What’s your favorite movie of 2014 that didn’t make our “best of” list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The best of film 2014: The ballots

We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list…

The best films of 2014 (so far): A halftime report in superlatives

Hollywood rebooted Godzilla. Tom Cruise rebooted his charisma. Scarlett Johansson played double duty on a Friday in April. And Richard Linklater filmed some kid for a dozen years. (That last one isn’t as creepy as it sounds.) Just six months into 2014, and a lot has happened in the world of cinema. In the interest of…

Blue Ruin revitalizes the revenge thriller with eccentric personality

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He doesn’t seem like someone to fear, this vagrant with the overgrown beard, the oversized T-shirt, the unkempt hair. There’s more resignation than rage in his eyes, and when he speaks, he does so hesitantly, in a voice that’s soft and at a volume that’s just above a murmur. But Dwight (Macon Blair), the unlikely…