The Top 5 Films To See At the 2014 New York Film Festival

Hey cinephiles, here are the top 5 films to see at the 2014 New York Film Festival:


5. Maps to the Stars

The latest film from David Cronenberg gives us "a tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts." Julianne Moore won the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the film. The odd collection of Robert Pattison, John Cusak and Mia Wasikowska add to the allure. Maps to the Stars will have its U.S. premiere at the festival. No official U.S. theatrical release date at this time.


4. Clouds of Sils Maria

"At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago," only this time Maria is playing the role of an older woman in the play. Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz star in this poignant portrait of actresses and their greatest of adversaries: time. Writer/director Olivier Assayas makes wondrous use of the Swiss Alps as the location of the production within this production. Clouds of Sils Maria gets a limited theaterical release on December 1st.


3. One Cut, One Life

Ed Pincus passed away at the ripe age of 75 last year. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, he spent the last year of his life making this documentary along side Lucia Small. In a unique position, Pincus aims his camera at the sights and sounds he would have audiences consider. There's both a longing to linger and a desire to show us something new in every scene. No word on a release outside of the festival circuit.


2. Gone Girl

"With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent." Based on the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel, and adapted to the screen by Flynn herself, Gone Girl is the latest film by David Fincher. The renowned filmmaker has a record for bring books to life, always in his cold and precise manner. With Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the leads and against type performances by Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, Gone Girl has been high on our radar for a long time and will finally have its world premiere on the festival's opening night. Gone Girl hits theaters just a week later on October 3rd.


1. Inherent Vice

There's nobody else working today that can match the track record and unpredictability that Paul Thomas Anderson has. His latest project is the adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice. "In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend." Joaquin Phoenix plays Doc, and after his phenomenal turn as Freddie Quell in The Master, we're expecting great things. Reese Witherspoon, Jen Malone, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Martin Short round out the cast. Early reports have attempted to describe it as The Big Lebowski meets The Long Goodbye. We cannot wait and it's no wonder the film was selected as the festival's Centerpiece. Inherent Vice gets a limited release on December 12th with a nationwide rollout on January 9th.

Plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.

Those are just a select five from the incredible line-up at this year's New York Film Festival. Which films are you most excited for? Join the discussion in the comments below.