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The top ten films of 2014

The past year I saw a grand total of 151 movies in the cinema. 2014 proved to be a commendable movie year, with many films I will cherish for a lifetime. Unfortunately there is only room for ten spots in my year-end list, so I had to leave out some very good movies, like Philomena, American Hustle, Fruitvale Station, Nebraska, Godzilla, Joe, 22 Jump Street, Under the Skin, Boyhood, Locke, Calvary, What If, Deux Jours Une Nuit and Love is Strange. In a lesser year any of those could have cracked the top ten. This year, they have to be content with an honourable mention.

A special shout-out as well to two pictures that didn’t play in Belgian cinemas, but that I did thoroughly enjoy on dvd: the exceptional documentary Finding Vivian Maier (fingers crossed it receives an Oscar nomination in a few weeks time) and Robert Redford one-hander All is Lost. Had these movies been playing in cinemas in 2014 instead of being released straight to dvd, both would have definitely made my top ten.

Keeping that in mind, without further ado, the ten best pictures of the year were …

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Five true originals in a banner year for storytelling

In a movie landscape increasingly dominated by sequels, reboots and franchises, luckily there are still some true originals out there. My five nominees for best original screenplay prove that there is still talent out there, willing to stare at a blank page and create something extraordinary.

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The five most wonderful actresses of 2014

It is often said there are too few good roles for women in the movie business. At least five great actresses defied the odds this year and deivered a towering performance, perhaps not surprisingly in an independent feature. Enjoy five clips of these actresses plying their craft and find out who of them impacted me the most.

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