2014's best movie of the year is ... "Whiplash"

December 29, 2014 3:55 PM

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NEW YORK – “Whiplash,” an epic battle between a music student and his domineering teacher, is the best film of 2014. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash” is a riveting psychological "war" film where music school is boot camp (Chazelle was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”) and drum sticks, a conductor’s baton, and brutal criticism are the weapons.

Miles Teller is Andrew, a determined student drummer who strives to become one of the jazz greats. He enters a prestigious Manhattan music school where he is discovered by Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), the leader of the academy’s top jazz ensemble. Fletcher turns mentor to Andrew but his harsh, p...

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