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Dan Mecca’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Written by on December 31, 2014 

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Not unlike the last few, this year has been one marked by change: more films of every size and scope released on VOD, bigger movies (budget-wise) in theaters, and the somewhat-successful continuation of what feels like a countless numbers of franchises. And if the cinema of 2014 feels like a disappointing amount of “more of the same,” watch these films below to help remember how movies can, and should, be.

Honorable Mentions

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10. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)

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In which Tom Cruise once again reminds us that he very well may be our last, great Hollywood movie star.

9. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

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The kind of comedy that Hollywood would never give any consideration or a second thought, Ruben Östlund’s biting breakdown of the family dynamic runs the tonal gamut to wondrous results.

8. Goodbye To Language (Jean-Luc Godard)

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It feels like Jean-Luc Godard hasn’t had this much fun making movies in some time. Playing with 3D and digital, this auteur of auteurs announces he’s still one of the most innovative filmmakers around, even at the ripe age of 84.

7. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski)

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Paweł Pawlikowski’s film, currently streaming on Netflix, is beautifully composed and economically told. Running at just about 80 minutes, the writer-director does in, less than an hour-and-a-half, more than what most artists can do in a lifetime.

6. Locke (Steven Knight)

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Tom Hardy in a car, staring down the double barrel of guilt and responsibility. Perhaps the best performance of the year.

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