2014 Films

by PoppyTransfusion | created - 05 Sep 2013 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

The ones I've seen in order of preference from most to least favourite.

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1. Güeros (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Tomas is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, aka Sombra, in Mexico City.

Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios | Stars: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris

Votes: 3,057

Brilliant film. Quasi-picaresque and very, very funny.

10/10

2. The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

87 Metascore

A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lesbian lover.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D'Anna, Kata Bartsch

Votes: 10,686 | Gross: $0.03M

Weird and wonderful. The soundtrack is amazing as are the locations and photography. The actress who played Cynthia was hypnotic.

9.5/10

3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 27,342

Dreamy, atmospheric, menacing and piquant. Loved the story, the slow b&w and the soundtrack.

9.5/10

4. Theeb (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Director: Naji Abu Nowar | Stars: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

Votes: 9,179 | Gross: $0.28M

Beautiful and brilliant film.

9-9.5/10

5. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 636,054 | Gross: $13.09M

Amazing film.

9.5/10

6. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 78,904 | Gross: $52.08M

Accomplished and compelling film.

9/10

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

88 Metascore

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody

Votes: 646,750 | Gross: $59.10M

My first watch from 2014 films, according to IMDb dates that is ... What a sumptuous film; resplendent in colour and style and cameos from a great range of actors. My only sorrow was that Owen Wilson featured so little.

9/10

8. Frank (II) (2014)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

75 Metascore

Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Moira Brooker

Votes: 71,058 | Gross: $0.64M

A very sad film that is charming and beguiling. The soundtrack's on order. Love that the cast supplied most of the vocals. Maggie Gyllenhaal was really good in this.

9/10

9. Leviathan (2014)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama

92 Metascore

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Votes: 44,224 | Gross: $1.09M

Long and involved elegy of corruption, suffering and fate.

9/10

10. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

Director: Roy Andersson | Stars: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Viktor Gyllenberg, Lotti Törnros

Votes: 14,553 | Gross: $0.22M

Brilliant. Original, funny, sad, kaleidoscopic.

9/10

11. Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Fan Liao, Lun-Mei Kwei, Xuebing Wang, Jingchun Wang

Votes: 6,566

Atmospheric and stunning film set amidst the chill and ice of Northern China. Interesting plot and complex characterisations.

8.5/10

12. Phoenix (II) (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, History, Music

89 Metascore

A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Pütter

Votes: 15,051

Fascinating story told well.

8.5/10

13. Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, War

92 Metascore

A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Director: Abderrahmane Sissako | Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed

Votes: 14,965 | Gross: $1.08M

Amazingly beautiful film full of passion, eccentricity and humanity amidst terrible turmoil.

9/10

14. The Salt of the Earth (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary, Biography, History

83 Metascore

The life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world.

Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Wim Wenders | Stars: Sebastião Salgado, Wim Wenders, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Votes: 17,628 | Gross: $1.34M

From the Greek, photography means to draw with light. This is what Sebastião Salgado does and many of his photographs seemed to be blessed with the presence of God.

9/10

15. The Theory of Everything (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 368,511 | Gross: $35.89M

Wonderful film; an inspiring subject treated elegantly and poetically. Oh and Eddie Redmayne was a-ma-zing!

9/10

16. Difret (2014)

Unrated | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A young lawyer travels to an Ethiopian village to represent Hirut, a 14-year-old girl who shot her would-be husband as he and others were practicing one of the nation's oldest traditions: abduction into marriage.

Director: Zeresenay Mehari | Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Abel Abebe, Shitaye Abraha

Votes: 1,142 | Gross: $0.04M

Based on a true story, this is the very bittersweet tale of the wins and losses of a young Ethiopian girl.

8/10

17. Shrew's Nest (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless ... See full summary »

Directors: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel | Stars: Macarena Gómez, Nadia de Santiago, Hugo Silva, Luis Tosar

Votes: 5,485

Excellent psychological drama. Picturesque period piece with ugliness and sadness underneath. Impressive debut from the directors.

