RANKED: The Year 2014

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

You’re read my Worst Movies of 2014. You’ve read my Best Movies of 2014. Finally, in its complete order from 1 to 204, here is my definite ranking of every movie I saw last year, from best to worst. How many have you seen?

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EDITORIAL: The Year I Watched Everything

Photo: Universal Pictures

Photo: Universal Pictures

Chris Luckett

Last week, American Sniper arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray. This was notable not just because that was almost five months after the Clint Eastwood drama opened in theatres, but also because it was the final wide release from last year to arrive on DVD — and the last to be released of the over 200 movies I watched from 2014. Continue reading

SPECIAL: The Best Movies of 2014

Photo: Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures

Photo: Open Road Films/Elevation Pictures

Chris Luckett

Twenty-fourteen was not the best year for movies. By no means is that to say there weren’t some truly great ones, but there was more than the usual number of mediocre or simply good movies, and fewer masterpieces than in the past few years.

That having been said, while there may not have been as large an abundance, there were still 25 films that stood above all the rest. Comedy, sci-fi, drama, animation, romance, suspense, documentary, horror, and action make up these, the very best movies of the year. Continue reading

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.

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The Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

On New Year’s Eve last year, I resolved to try and see every wide release that came out in 2014. (“Wide release,” these days, means a minimum of 600 screens.) It’s resulted in me seeing many more movies by this point in time than I usually do. Last year, I didn’t see my 50th movie until the first week of October. This year, with another month to go until October, I’ve already seen 84 movies from 2014. Continue reading

REVIEW: Godzilla (2014)

Photo: Warner Bros.

Photo: Warner Bros.

Chris Luckett

The character of Godzilla has appeared in 42 movies over the last sixty years, and most of them have been terrible. Some point to 1969’s Godzilla’s Revenge as the low-point of the series while younger moviegoers cite the 1998 reboot Godzilla as the character’s worst film, but most tend to agree the “King of the Monsters” was at his best and most fearsome in the 1954 Japanese original, Gojira.

Gareth Edwards, director of the excellent 2010 movie Monsters, here tries his best to satisfy both the fans of the long-running series and audience members unfamiliar with the monster beyond its cultural parody value. He mostly succeeds.

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