5. Like Someone in Love – Abbas Kiarostami
For an elegant submersion of our fears towards the ones that love us.
4. The Counselor – Cormac McCarthy
For lathering us in an ooze of poeticism. Not all would agree with me here, but his words exhale out of the actors' mouths like smoke from a cigarette.
3. Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
For a screenplay that disperses to nothing outside itself yet everything is immediately recognizable.
2. The Unspeakable Act – Dan Sallitt
For so wonderfully assured a piece, with characterizations as stealthy as any of Rohmer's.
1. Before Midnight – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
For making it all look so easy. Watching the changes and meditations of these characters, not only in this film, but across all three films, has been one of this cinephile's most captivating endeavors.
Runner Up: Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener