2014's finest films wield unique power

December 17, 2014 1:05 PM

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The two most daring and innovative films of 2014 - "Birdman" and "Boyhood" - couldn't be more different. Alejandro G. Inarritu's wild, woolly backstage drama, with Michael Keaton in his tighty-whities worrying about his career and his soul, is a nonstop whirl of crackling dialogue, crackerjack performances, and careening camerawork. This story of an actor trying to shake off his winged superhero persona from decades past literally flies.

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," on the other hand, is a movie about steady passage, the incremental steps in a journey from grade school to college dorm. Over the course of a dozen years ("12 Years a Naif?"), the director reassembled his group annually - the boy-turning-teen Ellar Coltrane, Patricia ...

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