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2014’s films ranked

02.22.15: This list is now final. While I may in the future see additional films that were released in the awards year of 2014, no more films will be added to this list. (I may add links to reviews of films listed here.)


This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2014 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the OFCS and AWFJ awards); some films released in the UK without US releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2014 unless otherwise noted.


other yearly rankings:
2020
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


green light
worth paying multiplex prices for

Interstellar (10.30/11.05/11.07)
Only Lovers Left Alive (10.14.13/04.11/02.21)
Snowpiercer (07.08/06.27/TBA)
T.S. Spivet (aka The Young & Prodigious T.S. Spivet) (05.18/07.31.15/06.13)
The Babadook (09.22/11.28/10.24)
Noah (03.28/03.28/04.04)
Big Eyes (12.07/12.25/12.26)
Selma (12.04/12.25/02.06.15)
Boyhood (06.19/07.11/07.11)
Mr. Turner (09.28/12.19/10.31)
Wild (10.13/12.05/01.16.15)
Paddington (11.22/01.16.15/11.28)
Two Days, One Night (12.12/12.24/08.22)
Citizenfour (10.14/10.24/10.31)
Nightcrawler (11.01/10.31/10.31)
Next Goal Wins (02.25/04.25/05.07)
Belle (05.21/05.02/06.13)
What We Do in the Shadows (09.28/02.13.15/11.21)
Tales of the Grim Sleeper (02.02.15/12.11/01.30.15)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I (11.09/11.21/11.20)
Fury (10.19/10.17/10.22)
Pride (09.08/09.26/09.12)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (03.13/04.04/03.26)
Dear White People (10.02/10.17/07.10.15)
The Imitation Game (09.30/11.21/11.14)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (03.12/03.07/03.07)
Tracks (10.14.13/09.19/04.25)
Maps to the Stars (10.03/02.27.15/09.26)
Big Hero 6 (11.16/11.07/01.30.15)
Like Father, Like Son (10.10.13/01.17/10.18.13)
The Skeleton Twins (10.26/09.12/11.07)
Mistaken for Strangers (10.07.13/03.28/07.27)
Foxcatcher (10.16/11.14/01.09.15)
Goltzius and the Pelican Company (06.26/TBA/07.11)
Leviathan (02.18.15/12.25/11.07)
22 Jump Street (06.03/06.13/06.06)
Whiplash (10.15/10.10/01.16.15)
The Congress (10.20.13/08.29/08.15)
The Overnighters (12.12/10.10/10.31)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (07.14/07.11/07.17)
Force Majeure (12.14/10.24/04.10.15)
A Most Wanted Man (09.15/07.25/09.12)
Finding Vivian Maier (07.14/03.28/07.18)
The Double (10.11.13/05.09/04.04)
Camp X-Ray (09.24/10.17/direct to DVD)
Welcome to New York (08.05/03.27.15/08.08)
Ida (12.12/05.12/09.26)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (10.15/10.17/01.02.15)
Mystery Road (09.23.13/direct to dvd/08.29)
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (02.16.15/10.24/direct to DVD)
Last Days in Vietnam (02.07.15/09.05/TBA)
Bonobo (11.26/TBA/12.05)
Visitors (03.28/01.24/04.04)
Gone Too Far! (09.24.13/TBA/10.10)
Rich Hill (08.27/08.01/none)
Happy Christmas (07.23/07.25/direct to vod)
Virunga (02.18.15/11.07/direct to VOD)
Begin Again (07.19/06.27/07.11)
The German Doctor (aka Wakolda) (06.15/04.25/08.29)
The Way He Looks (12.03/11.07/10.24)
Rosewater (10.11/11.14/05.08.15)
Lilting (08.04/09.26/08.08)
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (05.18/05.01.15/07.04)
Locke (10.16.13/04.25/04.18)
’71 (09.28/02.27.15/10.10)
St. Vincent (11.06/10.10/12.05)
