Kyle J. Steenblik

WPR’s 2014 film wrap up, the best, and the worst

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2014 is over or very nearly over, and now is the time everyone starts reflecting on all the movies that came out this year, in some cases this causes a flair up of PTSD.  Now I know everyone and their cousin’s dog is putting out these 2014 film wrap up lists, I have no real reason to tell you that my list is better than anyone’s, it is probably pretty close to every other list out there.  I’ll start with some official domestic numbers for the top grossing films in 2014 before we get to Kaitlyn’s and my best and worst lists of 2014.

2014 Box Office Report

Movie Title Domestic Gross
Guardians of the Galaxy* $332,749,244.00
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1* $306,656,000.00
Captain America: The Winter Soldier $259,766,572.00
The LEGO Movie $257,760,692.00
Transformers: Age of Extinction $245,439,076.00
Maleficent $241,410,378.00
X-Men: Days of Future Past $233,921,534.00
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $208,545,589.00
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $202,853,933.00
Godzilla (2014) $200,676,069.00
Big Hero 6* $199,933,000.00
22 Jump Street $191,719,337.00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) $191,204,754.00
Interstellar* $177,348,000.00
How to Train Your Dragon 2 $177,002,924.00
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies* $168,522,000.00
Gone Girl* $165,950,000.00
Divergent $150,947,895.00
Neighbors $150,157,400.00
Ride Along $134,938,200.00

Kyle’s worst of 2014 (click the link for the review)

  1. The Legend of Hercules
  2. Sabotage
  3. Divergent
  4. 3 Days to Kill
  5. Tammy
  6. The Maze Runner
  7. The Best of Me
  8. RoboCop

Kyle’s best of 2014

  1. The Imitation Game
  2. Big Hero 6
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy
  4. The LEGO Movie
  5. Birdman
  6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  7. The Wind rises
  8. Muppets Most Wanted
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Lucy
  11. Captain America: Winter Soldier
  12. Maleficent
  13. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  14. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  15. Horns

Kaitlyn’s best and worst list of 2014

Explanation: I spent the majority of the year as an independent critic so if a movie looked really bad I didn’t go to see it so that’s why there aren’t ten terrible movies.

Best

     1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is another extremely strong entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that shoots to the top of the entire universe thus far. While it’s not as good as The Avengers they are also different beasts entirely and Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes the title of the strongest solo Marvel movie thus far with ease. 4/4 stars.

     2. The Imitation Game

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect way to end your summer with awesome humor, a great story, and a whole new world for comic fans and nonfans to explore. You can’t go wrong and I can’t wait to see how Marvel tops this one. 4/4 stars.

     4. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a hilarious and poignant dark comedy that might not appeal to everyone but those that enjoy this sort of genre will find that it’s a must see. The large cast is interesting and have great chemistry with each other while the writing keeps them continually funny. 4/4 stars

     5. Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer is a wonderful change from the traditional summer blockbuster. It’s beautifully shot with an intense and ambitious story that won’t disappoint. If you can find this one absolutely go and give it the support it deserves. 4/4 stars

      6. Nightcrawler

      7. Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a stylish, dark, and damn near perfect film with career bests for Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike while being another homerun for David Fincher. Do not miss out on the movie that people will be talking about for the rest of the year. 4/4 stars

      8. Big Hero 6

      9.The Raid 2

The Raid 2 is another action masterpiece from a director who is just getting started on what is going to be an extremely promising career. If a lot of punching, kicking, and brutal beatdowns are your sort of thing I recommend you check this one out when it comes out in late March. Absolutely recommended. 4/4 stars.

      10. The Lego Movie

The LEGO Movie does everything right that a great movie for all ages need to do; great story, fantastic voice work, flawless animation, and is effortlessly funny in ways that will keep everyone laughing. There were just as many adults in my screening as kids. It’s going to be a crime if come next year’s Best Animated Movie category at the Oscar’s is missing The LEGO Movie. Easily going to be one the best of the year and it’s only February. 4/4 stars

Worst

     1. A Million Ways To Die In The West

A Million Ways To Die In The West has a few funny moments but it is weighed down by a script that embraces the R rating a bit too much, a lead actor who does not work at all, and relies much too heavily on swearing for humor. I can think of a million reasons to skip this one. 1/4 stars

     2. Top Five

     3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is yet another attempt by Hollywood to cash in on the nostalgia of the 90’s and another strike out. There is nothing here worth seeing whether you are a movie fan or a turtles fan from the 90’s. Go see Into The Storm or Guardians of the Galaxy again so this remake can fade into obscurity like it deserves. .5/4 stars.

     4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a terribly written and overly long trailer for the next five years of Sony Spider-Man movies that has zero redeeming qualities and isn’t worth the price of the dollar theater. 1.5/4 stars

     5.  Exodus: Gods and Kings

     6. Men, Women and Children

Men, Women & Children might look like something interesting but there is absolutely nothing going on beyond the surface reading and even that one is so heavy handed you can’t focus on anything else. This movie thinks it’s smart with an extremely important message when, in reality, there isn’t even a cohesive message at the end let alone one that’s life changing. Don’t waste your time. 1.5/4 stars.

     7. Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction may creep ahead as the ‘best Transformers movie’ but considering how far the bar has been set it doesn’t mean much. The run time is far too long and characters aren’t compelling enough to make the few action beats that are decent worth your time. 1.5/4 stars.

2015 preview:  A few titles that might be highly anticipated, or that you should keep your eyes on.

  •  Jupiter Ascending – February 6, 2015
  • Seventh Son – February 6, 2015
  • Chappie – March 6, 2015
  • Cinderella – March 13, 2015
  • Furious 7 – April 3, 2015
  • The Moon and the Sun – April 10, 2015
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15, 2015
  • Tomorrowland – May 22, 2015
  • Jurassic World – June 12, 2015
  • Inside Out – June 19, 2015
  • Terminator: Genisys – July 1, 2015
  • Pan – July 17, 2015
  • Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – August 14, 2015
  • The Fantastic Four – August 14, 2015
  • Hitman: Agent 47 – August 28, 2015
  • Victor Frankenstein – October 2, 2015
  • The Walk – October 2, 2015
  • The Jungle Book – October 9, 2015
  • Jem and the Holograms – October 23, 2015
  • Peanuts – November 6, 2015
  • James Bond: Spectre – November 9, 2015
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – November 20, 2015
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens  – Dec. 18, 2015

Well, that’s it for our 2014 Film Wrap up and sneak peek into 2015. Let us know what YOUR favorite film of 2014 was!

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