2014 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released in 2014, and the last two columns for films seen in 2014. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2013 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2014. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2014
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2014 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2014 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than 2 years old.

A For All Time

The Duke of Burgundy (Strickland) 91

A- Event

*Two Days, One Night (Dardennes) 84
*Coherence (Byrkit) 82

B+/A- Near Great

*Bird People (Ferran) 80
Under the Skin (Glazer) 79

B+ Must See

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Anderson) 76
*Boyhood (Linklater) 76
*Last Days in Vietnam (Kennedy) 75
*Proxy (Parker) 75
It Follows (Mitchell) 74
The Missing Picture (Panh) 73

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Breathe (Laurent) 72
*Snowpiercer (Bong) 72
Joe (Green) 72
Tu dors Nicole (Lafleur) 71
*Lucky Them (Griffiths) 71
The Strange Little Cat (Zürcher) 70
Edge of Tomorrow (Liman) 70
Heaven Knows What (Safdies) 70

B Recommended

Not My Type (Belvaux) 69
John Wick (Stahelski) 69
*Nymph()maniac Vol. I (Von Trier) 69
Stray Dogs (Tsai) 69
Finding Vivian Maier (Maloof, Siskel) 69
Only Lovers Left Alive (Jarmusch) 69
Moebius (Kim) 68
*Zero Motivation (Lavie) 68
Journey to the West (Tsai) 68
*Interstellar (Nolan) 68
*The Drop (Roskam) 68
*Mr. Turner (Leigh) 68
Clouds of Sils Maria (Assayas) 67
*In Bloom (Ekvtimishvili, Gross) 67
*A Most Violent Year (Chandor) 67
Ernest & Celestine (Renner, Aubier, Patar) 67
*Ida (Pawlikowski) 67
'71 (Demange) 67
Young & Beautiful (Ozon) 66
*National Gallery (Wiseman) 66
Gloria (Lelio) 66
Song of the Sea (Moore) 66
Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (G. Iñárritu) 66
Life Itself (James) 66
Hill of Freedom (Hong) 65
The Lego Movie (Lord, Miller) 65
*Bethlehem (Adler) 65
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Jackson) 65
The Dog (Berg, Keraudren) 65
The Salvation (Levring) 65
*Leviathan (Zvyagintsev) 64
Tanta agua (Guevara, Jorge) 64
Get On Up (Taylor) 64
We Are the Best! (Moodysson) 64
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Ways) 64
Selma (DuVernay) 64
Far From Men (Oelhoffen) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

In the Name of My Daughter (Téchiné) 63
Whiplash (Chazelle) 63
*God's Pocket (Slattery) 63
Angels of Revolution (Fedorchenko) 63
*Nightcrawler (Gilroy) 63
*Force Majeure (Östlund) 63
*The Babadook (Kent) 62
The Wonders (Rohrwacher) 62
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (Lawrence) 62
The Skeleton Twins (Johnson) 62
Wild Tales (Szifrón) 62
*If You Don't, I Will (Fillières) 62
*The Salt of the Earth (Wenders, Rebeiro Salgado) 62
Starred Up (Mackenzie) 61
*Adult World (Coffey) 61
Memphis (Sutton) 61
Abuse of Weakness (Breillat) 61
*Honeymoon (Janiak) 61
Venus in Fur (Polanski) 61

