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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.

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The ImmigrantThe Immigrant

Drama2013117 minsDirector: James Gray

Marion Cotillard plays a Polish immigrant struggling to survive in 1920s New York, in this acclaimed drama from James Gray (We Own the Night).

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SnowpiercerSnowpiercer

Science Fiction2013126 minsDirector: Bong Joon-ho

After a global catastrophe launches the world into a new ice age, the last of humanity are trapped on a high-speed train that circles the globe infinitely.

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IdaIda

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.

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Two Days, One NightTwo 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.

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Blue is the Warmest ColourBlue is the Warmest Colour

Romance2013180 minsDirector: Abdel Kechiche

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

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Under the SkinUnder 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.

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Stranger by the LakeStranger 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.

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Nymphomaniac Vol. INymphomaniac 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.

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Nymphomaniac Vol. IINymphomaniac 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.

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The LunchboxThe Lunchbox

Drama2013105 minsDirector: Ritesh Batra

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

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The Great BeautyThe 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.

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HeliHeli

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.

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LiltingLilting

Drama201386 minsDirector: Hong Khaou

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

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Inside Llewyn DavisInside 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.

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Only Lovers Left AliveOnly 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.

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A Touch of SinA 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.