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Best Films of 2014

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People who added this item 221 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7


Marine Vacth is, in fact, young and beautiful. She gives us a lot with minimal dialogue. Sadly the structure of the film is plain and I didn't really get anything new out of it, even if I consider myself entertained in the end.

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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7


An intriguing idea for a documentary, the story of a 'mystery' woman who happened to be an exceptional photographer. The intrigue doesn't last too long as you begin to realize this poor woman who appreciated her private life, is being exposed more and more. The annoying guide through this uncovering makes a scene out of her 'wanting' exposure, but by that time it's bullshit. His ego is too big to change things now.

I rate this a six because, as a documentary, it's very well done, and it at least caused some emotion, even if negative.
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People who added this item 448 Average listal rating (291 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Wild (2014)


This film wants to be so much more than it is, emotionally and inspirationally. Witherspoon is fine and Dern is exceptional, but their story simply never hits the emotionally peaks it needs.

Much like with their previous film 'Dallas Buyers Club', I enjoyed the editing from Vallée and editor Pensa and their creative approaches to what ends up being a mediocre adaptation.

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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
Top Five (2014)


Chris Rock is funny and the supporting cast is strong enough, although Tracy Morgan needs a larger role.

There wasn't really anything inventive about the film, pretty standard stuff. The areas in which they seemed to want to be different ended up being awkward and over-the-top.

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People who added this item 1187 Average listal rating (790 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.6


Following an unneeded but, at least, decent revamp of the Spider-Man saga, this movie makes the same mistakes as 'Spider-Man 3' with having too many villains/storylines. It's not because it's confusing it's because they shortchange every character and by the end I don't really care about any of them.

The main actors are still entertaining and the production is still impressive, which is why this superhero movie is still better than average and better than 'Spider-Man 3'.

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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
Rosewater (2014)


Bernal does a great job in the lead, directed by TV host John Stewart. It's done well enough, and it's an important story; but it never gets out of the made-for-tv feel.
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People who added this item 178 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Venus in Fur (2013)


A two-actor play-like playful movie about a play and auditioning for that play, which is the same title of this movie.
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (207 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
The Guest (2014)


At times cheesy, at other times stylish... it's not a movie with a clear vision nor a clear reaction from the audience.
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People who added this item 189 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3


A lovely little film about food, family and friendship. Mirren leads a relatively unknown, solid cast. In the end it's nothing special, simply a nice tale that was nicely filmed.

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People who added this item 644 Average listal rating (379 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.9


This film had potential to be as good as Sodheim's "Sweeney Todd" but it becomes clear early on the film is rushed. They should have allowed a lengthier running time and allowed moments to happen. There is too much going on, and knowing not a lot of people have seen the stage play the filmmakers should have been kind to the audience and given them a chance to appreciate the moments and the music, instead of speeding from one song to the other and one story to the other.

It's a shame because the production value is top notch - production design, costumes, hair/make-up, sound design, and the source music is solid. The one fault of the music is similar to the hasty editing, there are too many songs and by the time you're finished you might be saying, 'Gee, I like the songs and the music, but I can't really name any of the songs."

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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.2
Cuban Fury (2014)


Nick Frost is quite funny but there isn't really too much original fare in this light and innocent comedy about love and dreams.
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People who added this item 1760 Average listal rating (1132 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9


This is a first-rate superhero movie. Top notch effects, crew, cast, everything.
The problem here is I really don't care that much about these mutants and what has happened to them, what is happening to them and what will happen to them.

I feel like I've gotten more than my fill of X-Men and find it unlikely I will watch the next one, as I'm assuming there will be another one... and another one.

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People who added this item 216 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
The Signal (2014)


I really dig the cinematography, production design, and the concept of this low-budget sic-fi film. Sure the story isn't real original and there isn't any clear direction but I was into it and liked the questionable ending.
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People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.1


Heavily influenced by 'Do the Right Thing' and modern technology and social issues, this try-hard falls short of a truly impactful presentation.

It has its moments and serves up several intelligent views from various parts of the spectrum and basically puts everyone in their corner no matter how close to center they think they are.
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Are you conCERNed?

You should be.

