The Smoke Screen Top Films of 2014

  The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The time has come. Choices have been made. Here are the films that made the cut this year, to qualify, a film had to have had either a festival or preview screening, or a cinema release in the UK in 2014. As result, this list might look slightly out of whack compared to critics in the mainstream media, who are running to US release dates and the Oscar cycle. We also don't care much for round numbers here, hence the "Honourable Mentions" list has six films as opposed to five or ten, and the final list is a top fifteen not a top ten.

Follow the links below to the full reviews of each film.

The Honourable Mentions of 2014:

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  2. Calvary
  3. Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. The Babadook
  5. Electric Boogaloo
  6. Mr Turner


The Top 15 Films of 2014:

  1. Boyhood
  2. Foxcatcher
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. 12 Years a Slave
  5. Leviathan
  6. The Wolf of Wall Street
  7. Ida
  8. Under the Skin
  9. Nightcrawler
  10. Two Days One Night
  11. It Folows
  12. Citizen Four
  13. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  14. Inherent Vice
  15. The Past

The Reviews:


Owen Van Spall

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