The Theory of Everything (10.28/11.07/01.01.15)
Kelly & Cal (09.29/09.05/TBA)
Say When (aka Laggies) (10.26/10.24/11.07)
20,000 Days on Earth (09.15/09.17/09.19)
Love Is Strange (10.14/08.22/02.06.15)
In Secret (05.07/02.21/05.16)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (05.18/05.23/05.22)
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (05.22/05.23/TBA)
A Thousand Times Good Night (04.28/10.24/05.02)
Blue Ruin (04.24/04.25/05.02)
Edge of Tomorrow (05.29/06.06/05.30)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (06.15/06.13/06.27)
The Drop (10.10/09.12/11.14)
Black Sea (12.01/01.23.15/12.05)
Penguins of Madagascar (11.29/11.26/12.05)
The Riot Club (09.15/03.27.15/09.19)
Coherence (06.20/06.20/02.13.15)
Frequencies (05.23/05.23/TBA)
Night Moves (10.12.13/05.30/08.29)
Obvious Child (08.13/06.06/08.29)
Chef (05.18/05.09/06.25)
The Monuments Men (02.11/02.07/02.14)
The Lego Movie (02.03/02.07/02.14)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (02.01/03.07/02.07)
We Are the Best! (10.08.13/05.30/04.18)
Particle Fever (03.06/03.05/none)
Leave to Remain (10.27.13/TBA/06.20)
My Old Lady (10.12/09.10/11.21)
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (07.01/06.27/08.29)
Siddharth (06.28/06.27/TBA)
The Purge: Anarchy (07.14/07.18/07.25)
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (11.29/11.28/TBA)
Still Alice (12.10/12.05/03.06.15)
A Most Violent Year (11.26/12.31/01.23.15)
Dinosaur 13 (07.10/08.15/08.15)
If I Stay (08.21/08.22/08.29)
Electricity (10.13/TBA/12.12)
National Gallery (12.12/11.05/TBA)
Merchants of Doubt (11.17/03.06.15/12.12)
Hellion (06.08/06.13/TBA)
Half of a Yellow Sun (10.19.13/05.16/04.11)
The Final Member (04.18/04.18/TBA)
Ilo Ilo (04.24/04.04/05.02)
Get on Up (11.03/08.01/11.21)
Divergent (04.04/03.21/04.04)
Le Week-end (04.01/03.14/10.11.13)
On My Way (Elle s’en va) (04.30/03.14/TBA)
The Returned (02.19/02.14/TBA)
Visitors (03.28/01.24/04.04)
The Art of the Steal (03.05/03.14/06.20)
Maidentrip (01.20/01.17/none)
Gloria (10.20.13/01.24/11.01.13)
The Lunchbox (10.16.13/02.28/04.11)
Starred Up (10.08.13/08.27/03.21)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (12.10/10.17/03.20.15)
Being Ginger (04.14/04.04/none)
112 Weddings (06.06/TBA/06.13)
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (03.24/direct to DVD/05.16)
Omar (02.27/02.21/05.30)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (01.15/01.17/01.24)
Dracula Untold (10.04/10.10/10.03)
The Fault in Our Stars (06.10/06.06/06.19)
Life Itself (07.04/07.04/none)
Swim Little Fish Swim (04.12/09.19/TBA)
A Long Way Down (03.17/07.11/03.21)
Song of the Sea (02.21.15/12.19/07.10.15)
Frank (05.01/08.15/05.09)
Godzilla (05.12/05.16/05.15)
Muppets Most Wanted (02.23/03.21/03.28)
The Unknown Known (04.02/04.02/03.21)
Non-Stop (02.26/02.28/02.28)
Beyond the Edge 3D (05.20/07.04/05.23)
The Retrieval (04.09/03.14/TBA)
Into the Woods (12.12/12.25/01.09.15)
The Judge (10.07/10.10/10.17)
They Came Together (06.29/06.27/09.05)
Hockney (09.22/04.22.16/11.28)
G.B.F. (01.17/01.17/03.21)
Teenage (10.01.13/none/01.24)
Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (86th Academy Awards) (02.02/01.31/none)
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts (86th Academy Awards) (01.29/01.31/none)
Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts (86th Academy Awards) (01.28/01.31/none)

yellow for maybe
worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

The Gambler (01.15.15/12.25/01.23.15)
Unbroken (12.10/12.25/12.26)
Magic in the Moonlight (09.16/07.25/09.19)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (09.10/08.08/09.05)
Mood Indigo (94-min US/UK cut) (07.09/07.18/08.01)
Miss Violence (05.27/TBA/06.20)
Delusions of Guinevere (11.20/11.14/TBA)
Oculus (06.04/04.11/06.13)
Advanced Style (09.26/09.26/05.09)
Cold in July (05.20/05.23/06.27)
Honeymoon (06.10/09.12/09.26)
A Picture of You (10.03/06.20/TBA)
Guardians of the Galaxy (07.28/08.01/07.31)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12.05/12.17/12.12)
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (10.05/10.10/10.10)
Effie Gray (10.10/04.03.15/10.10)
Around the Block (07.31/08.01/TBA)
Grand Central (10.10.13/TBA/07.18)
Pluto (05.29/TBA/06.06)
Pompeii (04.30/02.21/04.30)
The Missing Picture (02.27/03.19/01.03)
The Patrol (02.07/TBA/02.07)
God’s Pocket (08.05/05.09/08.08)
The Zero Theorem (10.11.13/09.19/03.14)
After the Dark (02.07/02.07/none)
Dom Hemingway (11.26.13/04.02/11.05.13)
Stranger by the Lake (02.17/01.24/02.21)
Alan Partridge: The Movie (aka Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) (08.07.13/04.04/08.07.13)
The Two Faces of January (03.26/09.26/05.16)
American Sniper (12.08/12.25/01.16.15)Annie (12.15/12.19/12.20)
The Machine (03.14/04.25/03.21)
Believe Me (09.26/09.26/TBA)
Hercules (07.22/07.25/07.25)
Grace of Monaco (06.02/direct to DVD/06.06)
The Quiet Ones (02.14/04.25/04.10)
Veronica Mars (03.25/03.14/03.14)
Plot for Peace (05.25.13/TBA/03.14)
Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Snabba cash II) (02.18/02.14/TBA)
The Book of Life (10.24/10.17/10.24)
Cuban Fury (01.14/04.11/02.14)
Cold Comes the Night (09.17.13/01.14/09.20.13)
Odd Thomas (03.06/02.28/direct to dvd)
Pioneer (11.23/12.05/04.11)
300: Rise of an Empire (03.03/03.07/03.07)
Endless Love (02.05/02.14/02.14)
Blood Ties (03.17/03.21/TBA)
Joe (04.21/04.11/07.25)
Jackpot (Arme Riddere) (07.24.12/06.27/08.10.12)
Before I Disappear (11.25/11.28/TBA)
The Maze Runner (10.02/09.19/10.10)
Gambit (11.08.12/04.25/11.21.12)
Rio 2 (03.30/04.11/04.04)
Locker 13 (03.27/03.28/TBA)
Stalingrad (01.23/02.28/02.21)
The Railway Man (04.13/04.11/01.10)
Life of Crime (08.28/08.29/09.05)
Serena (10.09/03.27.15/10.23)
The Love Punch (04.23/05.23/04.18)
The Pretty One (02.12/02.07/TBA)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (04.16/05.02/04.16)
Sabotage (05.01/03.28/05.07)
Yves Saint Laurent (07.27/06.25/03.21)
Step Up 5: All In (aka Step Up All In) (07.29/08.08/08.01)
A Walk Among the Tombstones (09.20/09.19/09.19)
Earth to Echo (07.19/07.02/07.25)
Devil’s Knot (05.08/05.09/06.13)
Jesus People (04.09/04.11/TBA)
Sex Tape (09.02/07.18/09.03)

