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Movie Madness: A Bracket-Busting Look at a Year at the Movies

From hundreds of films, we narrow it down to 32, then it's the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and the Two Best

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Approximately 1.3 billion movie tickets are sold each year in the United States--that's about 2.3 films per year per person. But we know that Boise Weekly readers are way above average. I sit through more than 200 feature-length films each year (for the record, I don't recommend it), but after sifting through all of them, I narrow the list down to 32, then a sweet 16, an elite eight, a final four and the two best movies of the year.

Sound familiar? It's a tip of the hat to the NCAA basketball tournament--better known as March Madness--and it has become a year-end tradition for a few years now.

While difficult to choose, my favorite four films of 2014 were (alphabetically) Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Imitation Game. My two favorites? If hard pressed, I would have to say Boyhood and The imitation Game.

Have a safe and warm holiday, and I'll see you at the movies in 2015.