OPINION: The Year So Far (2014 Edition)

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Photo: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Chris Luckett

On October 9 last year, I saw my 50th movie of 2013. On the same date this year, interestingly enough, I watched my 100th movie of 2014.

Seeing twice as many movies as I normally have by this time of year has given me a broader view of cinema in 2014, having seen more of the year’s best and worst than I normally do before the end-of-the-year lists begin rolling out. There have been a couple masterpieces already, as well as a few completely worthless bombs, with many average movies in between.

Twenty-fourteen still holds a number of heavy-hitters, from awards-courting fare like Foxcatcher and The Imitation Game to sure-fire box office hits like Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. For now, though, this is what I’ve thought of 2014.

(Don’t forget, any red links below will take you to the corresponding reviews!)


1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (5/5)
2. Under the Skin (5/5)
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4.5/5)
4. Boyhood (4.5/5)
5. Life Itself (4.5/5)
6. Bad Words (4.5/5)
7. Neighbors (4.5/5)
8. Lucy (4.5/5)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past (4.5/5)
10. The LEGO Movie (4.5/5)
11. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (4.5/5)
12. The F Word (4.5/5)
13. They Came Together (4.5/5)
14. Sabotage (4.5/5)
15. Guardians of the Galaxy (4/5)
16. The Signal (4/5)
17. 22 Jump Street (4/5)
18. Chef (4/5)
19. Edge of Tomorrow (4/5)
20. Evergreen: The Road to Legalization (4/5)
21. The Fault in Our Stars (4/5)
22. Godzilla (4/5)
23. This is Where I Leave You (4/5)
24. Maleficent (4/5)
25. Enemy (4/5)
26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (4/5)
27. Bears (4/5)
28. Veronica Mars (4/5)
29. Gone Girl (3.5/5)
30. Transcendence (3.5/5)
31. Joe (3.5/5)
32. 3 Days to Kill (3.5/5)
33. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (3.5/5)
34. Divergent (3.5/5)
35. The Rover (3.5/5)
36. Dom Hemingway (3.5/5)
37. Tracks (3.5/5)
38. Locke (3.5/5)
39. RoboCop (3.5/5)
40. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3.5/5)
41. Jersey Boys (3.5/5)
42. About Last Night (3.5/5)
43. The Raid 2 (3.5/5)
44. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (3/5)
45. Muppets Most Wanted (3/5)
46. That Awkward Moment (3/5)
47. A Million Ways to Die in the West (3/5)
48. Draft Day (3/5)
49. Are You Here (3/5)
50. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3/5)
51. Million-Dollar Arm (3/5)
52. The Monuments Men (3/5)
53. Belle (3/5)
54. Son of God (3/5)
55. Oculus (3/5)
56. Snowpiercer (2.5/5)
57. Noah (2.5/5)
58. Ride Along (2.5/5)
59. Need for Speed (2.5/5)
60. The November Man (2.5/5)
61. The Single Moms Club (2.5/5)
62. Tammy (2.5/5)
63. Cuban Fury (2.5/5)
64. Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It (2.5/5)
65. Rio 2 (2.5/5)
66. 300: Rise of an Empire (2.5/5)
67. God’s Pocket (2.5/5)
68. The Double (2.5/5)
69. For No Good Reason (2.5/5)
70. Non-Stop (2/5)
71. The Expendables 3 (2/5)
72. Heaven is For Real (2/5)
73. The Equalizer (2/5)
74. Winter’s Tale (2/5)
75. Space Station 76 (2/5)
76. Trust Me (2/5)
77. The Zero Theorem (2/5)
78. Only Lovers Left Alive (2/5)
79. Palo Alto (2/5)
80. Pompeii (2/5)
81. The Nut Job (2/5)
82. Devil’s Due (1.5/5)
83. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1.5/5)
84. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (1.5/5)
85. Blended (1.5/5)
86. Brick Mansions (1/5)
87. Think Like a Man Too (1/5)
88. Endless Love (1/5)
89. The Purge: Anarchy (1/5)
90. Moms’ Night Out (1/5)
91. The Quiet Ones (1/5)
92. Vampire Academy (0.5/5)
93. The Legend of Hercules (0.5/5)
94. Transformers: Age of Extinction (0.5/5)
95. God’s Not Dead (0.5/5)
96. I, Frankenstein (0.5/5)
97. The Other Woman (0.5/5)
98. America (0/5)
99. No Good Deed (0/5)
100. A Haunted House 2 (0/5)

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