red for no
give it a miss

Men, Women & Children (10.09/10.03/12.05)
Calvary (04.16/08.01/04.11)
A Promise (07.28/04.18/08.01)
Maleficent (05.25/05.30/05.28)
Horns (10.29/10.31/10.29)
Before I Go to Sleep (09.01/10.31/09.05)
Enemy (06.24/03.14/01.02.15)
Deliver Us from Evil (08.18/07.02/08.22)
The Equalizer (09/17/09.26/09.26)
Into the Storm (08.18/08.08/08.20)
Honour (05.22/07.11/04.04)
Heaven Is for Real (05.28/04.16/05.30)
The Borderlands (03.27/TBA/03.28)
Summer in February (06.10.13/01.17/06.14.13)
The Giver (09.16/08.15/09.19)
Get Santa (11.22/direct to DVD/12.05)
23 Blast (10.21/10.24/TBA)
Fading Gigolo (04.19/04.18/05.23)
Bad Neighbours (aka Neighbors) (04.16/05.09/05.03)
The Sea (03.18/TBA/04.18)
Cheap Thrills (04.02/03.21/06.06)
Plastic (04.28/09.26/04.30)
The Calling (09.29/08.29/10.10)
Gone Girl (09.28/10.03/10.02)
The Other Woman (04.23/04.25/04.23)
Under the Skin (11.19.13/04.04/03.15)
Breathe In (07.22.13/03.28/07.19.14)
Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (10.13.13/1.24/05.30)
Devil’s Due (01.14/01.17/01.16)
RoboCop (02.06/02.14/02.07)
Annabelle (10.03/10.03/10.10)
Horrible Bosses 2 (11.18/11.26/11.28)
Very Good Girls (07.25/07.25/none)
Brick Mansions (04.28/04.25/05.02)
Kill Me Three Times (10.18/12.31/TBA)
Two Night Stand (10.13/09.26/02.13.15)
3 Days to Kill (06.20/02.21/06.20)
#Stuck (10.13/10.10/TBA)
The Legend of Hercules (03.28/01.10/03.28)
I, Frankenstein (01.29/01.24/01.29)
Knights of Badassdom (04.27/01.21/none)
Need for Speed (03.12/03.14/03.12)
That Awkward Moment (01.29/01.31/01.29)
Transcendence (04.18/04.18/04.25)
Hangar 10 (aka The Rendlesham UFO Incident) (10.28/11.07/02.06.15)
Radio Free Albemuth (06.29/06.27/TBA)
Tasting Menu (04.18/04.18/TBA)
Extraterrestrial (10.29/11.21/10.29)
Winter’s Tale (aka A New York Winter’s Tale) (02.17/02.14/02.21)
The Raid 2 (04.22/03.28/04.11)
Listen Up Philip (10.07/10.17/06.05.15)
Tom at the Farm (03.28/08.14.15/04.04)
Jeune & Jolie (aka Young & Beautiful) (10.31.13/04.25/11.29.13)
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (05.31.12/02.07/06.08.12)
Grand Piano (04.06/03.07/09.19)
Open Windows (11.10/11.07/TBA)
Palo Alto (06.05/05.09/10.17)
Tammy (07.02/07.02/07.04)
A Perfect Plan (06.06/TBA/06.13)
Lucky Bastard (05.13/02.14/TBA)
Blended (05.19/05.23/05.23)
Walk of Shame (05.05/05.02/TBA)
Jersey Boys (06.16/06.20/06.20)
Rage (aka Tokarev) (07.16/07.11/direct to dvd)
Drive Hard (10.02/10.03/direct to dvd)
The Guest (09.01/09.17/09.05)
The Expendables 3 (08.01/08.15/08.14)
Lucy (08.11/07.25/08.22)
The Boxtrolls (09.06/09.26/09.12)
Hector and the Search for Happiness (06.11/09.19/08.15)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (08.18/08.22/08.22)
Transformers: Age of Extinction (06.27/06.27/07.05)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (05.28/05.30/05.30)
Eastern Boys (11.27/02.27.15/12.05)
Goodbye to Language 3D (10.12/10.29/none)
Filth (02.15.13/05.30/10.04.13)
Sx_Tape (10.07.13/05.16/none)
Inherent Vice (11.19/12.12/01.30.15)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (12.15/12.12/12.26)
Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (02.14/03.21/02.22)
Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 (02.14/04.04/02.22)
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (04.03/08.29/04.11)


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