David Fincher doesn't disappoint with this unpredictable thriller with twists and turns. A writer encounters the owner of an aging high-class hotel, who tells him of his early years serving as a lobby boy in the hotel's glorious years under an exceptional concierge. Director: J.C. Chandor is proving himself to be one of the slipperiest filmmaking chameleons, ping-ponging from a financial world thriller (“Margin Call“) to a robustly existential outdoor adventure (“All Is Lost“) to “A Most Violent Year,” possibly his deepest and most accomplished film to date, a period drama set in 1981 that speaks endlessly to the world around us today. | Gross: Sitting at our number one spot for the year by an enormous margin, mysterious, hypnotic and completely terrifying (is there any scene more eerily unheimlich than Johansson dragging that swimmer’s body past the crying baby on the beach?) The 20 Best Japanese Movies of The 21st Century Posted on December 27, 2014 March 14, 2016 by Vinnoth Krish Rashomon, Akira, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Ugetsu, Late Spring, Seven Samurai, Harakiri, Twenty-Four Eyes and Yojimbo. | 848,451 A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. You decide. Every once in a great while a film comes along that makes you wonder, “Where the hell has that guy been?” and reminds you of why you loved that guy in the first place. Oka Antara, Votes: And the picture provides a warm, lived-in look into MLK’s life that is full of human dimension, while also being vividly shot by Bradford Young (the year’s MVP director of photography for “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year”), who imbues every frame with a textured authenticity and intimacy. | Given that it went rather overlooked on the festival circuit at the end of 2013, it’s been hugely gratifying to see the cult of “Ida” grow over 2014, as the film became a legitimate indie sleeper hit, and probably the front-runner for the Foreign Language Oscar. Stars: | 594,156 130 min This is a countdown one year – 2014 to be exact – in the making. Ellar Coltrane, Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com. This list is updated and contains only hindi movies. Chris O'Dowd, Dec 9, 2014 12:32 pm Share This Article ... to The Playlist’s Official 20 Best Motion Pictures of 2014. Director: But for now, take a look at the top 20 below, and let us know your own lists in the comments section. 136 min | Dolan’s use of music has never been better, with two sequences in particular providing swooningly gorgeous, unexpected audio/visual pairings, and lest you think the Academy ratio is a gimmick from the young filmmaker, it’s a choice that ramps up the intensity in a film where the emotions threaten to leap off the screen and eat you whole. | $333.18M. | In a future where every second summer film is going to be a Marvel universe offering, having Gunn on board delivering something as idiosyncratic as ‘Guardians’ can only be a good thing. Granted, the Marvel hype machine was running at full steam, but this adaptation of one of the comic book giant’s lesser-known titles seemed like a gamble. Not Rated The firm compiled the data for the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 23, 2014. Maika Monroe, Even if Von Trier’s pessimistic view of humanity isn’t something we’d completely side with, and even if the last 90 seconds of Volume II cleave opinion even further, “Nymphomaniac” in the main is simply a stimulating cinematic tour de force full of Von Trier brio. Johannes Kuhnke, Richard Linklater Watching Fletcher and Andrew circle each other like boxers, push and pull, and finally achieve through blood, sweat, and hubris the masterful musicianship they’ve been seeking, may make you leap out of your seat and burst into applause. After your first viewing, you may not know what to make of “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s seventh feature film and the first ever adaptation of literary giant Thomas Pynchon. Action, Adventure, Comedy. Clara Wettergren, 100 min | – Jessica Kiang, Kevin Jagernauth, Oliver Lyttelton, Katie Walsh, Cory Everett, Drew Taylor, Kimber Myers, Brent McKnight, Nik Grozdanovic, Erik McClanahan, Rodrigo Perez. | Owen Wilson, 48,507 Top 10 Bollywood Movies in 2014 by Box Office Collection. A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home. Readers’ Poll: The 25 Best Cult Movies of All Time Midnight and dorm room favorites from ‘Eraserhead’ to ‘The Evil Dead’ 655,782 Inspired by a blue-collar working man who went on a bulldozer rampage in a small town in Colorado in 2004, Zvyagintsev had the desire to direct a story of a man in a desperate struggle with his government, slowly losing everything he holds dear. Past that, there was also support for Denis Villeneuve‘s unnerving “Enemy,” Richard Ayoade‘s similarly doppelganger-themed “The Double,” and the Dardennes’ bruising “Two Days One Night,” while high placings in an individual list from two Playlist contributors saw “The Raid 2” and “John Wick” come near the top 25. $3.59M, R 93 min Peter Spierig So too does Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash.” Like pairing a jazz veteran with a rookie wired and ready to prove himself, J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller are less directed than conducted by Chazelle, and churn out Blue Note- (and Oscar-) worthy performances. Evaluation of the year. Alexander and the Terrible,…. Stars: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. The Hobbit: The Battle of t…. 