Best Films Of 2014
Potent, imaginative and rewarding: our pick of the year…
Shifting from Glasgow to Greenwich Village to Rome and then home, we have been left with more reminders of cinema's ability to stun. Themes of love, faith and humanity recur, balanced by loss, whim and decadence. Our selection was made from the critically acclaimed and the widely popular. Enjoy.
Under the Skin
Horror2013108 minsDirector: Jonathan Glazer
An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.
Drama201482 minsDirector: Pawel Pawlikowski
The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.
Two Days, One Night
Drama201495 minsDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.
Stranger by the Lake
Drama2013100 minsDirector: Alain Guiraudie
A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.
A Touch of Sin
Drama2013125 minsDirector: Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke’s state-of-the-nation report on contemporary China is comprised of four stories about shocking acts of violence.
Norte, the End of History
Drama2013250 minsDirector: Lav Diaz
Lav Diaz’s epic drama follows the contrasting stories of two men, a law school dropout who descends into criminality and the humble family man wrongly accused of his crimes.
Nymphomaniac Vol. I
Drama2013118 minsDirector: Lars von Trier
Volume 1 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.
Nymphomaniac Vol. II
Drama2013124 minsDirector: Lars von Trier
Volume 2 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.
Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra
Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.
The Great Beauty
Drama2013141 minsDirector: Paolo Sorrentino
Paolo Sorrentino's dazzling, Oscar-winning portrayal of an ageing writer who becomes bored of his life of decadence.
Drama2013105 minsDirector: Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante won Best Director at Cannes 2013 for his visceral Mexican crime drama about an honest man drawn into a dispute with a vicious local drugs cartel.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Drama2012100 minsDirector: Joel Coen
The Coen brothers’ funny, melancholic elegy to early 1960s folk music follows a struggling songwriter through a winter’s worth of misdeeds, mishaps and lost cats.
Only Lovers Left Alive
Romance2013123 minsDirector: Jim Jarmusch
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.