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12 best performances of 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson

27 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Christmas is over, and New Year's is bearing down upon us like a predatory alien seductress or a savagely ruthless photojournalist (take your pick).

You've already seen our list of the 25 best movies of the year so far, and now it's time to single out the actors and actresses who made the biggest impression on us in 2014.

Below are Digital Spy's 12 favourite big-screen performances of the year.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)

Perhaps the most instantly iconic movie character of the year, Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom is the walking embodiment of naked ambition. A drifter determined to carve himself out a career, Lou stalks the streets of La in search of grisly crime scenes to capture on camera, selling the footage on to the highest bidding news outfit.

As the film's title implies, Lou is closer to predatory animal than man, Jake Gyllenhaal's wolfish smile and gaunt physique turning him wraithlike »

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Who’s on the Bubble in Oscar Best Picture Race?

26 December 2014 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While there are no sure things in the Oscar race, the main contenders for best picture seem have to settled into place. But there are bound to be some surprises, with many titles on the cusp of landing one of the potential 10 spots. As the year comes to a close, here’s a round-up of the most popular dark horse candidates, along with some films that are too close to call — and the films that once had potential but now appear to be out of the race for the top prize.

The Not-So Dark Horse

Once a bit of a longshot, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is looking more and more certain thanks to numerous critical awards, a best picture nomination from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and a nom from the SAG Awards in the crucial ensemble category. The film is adored, but it’s a comedy and »

- Jenelle Riley

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The Best Movie Trailers of 2014

26 December 2014 7:19 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Movie trailers give eager audiences a chance to see what a film might be like and decide whether or not it’s something they’re interested.  It’s one of the biggest and most crucial aspects of any film’s marketing, and as the year draws to a close, I thought I’d take a look back at the best/most effective trailers released in 2014. 

I love movie trailers!  It’s one of the things I look forward to most on upcoming films, and I’ve always looked at them as an art form in and of themselves.  Crafting a good trailer that’s effective and powerful is difficult, but when it works there’s nothing better.  They can spark our interest, get our hearts racing, and even convince us to see something we originally had no interest in.  As such, I enjoy looking back at the various trailers throughout »

- (Jordan Maison)

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Quick Links Over Coffee. And "Listen!" It's the Critical Decision

24 December 2014 9:23 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jude Law drinking coffee back in the dayWhoa! Off to such a late start today.


Happy Christmas Eve

Here are a few links for you to enjoy while I drink my lunch (aka coffee) and prepare a few posts... posting continues through the holidays so if you're having a Blue Christmas, please know that we're here for you in the comments section / posting form with reviews coming up for Selma & Into the Woods. If you'll be offline for most of the holiday week, collect your belated gifts when you return. The Oscar stuff, year in review collections, chatty interviews and podcast, and silly polls will all still be here when you return. (Just click on that  "pages" thing once you run out of the freshly baked articles at the bottom and you'll get to the day old stuff and so on. Only a few of the articles have expiration dates, »


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The 10 Best Movies Of 2014, According To Sean

24 December 2014 7:34 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This was an impressive year for film. No matter the genre . from horror to heroes, awards-bait to animation . 2014 offered a buffet of challenging, disturbing, uplifting and rewarding cinematic excursions. This also was a diverse year for cinema. We had iconic storytellers working at the top of their individual games (Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Paul Thomas Anderson come to mind). And we saw relative newcomers like Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle and someone named Angelina Jolie announce their presence as directors to which we need to pay close attention. This was the year that the comic-book genre planted its deepest roots, inviting audiences on goofy interstellar adventures and expanding the scope of traditional "super" powers like the X-Men series. And what more can be said about the monumental achievement of Richard Linklater.s 12-year odyssey, Boyhood? This, then, is my list of the 10 best films of 2014. All lists are subjective, and »

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The 10 Best Posters of 2014

24 December 2014 7:29 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Posters are more often than not the first things we see during a movie’s marketing campaign. They provide us with a little snapshot of what’s to come, and if they’re done right, posters can completely embody the style, tone, and content of an entire film. Case in point: The Exorcist.

It doesn't matter how good word-of-mouth is, if the poster sucks, we might not want to see the movie. Yes, we do occasionally judge a book (or movie) by its cover. Yet sometimes posters are more memorable or even better than the actual movies they’re promoting, and this year is no different. The films with 2014’s best posters are an interesting mix of critical darlings, surprise hits, underperformers, and box office bombs.

Here are the ten best movie posters of 2014: 


10. Men, Women and Children

Though Canadian director Jason Reitman might not be winning any awards for the poorly-received Men, »

- Sasha James

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Why Hollywood Isn’t Freaking Over Bummer 2014 Box Office

23 December 2014 5:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

With the holiday season soft, it’s clear the 2014 domestic box office is going to wind up down from last year by nearly 5 percent. So why aren’t we hearing more groans and gnashing of teeth from Hollywood executives?

It’s because despite the downturn, the majority of the studios made money on their movies. Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony should all — to varying degrees — wind up in the black on their film slates.

