2014 Films I saw with short reviews

My opinion on movies I saw in 2014, sorted from best to worst IMO, with short description why. Some movies are tied and only my very personal connection with them decides which goes first, even if I give many same amount of stars.

PS. I live in Croatia and if a film was made in 2013, but entered out theatres in early 2014, the film is still counted in.

10 - Masterpiece
9 - Brilliant
8 - Great
7 - Nice
6 - Okay
5 - Mediocre
4 - Weak
3 - Bad
2 - Terrible
1 - Abomination

Based on Rotten Tomatoes standards, I would give approval (or Fresh rating) to films I rate 6-10 and disapproval (or rotten rating) to films I rate 1-5.
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The Babadook (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. (93 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Kent
“ 10/10

Simply the best horror drama I have ever seen, next to French film Martyrs and The Shining. Best in genre in 2014 by a longshot and one of the best films in the year overall. Everything here is perfect and bring me back the hope about horror films. Despite being rated rather well by the critics and by the public, it's still quite underrated. It is extremely rare to make so lively characters in a situation so terrifying, yet something any of us could face one day. I won't say much about the film's plot, but it revolves around a widowed mother and her small son, both of whom cope with solitude, misunderstanding and grief. It is as terrifying as it is emotionally powerful. Simply a masterpiece and must see film. I'm in awe! ” - alirioaguero2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. (136 mins.)
“ 10/10

I'm just amazed at how great this film is! I was expecting it to be good, even better than Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, but this is even more than that. Next to Avengers, best Marvel film to date, no doubt. Story is fantastic, very complex, yet clear and precise once you saw the film. There is plenty of action and it is done fantastic, yet it never takes away focus from the human drama and raises some questions too. Chris Evans is spendid as Capatin and his character is so moral and knows what he stands for. Conflict between him and Nick Fury is great, since you get them both. Film raises very contemporary questions, like security vs. liberty. Scarlett Johansson is spectacular as Black Widow and I would love to see her own movie too. And yes, the main villain, Winter Soldier, indeed is as badass, as great and as complex as Loki. I will not say much for the ending, but let's say that after this film, things will get quite different and more difficult for the heroes in MCU. ” - alirioaguero2
Gone Girl (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent. (149 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ 10/10

Fincher does it once again! After chillingly good The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, here comes another thriller based on recently published book. This time book's author is also the screenwriter and apparently she rewrote the ending in the film so it cannot be spoiled. I do not know how it was supposed to end there, but here it is, let's just say, unpredictable and raises a lot of questions. However, these are not the questions which open plotholes or inconsistencies, but rather ones that make us think on human relations, modern media and the reason why we do things we do to other people. Both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike give Oscar worthy performances as we unravel the mysteries of seemingly perfect marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne and her sudden disappearance. High recommendation to thriller buffs. ” - alirioaguero2
Nightcrawler (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. (118 mins.)
Director: Dan Gilroy
“ 10/10

With elements of thriller, drama, action and documentary, Nightcrawler is not easy to pin-point to just one genre. Regardless, it makes it's point to the fullest. It introduces us to the shady world of on-scene photographers and criminal journalism through the perspective of an unlikely (anti)hero Louis, played masterfully by Jake Gyllenhaal. He is always good, but this time he nails it to perfection. His character is someone you should, by any logic, hate, yet you continue rooting for him as he declines more and more in immoral decisions that bring him profit. It is very difficult to make a film without classically ''good guys'', and make it this strong and relatable. Often it goes too far and puts me off, but this film, alongside The Wolf of Wall Street, shows that films can make you root for someone immoral and make a good point about the society. ” - alirioaguero2
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 10/10

Not only that Leonardo di Caprio carried this out perfectly, but the film itself is perfect! Direction is amazing and dialogue is perhaps one of the best and most witty in last few years. Film is not for the squimish or puritans, though. The thing is that Di Caprio's character and most other characters are quite unlikeable and their verbal abuse and drug usage could put one off. Still, I laughed every 5 seconds on really intelligent and well-thought-of humor. The way film takes off after is not predicable to anyone who doesn't know Belford's story and script's subtle sarcasm is just on spot. Film is 3 hours long, and even so, half and hour in the film already has a material of an average film in it, so the product is like watching very witty and thrilling miniseries edited together. I loved it that way. Special nods to making me root for someone like Belford, that is a very tough job to pull off. ” - alirioaguero2
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. (99 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ 10/10

It is rare to encounter a film like this. It is hard to describe, but I'll try. With the visual style of European art cinema (especially resembling French comedies) and the narrative of a British mystery flicks, this film adds so much to the whole genre. What The Babadook is to the modern horror, The Grand Budapest Hotel is to the modern comedy. By style, wit and plot is has more of a feeling of a movie made a few decades ago, with several indicators that it has a modern touch too. Everything in here is delightfully over-the-top just by a little bit, withholding grace and poise even in really comical and even caricatured situations. I would even compare it to the great Monty Python type of humor. I just immensely enjoyed it, laughed sincerely and even felt sadness in parts when it was needed. Every character in here is great acted, proving that you can have an all-star cast, without feeling of abundance of characters and subplots. What I took from this film, aside the laugh and visuals, is that we should embrace our legacy, hear the stories of people we admire and pass them on. It is the only way they will live forever. ” - alirioaguero2
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (121 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ 9/10

Someone called this film a child of Star Wars and Star Trek. It is a pretty good description, since in contains Star Trek's team work dynamic, travel thrill and message of tolerance and Star Wars' action, epic character quotes and fight scenes. All of the cast in fantastic and their chemistry is spot on. It becomes easy to connect with this unlikely group of outcasts while they try to save the universe. And while the villain might have been better explored, he was still intimidating and served to bring them together. The film ties some of the other Marvel Universe components, while still being easily understandable even to the people who see this film first. Characters like Gamora, Quill, Drax, Rocket and lovable Groot are different between each other and manage to pull that team work in the sense that you can easily imagine the story from each of their perspectives. The film is equally fantastic on the second viewing. ” - alirioaguero2
Godzilla (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity. (123 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
“ 9/10

Visually spectacular and powerful, Godzilla provides us with really dark atmosphere, really threatening monsters and great soundtrack. Human characters and also relatable enough and you can root for their survival. Godzilla as a character looks and feels really impressive, and fights with other monsters are awesome too. Some moments are really grand and keep you on the edge of your seat. Sound design is also one of the best of the year. ” - alirioaguero2
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (132 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ 9/10

As in almost all films that temper with time travel, there are inconsistencies and questions on continuity. But, considering The X-Men Franchise has passed the moment of continuity questioning long ago, let's concentrate of how good this film is. And it is, it really is. It is really powerful, with strong message, strong dialogue and great acting. It is quite thrilling and keeps you engaged all the time. It is also very brave in terms of what happens and what does it all mean to the franchise later on. It was awesome seeing most of the main cast of both timelines together and I must admit that their screentime did make sense and didn't feel much that someone was overused or underused to make this story work. ” - alirioaguero2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones. (142 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ 9/10

