2014 has been a decent year for cinema. One great film was made and there were a few smaller budget films that made waves. Here we have one magazine’s list of our favourite films. Missing films include Birdman, Under the Skin and Interstellar that you might expect to see in end of year critic lists, but this is just our opinion. The beauty of film criticism is if we disagree on a film’s merits, then it doesn’t make either of us wrong (unless you think ‘Keith Lemon: The Film’ is good. Then you are wrong). Having different tastes and opinions from one another is a good thing. Enjoy the list.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy was a refreshingly fun superhero movie that didn’t take itself too seriously. It combined a great story, with some buddy comedy elements, with a scary antagonist. It also had one of the best soundtracks of 2014, including the classic ‘Come and Get Your Love’ playing in one of the opening scenes. Guardians is stylish, fun and with a great script, you can’t go wrong.

 

Full review – http://www.dioramamagazine.co.uk/p/guardians-of-the-galaxy/

 

4. The Lego Movie

 

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Probably the year’s biggest surprise was the dizzyingly funny Lego Movie. The joke per minute ratio is astounding and it’s amazing how many of them work. It also has a great ending featuring the human version of Will Ferrell. It spoofs the type of film that you might expect The Lego Movie to be, with some very sharp humour.

 

Full review – http://www.dioramamagazine.co.uk/p/the-lego-movie/

 

3. Pride

 

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I expected to hate Pride. So many British comedies have a ridiculous scheme as the basis of comedy. Having gays and lesbians supporting coal miners, I expected predictable scenes of them learning to accept each other, but Pride is one of the warmest British comedies of recent times. Every single character is lovable. The writing never drifts into cliché or stereotype, which is so easy to do with such over the top characters. It also has several terrific performances. May British comedy continue in this vein!

 

Full review – http://www.dioramamagazine.co.uk/p/pride/

 

2. ‘71

 

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’71 is simply a sublime British thriller. Set in Northern Ireland near the beginning of The Troubles, it pits an abandoned British soldier on the mean, hate filled streets of West Belfast. Though the story is fictitious, a lot of similar events happened during the war. Director Yann Demange, previously known as a TV director for hire, has announced himself as a major talent. It not only harks back to 1971 for the setting but also the tense, gritty British thrillers that were so popular in the early seventies.

 

1. Boyhood

 

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Boyhood is far ahead of its nearest rivals this year. Richard Linklater has created something so organic that it feels almost like a documentary. It manages to faithfully portray growing up in the 21st Century without any exaggeration or unnecessary drama. It is less a film than a study of how we grow up and what shapes us. Boyhood will probably be seen as a pinnacle of 21st Century filmmaking in years to come. Deserves to win all the Oscars. But it won’t.

 

Full review – http://www.dioramamagazine.co.uk/p/boyhood/

 

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