American Sniper, Selma, Unbroken: Three "Important" Movies of 2014 for the Holidays

December 21, 2014 5:46 PM

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The idea of Important differs from Best: for American Sniper, Selma, and Unbroken, Best is beside the point. Each film is enormously engaging, highly recommended, and grounded in history on a large canvas. While many reviewers are concerned with the qualities that push films into the awards race, and all three deserve the Oscar nod for Best Picture, it is the aspect of Important that makes them must-see films, even when the subject may be difficult.

American Sniper is a quintessential Clint Eastwood film, remarkable in that it is at the level of the best he has ever made, like Unforgiven, a late stage coup in a stellar career. I saw the film last week, and can still hear the rat-a-tat of sniper fire, see a rooftop gunman training his eye on a b...

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