[tps_title]Paul Gilbert’s Top 10 Films of 2014:[/tps_title]
Racial politics meet Pride and Prejudice. Gugu Mbatha-Raw gives a terrific performance as one of the best humanist and feminist icons in recent cinematic history. It stands tall with last year’s 12 Years a Slave, and perhaps a little taller.
2. The Babadook
You can’t get ride of the Babadook. Nope. No you can’t.
One hell of a cinematic experience. Features hauntingly fractured performances by Michael Keaton and Emma Stone. Also, the soundtrack is the best of the year.
The mise-en-scene of Michelangelo Antonioni and the stillness of Andrei Tarkovsky. Ida is a beautiful cinematic meditation on religion and heritage.
5. Trip to Italy
Actors/comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have not lost a step since their culinary adventures in 2010.
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson and Ralph Fiennes on top of their games.
Reese Witherspoon takes us on a trek to find the best of ourselves.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
Yes, it is better than Star Wars.
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Ape vs. Man, Man vs. Man, and Ape vs. Ape.
10. The Theory of Everything
Hard to ignore Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones’ performances.