Film and TV

The Best Movies of 2014, Houston-style

Two thousand fourteen is in the books -- or down the drain, depending on how your particular annum went -- which means it's time once again to highlight the bestest movies of the previous 12 months.

We've done this list for a few years now, and in the past I justified the inclusion of certain films by pointing out they were likely the only ones folks in the Bayou City had a chance of seeing, given the nigh nonexistent options for independent and foreign cinema here. I've never (well, rarely) argued that my choices were the absolute best movies released in a given year, just that they were the best among the options available to Houstonians.

But to paraphrase multiple-documentary subject Bob Dylan, times be changin'. Thanks to Netflix and other on-demand services, many of the year's most critically acclaimed films (Virunga and Ida among them) are available to subscribers even though they never screened locally. Whether or not watching a movie on your TV is better than experiencing it in the theater is a discussion for another time, and for one more year, at least, I'm concentrating on movies that were released in Houston theaters.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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