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J. Hoberman’s Top Ten Films of 2014

J. Hoberman's Top Ten Films of 2014

It doesn’t shock to see Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D “Goodbye to Language” take the top spot on all three lists: this is the French cinema grandaddy’s most iconoclastic work in years, an often (quite literally) headache-inducing swirl of images and sound that defies all movie convention.

There is also love for Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” Ari Folman’s spellbinding “The Congress,” “Ida,” “Inherent Vice” and assortment of rebellious choices, throwing facetiousness in the face of top ten list decorum: Hoberman includes “The Marx Brothers TV Collection” Box Set and FX’s “The Americans,” and Taubin lists Soderbergh’s Cinemax series “The Knick.”

J. Hoberman’s Top Ten

1. “Goodbye to Language”
2. “Inherent Vice”
3. “Ida”
4. “The Americans”
5. “Under the Skin”
6. “The Marx Brothers TV Collection” [DVD box set]
7. “Farbe”
8. “Snowpiercer”
9. “The Congress”
10. “Maps to the Stars”

James Quandt

1. “Goodbye to Language”
2. “Amour Fou”
3. “Horse Money”
4. “Das Spektrum Europas”
5. “Hill of Freedom”
6. “Jauja
7. “The Tribe”
8. “Timbuktu”
9. “Above and Below the Minhocão”
10. “August Winds”

Amy Taubin

1. “Goodbye to Language”
2. “Boyhood”
3. “Whiplash”
4. “Dreams Are Colder Than Death”
5. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
6. “Timbuktu”
7. “Level Five”
8. “White God”
9. “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”
10. “The Knick” [TV series]

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