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

The Heart Machine (Wigon) 60
Gone Girl (Fincher) 60
The Double (Ayoade) 60
*Citizenfour (Poitras) 60
Closed Curtain (Panahi, Partovi) 60
Actress (Greene) 60
*The Internet's Own Boy (Knappenberger) 60
The Blue Room (Amalric) 59
*Le Week-end (Michell) 59
Timbuktu (Sissako) 59
Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao) 59
Begin Again (Carney) 59
*Pride (Warchus) 59
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (Cattet, Forzani) 58
Dom Hemingway (Shepard) 58
*The Longest Week (Glanz) 58
Hercules (Ratner) 58
*The Imitation Game (Tyldum) 58
Coming Home (Zhang) 58
Particle Fever (Levinson) 57
*The Two Faces of January (Amini) 57
*The Homesman (Jones) 57
The Interview (Rogen, Goldberg) 57
Goodnight Mommy (Franz, Fiala) 57
What If (Dowse) 57
*Watermark (Baichwal, Burtynsky) 57
*Hide Your Smiling Faces (Carbone) 57
*2 Autumns, 3 Winters (Betbeder) 57
Private Violence (Hill) 57
Over Your Dead Body (Miike) 56
Love at First Fight (Cailley) 56
*Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Chow) 56
The Immigrant (Gray) 56
Soldate Jeannette (Hoesl) 56
Oculus (Flanagan) 56
Phoenix (Petzold) 56
Alan Partridge (Lowney) 56
*Burning Bush (Holland) 56
*Wild (Vallée) 56
Maleficent (Stromberg) 55
*Winter Sleep (Ceylan) 55
Lucy (Besson) 55
Dear White People (Simien) 55
Ned Rifle (Hartley) 55
P'tit Quinquin (Dumont) 55
Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn) 55
*Veronica Mars (Thomas) 55
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Branagh) 55
*12 O'Clock Boys (Nathan) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

*Goodbye to Language (Godard) 54
*Dead Snow: Red vs Dead (Wirkola) 54
*Jealousy (Garrel) 54
*Into the Woods (Marshall) 54
*Obvious Child (Robespierre) 54
Mommy (Dolan) 54
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Andersson) 54
*The Trip to Italy (Winterbottom) 54
The Unknown Known (Morris) 54
The Mule (Mahony) 54
Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Des Pallières) 54
Cannibal (Cuenca) 53
Big Eyes (Burton) 53
*Afflicted (Prowse, Lee) 53
*Felony (Saville) 53
*A Master Builder (Demme) 53
Still Alice (Glatzer, Westmoreland) 53
A Million Ways to Die in the West (MacFarlane) 53
La Sapienza (Green) 53
The New Girlfriend (Ozon) 53
Maladies (Carter) 53
The Best Offer (Tornatore) 53
Housebound (Johnstone) 53
The Look of Silence (Oppenheimer) 52
Magic in the Moonlight (Allen) 52
*Kelly & Cal (McGowan) 52
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Reeves) 52
*Cold in July (Mickle) 52
Cheap Thrills (Katz) 52
Alléluia (Du Welz) 52
*WHITEY: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger (Berlinger) 52
Borgman (Van Warmerdam) 52
*Extraterrestrial (Minihan) 52
Me and You (Bertolucci) 52

C+ Take It or Leave It

*The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Geller, Goldfine) 51
Spring (Benson, Moorhead) 51
The Vanished Elephant (Fuentes-León) 51
*Camp X-Ray (Sattler) 51
*Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Broomfield) 51
*Fanny (Auteuil) 51
*Rigor Mortis (Mak) 51
*Magical Universe (Workman) 51
*Horses of God (Ayouch) 51
*Child's Pose (Netzer) 51
My America (Hartley) 51
Luna (McKean) 51
Stranger by the Lake (Guiraudie) 50
*Two Night Stand (Nichols) 50
*It Felt Like Love (Hittman) 50
*One Chance (Frankel) 50
*May in the Summer (Dabis) 50
*Beloved Sisters (Graf) 50
*Little Feet (Rockwell) 50
*Foxcatcher (Miller) 50
The Last of the Unjust (Lanzmann) 50
*The French Minister (Tavernier) 50
*The Last of Robin Hood (Glatzer, Westmoreland) 50
The 50 Year Argument (Scorsese, Tedeschi) 50
*The One I Love (McDowell) 49
Pasolini (Ferrara) 49
Two Shots Fired (Rejtman) 49
*Before I Disappear (Christensen) 49
My Old Lady (Horovitz) 49
St. Vincent (Melfi) 49
*The Green Prince (Schirman) 49
Night Moves (Reichardt) 49
*Code Black (McGarry) 49
And So It Goes (Reiner) 49
*A Fantastic Fear of Everything (Mills) 49
Saint Laurent (Bonello) 49
Devil's Due (Bettinelli-Olpin, Gillett) 48
Manglehorn (Green) 48
*Bad Hair (Rondón) 48
Love Is Strange (Sachs) 48
Calvary (McDonagh) 48
*Chinese Puzzle (Klapisch) 48
*White Bird in a Blizzard (Araki) 48
Story of My Death (Serra) 48
*Rage (Cabezas) 48
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Takahata) 47
Fury (Ayer) 47
*This Is Where I Leave You (Levy) 47
Jersey Boys (Eastwood) 47
*Fed Up (Soechtig) 47
*The Pretty One (LaMarque) 47
*Gabrielle (Archambault) 47
*Beneath the Harvest Sky (Gaudet, Pullapilly) 47
Eden (Hansen-Løve) 46
*The Captive (Egoyan) 46
Listen Up Philip (Perry) 46
Palo Alto (Coppola) 46
*The Art of the Steal (Sobol) 46
Whitewash (Hoss-Desmarais) 46
*Fading Gigolo (Turturro) 46
*Web Junkie (Shlam, Medalia) 46
*Tip Top (Bozon) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

