Everyone loves going to the movies, and last year was a big one for both movie goers and critics alike. Scores of award winning films hit theaters throughout 2014, ranging from historical dramas like Selma to comedies like The Grand Budapest Hotel. All in all, there was something for everyone at the movies last year. Which of course begs the question, what is one to do if they are looking for the best films of 2014? Well say no more, here are the top 20 films of 2014.
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Written and directed by David Michod, and based on a story by David Michod and Joel Edgerton, this film is a dystopian drama film set in the Australian outback. In addition to the natural struggles of dealing with this troubling future caused by an economic collapse, the personal drama between the characters makes for a fantastic film featuring the acting talents of Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
A historical drama film surrounding the Montgomery, Alabama, Voting Rights Marches that took place in 1965, this moving film stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Selma was directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, and received multiple Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, including winning Best Original Song.
This Canadian drama film was released last year at the 2014 Cannes Film festival and was so good that it won the coveted “Jury Prize” at the festival. The film features Anne Dorval as the single mother of troubled son, Steve (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon), who struggles daily to control Steve until she receives the help and support of a mysterious new neighbor.
Ida, set in 1962 Poland, features a young woman about to take her vows to become a Catholic nun. Having been orphaned during World War II, the path to becoming a nun is all she has known – until she meets her long lost aunt who tells her that her parents were Jewish. The two then set forth on a journey to discover the fate of Ida’s parents in the depths of the Second World War. Ida won the European Film Academy’s “Best Film of 2014” award and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
A comedy written and directed by award winning Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel features Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who teams up with a bell boy he has befriended to clear his name having been framed for murder. The film was nominated for numerous Academy Awards, and won for Best Original Score and Best Production Design.
Nymphomaniac is a two-part art film written and directed by Lars von Trier and is part of his “Depression Trilogy”. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, and Christian Slater. Nymphomaniac follows bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finding “nymphomaniac” Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) beaten violently in the alleyway behind his home. He takes her back to his home and listens intently as Joe eventually begins to recount the details of her life.
A Most Violent Year
Set in New York city in 1981, which considered by most historians as the city that never sleeps’ most “violent year”, A Most Violent Year is a crime drama written and directed by J.S. Chandor and stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. Isaac plays Abel Morales, the owner of a heating oil company that must contend with multiple hijackings of his oil delivery trucks, all while protecting his drivers and expanding his business. A must see for any true film fan.
Set in a dystopian future where Earth is becoming increasingly hostile to human life, Interstellar an epic sci-fi thriller from the minds of director Christopher Nolan and his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey as “Cooper”, a scientist turned farmer enlisted by a brilliant NASA theorist (played by Michael Caine) to travel through a worm hole in search of a new home for humanity. Interstellar won the Best Visual Effects award at the Academy Awards and received four other nominations for Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Production Design.
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