Richard Linklater's soulful, cinematic masterwork is utterly sui generis, and it's almost certainly more timeless than childhood itself.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Bela Lugosi is dead but this dreamy portrait of eternal love in a jugular vein is louche, alive, and biting.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Speaking of lovelorn nosferatu in Iran, Sheila Vand vamps like a spook-show pro in Ana Lily Amirpour's feature debut.
Far from what the NSA presumably deciphered, this brief encounter with Edward Snowden cusping on infamy is all-new intel.
Knock-knock. Who's there? Doesn't matter: Your mother's going mad and Slender Man is in the armoire.
Bong Joon-ho's stateside debut adapts a French graphic novel into pure cinematic kineticism. (Humanity, sadly, fails to adapt at all.)
The Imitation Game Sherlock
's Benedict Cumberbatch is thrillingly enigmatic in this near-flawless depiction of a deeply flawed individual.
You must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. "Aargh, you pulled my funding at the last minute! Damn you, Hollywood!"
We Are the Best!
Three chords, three 13-year-olds, and the pre-riot grrrl truth go bang in Stockholm, '82. One from the heart.
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Shion Sono returns with a goofy, gory love letter to Japanese genre cinema that's even wilder than Guitar Wolf.
Force Majeure, Birdman, Obvious Child, Last Days in Vietnam, The Blue Room
Chef, Foxcatcher, The Raid 2
Cold in July, The Rover, John Wick
Saddest Austin Film Community News of 2014: Corey Mitchell, 47, co-founder of Housecore Horror Film Festival, passes away mere hours after the festival's conclusion.
Acting Kudos (Male)
Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner
), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash
), Seizô Fukumoto (Uzumasa Limelight
), Don Johnson (Cold in July
), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game
Acting Kudos (Female)
Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer
), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl
), Jenny Slate (Obvious Child
), Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin
), Mira Barkhammar (We Are the Best!
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel
), Richard Linklater (Boyhood
), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman
Best Original Screenplay
(Steven Knight), Nightcrawler
(Dan Gilroy), The Lego Movie
(Phil Lord and Christopher Miller)
Best Adapted Screenplay
(Bong Joon-ho and Kelly Masterson), Inherent Vice
(Paul Thomas Anderson), Gone Girl
Director Peter Chelsom's deadly affirmation, Hector and the Search for Happiness
. Simon Pegg touched me and made me cry, but in a bad way.
Read Marc Savlov's "Top 5 Soundtracks and Original Scores of 2014.".