Films of the year: Our critics pick the best movies of 2014

With choice quotes from City A.M.’s film critics

GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL


★★★★★

Anderson’s world is so lovingly crafted that checking into the Grand Budapest hotel is nothing short of a joy.

UNDER THE SKIN


★★★★★

Scarlett Johansson has few lines, and barely wavers from a vacant stare into nothing, but it is a transfixing, landmark performance.

WOLF OF  WALL STREET


★★★★★

It’s a slick, impeccably paced, brilliantly acted drama, and Scorsese’s best work in years.

BOYHOOD


★★★★★

Boyhood is a domestic epic that’s about nothing more or less than life itself and the moments that make us.

CHEF


★★★★★

Chef is a molten chocolate lava cake of a movie: soft centred, comforting and entirely satisfying.

NIGHTCRAWLER


★★★★★

It’s a film that’s more thriller than horror, but disturbs us nonetheless by holding a mirror to our own salacious appetites

MR TURNER


★★★★★

It embraces the man in all his strange ambiguity, and therein lies its richness.

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