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The Best Films Of 2014: The Ballots — Scott Tobias' top 15 films of 2014 The movement toward formally inventive non-fiction filmmaking continued apace in another strong year for documentaries, including , a gorgeous, heartbreaking profile of three boys living below the poverty line in small-town Missouri, and Citizenfour , which adds eerie visual and sonic undercurrents to historic original footage of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To” — The following review of The Newsroom is for the pilot only. Reviews of future episodes will appear every week in TV Club.] Aaron Sorkin's new HBO series The Newsroom begins with what many will call a Network moment, when a news anchor, finally unshackled by the chains of bland neutrality, comes out and says what he really thinks.

Selma’s Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo on bringing history to life — Ava DuVernay wasn't the first choice to direct Selma, a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. and the events leading up to his five-day Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery. (The film opens in theaters on Christmas Day.) That was Stephen Frears, who ultimately left the project.

We Are The Giant — Greg Barker's agitprop doc We Are The Giant beats the drum for a global youth uprising. The opening credits offer a swirl of revolutionary headlines and quotes, set to the music of noted Icelandic rabble-rousers Sigur Rós; the flashy interstitials feature famous quotes from Che Guevara, Mahatma Gandhi, and Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Big Checklist: Movies To See 2014 (complete) — A list of 177 films compiled on Letterboxd, including Visitors (2014), Stranger by the Lake (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), Bethlehem (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). About this list: Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist

The Big Checklist 2014 (August-December) — Twice per year-once around the halfway point, and again during polling season- Dissolve editor Scott Tobias circulates a checklist of films for staff writers and select contributors to see for best-of-the-year consideration. Back in late July, the halftime checklist was offered to readers in two parts: January-March and .

Safe / The Dissolve — "Are you allergic to the 20th century?" So says a flyer that beckons Carol White, a wealthy Los Angeles housewife, at just the right moment in Todd Haynes' Safe, one of the best and most defining American films produced as the century turned.

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Join us in Chicago on December 5 to talk best film gifts, and best gift ... — Here at , we hope you're having such a sublime and trouble-free holiday season that your biggest problem is figuring out how to fill out your holiday shopping guide, for yourselves and for others. If so, congratulations on two fronts: You're very fortunate in the small scale of your problems, and also, we're about to solve those problems for you.

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And the hugest of shoutouts to @katerbland, who completely kicked ass for us. End of 2014 would've been a wreck without her.

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Among the items in our hiatus post: @rachel_handler starts 2015 as our news editor! Please congratulate and follow:…

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@gemko @KarinaLongworth It's getting a nominal theatrical release. No real publicity. Same thing happened with THE CASE AGAINST 8.

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My Best Of The Year ballot, along with Orphan pick (THE IMMIGRANT), favorite scene (from LIFE ITSELF), also-rans:…

Dec 19, 2014

One of those mornings where it doesn't matter that there were any albums produced before or after Dinosaur Jr.'s BUG.

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