It’s been another compelling year for cineastes. Both the mainstream blockbuster bro and the bespectacled indie film mole have had their fancies surreptitiously tickled (occasionally both at the same time) by an array of interesting flicks that have provoked both debate and dispute. Did Tom Hardy really have to go full Welsh for Locke? If Brad Pitt keeps periodically starring in WW2 films, will we ever see the end of the disconnected undercut hair trend? Will Bradley Cooper ever provide a better performance than the voice of a talking raccoon? (No.)

One thing is for certain, however: it’s been a strong year for cinematic style. Here’s our pick of 2014’s slickest on-screen looks.