The fact that 2015 has a shot to be the biggest on record is brightening Hollywood’s mood, too. Among the heavyweight films set »

- Todd Cunningham

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TheWrap’s Film Critics Pick 10 Best Movies of 2014

23 December 2014 5:21 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When is a gimmick not a gimmick? When it underscores strong storytelling rather than distracting from a bad script. It was easy to think of the selling points behind “Boyhood” (actors age in real time during a production spread out over a dozen years); “Locke” (movie centered around one man in a car making phone calls) or “Birdman” (camera and editing tricks employed to make the film look like one continuous take) as mere hoopla – and then we saw the movies.

Not all of the year’s best films employed such razzle-dazzle, but it was heartening to know that in »

- Alonso Duralde, Inkoo Kang and James Rocchi

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Crazy Cat Lady Yearbook

23 December 2014 4:25 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Year in review. Two yummy look backs each day.

People often get my name wrong in the comments. I do not answer to "Nate" or "Nathan". "Nat" or "Nathaniel" will do.  I also answer to "Crazy Cat Lady".

Cats do not get enough screen time if you ask me but they're not pack animals so there's no cat union to promote their representation in the movies. I actually felt a bit betrayed this summer when Toothless, one of my all time favorite screen cats suddenly seemed almost doggish in How To Train Your Dragon 2. If Dreamworks wants to know why they struggled a bit at the box office there I can only point to Toothless. There was  A) Not nearly enough of him in the movie and B) He seemed to have gone to the dog side. 

So herewith the four cats from the film year I couldn't love more. »


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Joey Paur's 15 Favorite Movies of 2014

23 December 2014 12:10 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

2014 was packed full of amazing movies! I'm so happy with what I got to see this year, and while coming up with a Top 10 list of my favorite films of the year, it easily turned into a Top 15. There were some movies that I just couldn't leave off the list. There's an interesting mix here that consists of big blockbusters, and smaller independent films. In the end, all of these films connected with me on a personal level and punched me in the face with all kinds of different emotions that have stuck with me. So without further ado, here are my 15 favorite movies of 2014. After you look over it let me know what your favorite movies of the year were! 

15. Edge of Tomorrow

This sci-fi film was one of the most underrated movies of the year. Whether or not you like Tom Cruise, he was awesome in this movie »

- Joey Paur

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Katherine Waterston joins ‘Jobs’ as Apple founder’s wife

23 December 2014 11:58 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs film Jobs has gotten more updates than a version of iOS. Now Deadline is reporting that Katherine Waterston, the lead actress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, has joined the film as Chrisann, Jobs’s first wife.

Early this week, there were numerous reports that Kate Winslet was in early talks to join the film alongside star Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. But just like Natalie Portman’s role before, she too seems to have been scuttled.

Of course, any casting news about this film has to be taken with a grain of salt, as it was only a matter of days before Christian Bale was cast and then dropped out. And of course Danny Boyle was not the first director on Aaron Sorkin’s project, with David Fincher being the first to go. Even Sony and Scott Rudin dropped the »

- Brian Welk

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Gone Girl’s Kim Dickens Cast as Female Lead in The Walking Dead Companion Series

23 December 2014 9:36 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last week it was revealed that The Walking Dead companion series will initially take place in Los Angeles, and early this month it was reported that Cliff Curtis will take on the show’s male lead, leaving many to wonder who would be cast as the female lead. Fans don’t have to mull that one over anymore, though, as it’s been revealed that Gone Girl‘s Kim Dickens has been cast in the lead female role in the companion series.

Deadline reported the news of Kim Dickens’ casting today. Dickens recently had a fantastic turn in David Fincher’s Gone Girl as speculative Detective Rhonda Boney. Her acting credits also include recurring roles on Friday Night Lights, Lost, Deadwood, and Sons of Anarchy.

Dickens’ role in the companion series is believed to be a guidance counselor with a troubled past who works at the same school as Cliff Curtis’ divorced teacher character, »

- Derek Anderson

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The Walking Dead Companion Series Enlists Gone Girl Actress As Female Lead

23 December 2014 8:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Kim Dickens is primed to become a mainstay on our television screens next season. After signing on for a recurring role on House of Cards Season Three, Deadline has learned that the actress has now joined AMC’s The Walking Dead prequel series as the female lead.

This tidbit means the Gone Girl star will act opposite Cliff Curtis as a guidance counsellor, who soon finds herself caught amidst the flesh-munching action before long. It’s understood that Dickens’ character will be the mother of Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam, who joined the spinoff’s ever-growing casting list only a few short weeks ago.

