Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best Movies of the First Half of 2014

It's July 1, meaning half the calendar year is over. In the world of movies, that usually means those released so far will be ignored by year's end. So here's my opportunity to give them their due. What follows are my choices for the 25 best movies released so far this year. After that comes my list of the 25 best films of 2013, which I never got around to publishing before and after that is my list of the 25 best films of the last 10 years.

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE FIRST HALF OF 2014
1. Ida
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. We Are The Best!
4. Ernest and Celestine
5. Gloria
6. The LEGO Movie
7. Locke
8. Stranger By the Lake
9. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
10. Jodorowsky’s Dune
11. Under the Skin
12. Child’s Prose
13. Blue Ruin
14. Only Lovers Left Alive
15. How To Train Your Dragon 2
16. The Immigrant
17. The Lunchbox
18. The Dance of Reality
19. Obvious Child
20. Finding Vivian Maier
21. Omar
22. Night Moves
23. X-Men: Days of Future Past
24. Like Father, Like Son
25. Le Week-End 

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2013
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Gravity
3. Before Midnight
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
5. Stories We Tell
6. The Gatekeepers
7. Her
8. American Hustle
9. The Act of Killing
10. Blue Is the Warmest Color
11. The Missing Picture
12. All Is Lost
13 Nebraska
14. The Great Beauty
15. The Past
16. Fruitvale Station
17. The Square
18. Dallas Buyers Club
19. Blackfish
20. The Wind Rises
21. Twenty Feet From Stardom
22. Captain Phillips
23. The Selfish Giant
24. Cutie and the Boxer
25. Short Term 12

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF THE LAST 10 YEARS
1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2008)
3. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
4. Ratatouille (2007)
5. Gravity (2013)
6. The Social Network (2010)
7. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
8. A Separation (2011)
9. Before Midnight (2013)
10. Killer of Sheep (2007)
11. The Hurt Locker (2009)
12. WALL-E (2008)
13. Sideways (2004)
14. Carlos (2010)
15. Amour (2012)
16. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
17. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
18. The Class (2008)
19. There Will Be Blood (2007)
20. Toy Story 3 (2010)
21. Moolaadé (2004)
22. The Queen (2006)
23. Stories We Tell (2013)
24. Waltz With Bashir (2008)
25. No Country for Old Men (2007)

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