This is a wild ride though an unheard of mission filled with brilliant minds, dangerous idea, and stranger things yet to come...
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People who added this item 658 Average listal rating (463 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.3
Neighbors (2014)


This was to be the comedy blockbuster of the summer. And while it was commercially successful it was lacking on true comedy craft. Rogen is overcast, the penis and drug jokes are not fresh, Dave Franco is least funniest comedy 'star' working today, and the physical comedy is hit and miss.

The highlight here is Rose Byrne, who is has a great range in projects, and was very busy this year. She deserves more attention than she ever gets. Efron was funnier than the other guys in the cast and has escaped his obsessed tween audience pretty nicely here.

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People who added this item 943 Average listal rating (661 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6


In this movie you care more about the apes than the humans, which works; but it worked more effectively in the first film, when Caesar was the focus. I think the movie should have kept focus on him, instead it tried to make us care about a whole group of apes and did a terrible job at wanting the audience to care about the humans. This is strange considering how good the cast is, but as in the first movie, it is terribly miscast. This gaffe mainly goes to Jason Clarke as a leading man and the excuse for a role they gave to the great Gary Oldman.

With all of this I still liked the film. Its visuals are remarkable and the overall story still intrigues me. Unlike with the X-Men or Spider-Man series it is still possible I will continue to watch this saga unfold.

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People who added this item 237 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6



An often comedic stuck-in-one-place film about a Jewish family that's not at actually Jewish. Pretty much every actor in here is well-known and typically likable, even if they aren't in this film.

At times it struggles to provide the emotional pull each character deserves, but it has accomplished this better than most film in which it's akin to. The best performance ends up coming from Tim Olyphant, even with loads of perfect comedic timing from Bateman.

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People who added this item 204 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Rover (2014)



David Michôd attempts to go for more bad-assness after 'Animal Kingdom' and the results are barebones brutal badassery.


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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.7



A life-affirming documentary about music, friendship, passions, and acceptance.
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People who added this item 349 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7



The funniest characters from the "Madagascar" series get their own movie, and prove they were the characters we came to see.

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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Maidentrip (2013)


An extraordinary journey around the world, by a girl, Laura Dekkar, who is wise beyond her years, boasting an old soul and fresh taste for adventure.

The film is well balanced, mixes water painting graphics, and doesn't cheapen itself with dramatic tricks.
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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (149 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
The Immigrant (2013)



Marion Cotillard is one of my favorite actresses and Phoenix has resurrected as one of my favorite actors, yet neither one of them likable in this film. This doesn't mean their performances are not good, it's simply a movie with few likable characters which makes it a tough one to get through.

The cinematography is beautiful and the final shot is one of my favorites of the year.

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People who added this item 497 Average listal rating (322 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1



With such a cast and concept I expected more. It was no doubt entertaining and intriguing; but I feel like this was a missed opportunity and I found it unsettling being told to care more about art than human beings.

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People who added this item 274 Average listal rating (174 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Calvary (2014)



Gleeson is so believable as a man of the cloth and commanding in his presence, which plays nicely against this small tale on the small island of Ireland.

The cinematography is beautiful but the editing is a bit of a mess.

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People who added this item 420 Average listal rating (293 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Locke (2014)



This is a ballsy and impressive film, like 'Buried', from a couple of years ago, was. Unfortunately Hardy's voice gets annoying after a while and, really, the character isn't appealing. But I recommend at least giving this experiment a try, watching it play out.

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An enlightening aspect of the Viet Nam war that is rarely told. It's a fine example of the consequences of a country leaving a war-torn country. It's powerful yet doesn't tell a strong enough overall story. It's filled with many anecdotes accompanied by a huge amount of archival footage I've never seen before.

It's an impressively-made documentary that is important to watch even if it seems, at times, a little too easy to call these US officials heroes when the US messed so many other things up before and after.

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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Liberator (2013)



He didn't conquer, he liberated. This well-made film about Simon Bolivar liberating the South American people of the Spanish is a modern epic presented in the most classic of ways.

The cinematography is beautiful and so are María Valverde and Juana Acosta.

