The Top 10 Movies of 2014Slate’s movie critic on the monsters, the mothers, and the minifigs of the year in film.
The Harshed MellowPaul Thomas Anderson’s shaggy Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.
The Tears Come on Their OwnIt doesn’t take much to make the Alzheimer’s story Still Alice a heart-wrenching film: Just aim the camera at Julianne Moore’s face and leave it.
The BabadookA terrifyingly great horror movie about motherhood from Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent.
Love Among the RuinsTeen romance and armed insurrection make strange bedfellows in Mockingjay Part I.
Ornithologist, Philatelist, Philanthropist, CreepSteve Carell plays sinister billionaire John E. du Pont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher.
The Jon Stewart MovieTrying to set aside my love for The Daily Show while evaluating Rosewater.
Cosmic ReliefIn The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking’s marriage is as complex as the universe.
Visionary HokumI snickered at Interstellar, but I never stopped staring in wonder.
Force MajeureWatch this brilliant and pitiless critique of marriage and masculinity with someone you love.
Philip, StarkA savagely frank character study of a toxically narcissistic novelist.
BirdmanOr, the Not-Unexpected Virtues of Michael Keaton and Emmanuel Lubezki.
Gone GirlBeautiful, sexy, and fascinatingly mean.
The Guest and Fort BlissHow do we tell the stories of soldiers returning home from war?
The Skeleton TwinsSomeone please make Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader a Tracy and Hepburn for our time!
Top FiveEven funnier than you expect it to be, which is saying something.
Zero MotivationOr what would happen if the Coen brothers made a Broad City episode in Israel.
Walk 1,100 Miles in My ShoesIn Wild, Reese Witherspoon goes on an epic hike of self-invention.
Code UnbrokenThe Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing but shies away from its hero’s complexities.
The Ballad of Kaz and NoniBeyond the Lights soars on the chemistry of its two young stars.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Now Forrest Wickman knows what “freemium” means. And sundry other lessons from his week.
Marvel’s Coming for Your KidsBig Hero 6 is pretty good—at grooming its young audience to love live-action comic book blockbusters for life.
The Self-Made MonsterThree full performances almost save the empty Nightcrawler.
Broken GlassesJean-Luc Godard goes 3-D.
John WickHow Sad Keanu got his groove back.
Dear Dear White PeopleYou’re full of good ideas and righteous anger. I just wish you were funny, too.
WhiplashA teacher, his student, and the perils of pedagogy.
The BoxtrollsNeeds more Boxtrolls.
The Disappearance of The Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyWhy did Harvey Weinstein have a director transform two reportedly fascinating romantic dramas into one bland one?
Your Mother-in-Law Loved ChefHow did Jon Favreau’s amiable middlebrow comedy become the sleeper hit of the summer—the movie everyone says you have to see?