8/10

18. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, War

A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs.

Directors: Wiam Bedirxan, Ossama Mohammed

Votes: 264

19. Paddington (2014)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

77 Metascore

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Director: Paul King | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 87,192 | Gross: $76.27M

20. Los hongos (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Ras is a construction worker and graffiti artist in his neighborhood of east Cali, Colombia. After he loses his job he sets off on a journey across the city to find another graffiti artist.

Director: Oscar Ruiz Navia | Stars: Jovan Alexis Marquinez, Calvin Buenaventura, Atala Estrada, Gustavo Ruiz Montoya

Votes: 320

Lovely film full of colour light, life, grit and death.

8/10

21. Foxcatcher (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 127,433 | Gross: $12.10M

Pretty good film with a compelling story. Carell/Ruffalo/Tatum were very good and deserve any nominations/awards they gain.

8/10

22. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 415,943 | Gross: $32.38M

Sharp action thriller with a disturbing portrait of mental illness.

8/10

23. The Connection (2014)

R | 135 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

67 Metascore

A French police magistrate spends years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings.

Director: Cédric Jimenez | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey

Votes: 9,166

Stylish crime drama with a charismatic turn from my favourite actor as Crazy Horse.

8/10

24. All This Mayhem (2014)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Martin | Stars: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas, Tommy Caudill, Lance Conklin

Votes: 3,002

The Mayhem is a skateboarding move. This is a fascinating study of two brothers, possibly with mental health issues, who became skateboarding phenomena. I was sucked into the film as the skateboarding became more intense and more closely aligned to their fragile senses of self.

8/10

25. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 42,831 | Gross: $1.36M

Interesting concept and engaging film.

8/10

26. Girlhood (2014)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A girl with few real prospects joins a gang, reinventing herself and gaining a sense of self confidence in the process. However, she soon finds that this new life does not necessarily make her any happier.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré

Votes: 6,759

Surprisingly good and touching.

8/10

27. Still Alice (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth

Votes: 118,965 | Gross: $18.75M

Very sad film that (mostly) resists sentimentality. Julianne Moore was very good.

8/10

28. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 32,563 | Gross: $0.41M

29. Suite Française (2014)

107 min | Drama, Romance, War

63 Metascore

During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Eric Godon

Votes: 20,719

Much better than the reviews suggested. The lead trio of actors, Schoenaerts-Thomas-Williams, were outstanding. It's whetted my appetite for the novels on which the film was based. The novels are said to be better.

8/10

30. Northern Soul (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

64 Metascore

Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.

Director: Elaine Constantine | Stars: Elliot James Langridge, Steve Coogan, Antonia Thomas, James Lance

Votes: 3,381 | Gross: $0.01M

Brilliant film for showcasing the music, dance and clothing of an English club movement. Good performances all round. The film is held together by the music.

7.5/10

31. Mommy (I) (2014)

R | 139 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Patrick Huard

Votes: 44,214 | Gross: $3.49M

Only moderately enjoyed the film but the ending packed a real punch. Great song for the end credits too.

7.5/10

32. Samba (2014)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

Senegalese Samba has worked 10 years in France. He's arrested and befriends the woman helping him with legal matters as volunteer after a burnout at work. He's released after being told to leave France. Chemistry?

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Izïa Higelin

Votes: 13,676 | Gross: $0.15M

Well made film with quiet, but unresolved, thoughts about illegal migrants in France ... although this could extend to anywhere in the EU at the present time. Omar Sy and Tahar Rahman made a great comedy duo.

7.5/10

33. Calvary (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

77 Metascore

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 52,943 | Gross: $3.59M

A very dark film. Mostly unpleasant though it's set in a very beautiful place. Superb and surprising cast.

7.5/10

34. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 41,822 | Gross: $1.44M

Solid stuff from the Dardennes brothers.