It just might be my favorite Spiderman film ever. Many superhero films have unnecessary love interests and predictable stories which bore me and take away from the important subjects, but that does not happen in The Amazing Spiderman 2. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have very real and lovable chemistry between Peter and Gwen and their romance goes through tough times while still managing to leave time for action, mystery and character development. Harry Osborn is probably my favorite bad guy of the year, with Dane de Haan giving the best villain persona out of all Spiderman villains on screen so far. Second villain, Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, is also a great addition. He is clearly inspired by Jim Carrey's Riddler, but it works here. I am not that often into dubstep, but it was so perfect for this film in some action scenes. And the final confrontation was not only done great, but was also very unpredictable and left me quite speechless with possibly the best scene of the sort in recent genre films. ” - alirioaguero2
The Lego Movie (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. (100 mins.)
“ 9/10

Everything really is awesome! And not only because that song is extremely catchy. The film is joyeful, funny, heartwarming and really smart and layered at the same time. It is a film for all generations to enjoy. The story is childishly simple enough for kids to enjoy, but also gets some quite emotional moments and deep, thoughtful moments only adults and some smart teenagers can fully enjoy. Characters are lovable, story is engaging and everything is even better if you have played with lego as a kid. Very recommended film to all generations. ” - alirioaguero2
Fury (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945. (134 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ 9/10

I call it one of the best modern war films. Without any sugar-coding, they take us into the battlefield, with all the realistic (but not over-the-top) violence, blood and death, but also with that sense of glory and duty. That kind of story arcs can get too pretentious or cheesy, but it is done so subtle and strong here, and with the sense of balance between realism and film magic. Part of the film is certainly about something that would be considered a rarity, but still within borders of believable. Acting is superb from all the cast, especially Brad Pitt, Shia La Beouf and Logan Lerman and despite their character flaws, you can connect with them in the situation. ” - alirioaguero2
I Origins (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
“ 9/10

A film that raises a lot of question of religion and science. Can two get along and can either have all the answers? Director Mike Cahill does another interesting film after Another Earth that also matches his style: it's calm, but tense, raises questions, but doesn't exploit the details. Michael Pitt and Britt Marling and fantastic as well as rest of the cast and the relationships among characters and a lot more realistic and less over-the-top than many of modern films show them to be. Throughout the film, it maintains it's main string, never letting side-stories, no matter how interesting they are, to get in the way of telling the main point. I also believe that in it's exposition it is very respectful towards both religious people and atheists and anyone who is interested in the subject could debate about seen case. ” - alirioaguero2
Snowpiercer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
“ 9/10

A very powerful film indeed! You can observe it in whole as a metaphor, with amazing visuals, great acting performances and strong message. It is gritty, bloody and shows a lot about human ignorance, trapped between evils of anarchy and fascism and tries to answer weather either is justified as means to preserve life in it's whole. On technical logical scale it does have some smaller loopholes, but it doesn't distract from how amazing it really is. The characters symbolize the good and bad in all of us, and mostly in a grey zone. There are some scenes in which you laugh and cry at the same time, which is indeed a rare quality. ” - alirioaguero2
Interstellar (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. (169 mins.)
“ 9/10

Christopher Nolan always makes a great film. Interstellar is very ambitious, powerful and interesting film, deep in it's storytelling and beautiful in visuals. Acting is great and music and sound design are one of the best in this year. Story can get confusing at times and hard to follow, but never in it's main plot. The confusing parts occur during the time when one tries to explain the continuity and cause-consequence sequence in the film. However, when tempering with time travel and alternate reality, it is inevitable that things will get tough, especially for average movie goer. Father-daughter relationship, which carries out the drama, is very powerful and great acted, while another complain might be having the character of the son at all. Overall, although bit too long, Interstellar provides with a lot of thrill, great visuals and raises some interesting questions about this planet and possibility of other inhabitable planets. ” - alirioaguero2
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (102 mins.)
“ 9/10

The sequel needed 9 years to come up, but was definitely worth it. It has the same noir feeling of the first film and narration is awesome. Besides so many characters we know and love, we got addition of Ava Lord, deliciously malicious femme fatale, and Johnny, likable outcast. Mix of profanity, sex and violence makes this film suitable for adults or older teens rather than children, but why not having a theatrical release like that? I enjoyed every minute of it. Characters are either someone I rooted for or those I loved to hate. Everything is comic-booky unrealistic, but in it's own unique style and poise. I doubt that lovers of the first film will be unsatisfied. ” - alirioaguero2
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (102 mins.)
Director: Noam Murro
“ 9/10

This must be one of the most expected films of 2014! It's first part is already a cult! And this one is almost as good as the first one. Visually, it's stunning and fights are awesome! Sullivan Stapleton is great as the main hero, but the main quality of this film is brought by unique Eva Green as the main villain. She is so good, I got mesmerised by her every time she was on screen. Love/hate chemistry between the two of them was believable too. For the film based on the comic 'Xerxes', you'd expect more of him, but he was good too for what he was in the film. It would have been better to name it 'Artemisia', though, she was the real star here. Athenians are different from Spartans, yet equally respected heroes. I truely enjoyed the film. ” - alirioaguero2
22 Jump Street (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. (112 mins.)
“ 9/10

Extremely funny, interesting and self-criticizing in all the right ways, it manages to pull off a sequel as good, or even better than it's predecessor. Tatum and Hill have a great chemistry as undercover partners, this time uncovering the drug traffic in college. Despite saying out loud that sequels usually don't work and that for many of them the purpose is only to nab more money, they prove otherwise with their on time line delivery, fresh humor and even a somewhat original mystery twist, which is a rarity for mystery comedies. And despite making any sequel not needed, I still wouldn't mind getting one. ” - alirioaguero2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. (123 mins.)
“ 8/10

Although I loved Catching Fire bit more, I must admit that was also impressed with the third installment. This time it changes it's format almost completely and instead of games and survival courses, we get full-on war movie with tactical emphasis on media manipulation, psychological issues of participants and moral questions which and war or revolution raises. Although it's a blockbuster, it still makes that interesting moral debates which often come with art films; what would you do in their situation? Does the goal justify the means? Why or why not? It is unfortunately a mirror reflection of some modern society issues we see often in real life. ” - alirioaguero2
Filth (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A corrupt, junkie cop with bipolar disorder attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own borderline-fueled inner demons. (97 mins.)
Director: Jon S. Baird
“ 8/10