According to the report, AMC took their time in casting the coveted role, rummaging through a list of candidates before settling on Dickens — and no wonder, given her performance in David Fincher’s psychological thriller. Besides, the actress is no stranger to the small screen, given »

- Michael Briers

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Top Ten Movies of 2014

23 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I'm curious what the consensus will be in ten to twenty years, once we look back and evaluate the movies of 2014. It seems I continually see people referring to it as either a great year or a terrible year with little in-between. Were you to judge the year on the quality of the mainstream studio features I could see where you might be disappointed. It wasn't exactly the best year for blockbuster cinema. Hell, Christopher Nolan even came out with a new big budget film and it didn't even make it onto my list of Honorable Mentions. However, you look at the mini majors and smaller distributros, studios such as A24, Fox Searchlight, Sony Classics and Open Road and things begin to perk up, but these studios don't market their films on every channel so at the end of the year when people are asking me "what movies they should »

- Brad Brevet

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AMC’s The Walking Dead spin-off series Cobalt to star Kim Dickens

23 December 2014 7:29 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kim Dickens has officially been tapped to star as the female lead in the new AMC companion series to The Walking Dead, reports Deadline. She is probably most widely recognized from her run on HBO’s post Katrina series Treme but she has since broken out further thanks to David Fincher’s latest suspense thriller Gone Girl.

The Walking Dead companion series was created by Robert Kirkman, based upon the graphic novel of the same name (Kirkman & Dave Erickson), and is set to be directed by Adam Davidson. The series follows two co-workers, a divorced teacher Cliff Curtis and a guidance counselor (Dickens), who also happen to be in a relationship together. She has two children (Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey) from a prior marriage as well as a dark past that threatens to haunt her present situation. Ths series, currently being called Cobalt, takes place during the same »

- William Fanelli

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‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Sets Kim Dickens as Female Lead

23 December 2014 7:08 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC has set “Gone Girl” scene-stealer Kim Dickens as the female lead for the upcoming “Walking Dead” companion series pilot, Variety has confirmed.

She’ll star alongside Cliff Curtis in the spinoff, which will take place in the same universe as AMC’s blockbuster zombie hit, but on the West Coast instead of around Georgia.

Dickens is believed to be playing guidance counselor Nancy Tompkins: “A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there’s an edge to her.” Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey were previously announced and are set to play Nancy’s children — Nick, Nancy’s screwed up teenage son who is too old to stay home, but too scared to flee; and Ashley, Nancy’s mostly level-headed teenage daughter, whose ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother’s failures. AMC declined to confirm character details.

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- Laura Prudom

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Who Staged a Months-Long Performance Piece Just for Rick Moody?

23 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

If you happened to have stumbled, two Septembers ago, on a troupe of nearly 100 synchronized dancers wearing jesters’ caps in Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons, maybe you wondered, in that split second before rushing on to jury duty, Who’s that stuff even for? You now have your answer. It was for Rick Moody.The arts collective known as Odyssey Works stages multilayered, weekend-long art happenings, each of them designed for an audience of one. In late 2013, that “audience” was the author best known for The Ice Storm. Moody was its most famous subject to date, and the piece, titled When I Left the House It Was Still Dark, was its largest and most complex. For the first time, it wasn’t a weekend but three months of encounters, all meticulously arranged in collusion with Moody’s friends and relatives. Picture a cross between the Macbeth-meets-Myst extravaganza Sleep No More and »

- Boris Kachka

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Daily | Lists, Awards, Remembrances

23 December 2014 6:02 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language comes in at #1 on La Furia Umana's list of the top ten films of 2014. For Michael Atkinson at In These Times, it's Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan. Christopher Orr, film critic for the Atlantic, goes for J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year. Meantime, the The New York Review of Books gathers 20 reviews it's run this year, including David Bromwich on Laura Poitras's Citizenfour, Zoë Heller on David Fincher's Gone Girl, J. Hoberman on Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana, Geoffrey O'Brien on Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin and Francine Prose on Agnieszka Holland's Burning Bush. » - David Hudson »

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Digital Spy's 25 best movies of the year 2014: 10-6

23 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's time to crack into the top ten! Our countdown of 2014's best movies heads into the home stretch with a dash of blockbuster science fiction and a pair of well-received films from Wes Anderson and David Fincher. Also included: Michael Fassbender in a papier-mâché head.

Digital Spy goes from 10 to 6 in the rundown below...

Best movies of the year 2014: 25-21

Best movies of the year 2014: 20-16

Best movies of the year 2014: 15-11

10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

We said: "Three years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes stunned many with its quality, Dawn builds on these foundations with an emotionally powerful and visually stunning tale documenting the conflicts between humans and apes trying to survive in a world ravaged by a killer virus. A thought-provoking blockbuster, it serves as the perfect antidote to Transformers: Age of Extinction." [Brj]

9. Frank

We said: "Who needs a face to act? »

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

22 December 2014 1:07 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s that time of year to figure it out, as 2014 leaks away, and the film year follows suit. Whittling down a list to ten films, after hours of entertainment and provoking of thought, is a fool’s challenge at best. Then who better to do it than Patrick McDonald of

Best to change it up to first person voice, since I’m writing the actual article. So, I, Patrick McDonald, will attempt to break down the film year into the 10 Best, and my colleagues on will follow suit in the next several days.

The most difficult slot of any list like this is the 10th position, for it leaves out so many brilliant possibilities for 11th place and onward. At that position are the international films “Bright Days Ahead,” “Force Majeure” and “The Raid 2”; the horror/comic genius of “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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