7/10

35. Villa Touma (2014)

85 min | Drama, Romance

Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah have shut themselves in their villa clinging desperately to their former glory, until their orphan niece, Badia, walks into their life and turns their world upside down

Director: Suha Arraf | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari, Cherien Dabis, Maria Zreik

Votes: 123

This was billed as a black comedy but it's not. It's a very dark film that verges on psychological horror when one considers the impact of the aunts on Badia. The characters are well drawn as is their limited society and the sets and costumes are beautiful. It's a sad tale.

7/10

36. When Animals Dream (2014)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

16-year old Marie lives on a small island with her seriously ill mother and her father, who takes care of the family. But suddenly mysterious deaths happen and Marie can feel something strange happening to her body.

Director: Jonas Alexander Arnby | Stars: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter, Jakob Oftebro

Votes: 3,415

Slow and intense story of a young woman coming-of-age as a werewolf. Good effects and spectacular scenery.

7/10

37. The Tribe (2014)

Unrated | 126 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

A deaf boy joins a boarding school for similar children. Confronted by the violent and criminal antics of some of the other boys and girls, he struggles to conform and join the 'tribe'.

Director: Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi | Stars: Hryhoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy, Oleksandr Dsiadevych

Votes: 9,501 | Gross: $0.15M

Strange film. Watching deaf people communicate in sign without knowing the language is hypnotic at times and dull at others. An original way to portray teenage coming-of-age.

7/10

38. Rosewater (2014)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

Director: Jon Stewart | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas, Haluk Bilginer

Votes: 9,918 | Gross: $3.13M

Good solid film.

7/10

39. White God (2014)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

80 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy

Votes: 14,007 | Gross: $0.28M

Lili's story and Hagen's run in parallel to each other. Hagen's story is more coherent than is hers. Some stunning shots and I had a real visceral sense of fear about being surrounded by so many dogs.

7/10

40. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 531,164 | Gross: $42.34M

Pretty good film with an idiosyncratic style. Ed Norton was my favourite character.

7/10

41. Song from the Forest (2013)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

70 Metascore

25 years ago, Louis Sarno, an American, heard a song on the radio and followed its melody into the Central Africa Jungle and stayed. He than recorded over 1000 hours of original BaAka music... See full summary »

Director: Michael Obert | Stars: Louis Sarno, Samedi Mathurin Bokombe, Jim Jarmusch, Albert Angende

Votes: 208

The story of an American man who made the Bakayo tribe in the CAR his home. He was drawn by their musical culture and has become an important person for his recordings and preservation of their music.

7/10

42. Night Will Fall (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, War

85 Metascore

Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

Director: André Singer | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton, Leonard Berney, George Leonard

Votes: 2,808

A sombre film concerning concentration camps in WW2.

6/10

43. Cub (2014)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Horror

49 Metascore

Over-imaginative 12 year-old Sam heads off to the woods to summer scout camp with his pack convinced he will encounter a monster...and he does.

Director: Jonas Govaerts | Stars: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts

Votes: 5,061

Quite good horror. Atmospheric and with a theme song that reminded me of giallo.

6/10

44. A Little Chaos (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

Director: Alan Rickman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 18,754 | Gross: $0.55M

Visually pretty and made emotional as the last film from Alan Rickman. Otherwise the film is a bit dull and predictable with little chemistry between Winslet and Schoenaerts.

6/10

45. Inherent Vice (2014)

R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 85,718 | Gross: $8.11M

Quirky film with flair. A bit too long and disjointed.

6/10

46. Wild Tales (2014)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress.

Director: Damián Szifron | Stars: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa, Diego Starosta

Votes: 155,609 | Gross: $3.11M

Great idea for a film but not all the stories were interesting.

6/10

47. The Falling (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.

Director: Carol Morley | Stars: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Anna Burnett

Votes: 5,417

So-so execution of an interesting story.

6/10

48. Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

R | 124 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A film star comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself while starring in a revival of the play that launched her career.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 25,242 | Gross: $1.81M

A bit disappointing as a film but wi