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The battle over the hacking and disruption in the release of “The Interview” might have captured all the news over the holiday season. But it’s really other current releases that contain the best historical dramatic events. Although I haven’t seen all the new movies (like “Unbroken”), I can certainly recommend six new movies that contain high drama and intrigue — mostly set during World War II, but also in the Civil Rights era and among the more personal struggles of the workplace and school.
“Diplomacy,” which is set during the last days of Nazi-occupied Paris, involves a last ditch »
- Aviva Kempner
Chicago – Just like every year before it, there were no perfect films in 2014. I do not see this as a negative thing - reaching for greatness is far more electrifying than the plateau of achieving it, as presented in a hustler’s opus like ‘Whiplash,” which specifically eschews applause after a drum solo that just may have been perfection.
It’s all about genuine ambition - that’s the fuel that is going to keep cinematic storytelling arresting as it continues to jump, flip, retread, reboot, restore, subvert, invert, and stumble forward. The best films of 2014 are the ones that have this quality in front of or behind the camera, and sometimes both; the quality of pushing viewers along with them, of making polarizing choices that won’t land well for all, but yearn for something more.
This aspect was found in dollops throughout the film year. Separate highlights include »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It’s been a great year for film music. I say that as someone who had to endure the laughably dated qualities of Alberto Iglesias’ Exodus: Gods and Kings and had to swallow the pill that is Howard Shore‘s latter days Middle-earth music.
But it has been a great year. Clint Mansell gave us haunting, complex soundscapes in Noah, the Alexandre Desplat Hive Mind unleashed another five feature-length scores on the planet, and we even got a peak at John Williams‘ forthcoming music in that Star Wars trailer.
So what was the best of the bunch? For simplicity’s sake, I’ve limited this list to movies with U.S. theatrical runs in 2014. When possible, I’ve also linked to our reviews and select cues on Spotify, although you’ll note the occasional YouTube or SoundCloud embed as well. Let’s do this:
Every few years, »
- David Klein
Julianne Moore knew one thing for sure when she was approached about “Still Alice” two years ago: the movie would not be made on the schedule that directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland were talking about. No way.
A small indie drama about a college professor in her 50s who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s? That was a tough sell if she’d ever heard one — and after working on dozens of indies in a near-30-year career that had landed her four Oscar nominations, Moore knew that it was going to take years, probably, to just get the project off the ground. »
- Steve Pond
The year has finally drawn to a close. They're celebrating 2015 already in some parts of the globe (I guess our troops in Afghanistan are popping champagne right about now). But before really send 2014 off into the the sunset, a last look at the best of what silver screens had to offer this year...in one guy's opinion, anyway. Following up on yesterday's "If I Had an Oscar Ballot" post, I've run down my top picks in each standard Oscar category below. On the second page, you'll find a list of supplementary awards, stuff that the Academy doesn't recognize (but in a few cases, perhaps should). Feel free to offer up your own favorites in the comments section. And allow me to wish you a Happy New Year as the clock turns. *** Best Visual Effects: "Under the Skin" (Runner-up: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") It's a shame this branch can't see past internal politics, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Flickering Myth’s writing team present our top ten movies of 2014…
As 2014 draws to a close, we’re already salivating over what’s in store for us in 2015, but before we get to the New Year it’s time to revist our favourite films from the past twelve months. As usual, our writers here at Flickering Myth have provided their individual top tens, which we’ve then used to generare our overall list of favourites from the year. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the countdown…
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
So, the first film to crack out top ten this year is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for a past role as a superhero (sound familiar?) who is looking to relaunch »
- Gary Collinson
Everybody has their top ten trailer and poster round-ups, their year-end articles that rate Hollywood’s offerings in neat, succinct – completely biased – lists. But what happens to those throwaway moments that defy categorization?
Maybe Quicksilver’s “Time in a Bottle” sequence from X-Men: Days of Future Past should be getting more attention this year, but not too many people have a best musical moments list (but we do, and it’s good). MaybeGuardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Racoon doesn’t quite make the top ten characters of the year, but surely the foul-mouthed animal deserves some recognition!
And then there’s the ridiculous stuff; The “I just want to talk about why Peeta likes bread so much” kind of stuff.
Our Best of the Rest list aims to find those thrown away gems and shine light on their greatness (or lack thereof).
Let's get started.
Most Welcome Comeback: Keanu Reeves »
- Rachel West and Sasha James
‘Tis the season for awards, and while voters are busy weighing the merits of top Oscar contenders, the industry’s intangibles have fallen by the wayside. The year in film is comprised of so many movie moments and overlooked details that go unrecognized by Hollywood, so here’s a list of superlatives and unconventional awards that serve as an alternative to the prim-and-proper Oscars. There’s even more ground to cover than last year, so let’s get started …
- Jeff Sneider
While the first wave of critics’ awards unfolded largely as expected, with victories for “Boyhood” and Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, one film scored an unexpected triumph: J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” a slow-burn drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple taking a big risk to expand their heating-oil business in 1981 New York City, was chosen as the year’s best film by the National Board of Review, with Isaac taking the Best Actor prize as well.
In a way, the film was a stealth entry into the awards picture after a November debut at »
- Steve Pond
We unveiled the first part of our essential guide to 2015's must-watch movies yesterday, and with the new year now less than 24 hours away, it's time to bring out the big guns.
Below are the top 15 films you need to see in the year ahead.
Release date: July 17
Why you should see it: Yes, there are reasons aplenty to be skeptical about Ant-Man. Even setting aside the fundamentally eyebrow-raising concept (a man whose superpower is shrinking), the departure of long-standing director Edgar Wright this spring was troubling, as were the subsequent director search and reported script rewrites. But Marvel has earned the benefit of the doubt, and with a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll, Ant-Man is definitely a must-see. After all, we were skeptical about Guardians of the Galaxy, and look how that turned out.
Release date: May 15
Why you »
Rather than break down my year-end lists ad nauseum, I like to combine as many as I can into one article. There reaches a point where a writer can go overboard, inundate the reader, and the article simply serves as a brag of "Look how many movies I watched!" We're film critics. We get paid to watch movies and we watch a lot of them. The important part is to share them with you rather than be self-congratulatory. I've been proud of our Best of 2014 content so far, and I hope you've enjoyed it. Now we come to my choices for the best performances, directing, and miscellaneous categories I made up. 2014 illustrated how there's an embarrassment of riches for male actors and the lack of great female roles is embarrassing. We also had some shocking violence, easy paychecks, and other odds and ends. Hit the jump and let's get to it. »
- Matt Goldberg
2015 is the year of the sequel! We're breaking down the major follow-ups hitting theaters as we kick off our 2015 movie preview.
March 20, 2015
Shailene Woodley and Theo James heat it up for the second installment of the Divergent series. Woodley reprises her role as Beatrice Prior, who must continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.
April 3, 2015
The seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise marks Paul Walker's final film in the series. Walker tragically lost his life in the midst of production. The cast and crew ultimately decided that filming would carry on in honor of their late friend, with his brothers filling in for some of his scenes.
Watch: Paul Walker's Dad Shares Touching, Emotional Memories Of His Late Son
May 1, 2015
The epic follow-up to the biggest super hero film of all time, Marvel's [link=tt »
Filmmaker Sam Raimi appeared on the Nerdist podcast to promote Murder of a Cat, which he produced and his wife Gillian Greene directed. While there, he also reflected on the critically-panned 2007 sequel Spider-Man 3. Despite being drubbed by critics and fans alike, the director was initially slated to return for Spider-Man 4, before the studio decided to reboot the franchise once again with 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and this year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. When asked about Spider-Man 3, the director opened up, and revealed that trying to raise the stakes after the beloved Spider-Man 2 was what "doomed" the sequel, which he admits is "awful."
"It's a movie that just didn't work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn't really believe in all the characters, so that couldn't be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn't love something, it's wrong of them to make »
Christopher Nolan has a secret.
“You know, this is basically a film about the end of the world,” Nolan told TheWrap of his blockbuster Interstellar. “We don’t advertise it as that so much, because that makes it sound like it’s not necessarily the kind of popcorn movie people want to see during the Christmas season. But it is a film about the end of the world.”
