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by ktagarello | created - 02 Jun 2014 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

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1. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 84,958 | Gross: $1.88M

By far, one of my favorite movies of 2014 release-dates, possibly one of my favorite ever. A beautiful, dark and comedic love story. Highly recommend.

2. Cold in July (2014)

R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw

Votes: 33,003 | Gross: $0.41M

Very interesting movie... Like watching 3 different genre films in one: Thriller, Action/Suspense, Drama. Excellent cinematography and musical score to accompany the shifts in story, character and mood. Also found the setting of 1989 TX to be accurate down to the newspaper clipping on the wall. 7 years in the making, I found it very enjoyable due to it's unpredictability and artistic license.

3. Lucky Them (2013)

R | 97 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A rock journalist is assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.

Director: Megan Griffiths | Stars: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Arianda, Oliver Platt

Votes: 2,924 | Gross: $0.03M

Not the most likeable protagonist, and yet that is what made this story come full circle. I thought the performances were really great on all sides. Casting excellent. Writing both funny and tragic in a way that only a love/hurt relationship with Rock 'n roll can do.

4. Under the Skin (I) (2013)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell

Votes: 120,019 | Gross: $2.61M

It took some time for me to see this as the cinematic MASTERPIECE that many others did, although I did find it quite extraordinary. A masterpiece to me must harbor and excel at all elements of filmmaking. While I adored the way that this film told it's story through an alienated lens, making you feel as much an outsider as Scar-Jo, and while I also felt floored by the use of simple (the black room, the footprints) and even still imagery (the man with the deformed face), AND ALSO While I felt the score was delightfully reminiscent of early horror/sci-fi, such as that of Argento and Cronenberg; it just didn't impact me initially as strongly as it did after a few months. As a cinephile (which is martianesque in it's own right), bravo! but as a human living on this earth, I can understand why pace of it all made it too hard to relate to (I know I know, that's the point) for some people. That being said, the final scene made it for me- made me realize what it would be like to finally feel human, and then want to retract all want of that all together. Decide it is not worth it to live in such agonizing danger and humiliation, even if it appears that as a woman you hold the power, to find that you are more victim than you ever could have imagined...? Well, it would be enough to (want to) rip my skin off...

5. Joe (I) (2013)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins

Votes: 43,956 | Gross: $0.37M

Very entertaining; good story. Young boy was so believable. Nick Cage in for the win. A simple but gravitational character piece.

6. Marlene (1984)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Retrospective on the career of enigmatic screen diva Marlene Dietrich.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Annie Albers, Bernard Hall

Votes: 688 | Gross: $0.85M

Very moving. A face so well-known; performances so impactful. Yet, nostalgia is not worth the pain for so strong (and lonely) the lady. Interesting view of what it is like to make a documentary of someone while never showing their face.

7. Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

Director: Frank Pavich | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss

Votes: 19,882 | Gross: $0.65M

Absolutely riveting, inspiring, and dare-I-say-it, even life-changing! Jodorowsky is a true hero of human compassion, soul and artistry for social equality and freedom of mind.

8. Bastards (2013)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Marco returns to Paris after his brother-in-law's suicide, where he targets the man his sister believes caused the tragedy - though he is ill-prepared for her secrets as they quickly muddy the waters.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Julie Bataille, Michel Subor

Votes: 3,036 | Gross: $0.01M

Very strange ride through the story, but every time you want to ask "What just happened?" or "Why?" the question was answered by the next frame, making it flow well regardless. Liked a lot

9. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 15,972 | Gross: $12.00M

Last night I had the pleasure of viewing 'Sorcerer' for my first time at Film Forum, in a small dark theater surrounded by other film fans. The film was *beep* rad. The fact that a recently restored 35mm movie, a total FLOP at the time, and also a complete disaster during production, could turn an entire audience onto the edge of their seats, jaws-dropped from excitement, was remarkable to me.

The film was followed by an amazing Skype Q+A with one of my personal Idols, Director, William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection, To Live and Die in L.A. (!!!)). I seriously could have cried from the insight this vet had to give. With more films dropped then made since then, he seems to have come a long way from literally catapulting Ellen Burstyn into a wall to get a "real reaction". One highlight was: (when asked how he can get such severely flawed characters to be so sympathetic and rooted for) I want to see a show a of hands, which one of you is NOT deeply, deeply flawed. I would like to know... (Clearly no one could raise their hands)

If you like stories on the fate of man, mixed in with action and suspense, and want to see something truly exemplary of a time in film history not to be forgotten (not only pre-cgi but, real and life-threatening to the cast and crew and made anyway- as well as some amazing blow ups) find 'Sorcerer' and revisit any and all works of William Friedkin.

Friedkin will also be coming out with a new film soon on the life of Mae West, played by Bette Midler, in which he claims, "you will not see any [of his usual] violence, though there will be what appears to be a gun in a man's pocket..." Stay tuned.

10. Particle Fever (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.

Director: Mark Levinson | Stars: David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti, Sherwood Boehlert, Joel Hefley

Votes: 7,001 | Gross: $0.87M

Crazy Backstory to the Higgs Boson. So many implications!

11. Palo Alto (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama

69 Metascore

The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

Director: Gia Coppola | Stars: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Levin

Votes: 26,122 | Gross: $0.75M

I did not know what to expect with this movie, but I LOVED it. James Franco-face aside, this movie- from so much new fresh talent, to it's teen nostalgia soundtrack- made me feel a lot of feels. It was innocent in all of it's danger, in the way that only a good teen movie can be. Very reminiscent of American Graffiti. Came full-circle, and truly represented the aimlessness and irresponsibility that we clutch onto so dearly in our youth, as well as the subtle tingles and maladies of young love and lust.

12. Computer Chess (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy

74 Metascore

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kriss Schludermann, Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester

Votes: 4,186 | Gross: $0.10M

Weird as HELL, but ambitious in that nonetheless. Dug it.

13. Me and You (2012)

103 min | Drama

57 Metascore

An introverted teenager tells his parents he is going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco, Veronica Lazar

Votes: 5,149

I had to sleep on this film. All-in-all, I really liked it, though it is bittersweet… ‘Io e te’ was a unique and artfully crafted story made with love and care for it’s characters. Down to the detail of blond leg hairs on Olivia’s (Tea Falco) legs when she in undressing, or the soundtrack playing in Lorenzo’s (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) ears as he seeks refuge from daily life in his own head, the film completely immersed you in these two people’s lives. It was true to what I love most of italian culture, passion. Whether what each character spoke was true, their feelings were apparent, faces and gestures honest.

Though I am left with a sour taste, unsure of what will come, a film that impacts me with wonder and tenderness like this is worth relays & recommendations. Check it out.

14. Hellion (2014)

R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »

Director: Kat Candler | Stars: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner

Votes: 5,168 | Gross: $0.04M

Attended the screening of this film at IFC center followed by Q+A with members of the production crew, the very inspiration writer/director Kat Candler, and one of the stars, playing the father of Josh, Aaron Paul. This film covers so much grown in living under bad circumstances but having to take responsibility anyway. The character's rapport and chemistry were undeniable. 'Hellion' is an IMPORTANT movie; heartwrenching and yet uplifting in a naturally gravitating way. Real.

15. Jealousy (2013)

77 min | Drama

66 Metascore

As a man leaves his wife and daughter, a series of brief conversations, observed gestures, chance encounters and impulsive acts, tell the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of this decision.

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Convenant, Olga Milshtein

Votes: 1,553 | Gross: $0.06M

Excellent partnership of concise dialogue and deafening silence to convey a quite dramatic, but also enticingly raw and realistic group of relationships. PG never fails to show the beautiful intricacies of people. From body and facial language to a dark coat hanging on the wall: Everything tells the story and means something. Beautifully casted as well, very intriguing, talented and emotive actors. Very french. Very good.

16. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 28,021 | Gross: $2.01M

17. Obvious Child (2014)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Director: Gillian Robespierre | Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman

Votes: 22,403 | Gross: $3.12M

18. The Dependent (1969)

87 min | Drama

Fernandez is a lonely man leading a lonely life. All he does is work for an old man in a hardware store. But all that changes, when he meets the girl of his dreams...and her family.

Director: Leonardo Favio | Stars: Walter Vidarte, Graciela Borges, Nora Cullen, Fernando Iglesias 'Tacholas'

Votes: 402

19. Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax (2014)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Biography, Mystery

67 Metascore

The image of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker - a cineaste maudit - who flees from both the media and the public, is unrelentingly bound to the figure of Leos Carax, in France. Elsewhere, ... See full summary »

Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé | Stars: Mehdi Belhaj Kacem, Juliette Binoche, Richard Brody, Leos Carax

Votes: 218

20. The Piano Teacher (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar

Votes: 51,881 | Gross: $1.90M

21. Young Ones (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

Director: Jake Paltrow | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning

Votes: 8,920

22. Starred Up (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

Eric Love, 19, is locked up in prison. On first day he assaults another inmate and several guards. He's offered group therapy and his dad, an inmate as well, tries to talk sense into him. Can he be rehabilitated?

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Sam Spruell

Votes: 41,045 | Gross: $0.03M

23. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 182,932 | Gross: $0.92M

24. The Cruise (1998)

PG-13 | 76 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Affectionate portrait of Tim "Speed" Levitch, a tour guide for Manhattan's Gray Line double-decker buses. He talks fast, is in love with the city, and dispenses historical facts, ... See full summary »

Director: Bennett Miller | Star: Timothy 'Speed' Levitch

Votes: 1,589 | Gross: $0.24M

25. Elles (2011)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

50 Metascore

On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Anaïs Demoustier, Joanna Kulig, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing

Votes: 6,145 | Gross: $0.16M

26. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 545,509 | Gross: $42.34M

27. Alps (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis, Johnny Vekris, Ariane Labed

Votes: 9,201 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Time to Leave (2005)

Unrated | 81 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A fashion photographer with terminal cancer elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Daniel Duval

Votes: 8,270 | Gross: $0.12M

29. Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

An animated version of the epic Indian tale of Ramayana set to the 1920s jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw.

Director: Nina Paley | Stars: Annette Hanshaw, Aseem Chhabra, Bhavana Nagulapally, Manish Acharya

Votes: 4,309

30. Citizenfour (2014)

R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News

88 Metascore

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Director: Laura Poitras | Stars: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Votes: 49,879 | Gross: $2.80M

31. Boyhood (I) (2014)

R | 165 min | Drama

100 Metascore

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Smith

Votes: 323,677 | Gross: $25.38M

32. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 644,519 | Gross: $91.13M

I absolutely adored this movie. Magnificantly expressive - I was intrigued, captivated, and furthermore enlightened by the story. 4.5 stars

33. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 194,772 | Gross: $14.67M

34. Rounders (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

A young, reformed gambler must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich

Votes: 137,588 | Gross: $22.91M

35. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 444,067 | Gross: $25.44M

36. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 820,303 | Gross: $154.06M

37. Streetwise (1984)

91 min | Documentary, Drama

Gritty documentary that looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

Director: Martin Bell | Stars: Roberta Joseph Hayes, Baby Gramps, Erin Blackwell, Lou Ellen Couch

Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $0.01M

38. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 169,407 | Gross: $8.55M

39. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

R | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

A proud strip club owner is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips

Votes: 10,049

40. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Romance

A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director: Manoel de Oliveira | Stars: Ricardo Trêpa, Catarina Wallenstein, Diogo Dória, Júlia Buisel

Votes: 1,541

41. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)

R | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

64 Metascore

The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon.

Directors: Beth Aala, Mike Myers | Stars: Shep Gordon, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Alice Cooper

Votes: 3,079 | Gross: $0.21M

42. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,843

43. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 27,508

44. Faults (2014)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama