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The year is almost over and that means it’s time to look back and reflect upon the films that were released this year, and see what has stuck with us the most in 2014. Come join the Cinelinx team as we discuss our favorite films of the year!
Although 2015 has a number of eagerly awaited releases, 2014 ended up to be a pretty darn good year for movies. While the number of releases is down compared to years past, the quality of films for 2014 was outstanding. The big budget blockbusters released this year for the most part got great reviews and audiences responded to them well. There were a number of creative indie and smaller releases that both entertained and inspired us. Overall, as a movie lover you can’t complain too much about the films released in 2014.
Since a lot of good and popular movies were released, that means that »
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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” dominated the global box office for the second week in a row, taking in $105.5 million from 59 foreign markets.
The best opening this weekend was in South Korea, where “Five Armies” brought in $10.4 million, and it posted the biggest opening of the year in Spain with $6.3 million.
Also Read: Box Office Gets $90 Million Goodbye Gift from Peter Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ Finale
But the holdover performances were even better. »
- Todd Cunningham
THR has released an official list of the most viewed trailers of 2014. And you may be surprised to see which movie came in first. While a lot of your are probably guessing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it was actually Fifty Shades of Grey that took top honors. While Star Wars: The Force Awakens had the best start of the year, grabbing 58.2 million views in its first five days of release, it was Fifty Shades of Grey that won the race with its four month head start. The trailer has been viewed 93 million times on Youtube since its July 24 release. Don't feel too bad for Star Wars 7, though, as it came in second place with 81 million Youtube views since its debut over Thanksgiving weekend. In third place was Avengers: Age of Ultron with 78 million views. Here is the full top 20 list of most watched trailers followed by the trailers themselves. »
"Who does Andy Serkis play in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?" is one of the thousand questions fans have been asking about next year’s Episode VII. And the actor himself seems to be bursting with the desire to talk about which galactic denizen he'll be inhabiting. But Serkis, best known as Gollum from The Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), the giant ape from Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and the smaller but more sophisticated simian Caesar from the new Planet of the Apes films, has been tight-lipped about Star Wars so far. »
- Anthony Breznican
Villordsutch review Star Trek #39…
In Star Trek #39, “It’s the penultimate chapter of the The Q Gambit! Captains Kirk and Sisko must work together to fight back against the forces of the Dominion! Meanwhile, Spock attempts to free the Enterprise and her crew from the clutches of the nefarious Dukat! And just what is Q planning for everyone involved? The fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.”
Arriving at Part 4 of Mike Johnson’s Star Trek: The Q Gambit and with Dukat in the previous issue really upsetting the apple cart and our heroes spread across the quadrant there are certainly a lot of threads to bring to a nice neat bow in these final two issues. On top of all of this we still have to find out what Q’s plan actually is for Kirk; it’s an awful lot to accomplish and my fingers are »
With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.
A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »
In some respects, Tim Burton is the godfather of this current superhero movie craze. Burton, along with Richard Donner, succeeded in making comic book movies of substance, and the success of Burton.s Batman films (as well as Donner.s Superman) planted the seed of what potentially could be accomplished by a major studio. Christopher Nolan might have escalated the process, but Burton laid the foundation. So now that he.s critiquing the formula, it.s interesting to see how (and if) contemporary filmmakers might react. Tim Burton has shifted genres multiple times since directing Batman, dabbling in the macabre . as usual . but also attempting musicals (Sweeney Todd), sci-fi epics (Planet of the Apes) and unusual kiddie fare (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). While out promoting a new biopic, Big Eyes, Burton spoke with Yahoo UK about the Marvel movies, and the director was less than impressed, »
“If you can’t break eggs to make an omelette, break the plate.”
We love to bring down oppressive regimes — at least in our films. What does this say about our ability to recognize our own situation regarding our desire for greater freedoms? Are we tapping our desire for change with the stories we tell? Are our artists as free to explore this desire for change as we think? Do they have to take the quiet road when walking that talk? If they are somehow oppressed, how and where is the oppression manifest? What can we learn by examining the work we made, distributed, and consumed this year?
In other words, if art is partially about showing us all that we can aspire to as individuals, communities, and a planet, what are our films telling us about where we should be headed this coming year?
Our examination shouldn’t stop there though. »
- Ted Hope
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes traces the path of the apes’ evolution from the mostly mute — though intelligent — animals of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the articulate, civilized beings that have become the Earth’s dominant species shown in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Director Matt Reeves explains: “In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the apes said only a few words. With this film, we show the apes at the dawn of their society, learning to truly speak.” Co-screenwriter Mark Bomback says that one of the script’s biggest challenges was how to … Continue reading →
The post VOD Spotlight: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Now this news has brightened up my morning. Whereas Legendary Pictures may not be thrilled that Universal set back their release date for Kong: Skull Island, they can rest easy knowing the acting laurels won’t just be carried by a CGI primate. Character actor J.K. Simmons has been confirmed to star alongside Tom Hiddleston in this no doubt action-packed tale from King Kong’s formative years.
Best known in this household as Peter Parker’s tobacco-hoovering boss J.Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-man franchise, Simmons is also the talk of the town following his turn in Whiplash. He’ll need a whip where he’s going, as he will no doubt encounter a variety of dinosaurs and assorted beasties. There’s no news yet on whether Andy Serkis will reprise the title role, though with his duties on Planet Of The Apes he may well experience banana-based »
- Steve Palace
A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights from HanWay Films to John Maclean’s directorial debut “Slow West,” starring “Dawn of Planet of the Apes” star Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
“Slow West” will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
The film, set at the end of the 19th century, follows the story of a 16-year-old, played by Smit-McPhee, as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler; Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.
Fassbender and Maclean worked together previously on two short films — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist.”
“Slow West” is produced by Fassbender’s partner Conor McCaughan of Dmc Film, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. It’s the first project to be produced by Dmc Film. »
- Dave McNary
One of the most pressing questions that arose when Disney confirmed that J.J. Abrams was on board to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the future of Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek franchise. In particular, fans were understandably apprehensive as to who will helm the upcoming Star Trek 3 in Abrams’ steed, and the studio quickly turned to long-time writer Robert Orci to take up the directing mantle.
However, in a surprising turn of events, we learned recently that Orci had exited the threequel, stepping down from director to produce alongside Abrams. And it seems Paramount has wasted no time in finding a replacement, as Deadline is reporting that both the studio and Abrams have whittled down their search to five key candidates: Justin Lin, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Duncan Jones, and Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt.
It’s a promising line-up, no doubt, but there are »
- Michael Briers
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" tops the nominations for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards brought to you by the Broadcast Film Critics Association of which I'm a proud voting member! Our deadline to vote for the nomination round was last Friday and I'm happy to say that most of my favorites made it to the final ballot!
"Birdman," which received 13 nods is now competing with "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Unbroken," and "Whiplash" for the Best Picture of the Year!
The winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be revealed live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt. Coincidentally, this is the same day the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show.s host.
Birdman is clearly a favorite this awards season, at least when it comes to nominations as it once again tops a list of nominees, this time the 2015 Critics Choice Awards as it leads the field with 13 total nominations followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel, which continues to surge this awards season with 11 nominations, and Boyhood with eight. Full disclosure, I'm part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca), which nominates and votes on these awards, but I'm a little nervous my nominees this year weren't counted as I mistakenly missed the deadline by a few hours thinking it was on Saturday, not Friday. Oops, though looking at these nominations it doesn't seem as if it would have mattered. For example, I don't see Locke anywhere, Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) didn't get a supporting actress nomination, A Most Wanted Man didn't get an adapted screenplay nomination, no nomination for The Raid 2 in Best Action Movie, »
- Brad Brevet
On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 Dawn of Planet of the Apes The virus that destroyed much of civilization has left evolved apes and a small group of human survivors at the edge of a tenuous peace. But when the apes begin to fracture that peace, the new civilization is threatened. Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman (PG-13, 2:10) 12/16 Escobar: Paradise Lost For Pablo Escobar, family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson (R, 2:00) 12/16 Pre-theatrical release Goodbye to All That In this smart, sexy … Continue reading →
The post On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Meredith Ennis
Continuing its romp through the critics kudos this awards season, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman drew a whopping 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In fact it’s a big day for Fox in general as Searchlight’s March release, The Grand Budapest Hotel was remembered to the tune of 11 nominations, while big Fox scored 6 nominations with Gone Girl. All three compete for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and significant acting nods. This is a big boost in particular for Budapest, coming on the heels of its SAG nod for Outstanding Cast as well as four key Golden Globe nominations. Usually films opening as early as March are largely forgotten when it comes to Best Picture attention, but Budapest could be a rare exception in recent years if this triumph for the Wes Anderson comedy is repeated at the Oscars. The last film that opened as early as March, »
- Pete Hammond
Andrew Newton reviews The Humans #2…
From out of the smoke of their lost brothers’ funeral pyre comes a ghostly figure from the past. A long-thought-dead member returns to The Humans, bringing visions of hell and loss with him and a night of mourning quickly turns into an outta-sight homecoming party!
Issue 2 of The Humans by Image Comics continues the adventures of The Humans motorbike gang. America’s infatuation with biker culture is captured perfectly in this series so far and this is thanks to the writing skills of Keenan Marshall Keller.
The Humans is set during the very early 70’s and the biker gang culture of violence, sex, drugs and copious amounts of alcohol is one that Keenan Marshall Keller understands very well judging by how he has developed the gang.
The relationships that the characters have with each other and with those in society is spot on with how Hollywood portray them. »
- Andrew Newton
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled.
But all that aside, only one person can take the title of 2014’s Action Hero. Action Heroes are like Highlanders, »
- Dylan Griffin
By Jennica Lynn Johnson
I was about 8 years old the first time I saw the inside of a nursing home. This wasn't a senior apartment complex or an assisted living facility. It was a depressing place with fluorescently lit rooms for sleeping and a television room for visiting. And it was full of people that time forgot and especially people who forgot time.
My step-grandfather had Alzheimer's and for some reason my parents thought bringing a strange little girl to visit him would lift his spirits as if he wasn't confused enough.
I'll never forget the moment when I walked through the doors into the waiting room. An elderly woman who I had never seen before in my life bent down until she met me at eye level, smiled, and said, "I remember you when you were just a baby."
Aside from being just as confused as she was, »
Going to the cinemas in 2014 was part emotional, part uproarious, and part interstellar thrill ride – there were a lot of movies to see this past year.
The everlasting bond between a parent and a child, courageous real life heroes, superheroes – past, present and future and their gripping stories of bravery graced the silver screen as well as our year ends lists. As a collective audience, we cried with them, we laughed with them and we cheered for them.
With the 323 films eligible for Best Picture at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards, have a look back at the movie-going experiences that was 2014.
We Are Movie Geeks presents our Top 10 films of 2014.
Let us know your favorites by adding your top 10 films in our comments section below.
Honorable Mention – Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler imparts a healthy amount »
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