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Favorite Movies

Here is a list of many of the films I saw in 2014, largely ones that I rated four stars or higher (out of a system of 1-5 stars).

As I was posting this list, I thought of adjusting a few of the ratings (up or down) but decided to leave the ratings the way I made them a day or two after seeing each film.

These categories are somewhat arbitrary, but generally the five and four and a half star films are pretty close, and I enjoyed those tremendously. The four star ones were all good, but I had some (minor) reservations. The three and half star ones were more problematical films but still worth checking out.

If a film did not make it into one of these categories, I did not write a review.

The ones listed below I recommend for your consideration.

A significant number of these films are either documentary, foreign, or small films, often only in the theaters for a few weeks, usually in one of the independent theaters in the DC area or in our DC Film Club.

(I have refrained from reviewing or listing any of the ‘children films’ that I have seen with my grand kids. They would be in the one or two star categories, if that. However, I must admit that my grand kids, and the other kiddies who filled the audience, seemed to have a very different opinion from mine.)

If you click on any of the titles below, you will link to my mini-review of that film on MillersTime.

Five Stars:

Clouds of Silas Maria

Finding Vivian Maier

GETT, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Ida  (Available on Netflix)


Particle Fever  (Available on Netflix)

The Imitation Game

The Square  (Available on Netflix)

Red Army


Four and a Half Stars:

Abuse of Weakness   (Available on Netflix)



Happy Valley

Last Days in Vietnam

Life Itself

The Case Against 8

The Past

The Rocket   (Available on Netflix)

The Way He Looks

Two Days, One Night


Four Stars:

A Most Wanted Man


Child’s Pose   (Available on Netflix)

Cracks in the Concrete

Get on Up

Glass Chin

Manos Sucias

St. Vincent

Still Alice

The Immigrant   (Available on Netflix)

The Lunchbox

National Gallery

Rudderless   (Available on Netflix)

The Theory of Everything


Words & Pictures


Three/Three and Half Stars:


Elsa & Fred

Force Majeure

Korengal   (Available on Netflix)

Grand Budapest Hotel

Oscar Nominated Short Action Live Films

Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

The Good Lie

The Mountain

Unknown Knowns   (Available on Netflix)

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Also, if you’re looking for slightly older films to rent, etc., check out these two links from 2013 and 2012.

Favorite Films Seen 2013

My Favorite Films in 2012

As always, please feel free to Comment on any of the above and/or on films you particularly enjoyed in 2014.