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Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2014

12th – The Raid 2: Berandal
Starring: Iko Uwais, Alex Abbad, Julie Estelle, Cecep A. Rahman
Director: Gareth Evans
Released: March 2014

Picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force. The Indonesian martial arts sequel is written and directed once again by Welshman Gareth Evans. Here the action is not confined to one building and takes place over three years, not one day. ‘Berandal’ means thugs, and it will be largely prison-gang based. Included is Evans’ take on a car chase, focusing on what impact a crash has on the person inside. The first movie was superb badass action. The teaser trailer for this was great too (even though the idea was stolen from ‘Oldboy’). Evans says he is currently outlining ‘The Raid 3’.

11th – Under The Skin
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Released: April 4, 2014

Based on the dark and slightly surreal book, described by reviewers as “audacious, fascinating, and repellent”, this is about a lone female who scouts the Scottish Highlands for men ‘of the right proportions’. Why does she have such extensive surgical scarring? Why fake glasses? And who exactly is working at the farm she’s staying at? To reveal the reason spoils the mystery of the story. This is from the director of the excellent ‘Sexy Beast’, so expect it to be artful, gripping and layered. It’s definitely an odd one, and not for everybody. Reviews have been terrific, making Kubrick comparisons and praising a career-best performance from Johansson.

10th – Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Keri Russell
Director: Matt Reeves
Released: July 18th, 2014

A decade on, the growing nation of genetically-evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived and soon they’re on the brink of a war that’ll determine who emerges as Earth’s dominant species. James Franco is not returning, instead the main human will be played by Gary Oldman, alongside a family played by Jason Clarke (‘Zero Dark Thirty’), Keri Russell (‘Dark Skies’) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (‘Let Me In’). The capable Matt Reeves (‘Cloverfield’, ‘Let Me In’) comes on board as director. Andy Serkis is back doing motion capture for lead ape Caesar. His work was jaw-dropping last time, so he’s reason alone for seeing this – even though his arc this time can’t be nearly as fascinating. Fans will be interested to know that Caesar now has a son and his main rival is Koba. Since the Charlton Heston original tells us that the apes win and humanity is enslaved/extinguished, this is surely going to be a depressing watch. Still the previous movie was surprisingly entertaining so let’s assume this has a satisfying way of doing it.

9th – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti
Director: Marc Webb
Released: May 2nd, 2014

Spider-Man squares off against the Rhino (Giamatti) and the powerful Electro (Foxx) while struggling with his promise to keep Gwen Stacey out of his dangerous life. When his old friend Harry Osborn (DeHaan) returns, Peter begins to discover more about his parents. Pre-transformation, Electro is a “nobody” electrical engineer working for Oscorp who idolises Spider-Man, it’s an accident at the labs involving electric eels gives him the ability to control electricity. The Rhino meanwhile will be a Russian mobster, and end up in a giant mech suit. Chris Cooper is Norman Osborn, but you won’t see his Goblin this time. Felicity Jones makes a small appearance as Black Cat. (The production is working toward a ‘Sinister Six’ movie.) The director of the first ‘Amazing’ returns. Electro pre-transformation and Goblin post-transformation are too hammy and there is a too much going on that jars tonally, but it is still a fun watch with some great visuals and Spider-Man himself has never been this dead-on so far as style, look and mannerisms go.

8th – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton
Director: Wes Anderson
Released: March 7th, 2014

The adventures of Gustave H (Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (newcomer Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Involved are the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune – all against the backdrop of a dramatically changing Continent. Wes Anderson might just be hitting his peak with this madcap escapade – the scripting, cinematography, art direction, costuming and lighting are all fantastic. Add to that the most impressive ensemble of the year: Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Tom Wilkinson.

7th – The Lego Movie
Starring: (voices) Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Morgan Freeman
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Released: February 7th, 2014

An ordinary LEGO minifigure (Pratt) is mistakenly thought to be the Master Builder, the one who can save the universe. With the aid of an old mystic Vitruvius (Freeman – in his first ever animated movie), a tough young lady (Banks), and Batman (Arnett), he will fight to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business (Ferrell) who is bent on destroying the universe by gluing it together. From the talented directing duo behind 2009’s ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and ’21 Jump Street’, this has been a huge hit with critics and audiences of all ages. It’s energetic, thoughtful and pointedly satirical, with animation that’s tactile and imaginative – embracing the retro look and feel of the toys. A sequel is currently being assembled.

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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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