This is a black comedy at it's finest, even if it does go bit over-the-top at times. The protagonist is a type of person I really, really despise, he is a corrupt and immoral police officer. He abuses his power and mostly cares about his needs, disregarding human rights, the protocol or people closest to him. And despite of that, I really enjoyed in seeing his story. James McAvoy was fantastic in the leading role, providing us the psyche of a really damaged person who is supposed to protect the innocent. His dilemmas get real, and some of the moments are really emotionally strong. Humor is great, albeit, as said before, really dark and gritty, and makes you wonder on where this world is going with people like the protagonist and several others in power. ” - alirioaguero2
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ 8/10

Many might say that nothing happens in here. I disagree. We get a deep perspective into a short amount of time in the life of a seamingly completely random person. And we get to see his choices, his style, his personality. Llewyn Davis lives in the 60s and he is basically a broke wannabe singer-songwriter. He lives his life staying at his friends or family houses over one night and playing at small pubs. The funny thing is, as much as you can feel sorry for him, it is clear that he is also a proud and lazy person, which is a wrong combination. I didn't think he deserved some stuff, but he didn't prevent them either. Oscar Isaac is simply amazing as Llewyn and other actors are great too. Great thing about this is also showing viewers other, more regular side of the 60s, far from glamorous parties or the mob. And it still looks very authentic. ” - alirioaguero2
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. (130 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ 8/10

CGI gets better by the month these days. You do not see CGI apes, you see Apes, as developed as humans, with their feelings, doubts and fears. Cesar is still a great character, with spotlight slightly being moved to one of the most interesting antagonists of the year, Koba. That ape is chilling and amazing to watch. Human protagonists were also good. The only thing I didn't like were human 'douche' characters, mostly Gary Oldman's character, who was presented as rational most of the film, only to do the stupidest irrational thing at the end, just so it could serve the tensity of the plot. I must admit that I liked the first movie a bit better, but I did like this one as well. It sends it's message clearly and in the interesting manner. ” - alirioaguero2
Beauty and the Beast (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted. (112 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
“ 8/10

Very lovely film that stays more or less true to the story of The Beauty and the Beast. What strikes the most about this film is it's immense beauty. Not only that Lea Seydoux is gorgeous, but also every frame, every color, every design in this film glows with magical, fairy-tale beauty. It pulls you in it's imagination and you find yourself enjoying it's story and character development through it's visuals. ” - alirioaguero2
The Maze Runner (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. (113 mins.)
Director: Wes Ball
“ 8/10

The lack of narrative approach is what makes this YA serial so different from the rest. Since the film began, I was very interested in the plot and the protagonist. It puts him in an unknown dangerous situation, and he is just as clueless as we are. With the lack of prologue and pinpointing the context, it makes us wonder the same questions as the characters would. Little by little, it also bring an adrenaline rush. The ending though (I will not say what it is) does answer vaguely some of the questions, and makes me wonder what happens next. But at the same time, the situation which it presents could easily be a failure in the sequel. But the first film, at least up to 15 minutes before the ending, is a joy and really interesting and original film. ” - alirioaguero2
The Guest (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence. (100 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
“ 8/10

The film is very intense and thrilling, which can be first and foremost attributed to Dan Stevens and David. For a long time I haven't seen to cool, attractive and mysterious male lead in a thriller/horror genre. He just gets the attention and you want to know more about him. The film skilfully balances realistic thriller elements with more gory, cheesy and over-the-top slasher elements. While still having some cliches in the process, overall it very much stands out from the average genre films and provides a very satisfactory experience. ” - alirioaguero2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home. (101 mins.)
“ 8/10

TMNT film from the king of action and explosion Michael Bay and people expect something different? Actually, for a Bay film, it had a lot of dialogue and humor, while not really tons of explosions. I actually got to connect with Turtles, who are more or less faithful to their comic-book counterparts. Shredder was quite cool villain too, although I would love to find out more on him in the sequels. Sue me, but Megan Fox was also good for April O'Neill. While it doesn't have much twists, hidden deeper meaning or intellectual structure, TMNT was an amazing fun and hence, managed to do exactly what it was supposed to do. ” - alirioaguero2
The Immigrant (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island. (120 mins.)
Director: James Gray
“ 8/10

Great drama which is undoubtedly led by fantastic performances of Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, as 1920s prostitute and pimp in completely different characterization then you've ever seen them before. Believe me, the film goes differently then I expected and characters are more complex and more grey area then I expected. The story doesn't fall in many cliches and there are many really powerful dramatic moments. Both leads could have easilly been nominated for Oscar. ” - alirioaguero2
Date and Switch (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two guys who make a pact to lose their virginity before prom find their friendship tested when one of them comes out of the closet. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Nelson
“ 8/10

Surprisingly charming and humorous, this small film manages to pull off some things that many other films didn't. The film is about two best friends who agree to lose virginity until the prom. (Sound familiar?) Then one of them confesses he's gay. And there you think you get another cliche of either slappy love story or a homophobic best friend, but this film really does try to avoid those things. It might be lower-budget, but it is well acted, well written and most importnantly, it has a heart, and makes you see how much it takes to make a true friendship last. ” - alirioaguero2
The Zero Theorem (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves. (107 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ 8/10

Weird movie, that is certain. Director Terry Gilliam (member of Monty Pythons) is known for his wit, sarcasm and intelligence in approaching societal problems. It is not a light film, and it can get tad depressing, but it also has humor, both light and dark one. It takes time to grasp what this film is even about, but once I realized it, it made sense, although a bitter one. However, the film is not completely hopeless, even if it tackles the question of meaning of life and human existence, and weather it is all for nothing in the end. ” - alirioaguero2
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. (114 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ 8/10

Very heart-warming and charming film, with likeable Ben Stiller in a leading role. Although very different from the first version, it mantains the message and that is what counts. This film tells us that living our dreams is possible if we do something about it. Stiller and Kristin Wiig are great comics and drama actors at one, and have great chemistry together. Some landscapes are glorious and it's almost worthy to watch just for that. Besides being funny, this film has heart and some really smart undertones. ” - alirioaguero2
American Hustle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (138 mins.)
“ 8/10

Great film, great direction and interesting story, but basically really carried out by small group of amazing actors. The amazing thing is that it has that rare quality that all 5 main characters (Bale, Adams, Cooper, Lawrence, Renner) could pass as the leading character in it's own spin-off and still be interesting enough to be the focal point. This kind of multi-pointed view sometimes makes all characters flat, but in this case, we just have amazing ensemble cast, and you don't know which is better. They all really deserved their nominations. I also liked the story, which develops fast, yet remains interesting due to acting chemistry and clever and funny dialogue. ” - alirioaguero2
RoboCop (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. (117 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ 8/10

