From 'Birdman' to 'Budapest,' a strange and wonderful year on screen

December 22, 2014 12:51 PM

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What a lot of excellent films made it to theaters this year. As a public service for readers from a guy who saw a couple hundred of them (and that was just at Sundance), here's a list of 2014 releases with more pros than cons.

Top perplexing film: "Birdman," a story about a has-been movie star's iffy Broadway return, by the unconventional Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is not quite like anything I've ever seen. I mean, hey, the full title is "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." I didn't unders...

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