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Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2014

18th – Oculus
Starring: Karen Gillian, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane
Director: Michael Flanagan
Released: April 18th, 2014

New Movies 2014
A horrific family incident leaves two children orphans. While authorities charge the brother with murder, his sister believes the true culprit is a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother (Brenton Thwaites – ‘Home and Away’) is ready to move on but his sister (Karen Gillan – ‘Dr. Who’) is determined to prove the mirror was responsible for destroying their family – and she’s set up a multi-camera experiment… Rising horror director Mike Flanagan expands the half hour short he used to traumatise genre fans on the festival circuit five years ago. The feature has received equally glowing writeups, with much praise for its originality, complexity (including flipping between the parents’ and children’ timelines), and ability to chill.

17th – Neighbors
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Released: May 9th, 2014

New Movies 2014
A couple (Rogen, Byrne) with a newborn baby are settling into a new home, coming to terms with putting their youthful days to one side. Then a huge, rowdy fraternity moves in next door (led by Efron). Soon there’s a growing conflict between the two houses. Written by two of producer Judd Apatow’s former assistants (that’s how you get ahead people), this is directed by the helmer of ‘Get Him to the Greek’ and ‘The Five-Year Engagement’. Reaction has been very positive and this just might do for Zac Efron what ’21 Jump Street’ did for Channing Tatum. It’s a little uneven and predictable but definitely a good time at the cinema, and when the jokes land they really land. Sometimes on the ceiling.

16th – Gone Girl
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: David Fincher
Released: October 3rd, 2014

Best Movies 2014
Thriller based on the word-of-mouth best-selling novel about a woman (Rosamund Pike, ‘An Education’) who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. The police suspect her husband (Affleck). Her friends reveal she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to his beautiful wife? The book alternated perspective between the husband and wife, and the movie seemingly sticks to that. It was also full of twists and had a bad ending – hopefully they’ve tweaked that. Given the surprising cast list, expect to see career-best performances from many under director David Fincher. He can turn any material into compelling, classy cinema.

15th – Noah
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Released: March 28th, 2014

Noah (Crowe) suffers visions of an apocalyptic flood and takes measures to protect his family from the coming deluge. At first he tries to tell his people to cease their wickedness and embrace God, but when that fails he turns to building an ark. Aronofsky has been fascinated with the character of Noah since childhood, seeing him as a “a dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor’s guilt” after the flood. Indeed the director has reportedly clashed with Paramount in post-production. His grounded take on the Noah legend veers away from the Biblical elements and portrays Noah as, essentially, an environmental extremist. The studio meanwhile wants a film that appeals to both secular and faith-based audiences, especially the latter, and there are elements in the third act in particular that threaten to alienate the potentially huge Christian audience. When it comes to visual fx, the team have created an entire animal kingdom using no real animals but instead “slightly tweaked” versions of real creatures – ILM have called it “the most complicated rendering in the company’s history”. Overall, footage is good so far. Looks like this is heading for controversy.

14th – 22 Jump Street
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Released: June 13th, 2014

Top Movies 2014
Officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) go deep undercover at a local college to crack a crime ring within a fraternity. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. In addition to cracking the case, the two freshmen must figure out if they can have a mature relationship like real men… The highly-entertaining-in-this-role Ice Cube, is back as police Captain Dickson. Amber Stevens (‘Greek’) has joined as a romantic interest for Schmidt, while Kurt Russell’s son Wyatt plays Jenko’s fraternity brother who’s a lead suspect in their investigation. Jonah Hill lost 40 pounds for the original, but won’t be doing so this time around – Expect the character’s sudden weight gain to be a plot point, probably. The first movie was a surprise hit critically and commercially. With the same directors on board and the same great chemistry between the leads, expect this to be a good time too. Hill and Tatum have said, “As we all know, sequels are ALWAYS better than the original. Every single time. This will be no exception.”

13th – Inherent Vice
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Released: December 12th, 2014

At the tail end of the psychedelic sixties when free love is slipping away and paranoia is creeping in, marijuana-fueled L.A. private eye Larry “Doc” Sportello (Pheonix) is confronted by his long-absent ex. She tells him of a sinister plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer she’s in love with. When she vanishes, he’s lead into a labyrinthine web of crime involving infidelity, mental institutions, and a policeman called “Bigfoot” (Brolin). Also in the tangle are surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists. An adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel that’s part noir, part psychedelic romp. Think ‘Chinatown’ meets ‘The Big Lebowski’. Director P.T. Anderson (‘The Master’, ‘There Will Be Blood’) combined with the elements above should make for something wonderful, and his most accessible film since ‘Boogie Nights’.

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  • dnwilliams said

    – I’m pretty angry about what the new TMNT is doing to Shredder…
    – I don’t see why people are so negative about the RoboCop remake. I think the original is overrated and the talent involved in the remake is top notch. Nothing we’ve seen from it so far is bad.
    – Hiccup in HTTYD being is a little older is great, I hope they keep going and age him each time so we’re looking at him as an old man by movie seven.
    – If The Raid 2 is even slightly as good as The Raid, I’ll love it.
    – Looking forward to Transformers 4 and I don’t care who knows.

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    • G said

      You just know a Michael Bay Transformers movie with Mark Wahlberg in it is going be good.

      *sarcasm off*

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    • gd smith said

      Because Robocop is known for satire and violence. This Robocop is a PG, will have no satirical edge and the suit looks like something from GI Joe or any other generic superhero suit.

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  • G said

    It looks better than this years batch. But so was my Grandma’s old home movies.

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  • Dave said

    Remakes of old movies and TV shows can hardly be considered new movies in 2014. Please, Hollywood…find some people with at least a little creativity.

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  • cw said

    Most of these sound so so at best.

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  • putcherjump said

    pretty coollll. for me the best movies 2014 has to offer are Transformers 4 with mark walberg and Teenage Mutant ninja Turtles

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  • whitediamond said

    Johnny depp is back!!! last year as the indian he wasnt so good i think boring but cant wait to see his new movies. 2014 is going to rule!!

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  • mickeysquires said

    where the hell is Rob Marshall’s, Stephen Sondheim musical INTO THE WOODS?…the MOST anticipated film musical in years!

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  • Apeksha said

    I am desperately waiting for Dumb and Dumber to 🙂

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  • afab said

    Im still waiting for 50 Shades of Grey

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  • Tatum said

    The Fault in our Stars should be close to the top

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  • real said

    equalizer is going to be one of the best movies for 2014

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  • sultry said

    They’re all bad except for maybe a few. I’m so sick of sci-fi !

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  • craig said

    Captain America-The Winter Soldier and RoboCop are the two best movies of 2014.An argument can be made for Dawn and Guardians but they just weren’t as good as CA2 and RoboCop,great action scenes as well as a good plot to the movies.I like the original RoboCop better because it had a great ending at the warehouse and when Murphy killed Kurtwood Smith,the whole climax of the movie was better than the RoboCop remake.CA2 was just outstanding,it can’t be beat utterly fantastic the best movie of 2014 hands down and that’s real.

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  • big balla keepin it 100 doe said

    the 100 foot journey shoulda been top 5 im hella mad

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