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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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From electrifying youngsters to seasoned veterans: the best directors of 2014

Even if their movies didn’t always gel completely (though most of them did), these five directors redefined what you could do in the cinematic medium in 2014. Using every ounce of their considerable talent, they made movies that were either visually so arresting or conceptually so bold they will haunt you for a lifetime.

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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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A driver, an inmate, a lover, a painter, a drummer

Are Brits by default the best actors in the world? I wouldn’t necessarily say that, but on my year-end list they combine for three out of the five spots. In what was once again a stellar year for thespians, these five performances will in my opinion stand the test of time.

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The best edited movies of the year

Editing is an often underappreciated craft of moviemaking. But done right it can transform a movie from good to great. Here are the five editors that did this better than anyone during the past year.

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2014: a phenomenal year for supporting performances

Continuing my countdown of the best movie feats in various categories, today I take a look at the best supporting actors of the year. To whittle them down to just five contenders was not easy to do, as 2014 produced a wealth of award-worthy performances. Still, in the end, one performance really stood out. Find out who walks home with the gold in the clip below.

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