9. ‘‘Holy Motors’’ — French, fantastical and nuthouse crazy, Leos Carax’s film might seem the stuff of pretentious art house. But it’s a simple day-in-the-life, only one in which limos talk and fingers get bitten off for the sake of Eva Mendes. Any references or meanings are irrelevant: It’s a mad movie dream.
10. ‘‘Premium Rush’’ — How about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s year? Aside from roles in ‘‘Lincoln’’ and muddled but still thought-provoking ‘‘The Dark Knight Rises,’’ he also starred in the excellent time-travel puzzle ‘‘Looper’’ and this seemingly forgettable but really quite fun genre pic about an elusive bike messenger. There may not have been anything as much fun at the movies this year as watching Michael Shannon as a corrupt, comically reckless cop disgusted by his ignoble two-wheeled prey.
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