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Top 30 Best New Movies Of 2014

6th – Godzilla
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen
Director: Gareth Edwards
Released: May 16th, 2014

The famous monster hero goes up against a pair of malevolent cockroach-like creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. 1999’s Godzilla was a crushing disappointment but the franchise has so much potential on the big screen and now the West is trying again. This is a $160m effort from Legendary Pictures, who rebooted Batman so successfully, directed by the newcomer who brought us the similarly-themed low-budget ‘Monsters’. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston play father and son, a bomb-disposal lieutenant and nuclear plant manager respectively. Taylor-Johnson lacks charisma as the lead and the movie plays ‘hide the monster’ to the point of annoyance, frequently cutting away just as a great fight is starting. However the Godzilla creature design is spot on, the Cranston scenes are good and when they finally let the creatures fight, it’s pretty epic.

5th – The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom
Director: Peter Jackson
Released: December 17th, 2014

The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? This movie not only concludes the Hobbit trilogy but goes beyond the novel and acts as a bridge to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson has used the appendices of the novel of ‘The Return of The King’ to help develop an original story. The exact contents of this third part are unknown however the Battle of the Five Armies will be in it, so a significant portion of The Hobbit is included. Should the 400 page book have been stretched to a trilogy when Lord of the Rings was 1250 pages? No, but each Hobbit movie makes $1 billion+ worldwide. So expect more padding here. Still it’s a must for fans of this world, which is most of us.

4th – Guardians Of The Galaxy
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice)
Director: James Gunn
Released: August 1st, 2014

A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats. Leading the ensemble is Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, who left Earth in the mid-1980s and goes around space as a rogue until he realises he needs a higher purpose. Zoe Saldana plays the blue-skinned adopted, but runaway, daughter of Thanos. Also in the team is Groot, an extraterrestrial tree-like creature who is royalty on his homeworld and can regenerate most devastating wounds, to be voiced by Vin Diesel. And Rocket Raccoon, an anthropomorphic raccoon created on Earth to be an expert marksman and master tactician, who’s voiced by Bradley Cooper. Nova Corps (Marvel’s interstellar police force) also feature with Glenn Close as Nova Prime and, oddly, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey. The best Marvel movies are character introductions, and space is a refreshingly different arena for them. Director James Gunn (‘Slither’) is well equipped to handle the quirk and complexity of the material, hopefully he won’t let it slip into overly-campy ‘Farscape’/’Red Dwarf’ territory.

3rd – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Out: April 4, 2014

Two years after The Avengers, Steve Rogers is struggling to adapt to his role in the modern world. When a SHIELD compatriot is attacked, he teams up with Black Widow to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in Washington, D.C. Before long they recruit the help of the Falcon (Mackie), who able to fly using a harness, and encounter The Winter Soldier, a powerful new adversary with links to Cap’s past and Black Widow’s heritage… Sam Jackson is back too, this time accompanied by Robert Redford as a senior leader within SHIELD (great casting). The comedic directors of ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘You, Me and Dupree’ are an unusual choice, but they pull off Marvel’s third best film to date (after ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Iron Man’). Cap is played perfectly, the action is inventive and there’s a great sense of danger and intrigue.

2nd – X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: Bryan Singer
Released: May 23rd, 2014

In a 2023 dystopian future where mutants are all but wiped out by giant robotic Sentinels, the X-Men send Wolverine’s mind back to his 1973 body through Kitty Pryde’s phasing powers in a desperate effort to stop Mystique and Magneto assassinating key figures and changing the future. Characters from the original X-Men film trilogy are joining forces with their younger selves from ‘X-Men: First Class’. Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, Storm, Iceman, Kitty Pryde, and Colossus from the original, and Mystique, Beast, Magneto, Professor X, and Havok from ‘First Class’. New mutants include Quicksilver, Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, and Ink. Overall the plot is much changed from the comics (where it was Kitty Pryde going back to 1980). Director Bryan Singer, of ‘X1’ and series-highlight ‘X2’, is in charge. Intelligently written, thrilling, with some true touches of genius, this is the best X-Men movie ever made. McAvoy was fairly weak as Professor X in ‘First Class’, but is heart-wrenching and humorous here – an illustration of how the bar is raised in all respects. Singer is back.

1st – Interstellar
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley
Director: Christopher Nolan
Released: November 7th, 2014

A group of explorers and scientists (led by McConaughey and Hathaway) make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. The secretive plot is also believed to involve time travel and alternate dimensions. The excellent cast also includes Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Matt Damon. Christopher Nolan is continuing to experiment with IMAX cameras here, including installing one on the nose of a Learjet. His original projects are a perfect batting record (‘Inception’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Memento’). There’s nobody better at this sort of complex thriller, and to see him tackle space for the first time is going to be fantastic.

Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, David Ayer’s Fury, Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Horrible Bosses 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars, Night at the Museum 3, Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Expendables 3, Wicked, Joe

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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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