What are your top five favorite films of the year so far?

Most reviewers post their “Best of 2014 So Far” lists at the end of June, because that’s the year’s halfway point. But since a lot of films that qualify as 2014 films for American moviegoers because they opened in New York and L.A. in December won’t be accessible elsewhere until January, February, or even March in other major cities, so, well… I figured I’d wait until the end of July to mark a more accurate cinema-year halfway point.

You can keep up with my moviegoing diary, first-impression notes, and list updates at Letterboxd.

Here’s how the list is shaping up so far — but I won’t be surprised if, by the end of the year, only the top 3 or 4 are still in the top 10. So many promising titles are still on the way.

And by the way, if you see titles on here that I haven’t yet reviewed (my review archive is here), check back occasionally. I plan to catch up with all of them eventually. A review of As It Is in Heaven, for example, is coming up. And Something, Anything (yes, that’s a real movie title) isn’t available yet.

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