2014 has been an intriguing 12 months for movies. As a filmmaker, Linklater has an innate ability to target something both specific and universal, and “Boyhood,” in the subtlety of its filmmaking and the grandness of its ideas, is his ultimate achievement to date. Director: 9 December 2014. 6) LAND OF STORMS. From Anatolia to Zubrowka, the great motion pictures of 2014 took you places. Gone Girl (2014) 1 here and Vol. 16 responses to “Top 20 Most Pirated Movies of 2014 Led by ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Gravity’” Daniel says: December 28, 2014 at 9:31 am PG Director: [Read our review]. Nine official adaptations, three moving romances, two historical dramas, and one horrifying storybook are among some of the films on HuffPost Entertainment's list of 2014's best movies. Holding the film together is Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello and it’s impossible to imagine anyone else embodying him quite as perfectly as the actor does here, as a puppydog optimist and aching romantic. Top-selling DVD titles in the US for 2014. Gareth Evans Brendan Gleeson, | Gross: Then again Ben Affleck as the dull-as-paint husband is the stuff that intelligent, independent women’s nightmares are made of too. YouTube. | Justice or vengeance? Adventure, Comedy, Crime. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' 6 And yes, it’s an “important” film, but one of such intelligence, craft, dignity and empathy, that any cynicism you may have about its motivations will quickly disappear. For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. Michael Nyqvist, After picking up the distribution rights to South Korean hit machine Bong Joon-ho’s adaptation of an obscure French graphic novel, The Weinstein Company engaged in a very public flame war with the filmmaker over 20-minutes’ worth of cuts, that thankfully never happened. 2. $14.67M, R And so coiling underneath his film, prowling with survivor’s instincts and a new-age enthusiast’s optimism is the portrait of one smooth-operating sociopath. Movies Quiz / Top 20 Movies of 2014 by Director Random Movies or Director Quiz List the top 20 movies of 2014 as determined by the A.V Club? His place in the pantheon of modern auteurs is well-earned, but “Interstellar” evokes a spirit of human endeavor and an old-fashioned awe at the idea of space exploration, that makes all the spectacle somehow endearing too. | For example, a movie released over Thanksgiving in 2013 will most likely earn money in 2013 and 2014. Directors: 106 min 1,034,433 Stars: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) | The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college. 32. So often, when dealing with alien lifeforms in film, we ascribe to them conventional human morality — they are good or bad, vengeful or merciful, evil or pure. It seems that the woman’s touch of Gillian Flynn‘s novel and screen adaptation adds a new dimension to the auteur’s work — “Gone Girl” is a monster movie with a Hitchcock blonde as the antagonist, the stuff that men’s right’s activists’ dreams and nightmares are made of. 'Unbroken' 7 It’s also one of the best times any of us had in a movie theater all year, mixing the high adventure and clever humor of an “Indiana Jones” movie with the swashbuckling deep space action of “Star Wars.” Marking the transition of James Gunn from making quirky, skewed-vision, offbeat personal low-budget indies, to making quirky, skewed-vision, offbeat multimillion dollar blockbuster tentpoles, there were few developments in 2014 more heartening. It’s undeniably goofy at times, even cheesy in its tipsy balance of grand/intimate, but it’s also so earnest and made with such artful craftsmanship that its power, for many of the rest of us, is undeniable. | Nightcrawler (2014) 5. | Gross: The 20 best films of 2014 The best films of the year – the overground, the underground, the widely released and the still emerging, from oldtimers and first-timers – as chosen by 112 of our international contributors and colleagues. Disturbingly dark and deeply funny, the film strikes a tone that is completely unique: simultaneously dry, dour and utterly ridiculous — wait, is Fincher having fun? [Read our review]. Two Days, One Night – Luc Dardenne/Jean-Pierre Dardenne. | Damien Chazelle MY personal favourite films of 2014 in order. Click on the individual movie to see its total gross over all the years in which it played. And it’s starkly beautiful to look at and to listen to, eschewing revelations and plot twists to deliver its deceptively simple story through mood, tone and atmosphere. Once again he’s assembled his all-star team, from Robert Elswit’s grainy, gorgeous 35mm cinematography to Jonny Greenwood’s mesmerizing score to an A-list ensemble, some of whom turn in career-best performances in essentially 1-2 scene parts. At its heart is the epic romance between Adam and Eve, that spans continents and centuries, but just as central is the love story between the couple and art. R Zoe Saldana, Votes: (There will be 5 honourable mentions making the list 25 films).Not sure whether the following films were released in 2013 or 2014. 