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Betsy Sharkey's best films of 2014
Betsy Sharkey's best films of 2014

The imprint of the auteur not only shaped the year, it very much influences each of my top 10 (or so) choices. 1. "Boyhood": From the marvelous musing mind of Richard Linklater, the film stands alone and apart for the grand ambition behind its understated portrait of a boy, his family and change that was 12 years in the making. 2. "Calvary" and "Ida": Brendan Gleeson's Irish priest in the former, "Ida," with Agata Trzebuchowska's Polish novitiate gracing the latter. Very different but equally powerful films fueled by faith, framed by Catholicism but universal in their emotional reach. 3. "Birdman" and "The Grand...

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