critics’ picks – must see movies of 2014

boyhood-posterMovies is always the last list I get to because so many movies come out after the year is technically over. I’ve seen a few. We’ll see if I get to move before I do my own list. Stay tuned.

  • American Sniper – AA, AFI, BA, MD
  • The Babadook – AOS
  • Beyond the Lights – MD
  • Birdman – AA, AFI, AOS, CC, CFC, EW, FW, G, IS, MD, RC
  • Boyhood – AA, AFI, AOS, CC, CFC, EW, FW, G, GG, IS, MD, RC
  • Citizenfour – AOS, RC
  • Cold in July – FW
  • Dear White People – AOS, FW
  • The Dog – MD
  • Edge of Tomorrow – MD
  • Foxcatcher – AFI, GG
  • Gloria – MD
  • Gone Girl – BA, CC, EW
  • Goodbye to Language – MD, RC
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – AA, CC, CFC, EW, G, MD, RC
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – EW
  • Ida – AOS
  • The Immigrant – FW
  • The Imitation Game – AA, AFI, BA, CC, GG
  • Inherent Vice – FW, MD
  • Interstellar – AFI, MD
  • Into the Woods – AFI
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune – EW, RC
  • The Lego Movie – RC
  • Leviathan – AOS
  • Life Itself – EW
  • Listen Up, Philip – AOS, MD
  • Love is Strange – AOS, G, IS
  • Lucy – RC
  • Manakamana – MD
  • Manila in the Claws of Light – MD
  • Mistaken for Strangers – FW
  • The Missing Picture – MD
  • Mr. Turner – AOS
  • National Gallery – MD
  • Nightcrawler – AFI, CC, RC
  • Paddington – BA
  • The Sacrament – MLS
  • Selma – AA, AFI, AOS, CC, EW, FW, GG, MD
  • Snowpiercer – EW, FW, MD
  • Takes of the Grim Sleeper – FW
  • The Theory of Everything – AA, BA, CC, GG
  • Top Five – MD
  • Unbroken – AFI, CC
  • Under the Skin – CFC, G
  • Violette – MD
  • We Are the Best! – AIS
  • Whiplash – AA, AFI, CC, CFC, EW, IS
  • Wild Tales – RC

AA – Academy Award Nominations, AFI, AOS – A. O. Scott for NYT, BA – BAFTA Nominations, CC – Critics Choice, CFC – Chicago Film Critics, EW, FW – Flavorwire, G – Gotham Awards, GG – Golden Globe Nomination, IS – Independent Spirit Awards, MD – Manohla Dargis for NYT, MLS – Mick LaSalle for SFGATE, RC – Richard Corliss for Time

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