1,485,748 Simmons has the role of a lifetime as Fletcher, the music school band leader who manipulates and abuses his players into greatness. An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him. Noah Wiseman, Impeccably stylish and stylized though it is, this isn’t a black-and-white story full of definites, and its interpretations continually shift and shimmy just like the titular train rattling down its post-apocalyptic track. Captain America: The Winter…. The 20 Best Films Of 2014. Finally a sequel done right which improves upon its predecessor at every opportunity. Let us know in the comments and check out the rest of our year-end coverage right here. Director: Anthony Russo, | 2’ turns a caustic corner, and reminds us that this is, after all, the familiar dark and twisted Danish lord directing. 120 min Our DVD and Blu-ray sales estimates are based on weekly retail surveys, which we use to build a weekly market share estimate for each title we are tracking. Robert Redford, Votes: Stars: | The 20 Best Films Of 2014. 20. Chris Evans, For once, it’s the man in peril, instead of the woman, for once it’s the female who acts with agency (sociopathic agency but we’ll take what we can get) and honestly, it’s refreshing, all spiced up with a little media satire too. Much has been made of the film’s awe-inspiring “single-take” (actually achieved by seamlessly stitching together its merely very impressive long takes) and the film’s detractors have pointed to that as a gimmick. | | Gross: | Tell us what you think about this feature. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. 20. | Gross: ... Top Headlines. Zach Galifianakis, Adding connective tissue from the Book of Job and Thomas Hobbes’ book on statecraft with which the film shares its name, and setting the story in a Northern Russian town close to the Black Sea, Zvyaginstev assembled a terrific ensemble of actors (stand-outs being the two King pieces on either side of the chessboard; Roman Madyanov as the Mayor and Aleksey Serebryakov as Nikolai), and worked from a script co-written by his writing partner Oleg Negin (with whom he shared Cannes’ Best Screenplay honor). But he’s too much to handle, and so an unlikely alliance is formed with Kyra (Suzanne Clement) the neighbor who gives Steve care and guidance, while Diane earns their keep. The 18 Best Philosophical Movies of All Time. Stars: | $52.08M, R A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential. 1. 20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014: 'Snowpiercer,' 'Begin Again,' 'The Immigrant,' and More. David Oyelowo, You may have to be down with Von Trier’s peculiar interests in order to truly savor both volumes of “Nymphomaniac,” but that they are boisterously alive and creatively ingenious pieces of work is undeniable. Whiplash (2014) But they’d be giving up on one of the most excitingly fresh, unapologetic directorial voices of the moment in Xavier Dolan and missing out on what ultimately becomes one of the most beautiful, goddamn heart-bursting movies of the year. Ethan Hawke, Tom Wilkinson, Votes: There are great years in film, good years in film and not-so-good years in film. Oprah Winfrey, Matthew McConaughey, Meanwhile, reclusive Adam makes music that inspires obsessive listeners, while refusing to bow to the latest technology or trends. Miles Teller, $0.32M, R Beyond that, Playlist contributors also named Lukas Moodysson‘s terrific feelgood coming-of-age punk memoir “We Are The Best!,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan‘s epic Palme D’Or winner “Winter Sleep,” Lenny Abrahamson‘s surprisingly wrenching comedy “Frank,” animated excellence “The Lego Movie,” James Gray‘s elegant drama “The Immigrant,” the “Him” & “Her” double-bill of “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby,” Ruben Ostlund‘s jet-black comedy “Force Majeure,” Eliza Hittman‘s under-the-radar coming-of-age tale “It Felt Like Love,” Tsai Ming-Liang‘s slow cinema marvel “Stray Dogs,” summer comedy breakout “Neighbors” and indie rom-com “Obvious Child.”, Further down the individual lists, there were also a brace of documentaries, including the widely praised “Citizenfour,” the searing “The Overnighters” and “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” the tribute to the late theatrical legend. Ian McKellen, | | Keanu Reeves, And while it takes up over two hours on the screen, as ever with Miller, there’s nothing extraneous, no frame out of place (DP Greig Fraser continually wringing poetry out of the mundane) and no performance that isn’t minutely finely tuned. A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production. Riz Ahmed, Votes: There’s already been endless discussion of what a technically daunting and logistically complex undertaking Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” was, and this is certainly true, since as we know now, the director filmed one child (and a small satellite of professional actors, including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) intermittently over the course of 12 years. Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi. Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. Essie Davis, | $43.04M. 149 min | Comedy, Drama. Puffed up by ego, fueled by ambition, and unwilling or unable to stop until greatness is achieved, Fletcher and Andrew are in perverse need of each other to achieve their dreams. Going in to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we, like most other commentators, weren’t sure quite what to expect. Eve adoringly pores over books, stuffing her suitcase for a trip with titles like “Infinite Jest” instead of clothes. | 20. Director: Bryan Singer Perhaps it’s not that surprising that some audiences have been reluctant to embrace this film, even outright rejecting it (like our original reviewer). The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos. | Gross: Ralph Fiennes, [Read our reviews of Vol. 150 min $1.36M, R A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. Drama, Music. | The 20 best films of 2014. 2014 Movies: A list of movies in theaters + released in 2014. Director: $2.63M. | [Read our review]. [Read our review]. 90,600 Crime, Drama, Thriller. Calculated based on members' top movie … 102 min Director: Samuel L. Jackson, Still definitely worth a watch especially for Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Lou Bloom, PG-13 Sheila Kelley, 2013 and 2014 have seen plenty of scary movies… Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Films of 2014. Among the top 20 most-pirated titles, superhero, sci-fi, fantasy and action movies … | Stars: Posted on October 14, 2014 January 11, 2015 by Emilio Santoni. The Top 10 Best Black Movies of 2014. 2014 Family movies, movie release dates. $59.10M, Fans of Wes Anderson will not be disappointed, PG-13 And, yes, nothing like this has ever really been attempted in narrative feature filmmaking before, but underneath the novelty factor of the approach, it is a profound rumination on time and the way our personalities are shaped by the people and events around us, which just so happens to be housed in this unique framework. From its opening titles set in a heavy metal/medieval font, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a study in perfectly made artistic choices. Isaac just wants to stay on the right side of the law, even if everything is pulling him towards criminal activity (personified by his brassy, mobbed-up wife played by Jessica Chastain). [Read our review]. Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Will Ferrell, Phil Lord Emily Blunt, ! | Gross: The 15 Best Movies Of 2014. A Million Ways to Die in Th…. “Birdman: or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”. | Art directed with trademark Anderson perfection and nostalgia, it’s simply one of the most flat-out entertaining films of this year, even with an ending that’s so beautifully sad. Tomatometer rankings of the top 100 best movies of 2020 and all time. | He’s eager to climb the ladder, but in yet another terrifically nuanced turn by Gyllenhaal, aided by Gilroy’s layered script, we see shades of Bloom’s damaged past, one that perhaps found him abused, alone, unwanted. It’s amazing what filmmaker Ava Du Vernay has accomplished over such a short filmography — you’d never guess that “Selma” is only her third feature-length drama. WATCH THIS! Yayan Ruhian, Joe Russo Although this film is not without its flaws, it was a fully immersive and captivating epic cinematic experience. “The Wolf of Wall Street”: 30.035 million (Paramount, Dec. 25, 2013) 2. Chris Pratt, | Carmen Ejogo, Holding the film together are two great performances: from Chris Evans as the insurgent leader Curtis, the most varied and intense work he’s ever done, and a brilliant wing-nut from turn from Tilda Swinton as the vehement idealist Mason, who talks a much bigger game with a gun in her hand, and who occasionally wears a shoe on her head. An underrated psychological thriller about the stress of parenthood and tragedy. LAND OF STORMS | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER . Crime, Thriller. Director: The complete list of the Guardian’s top 10 films of the year, as determined by UK release date ... With so many movies contriving to be dumb, ... Peter Bradshaw awards his top 10s of 2014. [Read our review]. [Read our review]. Gangsters, superheroes, schoolkids, lovers, slaves, peasants, techies, Tenenbaums and freefalling astronauts – they’re all here in our countdown of cinema’s best movies since 2000 Stripping away all narrative complexity to the point of abstraction, the character study really breathes, but in such a completely different way to Michod’s triumphant last feature “Animal Kingdom,” that after just two features and a few shorts, Michod has us convinced he’s the real deal. FilmCrave's top movies of 2014 includes Tale of Princess Kaguya, The ( Kaguyahime no monogatari ), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Edge of Tomorrow and more. | Gross: [Read our review]. Josh Brolin, A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. Oscar Isaac leads the film, playing an immigrant who is running a heating oil business that is being attacked on all sides, coming under scrutiny from a federal investigator (“Selma” star David Oyelowo) and being targeted for a series of heists (rendered as thrillingly suspenseful set pieces). Honorable Mentions: We wanted to stick to a hard top twenty, which meant that plenty of other great movies without the same wide or fervent support didn’t quite make the cut, but they’re worth checking out all the same. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Drama, Horror. “Selma” may check off all the Oscar boxes — it’s emotionally stirring, inspirational, crowd-pleasing, powerful and socially relevant — but if Best Picture has to hit these criteria, let “Selma” take it for all the right and honest reasons. The Playlist Staff. 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