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2014's best films

With the film industry award season in progress – nominees for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards have been announced, and the ceremony is Jan. 11, while the 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 15, and the ceremony is Feb. 22 – comes The S.F. Examiner’s annual, unscientific compilation of critics’ top picks for 2014.

Four films come to the fore in the informal survey: “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama filmed over 12 years with the same cast; “Birdman,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy about an actor mounting a Broadway show he hopes will revive his stagnant career; “Ida,”Pawel Pawlikowski’s drama set in 1960s Poland about a young woman, about to become a nun, who discovers a dark family secret dating from the Nazi era; and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a tale of a concierge at a famed European hotel between the world wars, and the lobby boy who becomes his friend.

CRITICS' PICKS

Anita Katz, The S.F. Examiner

1. “Citizenfour”

2. “Birdman”

3. “Mr. Turner”

4. “Ida”

5. “Leviathan”

6. “Boyhood”

7. “Calvary”

8. “Last Days in Vietnam”

9. “Locke”

10. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Jeffrey M. Anderson, The San Francisco Examiner

1. “Boyhood”

2. “Birdman”

3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

4. “Ida”

5. “The Lego Movie”

6. “Snowpiercer”

7. “Under the Skin”

8. “Jodorowsky's Dune”

9. “The Skeleton Twins”

10. “Goodbye to Language 3D”

Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

1. “Ida”

2. “Boyhood”

3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

4. “Mr. Turner” and “Birdman”

5. “Interstellar”

6. “Inherent Vice”

7. “The Immigrant”

8. “Under the Skin”

9. “Leviathan”

10. “Starred Up”

Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press

1. “Boyhood”

2. “Birdman”

3. “Selma”

4. “Ida”

5. “Mr. Turner”

6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

7. “Whiplash”

8. “The Theory of Everything,” ''The Imitation Game”

9. “Foxcatcher”

10. “Still Alice,” ''Get on Up”

Rotten Tomatoes (films reviewed by 40 or more critics)

1. “Boyhood”

2. “Life Itself”

3. “The Lego Movie”

4. “Whiplash”

5. “Gloria”

6. “The Babadook”

7. “Nightcrawler”

8. “Starred Up”

9. “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

10. “The Missing Picture”

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