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24 Unmissable Movies You Probably Didn't See In 2014

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1. The Skeleton Twins

Roadside Attractions

Director: Craig Johnson

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader , Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell

Synopsis: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 88%

2. Nightcrawler

Open Road Films

Director: Dan Gilroy

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton

Synopsis: When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 95%

3. Snowpiercer

CJ Entertainment

Director: Bong Joon-ho

Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill

Synopsis: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 95%

4. Birdman

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis

Synopsis: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 94%

5. Citizenfour

Radius-TWC

Director: Laura Poitras

Starring: Jacob Appelbaum, Julian Assange, William Binney, Glenn Greenwald, Ladar Levison, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, Edward Snowden

Synopsis: A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 97%

6. ‘71

Studiocanal

Director: Yann Demange

Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Richard Dormer, Charlie Murphy

Synopsis: A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 97%

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Jude Law, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Léa Seydoux, Jason Schwartzman,Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson

Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 92%

8. The Babadook

Cinetic Media

Director: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall

Synopsis: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 98%

9. Whiplash

Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

Synopsis: A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 96%

10. Frank

Magnolia Pictures

Director: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy

Synopsis: Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 92%

11. Camp X-Ray

IFC Films

Director: Peter Sattler

Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Kristen Stewart, John Carroll Lynch

Synopsis: Army private first class Amy Cole is placed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, specifically Camp Delta. Her convictions become less certain after she strikes up a tenuous friendship with one of the detainees.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 72%

12. Under the Skin

StudioCanal

Director: Jonathan Glazer

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams

Synopsis: A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 86%

13. Foxcatcher

Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Bennett Miller

Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Synopsis: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher lead by multi-millionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 86%

14. John Wick

Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate

Director: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane

Synopsis: An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 85%

15. Enemy

E1 Films

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini

Synopsis: A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 74%

16. The Imitation Game

StudioCanal / The Weinstein Company

Director: Morten Tyldum

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear ,Charles Danc, Mark Strong

Synopsis: English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 86%

17. Dear White People

Lionsgate

Director: Justin Simien

Starring: Tyler James Williams, Dennis Haysbert, Tessa Thompson

Synopsis: Story of four African American students at a fictional Ivy League college, Winchester University, where a riot breaks out over a popular 'African American' themed party thrown by white students.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 91%

18. Cold in July

IFC Films

Director: Jim Mickle

Starring: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson

Synopsis: When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 85%

19. The Normal Heart

HBO

Director: Ryan Murphy

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff , Matt Bome, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, BD Wong, Finn Wittrock, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll

Synopsis: The film depicts the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Weeks prefers public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favoured by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix. Their differences of opinion lead to arguments that threaten to undermine their shared goals.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 94%

20. The Theory of Everything

Universal Pictures / Focus Features

Director: James Marsh

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Harry Lloyd

Synopsis: A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 81%

21. The Guest

Picturehouse

Director: Adam Wingard

Starring: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe

Synopsis: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 91%

22. Joe

Lionsgate

Director: David Gordon Green

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter

Synopsis: An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 86%

23. A Most Wanted Man

Lionsgate / Entertainment One

Director: Anton Corbijn

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl

Synopsis: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 91%

24.

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: Michaël R. Roskam

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

Synopsis: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Rotten Tomatoes Rating - 89%

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