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Best of 2014 (so far)

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People who added this item 996 Average listal rating (601 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Boyhood (2014)
Time and Change

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Efficiently fleeting, to suggest the relentlessly transient nature of even the most profound memories. I would say the latter majority of the movie felt more polished to me, where the beginning felt more like a Jarmusch-ian experiment. But I love how those typical Linklater themes resurface (rather explicitly) in conversation -- information vs experience, the irrelevance of words. And Hawke is the archetypal... whatever the hell it is he's patented. Free spirited dad? The last hour or so is truly something to behold. Its near universal relatability is a testament to its authenticity and earnestness - two things Linklater strives for in every one of his works. As time goes on, this will be the quintessential film from one of the independent film era's quintessential directors. God bless Richard Linklater.
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People who added this item 600 Average listal rating (358 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Sex and Loneliness

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This is to Scarlett Johansson what Drive was for Ryan Gosling. Proof that their very presence is an enigmatic force. This gal is something special. The whole atmosphere in this, like a dense fog from somewhere else. Chilly, contemplative, quiet, tender, sincere. Seeks to confront the sources of the simplest connection, of attraction, of loneliness. Seeks to find an antidote for alienation. Seeks to make you completely anonymous and scan the evening for new strangers.
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People who added this item 1097 Average listal rating (804 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.5
Whiplash (2014)
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People who added this item 492 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Inherent Vice (2014)
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People who added this item 1701 Average listal rating (1191 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Ultimate Fun

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In some movies, everything just goes wrong. Every creative decision is a misstep. You watch and you wonder, how does such an unlucky streak of ineffective choices manifest itself in a wide release of theaters? The only thing more unlikely than that is when the exact opposite occurs. Top notch characterization and casting. Visuals, sound design, score - all perfect. Mindblowing, heartfelt, creative sci fi. Anything feels possible. Themes centered on where they should be - the middle finger spirit of the outcast. Soul, companionship. In a completely moral universe, this is the new Star Wars, and studios try to replicate whatever formula Gunn and Marvel discovered in this hit.
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People who added this item 831 Average listal rating (562 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Snowpiercer (2013)
Nowhere to Go But Forward

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Directorial vision can immediately elevate material, make you take it seriously. The atmosphere in this, the created universe. The action set pieces so creative, fresh. Some of the most visceral, gripping action moments since Kill Bill. The characters, simple, are the vehicles to explore this universe. There's no beating around the bush with motivations, or with where the story is going. This simplicity gives it an appropriate forward (in a literal sense) momentum. The casting, spot on. A spectacular post-apocalyptic adventure.
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People who added this item 959 Average listal rating (709 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9
Nightcrawler (2014)
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People who added this item 1521 Average listal rating (1018 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
History as a Bedtime Story

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I have had the luxury of rewatching this and fine tuning my score for it. After first viewing, I put it on par with TRT and FMF as Wes Anderson's best. Though, on second rewatch, there are just too many details that don't necessarily beg to be in this particular movie. In particular, structurally, I was a little befuddled (the prison escape sequence taking place where it was, it changes the genre of the story). What works best is the humor, the universe (once again painted in a sophisticated storybook aesthetic), and whatever it is Anderson conjures emotionally in those last few tender moments, where the themes finally reveal themselves. It was as if a movie's cut to black had never left me so breath-taken. I wanted more.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.9
Land Ho! (2014)
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People who added this item 1058 Average listal rating (739 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 280 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Double (2013)
Wishing We Could Be

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Borrows a lot narratively, but from the best of sources. You can't be too upset when something is Brazil meets Youth in Revolt, with shades of The Apartment, film noir, and Wes Anderson. The visuals and production design are all top notch. Darker and more authentic than something like Grand Budapest Hotel, but just as boldly stylistic. Like 60% of these shots would be the best shot in any other movie this year. So there's that. And the humor is sharp, and the satire is just over the top enough.
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People who added this item 581 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 284 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Mommy (2014)
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People who added this item 329 Average listal rating (192 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Selma (2014)
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People who added this item 1414 Average listal rating (964 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Gone Girl (2014)
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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Joe (2013)
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People who added this item 1115 Average listal rating (727 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Lucy (2014)
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.3
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People who added this item 587 Average listal rating (436 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Babadook (2014)
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People who added this item 418 Average listal rating (271 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Wild (2014)
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People who added this item 1084 Average listal rating (777 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
Big Hero 6 (2014)
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People who added this item 700 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 1078 Average listal rating (767 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 257 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
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People who added this item 196 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Mr. Turner (2014)
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People who added this item 228 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Blue Ruin (2013)
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People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Paddington (2014)
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People who added this item 551 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Interview (2014)
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People who added this item 609 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Neighbors (2014)
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People who added this item 848 Average listal rating (596 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 771 Average listal rating (594 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
John Wick (2014)
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People who added this item 1166 Average listal rating (745 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
The Drop (2014)
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People who added this item 1725 Average listal rating (1162 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
Interstellar (2014)
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People who added this item 711 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 510 Average listal rating (326 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 253 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Immigrant (2013)
A couple cool visuals and Joaquin moments. Nothing else, really. Mostly just a pointless homage to an era portrayed more fascinatingly in other things.
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People who added this item 964 Average listal rating (602 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 470 Average listal rating (301 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Foxcatcher (2014)
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 1608 Average listal rating (1010 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 832 Average listal rating (536 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.3
Are You Here (2013)
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People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
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