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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 →
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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 →
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The first ten minutes of Lucy are kind of lame. Director Luc Besson inserts blunt imagery of animals hunting prey, while the narrative very obviously tells a parallel. The symbolism is so heavy-handed, it borders on insulting and almost derails the movie before it begins. But then, the movie blasts off.
It’s rare for a movie to bottle that feeling of a rush, to create a visual experience that makes you feel like you’re inside adrenaline. Occasionally, a movie like Run, Lola, Run does manage to capture it. The breakneck Lucy joins such rare company. Continue reading →