Of course, Interstellar is about more than that. It’s about a space expedition to find a new planet for the human race as Earth is in its death throes. It’s »
- Wrap Staff
Not my tempo. It all began at Sundance 2014, with the opening night film, a little breakout indie called Whiplash starring Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons. Now, 12 months later, we're at the end of the year and I'm ready to reveal my Top 10 list for 2014 - which includes Whiplash. It was the first film I saw the festival and I was floored, I kept thinking, there's no way but maybe this is one film that might remain my favorite all year long. The little film that could, and indeed, it lasted the whole year because it's a perfect example of what I love in cinema - exhilarating films that leave you in a total state of awe at the end, impressed by the potential of cinema. The rest of these 10 films on my list also had that same kind of effect, the experience being a key component in my connection to the films I genuinely love. »
- Alex Billington
Three of them are in their early 30s, one in his late 50s. They range in age from 31 to 59. One has appeared in six movies, one in 60. One has been nominated for an Oscar before, three have not; this year, two are favorites and two are long shots.
Watch: Behind The Scenes at the OscarWrap Actors Issue Photo Shoot »
- Wrap Staff
We're winding down the year-in-review game here at HitFix as 2014 draws to a close. For whatever reason I took a year off of the ballot/superlatives posts, but I'm back with those personal assessments of the best of the year, beginning today with my top picks across the Academy's 24 categories. Check back in tomorrow for a list of winners from this lot, as well as others in a slew of peripheral categories. And of course, feel free to let us know what your Oscar ballot would look like in the comments section below. (Oh, and naturally it goes without saying this post is living in a parallel reality where I'm not confined to a specific branch for nominations and reign supreme over all categories with selections for each.) We'll find out if the Academy agrees with any of this when the 87th annual Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 15. *** Best »
- Kristopher Tapley
Over the next few weeks, Vulture will speak to the screenwriters behind 2014's most acclaimed movies about the scenes they found most difficult to crack. Which pivotal sequences underwent the biggest transformations on their way from script to screen? Today, writer-director Damien Chazelle explains why the first scene of Whiplash sets up everything you need to know about the relationship between Andrew (Miles Teller) and his tyrannical music teacher Fletcher (J.K. Simmons). The scene is then excerpted below. I knew I wanted to begin the movie with my main character drumming. I wanted it to be almost reductive: stick all the movie's main ingredients into the first few minutes. Drummer, music school, mean teacher. No beating around the bush. Cram the entire movie in miniature into the opening scene.The upside was that, hopefully, I'd grab the audience's attention right away. (Always a worry given the pitch for this movie »
- Kyle Buchanan
Who would have thought that Seth Rogen, James Franco, Sony Pictures, the North Koreans, Barack Obama, and hacking would end up being the biggest film story of 2014? Having just shelled out to see The Interview on demand, it's a pity that something so silly has become the epicenter of such geopolitical conflict. Sony will be dealing with fallout from the cyber attack for a long time, but they did the right thing by capitulating and releasing The Interview. It would have been a horrible precedent if free, albeit stupid speech, was curtailed because of the supposed actions of a foreign government.
Now that the politicking is out of the way, let's get down to reviewing a damn good year at the movies. Usually the fall is filled with awards fodder, but 2014 was pretty even with excellent films released throughout. The major studios had a fantastic year with the blockbusters. Disney's »
15. The Immigrant -
If one were to rank the films of 2014 based solely on innovation, The Immigrant would probably end up near the bottom. Writer-director James Gray’s languid melodrama tells the tumultuous story of a resilient Polish woman looking to find a slice of the American Dream, without much in the way of narrative bravado or anything approaching experimentalism. The moralistic script feels like a relic from a bygone studio era.
But to assess the film’s merit based on its stubborn refusal to buck conventions is to deny one’s self the virtues of one of the year’s great films. Marion Cotillard gives an unforgettable performance as Ewa, the titular heroine whose desire to save her sister enables her to overcome the harsh realities of life in New York’s Lower East Side in the early twentieth century. Joaquin Phoenix portrays the snarling antagonist who helps her survive, »
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