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The Movies of 2014: World Premieres
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⑤ Indispensable to film fans, even if it's flawed
American Sniper Dir. Clint Eastwood. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman A–
Boyhood Dir. Richard Linklater. Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke B
Citizenfour Dir. Laura Poitras. Real-time record of Edward Snowden's disclosures B+
Goodbye to Language 3D Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Héloise Godet, Kamel Abdeli A–
Horse Money Dir. Pedro Costa. Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado, Antonio Santos B
Interstellar Dir. Christopher Nolan. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway C+
Iraqi Odyssey Dir. Samir. Documentary combining familial and national history A
The Look of Silence Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer. Documentary about a genocide A–
Mr. Turner Dir. Mike Leigh. Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson A–
Selma Dir. Ava DuVernay. David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Stephan James A–
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait Dirs. Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan A
Timbuktu Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Mehdi Ag Mohamed B+
The Tribe Dir. Myroslav Slaboshpitskiy. Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova A–
Winter Sleep Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Ayberk Pekcan B+

④ Good or bad, this is risky and original work
Alex & Ali Dir. Malachi Leopold. Documentary about ex-lovers of different cultures B+
The Babadook Dir. Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney B+
Big Hero 6 Dirs. Don Hall, Chris Williams. Animated. Voices of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit B+
Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu B+
Black Coal, Thin Ice Dir. Diao Yinan. Liao Fan, Gwei Lun Mei, Wang Xuebing B+
Dear White People Dir. Justin Simien. Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams B–
Edge of Tomorrow Dir. Doug Liman. Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson A–
Evolution of a Criminal Dir. Darius Clark Monroe. Documentary about ex-convict B+
From What Is Before Dir. Lav Diaz. Perry Dizon, Reynan Abcede, Hazel Orencio B+
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour. Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi B+
Girlhood Dir. Céline Sciamma. Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh B+
Gone Girl Dir. David Fincher. Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon C
Goodbye to All That Dir. Angus MacLachlan. Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey B
The Grand Budapest Hotel Dir. Wes Anderson. Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori B–
Guardians of the Galaxy Dir. James Gunn. Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, Dave Bautista B–
The Homesman Dir. Tommy Lee Jones. Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones B+
Inherent Vice Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston B–
It Follows Dir. David Robert Mitchell. Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto B+
Jauja Dir. Lisandro Alonso. Viggo Mortensen, Diego Roman, Viilbjørk Malling Agger B+
The Lego Movie Dirs. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller. Animated. Voice of Chris Pratt C+
Leviathan Dir. Andrei Zvyagintsev. Aleksey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov B
Love Is Strange Dir. Ira Sachs. John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Charlie Tahan B+
The Mend Dir. John Magary. Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, Mickey Sumner B
A Most Violent Year Dir. J.C. Chandor. Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks A–
National Gallery Dir. Frederick Wiseman. Documentary about the celebrated museum A–
Noah Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman D+
Obvious Child Dir. Gillian Robespierre. Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann B+
The Overnighters Dir. Jesse Moss. Documentary about pastor housing migrants B+
Pervert Park Dirs. Frida and Lasse Barkfors. Documentary about sex offenders B+
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Dir. Roy Andersson B+
The President Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili B+
The Princess of France Dir. Matías Piñeiro. Julián Larquier, Agustina Muñoz B+
Radiator Dir. Tom Browne. Daniel Cerqueira, Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones A–
Saint Laurent Dir. Bertrand Bonello. Gaspard Ulliel, Jérémie Renier, Amira Casar B+
She's Beautiful When She's Angry Dir. Mary Dore. Documentary B
Something Must Break Dir. Ester Martin Bergsmark. Saga Becker, Iggy Malmborg B+
Two Days, One Night Dirs. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Marion Cotillard B+
We Come As Friends Dir. Hubert Sauper. Documentary about South Sudan A–
Wild Tales Dir. Damián Szifron. Darío Grandinetti, Julieta Zylberberg, Rita Cortese B
The Wonders Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck A–

③ Try to make time, but don't cry if you miss it
'71 Dir. Yann Demange. Jack O'Connell, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Sean Harris B–
99 Homes Dir. Ramin Bahrani. Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Tim Guinee B
About Last Night Dir. Steve Pink. Joy Bryant, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart B
Amour fou Dir. Jessica Hausner. Birte Schnoeink, Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller B
Beyond the Lights Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker B+
Bird People Dir. Pascale Ferran. Anaïs Demoustier, Josh Charles, Taklyt Vongdara B–
Boy Meets Girl Dir. Eric Schaeffer. Michelle Hendley, Michael Welch, Alexandra Turshen B–
Camp X-Ray Dir. Peter Sattler. Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, Lane Garrison B
