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Film Comment’s Best Movies of 2014: ‘Boyhood’ Plus ‘Birdman,’ Plus a Cotillard Twofer

Film Comment's Best Movies of 2014: 'Boyhood' Plus 'Birdman,' Plus a Cotillard Twofer

And they’re off: The first major poll of (mostly) American critics has landed, and ruling the Film Comment roost is… “Boyhood.” More than 100 North American critics (including me) voted.

The rest of the Top 10 is filled out by movies we’ve been seeing a lot of — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Ida” — but a second-place finish for Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language” is a welcome sign, and “Birdman’s” seventh-place finish shows it may be starting to pick up speed. Note the Marion Cotillard double feature of “The Immigrant” and “Two Days, One Night” straddling the Top 10 and the next, and Lavi Diaz’s “Norte, the End of History,” Tsai Ming-Liang’s “Stray Dogs,” Frederick Wiseman’s “National Gallery” filling out the Top 20. The poll also lists Best Films Without US Distribution, topped by Alice Rorhwacher’s “The Wonders,” and individual ballots should follow soon.

Film Comment’s Top 10 Films Released in 2014

1.  “Boyhood” 
2.  “Goodbye to Language”
3.  “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
4. “Ida”
5.  “Under the Skin
6.  “Stranger by the Lake
8.  “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
9.  “Inherent Vice
10. “The Immigrant”
11: “Two Days, One Night”
12. “Only Lovers Left Alive
13. “Mr. Turner
14. “Force Majeure
15. “Norte, the End of History”
16. “Whiplash
17. “Stray Dogs”
18. “National Gallery”
19. “Manakamana
20. “Snowpiercer

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