO Movie   Best Foreign Language Film Two Days, One Night   Best Documentary Life Itself   Best Original Screenplay Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel   Best Adapted Screenplay Damien Chazelle, Whiplash   Best Director Richard Linklater, Boyhood   Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, Wild   Best…

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Indiana Film Journalists Recollect Boyhood

Indiana Film Journalists Recollect Boyhood

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“Yes, good movies sprout up, inevitably, in the cracks and seams between the tectonic plates on which all of these franchises stay balanced, and we are reassured of their hardiness. But we don’t see what we don’t see; we don’t see the effort, or the cost of the effort, or the movies of which we’re deprived because of the cost of the effort. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice may have come from a studio, but it still required a substantial chunk of outside financing, and at $35 million, it’s not even that expensive. No studio could find the $8.5 million it cost Dan Gilroy to make Nightcrawler. Birdman cost a mere $18 million and still had to scrape that together at the last minute. Imagine American movie culture for the last few years without Her or Foxcatcher or American Hustle or The Master or Zero Dark Thirty and it suddenly looks markedly more frail—and those movies exist only because of the fairy godmothership of independent producer Megan Ellison. The grace of billionaires is not a great business model on which to hang the hopes of an art form.”
~ Mark Harris On The State Of The Movies

How do you make a Top Ten list? For tax and organizational purposes, I keep a log of every movie I see (Title, year, director, exhibition format, and location the film was viewed in). Anything with an asterisk to the left of its title means it’s a 2014 release (or something I saw at a festival which is somehow in play for the year). If there’s a performance, or sequence, or line of dialogue, even, that strikes me in a certain way, I’ll make a note of it. So when year end consideration time (that is, the month and change out of the year where I feel valued) rolls around, it’s a little easier to go through and pull some contenders for categories. For 2014, I’m voting in three polls: Indiewire, SEFCA (my critics’ guild), and the Muriels. Since Indiewire was first, it required the most consternation. There were lots of films that I simply never had a chance to see, so I just went with my gut. SEFCA requires a lot of hemming and hawing and trying to be strategic, even though there’s none of the in-person skullduggery that I hear of from folk whose critics’ guild is all in the same city. The Muriels is the most fun to contribute to because it’s after the meat market phase of awards season. Also, because it’s at the beginning of next year, I’ll generally have been able to see everything I wanted to by then. I love making hierarchical lists, partially because they are so subjective and mercurial. Every critical proclamation is based on who you are at that moment and what experiences you’ve had up until that point. So they change, and that’s okay. It’s all a weird game of timing and emotional waveforms, and I’m sure a scientist could do an in-depth dissection of the process that leads to the discovery of shocking trends in collective evaluation. But I love the year end awards crush, because I feel somewhat respected and because I have a wild-and-wooly work schedule that has me bouncing around the city to screenings, or power viewing the screeners I get sent.
Jason Shawhan of Nashville Scene Answers CriticWire