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Dirs. Anthony and Joe Russo. Chris Evans B
The Circle Dir. Stefan Haupt. Matthias Hungerbühler, Sven Schelker, Ueli Jäggi C+
Clouds of Sils Maria Dir. Olivier Assayas. Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart C+
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Dir. Matt Reeves. Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis B–
The Duke of Burgundy Dir. Peter Strickland. Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna B–
Eden Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve. Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Hugo Conzelmann B+
Far from Men Dir. David Oelhoffen. Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Nicolas Giraud B
A Few Cubic Meters of Love Dir. Jamshid Mahmoudi. Hassiba Ebrahimi, Nader Fallah B
The Fool Dir. Yuri Bykov. Artyom Bystrov, Darya Moroz, Aleksandr Korshunov B
Force Majeure Dir. Ruben Östlund. Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Fanni Metelius B
Foxcatcher Dir. Bennett Miller. Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo B–
Frank Dir. Lenny Abrahamson. Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender C–
Free Fall Dir. György Pálfi. Piroska Molnár, Miklós Benedek, Tamás Jordán B
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Dirs. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. Ronit Elkabetz C
Godzilla Dir. Gareth Edwards. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe C+
Goodnight Mommy Dirs. Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz B
Heaven Knows What Dirs. Josh and Benny Safdie. Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones B–
Hill of Freedom Dir. Hong Sang-soo. Ryô Kase, Moon So-ri, Seo Young-hwa, Kim Eui-sung B
Into the Clouds We Gaze Dir. Martin Dušek. Documentary about Czech car enthusiasts B
The Iron Ministry Dir. J.P. Sniadecki. Documentary about train travel in China B+
The Kindergarten Teacher Dir. Nadav Lapid. Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz B+
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Dir. David Zellner. Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube B
Kumu Hina Dirs. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Documentary about a transgender Hawai'ian B
Life Itself Dir. Steve James. Documentary about life and career of film critic Roger Ebert B
Li'l Quinquin Dir. Bruno Dumont. Alane Delhaye, Bernard Pruvost, Lucy Caron A–
Listen Up Philip Dir. Alex Ross Perry. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss C
Lucy Dir. Luc Besson. Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked C–
Maidan Dir. Sergei Loznitsa. Documentary about Ukrainian independence protests B
Maps to the Stars Dir. David Cronenberg. Mia Wasikowska, Evan Bird, Julianne Moore C+
Mommy Dir. Xavier Dolan. Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément C
A Most Wanted Man Dir. Anton Corbijn. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams B+
Neighbors Dir. Nicholas Stoller. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, James Franco B–
Next to Her Dir. Asaf Korman. Liron Ben-Shlush, Dana Ivgy, Jacob Daniel, Liat Goren B
Nightcrawler Dir. Dan Gilroy. Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton B–
The Normal Heart Dir. Ryan Murphy. TV Movie. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch B–
The One I Love Dir. Charlie McDowell. Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson B–
Out in the Night Dir. blair dorosh-walther. Documentary about wrongly jailed lesbians B+
Paddington Dir. Paul King. Voice of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins B
Phoenix Dir. Christian Petzold. Nina Hoss, Ronald Zerhfeld, Nina Kunzendorf C+
Predestination Dirs. Michael and Peter Spierig. Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook B–
Pride Dir. Matthew Warchus. Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Faye Marsay A–
Red Amnesia Dir. Wang Xiaoshuai. Lu Zhong, Shi Liu, Feng Yuanzheng, Qin Hao B
Red Rose Dir. Sepideh Farsi. Vassilis Koukalani, Mina Kavani, Shabnam Tolouei B
Rosewater Dir. Jon Stewart. Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Shohreh Aghdashloo B–
Sand Dollars Dirs. Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas. Yanet Mojica B
La Sapienza Dir. Eugène Green. Fabrizio Rongione, Christelle Prot Landman B–
The Skeleton Twins Dir. Craig Johnson. Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson B
Stations of the Cross Dir. Dietrich Brüggemann. Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz B
Still Alice Dirs. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland. Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin B–
Still the Water Dir. Naomi Kawase. Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Fujio Tokita B
The Theory of Everything Dir. James Marsh. Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones B
La Tirisia Dir. Jorge Pérez Solano. Gabriela Cartol, Adriana Paz, Noé Hernández B
Top Five Dir. Chris Rock. Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union C–
Trick or Treaty? Dir. Alanis Obomsawin. Documentary about First Nations' activism B–
Two 4 One Dir. Maureen Bradley. Gavin Crawford, Naomi Snieckus, Matt Baram B
The Valley Dir. Ghassan Salhab. Carlos Chahine, Mounzer Baalbaki, Yumna Marwan B
The Way He Looks Dir. Daniel Ribeiro. Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim B
Welcome to Me Dir. Shira Piven. Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, Linda Cardellini C
When Marnie Was There Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Animated B
While We're Young Dir. Noah Baumbach. Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Naomi Watts B–
Whiplash Dir. Damien Chazelle. Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser C
White God Dir. Kornél Mundruczó. Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Lili Monori B–
Wild Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée. Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski C