Big Men (Boynton) 45
*About Alex (Zwick) 45
Amour fou (Hausner) 45
The Raid 2 (Evans) 45
*The Better Angels (Edwards) 45
Omar (Abu-Assad) 45
*Bicycling With Molière (Le Guay) 45
*Breathe In (Doremus) 45
*Run & Jump (Green) 45
Heli (Escalante) 44
*The Great Invisible (Brown) 44
*Half of a Yellow Sun (Bandele) 44
*Happy Valley (Bar-Lev) 44
*Fishing Without Nets (Hodierne) 44
Still the Water (Kawase) 44
1982 (Oliver) 44
*Lilting (Hong) 44
The Summer of Flying Fish (Said) 44
*24 Exposures (Swanberg) 44
*The Face of Love (Posin) 43
*The Notebook (Le Grand Cahier) (Szász) 43
*Revenge of the Green Dragons (Lau, Loo) 43
*Marius (Auteuil) 43
*NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (Whelehan) 43
That Lovely Girl (Yedaya) 43
*Life of Riley (Resnais) 43
*Low Down (Preiss) 43
Jamesy Boy (White) 43

C Pass

*Salvo (Grassadonia, Piazza) 42
While We're Young (Baumbach) 42
*In Fear (Lovering) 42
*Bad Turn Worse (Hawkinses) 42
*A Fragile Trust (Grant) 42
Like Father, Like Son (Kore-eda) 42
Black Souls (Munzi) 42
*Jackpot (Martens) 42
*The German Doctor (Puenzo) 42
Jauja (Alonso) 41
The Truth About Emanuel (Gregorini) 41
*American Sniper (Eastwood) 41
Jimmy's Hall (Loach) 41
Tracks (Curran) 41
Nightingale (Muyl) 41
*Alive Inside (Rossato-Bennett) 41
*Cuban Fury (Griffiths) 41
*Somewhere Slow (O'Keefe) 41
*Pioneer (Skjoldbjærg) 40
Mood Indigo (Gondry) 40
*A Long Way Down (Chaumeil) 40
*Le Chef (Cohen) 40
*21 Years: Richard Linklater (Dunaway) 40
The Rover (Michôd) 40
Return to Ithaca (Cantet) 40
*On My Way (Bercot) 40
*Odd Thomas (Sommers) 40
Bad Words (Bateman) 39
The Princess of France (Piñeiro) 39
Drones (Rosenthal) 39
The Railway Man (Teplitzky) 39
*Inherent Vice (Anderson) 39
*Girl on a Bicycle (Leven) 39
The Kill Team (Krauss) 38
*Starry Eyes (Kölsch, Widmyer) 38
*Moms' Night Out (Erwin Brothers) 38
White God (Mundruzcó) 38
*Hateship Loveship (Johnson) 38
Labor Day (Reitman) 38
Sex Tape (Kasdan) 37
*The Liberator (Arvelo) 37
*Almost Human (Begos) 37
*Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (Fleischner) 37
*Barefoot (Fleming) 37