We live in the world of 'big brother', with cameras and control everywhere, supposedly for our security. And it gets freakier by the year in some ways. And then we have RoboCop, who recognizes that and makes a great layered film out of the premise. I was really surprised how many times this film just hits the spot. It is fairly similar to the original, but yet very different. The filmmakers managed to do the hardest thing; to take the same story and modernize it without weakening it. To be precise, there is the same main arc around Alex Murphy becoming RoboCop, but with somewhat different approach to the subject. The dark humor and sarcasm is present troughout the film, yet it is a different kind of dark humor then the original has. It is entertaining, with great cast of characters, also raising some interesting questions about the world we live in and modern society. ” - alirioaguero2
Let's Be Cops (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party and become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. (104 mins.)
Director: Luke Greenfield
“ 8/10

For some reason the protagonists reminded me so much on Shawn and Gus from one of my favorite shows Psych. I guess that is why I found them likable and easy to root for. The situation, in which two of them play fake cops, escalates little by little, with each moment putting them in more awkward situations. In some details it didn't have to go as far, but thankfully, the main punchline was delivered in a good way. James D'Arcy, who plays the villain, is totally unrecognizable, which is a great compliment. Easily one of the most fun and unpretentious comedies of this year. ” - alirioaguero2
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness. (144 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ 8/10

Hmmm.... as a big LOTR fan I'm not sure I got everything I wanted to see. As a general movie goer, I would probably say the movie is good and that's it. As a fan, I have fairly mixed review that obviously still goes more on the good side. What works is it's visual aspect, especially in production design and photography; it is stunning! Many characters which I love are here and I loved their dynamics for the most part. In this film, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans and Lee Pace stand out in an ensemble cast. Unfortunately, there are many critics to it too; uneven dialogue at times, scenes that are meant to be serious, but are funny, and the other way around too. Sometimes I get lost in weather I should be sad or amused. Action is also too over-the-top, especially Legolas scenes. There is also one charcater (Alfrid), who should have had way less screen time. The ending was lovely though, tying it all to LOTR continuity. ” - alirioaguero2
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (150 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ 8/10

Ridley Scott's epic film proves that it is almost impossible to make a biblical film without people complaining for every difference made. Simply, biblical era moral are hardly relatable these days. However, props to the film for questioning some of them in the dialogue. Film still manages to be monumental and both Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton are very powerful in their respective roles of Moses and Ramses. Supporting cast is also brilliant, although some of them look tanned rather than having darker skin. Some side stories lose in the course of the main event and leave you with questions. Visual effects, along with production design, photography and costumes are top notch. Great cinematic experience nonetheless. ” - alirioaguero2
Lucy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. (89 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ 8/10

Lucy builds itself as a Sci-fi / comedy / parody / action film and moreover, it is a real Besson film. It has an interesting futuristic female action hero, chase scenes and a lot of colors. Considering Lucy was based on a comic-book, the film does seam true to the core of the source material, being stylishly fast and a bit like a scrapbook of images. The premise itself (using all your inner capacity) is interesting and Scarlett Johansson is likable and makes Lucy easy to root for. It is consistently over-the-top and a blast. ” - alirioaguero2
Tusk (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him. (102 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
“ 7/10

One thing is certain: once you've seen Tusk, you will never look at the walruses the same ever again. This is one of those special kind of gross movies that won't please really sensitive audience. The impact is strong and unique, but revolting as well. It is not a slasher, but it rather brings the unpleasantness from it's atmosphere and the inevitability of torture. Kevin Smith proves again that he is a master of the dialogue and characters have interesting conversations. The thing that left me skeptical is weather parts of it were supposed to be funny or leave me grossed-out? While the combination worked in Red State, here it comes as a mismatch at some parts. The role of the inspector should not have been written like that as well, as he is a mismatch to the rest of the film. But I would lie if I said I don't think it is a good film. ” - alirioaguero2
Vampire Academy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ 7/10

Was there a Tv show on this I should know about? Is this movie special of that show? If not, I feel confused being put in the middle of high school plots that have many characters of approximately same age and some features who constantly debate on who cheated on who with whom. Ok, it's not *that* hard to follow, but I simply didn't really care for some of them. On the upper side, the dialogue was quite witty at times and it did have some charm in it. The influence of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets was apparent, but I liked it. However, for it's low box office, I doubt we are going to see a sequel and as a standalone film it is just ok. On second viewing, I still think it can be fun and witty. ” - alirioaguero2
Maleficent (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. (97 mins.)
“ 7/10

I have to admit that this film just hit the right spot at the right moment in my life. The punchline of this film, no matter if the most original, is still very important and very good. Angelina is fantastic as Maleficent and also stellar and Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning. The tone of it is dark, mystical and seemingly more dark than your average fairytale, but in fact it still remains very much for the younger audience as well. It might not have pulled it all the way to the dark said as it perhaps should. Some parts of it seam underdeveloped and certain characters are bit too dimwit to fit the overall tone. Still, it is a good film, with intense character development, and most importantly, it has a heart. ” - alirioaguero2
The Expendables 3 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates. (126 mins.)
Director: Patrick Hughes
“ 7/10

This one was a total blast! If your main goal is to see character development and to have realistic action, please avoid this film or stop complaining! This is maybe the best sequel so far, with almost every action star being in it. The action is over-the-top, the acting as well and the deaths, although not as explicit as in the first one, were really cool. It has more explosions than a Michael Bay film, and in this case, it is good. The best part, however, is that they know how cheesy it is, and they deliver awesome one-liners as a tribute to their earlier films. It actually seams like a big budget action film from the 80s. ” - alirioaguero2
Space Station 76 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide. (93 mins.)
Director: Jack Plotnick
“ 7/10

For one, this film has a lot of humor, good will and stellar acting. It is placed on a spaceship and follows the life of a crew, much alike Star Trek. They catch is that it has been written like it's the 70s film, so every space innovation we see and the costumes have been made like authors from the 70s imagined them to be or along that way. Dialogue is very funny and witty. The downfall might be that overall, while we connect with the characters and the created world, not much really happens. At the end I thought this would be even a better pilot for Tv series than a standalone film. ” - alirioaguero2
Stage Fright (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A snobby musical theater camp is terrorized by a blood-thirsty killer who hates musical theater. (89 mins.)
Director: Jerome Sable
“ 7/10

Not every horror-comedy manages to do both with equal success. Stage Fright does both of it. With a lot of humor, puns and catchy tunes, it balances it with gory deaths, some genuine frights and intense story arc. It serves as a parody of the sort as well, with Minnie Driver (Phantom of the Opera) as the killed opera diva and phantomesque killer. It does not get overtly predictable on the identity of the killer, nor on who survives (more than two people). But most of all, songs are so catchy, especially the opening credits song. Absolutely it's a horror film for those who want to get excited without getting depressed. ” - alirioaguero2
Need for Speed (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. (132 mins.)
Director: Scott Waugh
“ 7/10

