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The Washington Post’s Best Movies of 2014: ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman’ and the Rest

The Washington Post's Best Movies of 2014: 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman' and the Rest

As Christmas decorations seem to go up earlier every year, Top 10 lists seem to be following suit, at least at the Washington Post. It’s not even Thanksgiving — and a handful of contenders, like Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” haven’t screened yet — but film critic Ann Hornaday has settled on her best movies of 2014. They are:

1. “Boyhood
2. “Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
3. “Citizenfour
4. “Force Majeure
5. “Foxcatcher
6. “Under the Skin
7. “Selma
8. “Edge of Tomorrow
9. “Beyond the Lights
10. “Locke

Of her top pick, Hornaday writes:

With this touching coming-of-age drama, writer-director Richard Linklater accomplished so many groundbreaking things at once: Filming nonprofessional actor Ellar Coltrane over 12 years, then folding his actual youth and adolescence into a fictional story starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, Linklater created a new cinematic language, allowing past and present to mesh as seamlessly as they do in real life. He allowed his actors to age naturally and gracefully on screen, defying Hollywood’s usual age-phobic strictures. And he created a portrait of a family evolving, yet staying the same, that moved and resonated with anyone who had ever been a parent, or a child, or both.

Also singled out for special mentions: “Nightcrawler,” “Obvious Child,” “Fort Bliss,” “Dear White People,” “Mr. Turner,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” and a long list of documentaries, including “Last Days of Vietnam,” “Life Itself,” “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Particle Fever,” “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” “Mistaken for Strangers,” “National Gallery,” “The Overnighters” and “Happy Valley.”

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