Saturday, December 27, 2014

YEFF 2014 | Movie City News + Metacritic | Combined List

Each year, Movie City News compiles tons of critic top ten lists at the end of the year and comes up with a pretty good tally of what was great. This year Metacritic is doing the same. The lists differ somewhat - they've input some different lists - so I've totalled the number of points each calculated to come up with a very unscientific Top Twenty. (I've posted brief notes on some of these over here). Unscientific because there are undoubtedly lists that show up in both tabulations, and other lists that show up in only one.  For now, so what: it's a swell guide to films worth seeing, and with several key films only just recently released - Inherent Vice, Mr Turner, etc - there'll be lots of shifting around over the next few weeks. But for what it's worth... 

1. Boyhood (381.5)
2. Grand Budapest Hotel (197.5)
3. Birdman (173.5)
4. Under The Skin (135.5)
5. Whiplash (129.5) probably in its final week at International Village

6. Selma (124) hasn't opened here yet
7. Ida (116.5) Dec 30 only at VIFF
8. Inherent Vice (84.5) hasn't opened here yet
9. Gone Girl (77)
10. Foxcatcher (76.5) 

11. Citizenfour (72.5) gone
12. Goodbye to Language 3D (72) 
13. Mr Turner (68.5)
14. Nightcrawler (67) gone
15. Snowpiercer (59)

16. Force Majeure (58) gone
17. LEGO Movie (51.5)
18. Only Lovers Left Alive (49.5)
19. Two Days, One Night (47.5)
20. The Immigrant (41) Dec 29 only at VIFF

Those in red are screening over the next week in Vancouver, those in black boldface are available on Canadian Netflix or iTunes.

Three other films figured in the MCN Top Twenty;

#12. American Sniper
#15. We Are The Best
#20. Interstellar

Here are some other films now playing in Vancouver or online that also show up on the lists;

Theory of Everything
Imitation Game
Mommy Jan 1 only

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