Films based on video games reportedly usually suck, but I found myself quite enjoying this one. Sure, it's not rocket science, but it was consistent in how far does it want to go and delivered a lot of adrenaline and thrill. Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots were cool protagonists and their journey was quite awesome. The main story was intense enough, but didn't derail into an abyss of depression and wannabe deep meaning of a car chase. Not something I would mind seeing on a big screen. ” - alirioaguero2
Neighbors (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After they are forced to live next to a fraternity house, a couple with a newborn baby do whatever they can to take them down. (97 mins.)
“ 7/10

Seth Rogen is always hilarious, and so were his co-stars Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. The film has a lot of funny moments and creates an interesting dynamics between a young couple with a baby and a fraternity next door, and the good thing is that you can see the situation from both perspectives. The film is also good hearted and relaxing. It was hilarious to see all of the great actors saying such stupid things. A moment or two regarding some drugs was just as unnecessary as in 90% of other modern comedies (see Let's Be Cops below), but it doesn't take away from the fun as much. ” - alirioaguero2
Endless Love (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. (104 mins.)
Director: Shana Feste
“ 7/10

At first, I expected it was going to be a boring movie. And while it has some romantic cliches, including overtly attached daddy, it still managed to live on it's strong performances and good acting chemistry. Alex Pettyfer is always fantastic and Gabriella was quite lovely too. Bruce Greenwood, while one of the more annoying characters of the year, pulled it off convincingly. Joely Richardson also gave a strong, loving character. And while only one teen relationship was at stake, it did pulled me into caring about them, and I found myself engaged i story arc. ” - alirioaguero2
The November Man (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ 7/10

The good thing about it is the story, which is complicated enough that viewers can be gripped about what comes next and what is behind it. There are twists, and while some are half-way expected, the others are not. Dialogue has it's moments, although at times it contradicts itself (example; ''Nobody can hide forever''... three sentences after: ''Go and hide where nobody can find you''.) Acting is good for the most part, although some supporting roles should have gone to Serbian or at least ex-Yugoslavian actors, or at least be written for someone who can do the accent. But due to it's interesting story arc, few main actors and intensity in action, it is still a good film. ” - alirioaguero2
WolfCop (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan. (79 mins.)
Director: Lowell Dean
“ 7/10

B-trash genre at showing it's successful side. It goes over-the-top with violence, blood and the story as well. When a lazy, useless village deputy cop gets bitten, he becomes a werewolf and has to fight evil mutant lizard people, who want to dominate the village. The film uses 70s and 80s horror make-up, prosthetic and tone, while adding modern jokes, hilarious bloodshed, all while mocking some conspiracy theories. I admit, I had a great time and I hope that sequel for 2015 is coming as promised. ” - alirioaguero2
Zombeavers (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A fun weekend turns into madness and horror for a bunch of groupies looking for fun in a beaver infested swamp. (77 mins.)
Director: Jordan Rubin
“ 7/10

What do you expect from a film called 'Zombeavers'? I expected fun, over-the-top plot, nudity, gore and a lot of 'beaver' jokes. And more or less, I got exactly that. The violence itself could have been more fun and less off-screen, but we got a lot of jokes, unbelievably absurd situations and bunch of young adults with love issues fighting zombie beavers who got their powers from toxic waist. Need I go on? As the film continues, it gets more absurd, bit unpredictable at times and definitely sarcastic. If you enjoy horror-parodies and over-the-top cheesefest, this film is for you. ” - alirioaguero2
All Relative (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Things couldn't be going better for Harry and Grace, a young New York City couple in love, until Grace's mother turns Harry's world upside down. (85 mins.)
Director: J.C. Khoury
“ 7/10

Very awkward dramedy, but somehow successful due to strong acting performances from four leading actors, Connie Nielsen, Jonathan Sadowski, Sara Paxton and David Aaron Baker. All four play relatable, but faulty characters, each has their reasons for doing something, even when it's wrong. It is not as unpredictable as it is filmed to make an impression it is. It balances funny and serious moments very well. ” - alirioaguero2
Divergent (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. (139 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
“ 7/10

The genre of YA novels on film really took it's course. But is it really a bad thing? Most of the aforementioned films are decent or good. Divergent goes among them too. Although we again have a dystopian oppressive society with it's own weird specifics, and a teen/young adult who is *the one* to fight them, some things really got me thinking this might be really good story arc. Tris and Four and great heroes, their journey is believable and goes step by step and their chemistry is great. I have some issues with fairly bland main villain and one unnecessary typical death, but I will definitely follow the serial to see where it goes. ” - alirioaguero2
Transcendence (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. (119 mins.)
Director: Wally Pfister
“ 7/10

I would have to see this film again one day to fully realize all the subtle signals within, but I do have to admit it's not your everyday film. Pfister is obviously heavily influenced with Nolan and his symbolism and alternate reality approach. The film tackles a lot of interesting questions about man's addiction to technology and what are the advantages and disadvantages in it. Ultimately, I do appreciate that it doesn't put itself completely on one side and lets viewer to create their own opinion on the subject. Sometimes it distracts from the main arc, but overall it is very solid and one of those films you really need to think about before rating it. ” - alirioaguero2
Love of My Loves (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Days before her wedding, a woman believes she's falling in love with a stranger who is also headed for the altar, and their lives change dramatically (95 mins.)
Director: Manolo Caro
“ 7/10

Although it suffers from some romantic cliches, it pulls off believable relationships through solid dialogue and good acting. Was it supposed to be a romantic comedy or a romantic drama? Sometimes it loses it's primary genre focus, but it still manages to give us something in both areas. The good thing is that all five protagonists are presented as normal people with it's good and bad sides and there isn't always only one right answer. Throughout the film I changed my opinion on the most desirable outcome more than once, and the flow is what keeps it kind of interesting. ” - alirioaguero2
Belle (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (100 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
“ 7/10

Classic British period drama, with difference that it tackles the theme of racism in the 19'th century. But whit Brits, everything is more subtle than with Americans. In this particular case, though, that also meant that the message was more mild and not as powerful as in some American films of the same thematic. But in the same time, acting is usually great for British period dramas, with special nod to Tom Wilkinson, whose character gets through most doubts and development. It was interesting to see that part of history, although it could have that 'it' factor more. ” - alirioaguero2
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship. (93 mins.)
Director: Craig Johnson
“ 7/10

It was great to see so many talented comedians in an overall serious film. While it does provide some humor, basically it is about important things in life, like family, plans for the future, depression and finding one self. Protagonists are twins who grew-up apart and became very different people, and yet we see a lot of similarities between them and traces of the same upbringing. Actors made me believe their sibling relationship as well as issues they have. It does say some important messages through subtle plot points and characterization. ” - alirioaguero2
The Hungover Games (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
After celebrating Doug's upcoming wedding in a cut rate hotel in Laughlin, NV, hungover guys Bradley... (85 mins.)
Director: Josh Stolberg
“ 7/10