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People who added this item 99 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Get on Up (2014)



Chadwick Boseman nails this performance. It's a crime he didn't receive more awards attention - I'm saying this because awards have weight even if they are far from accurate.

James Brown isn't known for his people skills and likability but that doesn't matter, because Boseman gives him new life in what we can only assume is at least halfway accurate.

The overall script is weak, but the editing and cinematography help. But the extended performances of Brown's music is what makes this film watchable to the end.

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People who added this item 536 Average listal rating (323 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
Big Eyes (2014)



Waltz, who has been nothing but reliable, is a bit over the top in this very colorful and well-written biopic. Adams is, who is also nothing but reliable, is superb. I love the little moments, like the one above, that allow the viewer to see what she is going through, with ease.

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People who added this item 315 Average listal rating (230 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8



A children's film that makes history fun. I can get on board with that.

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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 5.9



Godard has spent his life trying to push the envelope and create new imagery and ideas... in this movie I see a master trying to go too far from what is considered art. But he had me watching and curious all the way through

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People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Third Person (2014)



This movie missed the mark, slightly. It has not been successful because the average viewer will grow impatient and expect things to be told to them and, therefore, will not be rewarded with a brilliant ending.

While I enjoyed it quite a bit I believe this type of film actually does need to give us a little more in the middle to assure the ending will be worth it.

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People who added this item 1067 Average listal rating (683 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8



Just as good as the first, plus Cate Blanchett!

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People who added this item 536 Average listal rating (332 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8



This film really threw me. I thought it was a documentary and then a pseudo documentary then I find it it's entirely fiction. It is nicely filmed and provides some unique techniques in style, language and theme.

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People who added this item 357 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
St. Vincent (2014)



A pretty straight forward feel good movie that moved along nicely and hit most of the marks, until the final speech that seemed to not fit with the rest of the film.

Bill Murray looks like shit and sounds like shit and acts like a shit, making this a memorable performance. I appreciate Melissa McCarthy trying out a straight, subtle role, but would have still liked more from her, she seemed to play a role that could have been performed by anyone. Naomi Watts' accent was a little distracting at first but I think she actually did a decent job as a Russian hooker, even if it was a little too much of a caricature.

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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (347 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.7



The second installment of this beautiful display of disgusting sexuality takes it up a notch on brutality and Von Trier makes sure to remind you he is at the helm.

The stories aren't as interesting as the first Volume and I begin to lose interest and all respect for the main characters by the end. But in the end, I can't deny its craft and the imagery affectively stay in your mind for days, whether you want it to or not.

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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4



I didn't expect much going into this because I figured it was just going to be a money-maker and the creativity and love of muppets would be out the window without Segal. Thankfully I was wrong.

Gervais, Fey and Burrell are really great opposite these muppets and the classic Henson antics are still prevalent throughout. Most importantly, Bret McKensey still writes the songs, which are a delight.

Yet, with all of this, it still doesn't hold the magic of the classic Muppet movies, but at least they are better than those three dreadful ones that came out after 'Muppet Christmas Carol'

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People who added this item 597 Average listal rating (413 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Interview (2014)



The movie that will be famous because of its controversy not because of its entertainment value. This is not to say it isn't entertaining. It actually is, it's effective, twisted, dumb, and poignant all in one. I may have rated it higher if I weren't growing tired of the Rogen/Franco brand.



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People who added this item 294 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
What If (2014)
or "The F Word"




Despite the terrible, changed title, Kazan and Radcliffe are fun together. They are supported by strong cast, too. It has a similar vibe to the superior Ruby Sparks.

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People who added this item 43 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Virunga (2014)



An important documentary about the shit that people in DRC have to endure, and more so, the gorillas and other endangered wildlife.
Another example of the terrible force of greed.
Greed greed greed.
It's just money, you fuckers!

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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (94 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
Obvious Child (2014)



Jenny Slate delivers a very believable performance of a flawed comedianne/lover. This movie is equally hilarious as it is dramatic and a nice study on embarrassment.

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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5



A cerebral documentary on Nick Cave, his Bad Seeds and what it means to be an artist. It's beautiful shot and directed. The emotional peaks are not there, but perhaps, like a Nick Cave song, they are never there.

