Tenth Annual Critics’ Wrap Lists 2014

Hosted by Robert Horton, film critic

What were the best films of 2014? This popular panel reconvened to provide the answer—or at least spark a cavalcade of movie insights, passionate diatribes, and withering invective. The always-lively panel comprised a group of longtime Seattle film critics: Jim Emerson, Kathleen Murphy, and Andrew Wright.

Robert Horton

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
2. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
3. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
4. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
6. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
7. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) and The Rover (David Michôd)
8. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
9. Exhibition (Joanna Hogg)
10. Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman)

Jim Emerson

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
3. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski)
4. Calvary (John Michael McDonaugh)
5. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
6. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
7. Happy Valley (Amir Bar-Lev)
8. Gone Girl (David Fincher)
9. The Immigrant (James Gray)

In a realm of its own, circling above the calendar year considerations: A Summer's Tale (Eric Rohmer, 1995; first US release, 2014)

Kathleen Murphy

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
2. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
3. The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
5. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski)
6. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
7. The Better Angels (A.J. Edwards)
8. The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV miniseries, available on Netflix)
9. Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)
10. Love Is Strange (Ira Sachs)

I have restricted my list to films that opened in Seattle in 2014. That means contenders such as American Sniper, Mr. Turner, A Most Violent Year, and other films made this year but not opening here until 2015 weren't in the running.

Andrew Wright

1.Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong)
2. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)
3. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent)
4. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves)
6. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
7. Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
8. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski)
9. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
10. Cold in July (Jim Mickle)

Watch 2014 Film Critics Wrap

SeattleChannel–Join Seattle film critics as they gather for their annual round up and discussion of notable movies from the past year. The results will keep an avid movie-goer busy through the upcoming Oscar season and beyond.

Upcoming Broadcast Times
Sunday, December 28 at 11 am
Monday, December 29 at 3:00 am
Thursday, January 1 at 2:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 10:30 pm
Friday, January 2 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, January 3 at 9:00 pm