Maybe 'Starving Games' really sat a low record last year, or maybe this is really quite funny. Of course this is a satire of Hunger Games, Hangover and some other things, but I liked this one. Three main actors are really good in mimicking 'Bradley', 'Ed' and 'Zach', so this might pass as another, more awkward, Hangover film. Unlike in Starving Games, puns come from a certain direction and you know who is in the games and what it is about. Kind of. But still enough to crack from laughter. So, however silly it is, it did it's purpose, so I rated it higher than most such films. ” - alirioaguero2
Open Grave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer. (102 mins.)
“ 7/10

It is suspensful and enjoyable at most parts. It wasn't predictable in revealing of it's true premiss and after the reveal all parts did match. Acting was quite good too, and I loved to see Sharlto Copley as the lead. At the end, some things get bit typical for the genre and the end does leave some questions opened, which I'm not sure if should be. However, besides that, it has a great and scary atmosphere, so it did it's main purpose. ” - alirioaguero2
Lust for Love (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Astor's happy tenacity spoils his one chance at love with his lifelong crush Mila. Convinced he needs more experience with women to win her back... (85 mins.)
Director: Anton King
“ 7/10

Nice romantic film for relaxation. Actors are very charming and have great chemistry. Although the premise is really typical and the film is at parts very predictable, it does give something new, and that is seeing things from various perspectives. That means that every character in the film has flaws and virtues and you can sympathize with all of them to a point. And it does provide with some laughter. ” - alirioaguero2
Cold Comes the Night (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A struggling motel owner and her daughter are taken hostage by a nearly blind career criminal to be his eyes as he attempts to retrieve his cash package from a crooked cop. (90 mins.)
Director: Tze Chun
“ 7/10

Interesting, but seen premise of the game of cat and mouse between gangsters, corrupt cops and someone dragged into it. The tone of the film is cool, dark and edgy. I liked the character development, even if predictable to a certain degree. Acting is good, camera is good and story is quite good too. It is not the thriller of the year, but it is interesting enough and entertaining enough to leave you watching throughout and have a good time while doing it. ” - alirioaguero2
Dracula Untold (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom. (92 mins.)
Director: Gary Shore
“ 7/10

The best thing about it is that it's really amazing in visual departments. Special effects, make-up and production design are really top notch. The story itself is not sure weather it wants to explore the real life of Count Dracula or to retell the prequel of Brahm Stoker's version, with ending that leans on the latter option. Maybe the biggest fault is that it is way too predictable to see what happens with our antihero (duh!), and that his villain was just evil and mediocre. The good thing, however, is that it might be setting it's own world of classical literature monsters in the same context, with more films to arrive to expand it. ” - alirioaguero2
Believe Me (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Desperate, broke, and out of ideas, four college seniors start a fake charity to embezzle money for tuition. (93 mins.)
Director: Will Bakke
“ 7/10

More drama than comedy, Believe me is the story of four students who decide to sell fraudulent charity to earn for tuition. They get caught in the midst of their own expectations, people who got involved in donations and all of the people who come for actual charity. Then what happens is moral dilemmas, different points of view and it's building up to the point when they have to decide between helping others and helping themselves. Unlike some Christian films (Their charity is Christian-based, and so are their donors), it maybe doesn't stuff the message down our throats in such an obvious manner, so it is interesting to see, no matter what are your religious stands. ” - alirioaguero2
That Awkward Moment (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Three best friends find themselves where we've all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So...where is this going?" (94 mins.)
Director: Tom Gormican
“ 7/10

That awkward moment when you like the film's three protagonists and the main love interest and it still fails in some other areas, so you cannot fully embrace it... yeah, it's that. Dynamics of the three friends is quite good and I didn't mind rude humor, nor the more romantic approach to love stories. I absolutely love Imogen Poots' character as well and her romance with Zac Efron. It lost me later when he did something really douche-like to her with no good reason and she still forgave him. Even more, I detested Jessica Lucas' character (whom, as an actress, I usually love) and the way that modern romantic films let female characters act gross without any serious consequences nor moral judgement from others. ” - alirioaguero2
Noah (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world. (138 mins.)
“ 6/10

Regarding great visuals and strong acting, Noah would be among the best films of this year. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson give amazing performance that would even be good enough for the highest awards. Story is very tense, raises very good questions and flood has been handled masterfully. However, I have some serious issues with it too. First of all, I'm bit puzzled on who was the main targeted audience. Christians or those who are not? Cause the plot really differs from the one in the Bible, yet holding on to the most cruel Old Testament moral codes at times. The character of Noah, while throughout believable and realistic, seams way too unlikable from today's perspective and thus, all the moral dilemma happens *in the film*, but not among the spectators, which is a shame for such powerful dramatic scenes. And it totally grossed me out how much incest is implied. Just because they never explicitly say it, doesn't mean that anyone with a brain won't notice it. ” - alirioaguero2
The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs. (103 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
“ 6/10

It does expand the world established in the first one, although it goes unfocused and cliched at many times. One of the protagonists (played by Frank Grillo) is the most interesting character, with a moral dilemma and strong story. Other four people, while somewhat relatable, could as well be shortened to one or two of them, giving stronger and more focused relationship with Grillo's character. There are some interesting 'chapters' much like in a video game, with fairly interesting antagonists, although some of them seam underused. The tone is cool, though, and there are some real scares. ” - alirioaguero2
Hercules (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ 6/10

Compared to the other Hercules, well... ''movie'', this one is quite good. Dwayne Johnson is convincingly menacing as Hercules, action is good and design is way better than the one in the other movie. I also liked how they kept you uncertain on how much about Hercules in a legend and how much is true. However, somehow it is also typical action warrior film. It lacks it's own original approach to direction, visuals or characters. While everyone is likable enough, we have somewhat typical positions (strong woman, comic sidekick, ''a-hole'' who ultimately does the right thing...) and somewhat typical outcome. But unlike the other Hercules movie, it is very watchable. ” - alirioaguero2
Jinn (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Shawn, an automotive designer, enjoys an idyllic life with his new wife Jasmine until it is interrupted by a cryptic message... (97 mins.)
“ 6/10

This is actually a 2011 film, but the post-production lasted a long time and it became available just now. The wait paid off, since the effects and camera don't seam as low budget as they could have been. Although it is a fairly typical story of supernatural horror, I still thought it was good and it kept me entertained and content. Action was really cool and as I said, the visuals were worth a wait. ” - alirioaguero2
Knights of Badassdom (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences. (86 mins.)
Director: Joe Lynch
“ 6/10

I liked the premise and it's wit and I am a fan of Summer Glau. That was enough to basically like the film, although overall it could have been much better. Firstly, it's too short, sometimes too predictable and goes by the same genre rules and any more light slasher film. Despite it's occasional typical flow, it is a movie I will like to see again eventually. ” - alirioaguero2
The Other Woman (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
“ 6/10

Cameron Diaz is a knockout, but Leslie Mann is the one to watch. Her performance is the best one, with her character being slightly annoying, but adorable and funny. Between the two and the cheating husband there are best and most elaborated scenes in the film. Kate Upton's character seams very underwritten and underused, as well as Mann's brother and Diaz's new love interest, who seam to be here to fit in aforementioned roles in the plot rather than giving him actual character. Stuff that happen to the cheating husband are sometimes bit too much, although the most lasting one is actually the best and the most needed. There are some very hilarious scenes, but put in between many scenes not funny enough. It is actually a sis-mance (is that even a word?) film, rather than romantic. ” - alirioaguero2
Jingle All the Way 2 (2014 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Larry's daughter wants only one thing for Christmas - a talking bear. His daughter's step-dad intends to make sure that Larry can't get one. (93 mins.)
Director: Alex Zamm
“ 6/10

Actually, it is just as good (or just as mediocre) as the first one. While it does have family feeling and serves a good children flick, it is quite typical and forgettable. The little girl was awesome, though, and way more adorable than the boy in the first one. Unfortunately, the film lacks cheesy memorable quotes from Arnold, but thankfully, also lacks annoying character of Simbad. While it's nothing special, I would not say it's among the worst films I have ever seen. ” - alirioaguero2
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. (105 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ 5/10

I almost forgot that I saw it. It is not a bad film at all. On contrary, it has solid story, solid acting and solid action when needed. Only thing is that while overall solid, nothing stands out; not one character, not one sequence, not one line in dialogue. Although less faulty that, for example, The November Man, it manages to fully go into oblivion few months afterwards. I cannot deny that while seeing it, you leave satisfied, but still it takes more to keep any interest afterwards. ” - alirioaguero2
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. (116 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
“ 5/10

The trailer was so funny! Unfortunately, 90% of funny things were already contained there. While some typical MacFarlane humor really got me cracking, there was nothing in it to justify it being a full length live action film. The while thing could have been better as one episode of Family Guy in which Stewie and Brian transported into the Wild West. Them actually being from our time would give them more reason to dump West traditions and death rate, while not appearing as whiny as the lead guy was here. The jokes would have been more contained and thus, more funny. What was the point of having two talented actors like Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman repeating the same joke ten time throughout the film? It was funny the first time, later it just became same old-same old. ” - alirioaguero2
Kite (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the help of his ex-partner. (90 mins.)
Director: Ralph Ziman
“ 5/10

Wow, this film is considered to be one of the worst film in modern cinema? I am seriously bedazzled. It is in no way great, or even good, but it is definitely passable. It's biggest downfalls are cliches (but in that case, ditch 90% of action mystery films) and uneven direction that is never certain weather it wants to be taken seriously or as some kind of a parody. But besides that, it has a nice tone, solid acting, and plenty of action and blood. So, if you are looking for a low-budget action flick, this one really isn't that bad. ” - alirioaguero2
The Monuments Men (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (118 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ 5/10

This film is produced well and acted well and everything about it is very well. And that's the main issue. While it scratches the surface on many levels (emotions, war problems, friendship, art, revenge...), it really stucks there on all of them. I left the theater satisfied on surface, but quite unsure what was this film supposed to make me feel like. Was the main premise to make us sad? Angry? Relaxed and funny? Who knows. It is enjoyable to see names as Clooney, Damon, Blanchett, Goodman and Dujardin in interaction, cause everyone is so good. Nice film, but could have been so much more. ” - alirioaguero2
47 Ronin (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. (128 mins.)
Director: Carl Rinsch
“ 5/10

Many say this film is bad or forgettable, I would use the term frustrating. It is obviously meant to be a powerful film, which it is to a certain degree. Visually it's good, acting is more or less good and the story itself is interesting. It's main fault is that it's very uneven in delivering it's message. Not to spoil much, but I don't think that anyone who isn't raised in traditional Orient would think certain things were fair or good to happen. The ending left me with bitter taste cause I did not know how was I supposed to feel about that. Two leads were cool, and so was the Witch, while the villain and the girl were forgettable. ” - alirioaguero2
Back in the Day (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to go back. And in this raunchy comedy, Jim Owens does... (94 mins.)
“ 5/10

Sometimes funny comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously, but still missed the mark. I can't say in what kind of comedy would I put this: romantic comedy, event comedy or a parody, but whatever it was, it made me laugh, but later on, I forgot it all. There are some spins on the usual plot that were original. Some dialogue isn't perfect, but I was glad too see the characters having same uncomfortable or clueless reactions I get too at the time. Unfortunately, while decent to a point, Michael Rosenbaum's first film is quite typical coming of age dramedy, with some funny lines, but overall just being out there and nothing else. ” - alirioaguero2
Grace of Monaco (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ 5/10

Game, set... nothing. Taking about failing to ignite. The premise itself is intriguing enough, and the actors are great in it. Unlike Diana (2013), Grace actually has all the right players in it and you see the core of her life in Monaco. What is astounding is how despite all of that, it still gets ultimately boring. While some emotional debates get you engaged for awhile, it fails to produce genuine care for the outcome and instead you are just watching someone's recreation of conversations and some events in Monaco Palace while Grace was there. ” - alirioaguero2
Annabelle (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists. (99 mins.)
“ 5/10

The good thing is that I've already seen Ouija and Devil's Due before watching Annabelle. So, however mediocre it was, it couldn't out-due the abomination as Devil's Due. However, that's what it was, mediocre. Everything good about this film has been done better in other horror films. Everything bad has been done worse in some other ones. It is somewhat bland and formulaic, although atmospheric and well-shot film. Acting in it is... well... not that good. Except Alfre Woodard, who was good in a classic 'Warning person' role. Annabelle herself looks creepy, but is way underused and it could have been a lot better. ” - alirioaguero2
Reasonable Doubt (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A District Attorney has his life turned upside down when he's involved in a hit and run and another man is arrested for his crime and charged with murder. (91 mins.)
“ 5/10

It's nicely shot, solidly acted, but it does lack that 'it' factor or the true energy to pull it off. It might be slightly too short and not deep enough. Samuel L. Jackson is a genious and his performance saves this film from being forgotten in 5 minutes. His character is very intersting and if the film decided to either explore his personality more or to make a more interesting mystery out of who done it, it would feel more satisfying. This way it's been stranded half way through a mystery solved too early and a character study that stays on basics. ” - alirioaguero2
Ride Along (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta. (99 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
“ 4/10

It's just your average buddy-cop comedy, without 'it' factor of Rush Hour or The Heat. Some laughs are there, granted, but overall, it's very predictable and generic on almost every level. The concept itself is very worn out, a man having to prove himself to male relative of his girlfriend. However, props to pointing out several times that she has a mind of her own. Villain is also waisted by crediting Laurence Fishburne at the opening credits. Why, when there is an apparent mystery and he appears in last 15 minutes? Another villain 'twist' was also obvious from a mile and didn't have any impact. Not a bad fun for afternoon, but I bet I'll forget most of it all soon. ” - alirioaguero2
A Haunted House 2 (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. (86 mins.)
Director: Michael Tiddes
“ 4/10

While not as nearly funny as it think it is, it still provides with some humor. I have to admit I did enjoy the Abigail doll segment and some racial/double standard jokes. Despite it's high points, the movie drags on too long in some sketches, and relies too much much on your knowledge of many modern horror films. For example, for those who didn't see Insidious, Sinister and The Conjuring, it will definitely not be really funny. Most jokes are only funny as a reference, but not by themselves. Also, it brings too much drug/sex humor as well as too much bodily fluid humor. Much like the dialogue, the characters also only work as a reference, not as much as individualized people. ” - alirioaguero2
I, Frankenstein (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. (92 mins.)
Director: Stuart Beattie
“ 3/10

It is logical for people who didn't see I, Frankenstein to compare it to Van Helsing. Well, don't! Van Helsing might be cheesy, but it had much more coherent story and better build-up. I, Frankenstein is not only cheesy, illogical and generic, but it's main fault is that story takes about 10 minutes to already happen what other films build-up in at least half an hour. Either there isn't any background and development in the original comic-book or the editor is a hack in here. Story is very typical and most of the film is action. Besides that actors are very good (Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy) and all act like in their better films, there is nothing to the characters. No background whatsoever to get attached to them. However, this flick is good for one thing; look at the action, laugh and let your mind flow. ” - alirioaguero2
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
After chomping through the fish population, thousands of starved lampreys begin attacking the citizens of a sleepy lake town, and the community scrambles to stay alive. (87 mins.)
“ 3/10

Asylum always makes amazing horror films! Well, not really, but I actually knew what I was going into. Regarding all piles of poo they came-up with during all these years, this one was bearable. Effects are cheap and the level of threat varies from frame to frame. Even if we take killer lampreys as s thing, you cannot believe anything not for a second. Sometimes they fly, sometimes they jump, sometimes they seam helpless like fish on soil. Every death/survival is predictable and in regulations with Tv family policy. The kid and his silly dog annoyed me so much. Christopher Lloyd is awesome, but his character was cliche lame politician whose unreasonable hushing-up makes things worse. It has some fun in poking all the inconsistencies and seeing people killed by bad CGI lampreys, but even in that area there are better films. ” - alirioaguero2
Android Cop (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
In the year 2045, a L.A.P.D. detective and his new Android partner enter the Zone, which is a forbidden section of the city plagued with an unknown disease. Together, they discover the reason everyone is sick, and try to stop the illness. (89 mins.)
Director: Mark Atkins
“ 3/10

Michael Jai White is awesome! And why did he decided to do this low budget Asylum flick is the question of the day. While it doesn't take as much elements of RoboCop as the premise suggests (It does, but not like totally), it has a story that starts off more interesting than it finishes. It is entertaining to a certain degree, and White is great to watch in anything, but the lack of budget and silly deviations of the story in the last third make it overall a quite bad movie. ” - alirioaguero2
Ouija (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. (89 mins.)
Director: Stiles White
“ 3/10

Too shallow and generic to be taken as a serious thriller-horror, but too boring to pass for a slasher, Ouija fails in almost every area. For most of the time, I thought that counting sheep would present a better fun. To be far, one or two things were ok, like that 5 minutes spent on a detective work and the initial twist with the ghost's identity. However, few ok moments were packed in a generic story and more than hour of talking, talking, off-screen predictable deaths, then more talking... Wasn't this supposed to be like... scary? Or thrilling? No? Ouija is a big waist of a concept and very, very - boring and generic. ” - alirioaguero2
Left Behind (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction. (110 mins.)
Director: Vic Armstrong
“ 2/10

After several bad projects, now it's official: Nicholas Cage will star in *anything* that he's offered! What was this supposed to be? There are actually two films: a tedious apologetic fundamentalist fantasy and a mediocre action plane crash film. They are clashed together in a pretentious, confusing and also very boring way. For the first half an hour I thought it was just fine. Then something brain-numbing stupid happens and you can see for a mile which way this doo-doo is headed. But then it gets long and boring as the rest of the film characters try to cope with what happened although you as a viewer knew it from the get go. It is also very inconsistent in what ideology does it promote, since believers are presented as silly, yet their ludicrous fantasy comes to life and the rest of the 'sinners' are ones to root for, yet they are obviously 'wrong'. In short, this film is obnoxious, pretentious and stupid. ” - alirioaguero2
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
The origin story of the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. (99 mins.)
Director: Renny Harlin
“ 2/10

Most critics, most viewers and my gut told me this film is a piece of cr*p and boy was that right! Acting sucks, story is predictable and has nothing to do with Hercules at all, there is little fighting and nothing is interesting enough to keep me focused. Truthfully, what kept me going was joking about it, taking everything with not only a grain, but the bag of salt. There is no reason whatsoever this story is about Hercules. If you named him differently, nobody would even found a connection besides his strength and the time of the plot. The premise itself isn't that terrible, but characters are so badly characterised and flat that you cannot connect at all. But maybe the worst part of this are 'visual effects' and 'CGI'. Considering this movie apparently costed 70 million $, I guess someone in the production is now richer for the half of it at least. No wonder this stupid flick flopped and I'm glad it did. It's not worth time or money of anyone. Only excuse could be marathon of 'worst films ever made'. ” - alirioaguero2
Devil's Due (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. (89 mins.)
“ 1/10

There are horror films that are not scary at all. There are those which are boring and have no excitement whatsoever. There are those silly ones, full of plotholes. And then on rare occasions we come across goat excrement like this, which is all of that combined! While it lasts only hour and a half, it seams hours, with boring pointless scenes. It is not suspenseful, nor scary, nor it brings anything new to the genre. There is no reason whatsoever this $#!+ film had to be found footage. Cameras are sometimes positioned in scenes where nobody would film, or in the scenes where you don't even know who's holding them. Rather than suspense, it only brings the snooze. What is even worse, it's not even so bad it's good. It's just plain, tedious, BAD! Avoid this stupid thing like a curse, unless Valium isn't strong enough to make you sleep. ” - alirioaguero2