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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Double (2014)



I had too high of expectations for Ayoade movie, but it was still a worthwhile trip.

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People who added this item 201 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7



This film's poor reception befuddles me. It's very difficult to grasp present trends in a feature film effectively and efficiently while still making it fresh. I believe this movie did that and was able to create well-rounded characters who are each microcosms of people effected by the disconnection of technology.

I hope this movie gets a second chance and people catch on. I feel like if I were currently in high school this would be the cool movie to see, like maybe "The Big Lebowski" was when I actually was in high school (I'm definitely not saying this is as good as 'Lebowski'.)

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People who added this item 1268 Average listal rating (940 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Big Hero 6 (2014)



A classic tale of a boy and his fluffy robot. Disney is continuing it's second animated renaissance(the first started with "Little Mermaid" and ended with "Pocahontas"). This second one started with "Tangled"), this second is different, now with computer animated movies. This won't be one of the more memorable ones but it is worthy of mention as being among the best animated movies of the decade.

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People who added this item 127 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Life Itself (2014)



Perhaps the best-known film critic gets his amazing life put into a worthwhile documentary. It's a beautiful, loving tribute to the man.

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People who added this item 354 Average listal rating (215 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Selma (2015)



A stellar cast tells an important story in US history in an intelligent and, sometimes too dramatic, way. It is emotionally affective, where 'The Butler' wasn't; and well cast, where 'The Butler' wasn't. The only thing about it that I didn't like was Oprah, which happens to be one of the many things I didn't like about 'The Butler'.

In the end it's an important story that is told and shot well enough. And of course, we all know the music was solid.

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People who added this item 347 Average listal rating (232 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Unbroken (2014)



The book is universally revered because the story is so incredible, unfortunately this film doesn't do it justice. The direction and acting keep it from being a memorable masterpiece and biopic people will talk about for years.

The writing was surprisingly bland, considering it comes from the Coen brothers. The scope of the film deserves a big screen and thankfully the master cinematographer, Roger Deakins, gives us everything in that regard. It's a gorgeous looking film that had me in awe throughout. It was so good it took me away from the story sometimes, but if it were better directed and acted this would not have been an issue.

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The third and final installment is worth watching but it's not necessarily an improvement on the overwrought series. Clearly there was a lot to cover but ultimately I think keeping it to two films would have been better.

It's gorgeous production design and high caliber cast make up for the seemingly endless fighting and quarrels that I never fully understand.

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This list was created by and in the opinion of Stephen H Koontz
Created December 2014
Updated August 2018
Movies Seen: 151

It's not easy to follow a year like 2013; so I can't say I'm disappointed in 2014. There are plenty of very good movies and I have yet to see many I'm interested in... so is it too early to summarize such a year? Perhaps. But while the box office has taken a small dip (4% down) the quality of films coming out is still promising and exciting.


Also-Seen:
Rated 6/10

Force Majeure
Point and Shoot
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, ...Very Bad Day
Print the Legend
The Boxtrolls
They Came Together
The Equalizer
John Wick
Tracks
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
A Long Way Down
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Labor Day
The Homesman
The Gambler
The Unknown Known
Big Men
3 Days to Kill
Jimi: All is By My Side
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Love is Strange
The Expendables 3
Begin Again
God's Pocket
Before I Disappear
The Dog
Laggies
Ride Along
White Bird in a Blizzard
Altman
The November Man
It Follows
Damnation
The One I Love
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Filth
Maps to the Stars
Annie
Stray Dogs
To Say Goodbye
Blue Ruin
Dumb and Dumber To
Deepsea Challenge
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Tammy
In Bloom
Jersey Boys
Rated 5/10
Godzilla
Maleficent
Elenore Makes Love
Breathe In
Transcendence
Tusk
Beneath the Harvest Sky
Odd Thomas
Rated 4/10
Endless Love
Rated 3/10
Blended
Stage Fright
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story
Rated 2/10
Girltrash: All Night Long
Coffee Shop
Rated 1/10
Nurse 3D
Lucky Bastard



Next on my list to see:
Only Lovers Left Alive
Starred Up
Virunga
Two Days, One Night


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