The best of film 2014: The ballots

We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list…

The 20 best movies of 2014

From Anatolia to Zubrowka, the great motion pictures of 2014 took you places. They leapt into the past, winding their way through 19th-century art galleries and 20th-century brothels, and speculated about the future, piloting audiences into wormholes and beyond. There were imaginary settings, like the crooked…

NYFF 2014: Birdman closes the fest, but Edward Snowden supplies a real finale

The New York Film Festival closes tonight with Birdman, but the real closer—at least in spirit—was last night’s world premiere of CITIZENFOUR (Grade: A-), Laura Poitras’ gripping, just-finished documentary on her meetings with Edward Snowden. Poitras (The Oath) had planned to conclude her 9/11 trilogy with a film on…

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