② Even if it's good, it's hardly groundbreaking
Big Eyes Dir. Tim Burton. Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter D
Blackbird Dir. Patrik-Ian Polk. Julian Walker, Torrey Laamar, Gary LeRoi Gray C–
The Blue Room Dir. Mathieu Amalric. Mathieu Amalric, Stéphanie Cléau, Léa Drucker B–
The Boxtrolls Dirs. Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable. Animated C
Cold in July Dir. Jim Mickle. Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson C+
Corn Island Dir. George Ovashvili. Ilyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili, Tamer Levent B
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them Dir. Ned Benson. Jessica Chastain C–
Divergent Dir. Neil Burger. Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz C
Drunktown's Finest Dir. Sydney Freeland. Carmen Moore, Jeremiah Bitsui C
The Fault in Our Stars Dir. Josh Boone. Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Laura Dern B
Fury Dir. David Ayer. Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña C+
Futuro Beach Dir. Karim Aïnouz. Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa B
Get On Up Dir. Tate Taylor. Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis C+
A Girl at My Door Dir. July Jung. Doona Bae, Jang Hie-jin, Kim Sae-ron, Mun Seong-kun C
Goal of the Dead Dirs. Benjamin Rocher, Thierry Poiraud. Alban Lenoir B–
A Good Marriage Dir. Peter Askin. Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang C+
The Guest Dir. Adam Wingard. Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer B–
Happy Christmas Dir. Joe Swanberg. Anna Kendrick, Joe Swanberg, Melanie Lynskey B
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dir. Dean DeBlois. Animated. Voice of Jay Baruchel B–
Hungry Hearts Dir. Saverio Costanzo. Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell C–
The Imitation Game Dir. Morten Tyldum. Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley C
Into the Woods Dir. Rob Marshall. Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt C+
Joy of Man's Desiring Dir. Denis Côté. Documentary about human and machinic labor C+
Land of Storms Dir. Ádám Császi. András Sütö, Ádám Varga, Sebastian Urzendowsky C–
The Last Five Years Dir. Richard LaGravenese. Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan D+
Lilting Dir. Hong Khaou. Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei-Pei, Andrew Leung, Naomi Christie C+
Madame Bovary Dir. Sophie Barthes. Mia Wasikowska, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Ezra Miller C+
Maleficent Dir. Robert Stromburg. Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley C
Miss Julie Dir. Liv Ullmann. Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton C
Nabat Dir. Elçin Musaoğlu Guliyev. Fatemah Motamed Arya, Vidadi Aliyev, Farhad Israfilov B
Non-Stop Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra. Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Michelle Dockery C+
Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo Dir. Matt Livadary C+
Queers in the Kingdom: Let Your Light Shine Dir. Markie Hancock. Documentary C
Refugiado Dir. Diego Lerman. Julieta Díaz, Sebastián Molinaro, Valentina García Guerrero B
The Rover Dir. David Michôd. Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field F
Rudderless Dir. William H. Macy. Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman C+
The Search Dir. Michel Hazanavicius. Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev, Bérénice Bejo C+
Serena Dir. Susanne Bier. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, David Dencik, Rhys Ifans C–
Tammy Dir. Ben Falcone. Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass C
Testament of Youth Dir. James Kent. Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton B–
The Third One Dir. Rodrigo Guerrero. Emiliano Dionisi, Nicolás Armengol B
This Afternoon Dir. Stephen Cone. Stephen Cefalu, Nikki Pierce, John Highberger B
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Dir. Josephine Decker. Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub C+
The Trip to Italy Dir. Michael Winterbottom. Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Ronni Ancona B–
Unbroken Dir. Angelina Jolie. Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund D
We Are Francesco Dir. Guendalinda Zampagni. Mauro Racanati, Elena Sofia Ricci C–
The Word Dir. Anna Kazejak-Dawid. Eliza Rycembel, Mateusz Więcławek B–
Xenia Dir. Panos H. Koutras. Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia, Aggelos Papadimitriou C+
You're Not You Dir. George C. Wolfe. Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel B–

① Low ambition, little originality, easy to forget
22 Jump Street Dirs. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller. Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum C
300: Rise of an Empire Dir. Noam Murro. Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey D+
The Alley Cat Dir. Marie Ullrich. Jenny Strubin, Dana Bernadine, Sandy Gulliver C–
Black Panther: The Story of Emilie and Jacob Dir. Samuel Perriard. Lucy Wirth D+
Cake Dir. Daniel Barnz. Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Sam Worthington D
The Captive Dir. Atom Egoyan. Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson C–
Cru Dir. Alton Glass. Keith Robinson, Richard T. Jones, Sammi Rotibi, Antwon Tanner D
The Giver Dir. Phillip Noyce. Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep C–
The Judge Dir. David Dobkin. Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D'Onofrio D–
Speed Walking Dir. Niels Arden Oplev. Villads Bøye, Frederik Winther Rasumussen C
Summer Dir. Colette Bothof. Sigrid ten Napel, Jade Olieberg, Martijn Lakemeier, Lisa Smit D
They Came Together Dir. David Wain. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader C
The Two Faces of January Dir. Hossein Amini. Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen D
The Well Dir. Tom Hammock. Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Jon Gries C