Best Films of 2014

This was the year of the cinematic marathon, as I plunged deep into every filmic nook and cranny I could crawl inside, coming out with a whopping total of 200 films viewed that were released in 2014. Lest you consider me utterly insane (which I probably am), somehow I was able to condense that number down to my 25; a task, ultimately, which feels at least partially irrelevant given how many strong films got left out. Still, I am very proud of the flicks that made the cut. So, without further ado, here are my favorite 25 films of 2014!

by Jericho Cerrona January 31, 2015

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Justin Simien's razor-sharp debut goes beyond a Spike Lee-influenced sledgehammer attack against racism, lumping black culture's confusion regarding their own social identity in with the racially-charged ignorance of the white man. Though there's a streak of topical anger broiling underneath Simien's satirical handling of the tone, there's also gentle humor and genuine emotion that raises Dear White People above the level of mere farce. The year's most relevant and topical film.
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