The Barnesyard’s Now Playing Power Rankings (Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015)

chilling-first-trailer-for-foxcatcher-with-steve-carell-5By now, pretty much every film critic in America and abroad has released their list of the best films of 2014. “What are your favorite films of the year?” It’s The Big Question of the moment, but the question I get asked most often throughout the year is, “What are your favorite films playing right now?”

In order to answer that question en masse, I will be posting weekly updates to my Now Playing Power Rankings, a ranked list of every film playing in a Sacramento-area theater, as well as a few selections playing only in the San Francisco Bay Area. This list will be updated every Thursday evening/Friday morning as the weekly film schedules are solidified. These are NOT aggregate rankings, they are my personal rankings for the best films currently in theaters. Here is my NPPR for the final week of 2014:

December 26 – January 1

* = currently playing in SF Bay Area only

BUMPED

*1) Boyhood
*2) Mr. Turner
3) Foxcatcher
*4) The Grand Budapest Hotel
5) Gone Girl
*6) Nightcrawler
*7) Citizenfour
*8) Whiplash
*9) The Babadook
10) The Equalizer

MIXED-POSITIVE

11) Big Hero 6
12) Fury
13) St. Vincent
14) The Theory of Everything
15) Wild

MIXED-NEGATIVE

16) Interstellar
*17) Dear White People
18) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I
19) Penguins of Madagascar
*20) A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

DUMPED

21) Birdman
22) The Gambler
23) Unbroken
24) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
25) Into the Woods
26) The Interview
27) The Imitation Game
*28) Awake: The Life of Yogananda

HAVEN’T SEEN (in alphabetical order)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
*Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Annie
Big Eyes
The Book of Life
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Horrible Bosses 2
The Maze Runner
*National Gallery
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
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*The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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