Best Reviewed Movies 2014

20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

20,000 Days on Earth

  • 95%
  • NONE
  • 97 min
  • Documentary

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international culture icon Nick Cave. With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, this film examines what makes us who we are and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit.

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man

  • 88%
  • R
  • 121 min
  • Thriller

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics...

Still Alice (2014)

Still Alice

  • 88%
  • PG-13
  • 101 min
  • Drama

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested in Still Alice.

WildLike (2014)

WildLike

  • 100%
  • NONE
  • 104 min
  • Adventure

Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts are to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somehow, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett, proves to be...

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

  • 100%
  • 80 min
  • Documentary

When Portland, Oregon, lost its longtime minor-league affiliate, Bing Russell—who briefly played ball professionally before enjoying a successful Hollywood acting career—bought the territory and formed a single-A team to operate outside the confines of major-league baseball. When they took the field in 1973, the Mavericks—the only independent team in America—started with two strikes against them. What did Deputy Clem from Bonanza know about baseball? Or Portland, for that matter? The...

Under the Skin (2014)

Under the Skin

  • 85%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Sci-Fi

Aliens descend upon Earth with a specific mission in mind: To abduct hitchhikers and take them back to their home world, where human meat is considered a delicacy.

Calvary (2014)

Calvary

  • 89%
  • R
  • 105 min
  • Comedy

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral - and often comic - problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Obvious Child (2014)

Obvious Child

  • 89%
  • R
  • 83 min
  • Comedy

What happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine's Day of her life.

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street

  • 85%
  • R
  • 109 min
  • Comedy

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow...

Dear White People (2014)

Dear White People

  • 91%
  • R
  • 108 min
  • Drama

The unexpected election of activist Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) as head of a traditionally black residence hall sets up a college campus culture war that challenges conventional notions of what it means to be black. While Sam leverages her notoriety as host of the provocative and polarizing radio show “Dear White People” to try to prevent the college from diversifying Armstrong Parker House, outgoing head-of-house Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell), son of the university’s dean (Dennis...

Evolution of a Criminal (2014)

Evolution of a Criminal

  • 100%
  • 81 min
  • Documentary

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber?

Elle l'adore (2014)

Elle l'adore

  • 100%
  • Unrated
  • 104 min
  • Comedy

Muriel Bayen (Sandrine Kiberlain), a divorced mother of two, takes her devotion to rock star Vincent Lacroix (Laurent Lafitte) too far in this comedic thriller. Muriel leaves her beauty parlor life behind when Vincent asks her to help dispose of the body of his girlfriend, who he accidentally killed during an argument. Suspense builds as they are pursued by two recently separated detectives (Pascal Demolon) and (Olivia Cote) who are quarreling with each other while trying solving the crime....

Chef (2014)

Chef

  • 86%
  • R
  • 115 min
  • Comedy

When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.

John Wick (2014)

John Wick

  • 85%
  • R
  • 96 min
  • Thriller

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".

Keep on Keepin' On (2014)

Keep on Keepin' On

  • 97%
  • NONE
  • 86 min
  • Documentary

Eighty-nine year old trumpeting legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but Terry’s most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with uncanny talent, but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for the most pivotal moment in his budding career, Terry’s ailing health threatens to end his own. Charming and nostalgic, Alan Hicks’ melodic debut celebrates an iconic musician while introducing an emerging star of equal...

Top Five (2014)

Top Five

  • 86%
  • R
  • 101 min
  • Comedy

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he's left behind.

Theeb (2014)

Theeb

  • 97%
  • 100 min
  • Adventure

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Last Days in Vietnam

  • 95%
  • NONE
  • 98 min
  • Documentary

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens.

Mommy (2014)

Mommy

  • 90%
  • R
  • 139 min
  • Documentary

Forty-six year old Diane Després - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Després, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her...

Underwater Dreams (2014)

Underwater Dreams

  • 100%
  • 86 min
  • Documentary

Underwater Dreams, narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build underwater robots. And go up against MIT in the process.