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Artists and filmmakers make surprising leaps in 2014
Artists and filmmakers make surprising leaps in 2014

Exhibiting raw promise is one thing, but to exceed those initial flashes is something really special. Throughout this year, many filmmakers and performers were pressing on in remarkable ways, showing that even artists who have already exhibited notable skill, talent and accomplishment still contain the ability to achieve something new. This wasn't so much the year of the breakthrough as the year of the follow-through. Throughout the year people you thought you knew showed they were still full of surprises — including filmmakers like Ava DuVernay and Alex Ross Perry, who have continued their upward trajectory of making work with a distinctive voice and performers such as...

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