C- Ugh

Wish I Was Here (Braff) 36
The Dance of Reality (Jodorowsky) 36
*McCanick (Waller) 36
*A Field in England (Wheatley) 36
*Good People (Genz) 36
*Nymph()maniac Part II (Von Trier) 35
Penance (Kurosawa) 35
*Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 (To) 35
Maps to the Stars (Cronenberg) 35
*The Wait (Blash) 35
Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian (Desplechin) 35
Before I Go to Sleep (Joffé) 34
*Life After Beth (Baena) 34
*Gambit (Hoffman) 34
*The Zero Theorem (Gilliam) 34
Beyond Outrage (Kitano) 34
The Theory of Everything (Marsh) 33
Grace of Monaco (Dahan) 33
Time out of Mind (Moverman) 33
*Brightest Star (Kiley) 33
Norte, the End of History (Diaz) 32
*Hank and Asha (Duff) 32
*Automata (Ibáñez) 32
Horse Money (Costa) 31
*Cold Comes the Night (Chun) 31
*Beneath (Ketai) 31
*The Congress (Folman) 30
*Young Ones (Paltrow) 30
Child of God (Franco) 29
*Violette (Provost) 29
*Tusk (Smith) 28
*Tasting Menu (Gual) 28

D+ Double-Ugh

*Hit by Lightning (Blitt) 27
*Very Good Girls (Foner) 27
*Happy Christmas (Swanberg) 26
Hector and the Search for Happiness (Chelsom) 26
*Breastmilk (Ben-Ari) 25
The Search (Hazanavicius) 25
Freezer (Salomon) 25
*Affluenza (Asch) 24
Manakamana (Spray, Velez) 23
*Premature (Beers) 22
*Men, Women & Children (Reitman) 22
*War Story (Jackson) 21
*Blood Glacier (Kren) 19

D Bomb

*Dark House (Salva) 18
*Persecuted (Lusko) 17
*The Bag Man (Grovic) 16
*Miss Meadows (Hopkins) 14
Panic 5 Bravo (Becker) 13

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

Alive (Park)
Backcountry (MacDonald)
Blind (Vogt)
Blue Ruin (Saulnier)
Burn It Up Djassa (Solo)
Die Welt (Pitstra)
A Dream of Iron (Park)
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (Karasawa)
The Empty Hours (Fernández)
Episode of the Sea (Van Brummelen, De Haan, inhabitants of Urk)
Frank (Abrahamson)
A Girl at My Door (Jung)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Amirpour)
A Hard Day (Kim)
Hold Back (Djaïdani)
Honey (Golino)
In Her Place (Shin)
Jodorowsky's Dune (Pavich)
Kids for Cash (May)
Land Ho! (Stephens, Katz)
Leones (López)
Les coquillettes (Letourneur)
The Lesson (Grozeva, Valchanov)
Locke (Knight)
Meet Me in Montenegro (Holdridge, Saasen)
Men Who Save the World (Liew)
Miss Lovely (Ahluwalia)
Mistaken for Strangers (Berninger)
The Owners (Yerzhanov)
Party Girl (Amachoukeli, Burger, Theis)
People's Park (Cohn, Sniadecki)
Pit Stop (Tan)
Run (Lacôte)
7 Boxes (Maneglia, Schembori)
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Mohammed, Bedirxan)
Snow in Paradise (Hulme)
Songs From the North (Yoo)
Stop the Pounding Heart (Minervini)
They Have Escaped (Valkeapää)
Top Five (Rock)
Tower (Radwanski)
The Tribe (Slaboshpytskiy)
20,000 Days on Earth (Forsyth, Pollard)
*Unbroken (Jolie)
Wetlands (Wnendt)
What Now? Remind Me (Pinto)
Wrinkles (Ferreras)
Xenia (Koutras)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Elkabetzes)