10 Films For March: The best films you missed in 2014

Each month we countdown 10 films that are worth pulling out for a rewatch. This month, we look that some of the best films from 2014 that you probably didn’t see.

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Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler
The first of two Jake Gyllenhaal film on our list! The film explores the sleazy world of US tabloid journalism where TV networks compete for gory and exploitative footage of crimes and accidents. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a ruthless, self-delusional sociopath who finds success as a freelance video journalist when he crosses the line between capturing and creating crime footage.

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Leviathan

Leviathan
Kolya, a small-town Russian car mechanic, struggles to keep his family house from the land-grabbing plans of a corrupt local mayor. He is up against an endless list of challenges – the corrupt government, the useless legal system and even his own friends and family. The world weighs down on him – is it really worth the fight?

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Somewhat lost in the noise of The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Big Hero 6, this was by far the best animated film of 2014. The film offers breathtaking, hand-drawn animation from the legendary Studio Ghibli, and a heartbreaking story of what it means to grow old.
A childless bamboo cutter discovers a tiny girl inside a bamboo plant. He and his wife raise her as their daughter, however she grows and ages much faster than other children. Determined to give her a comfortable life, they move to a city and try to prepare her for marriage.
This film will be loved by the whole family. You can catch it in the original Japanese with subtitles, but the English version, with voices from Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan is great.

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Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin
A gritty thriller wrapped up in lyrical visual poetry. This is what you hope to end up with when a talented cinematographer turns director – carefully composed frames with layers of meaning.
A homeless man wants vengeance when his parents’ killer is released from prison. However his bungled assassination attempt drags him and his estranged family into danger.  There is wonderful black humor in watching a ‘non-hero’ character trying to be an action star.

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Locke

Locke
An 80 minute feature film, with one on-screen character (Tom Hardy) as he drives his car from Birmingham to London, in real time. The action takes place through the phone calls he makes, to his wife, to his mistress and to the construction project that he is supposed to be supervising.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
For a world, hopefully tired of glossy Twilight vampires, 2014 gave us two fresh vampire flicks: Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
We caught A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night at the Mumbai Film Festival and were blown away by this ‘Iranian vampire western’. Light on story but huge on mood, we follow a lonely vampire girl as she skateboards around her crime-ridden Iranian city, stalking her prey.
Will she find love, or forever dance alone under her mirrorball?

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The Drop

The Drop
An understated crime drama that serves as a vehicle for two of our favourite actors: James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy.  Throw in a story by one of our favourite writers – Denis Lehane, the scribe of Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone and parts of The Wire and Boardwalk – and you just know that this is going to be great.
Small but expansive, simple yet gripping, and highly worth a watch.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Force Majeure
The best films often have a simple premise that really makes us think. Picture the perfect family on a vacation – a loving father, mother and kids. When a disaster strikes, the father panics and saves himself, leaving his family behind. Everyone is fine, except that they are not really. Can the father rebuild the relationship with his family?
This is a hilarious and wickedly dry black comedy from Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund.

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Enemy

Enemy
This is one of those films that takes a couple of watches to really understand everything that went on.
Jake Gyllenhaal is a bored, uninspired professor. He spots an actor who looks exactly like him in a film. As he tries to meet his doppleganger, his life begins to unravel.
Menacing, eerie and surreal, this film was too arty for the mainstream box office but will be a rewarding watch and rewatch for lovers of great cinema. The final image is probably the scariest twist of any film in 2014.

Starred Up

Starred Up

Starred Up
A gripping British prison drama. A young man – violent and unpredictable – is transferred from juvenile to adult prison. He wears this as a mark of pride, the fact that he grew up in ‘the system’, and sets out to further his tough reputation.
His father, a life-term prisoner, is determined to see that his son doesn’t follow in his shoes.
There’s a great appearance by Rupert Friend (Quinn from Homeland) as a prison psychologist who wants to give the inmates another chance.

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