2014 Favorites So Far

by jwoehr | created - 07 May 2014 | updated - 27 Nov 2014 | Public
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1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 830,829 | Gross: $333.18M

2. Big Hero 6 (2014)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

74 Metascore

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller

Votes: 335,834 | Gross: $222.53M

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 370,502 | Gross: $208.55M

4. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,167,039 | Gross: $188.02M

5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

76 Metascore

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Votes: 252,082 | Gross: $177.00M

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

Votes: 582,854 | Gross: $233.92M

7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

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.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

Votes: 589,374 | Gross: $259.77M

Shows you can have great action in a super hero film without blowing up buildings. And hopefully Joss Whedon gives us similar action in Avengers 2. Since Avengers was great fun but I saw Michael Bay blow up enough buildings to be sick of it long before the Avengers.

8. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 508,138 | Gross: $100.21M

9. Non-Stop (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages demanding $150 million into an off-shore account, or someone will die every 20 minutes.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery

Votes: 223,106 | Gross: $92.17M

10. Veronica Mars (2014)

PG-13 | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

Years after walking away from her past as a young private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, just in time for her high school reunion, in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Director: Rob Thomas | Stars: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell

Votes: 44,952 | Gross: $3.32M

The movie makes a nice reunion mystery/comedy that's a nice gift to it's fans. While Kristen Belle is in her best form since Forgetting Sarah Marshall but better than she was in that as well. She needs more like this rather then any more bad romantic comedies. And no Hit & Run 2 please.

11. The Lego Movie (2014)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

83 Metascore

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Votes: 283,777 | Gross: $257.76M

Spoiler: the twist is what made the movie make sense and work. The film feels like it's a kid playing with legos and for good reason. While Will Arnet is freaken amazing as the voice of Batman.

12. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 331,044 | Gross: $200.68M

13. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann

Votes: 54,159 | Gross: $111.51M

14. Chef (2014)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 162,698 | Gross: $30.64M

15. Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

53 Metascore

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith | Stars: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon

Votes: 68,518 | Gross: $83.35M

16. 22 Jump Street (2014)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

71 Metascore

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.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

Votes: 299,852 | Gross: $191.72M

Very funny but the ending is pretty lazy and sudden. Spoiler: meaning I expected Jonah Hill to get the girl in the end but they don't even have a scene together in the end. I guess since this film tried hard to not be the same movie. And since the first had him get the girl.

17. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

PG | 81 min | Comedy, Family

54 Metascore

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Director: Miguel Arteta | Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette

Votes: 34,662 | Gross: $66.95M

18. A Good Marriage (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

43 Metascore

After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?

Director: Peter Askin | Stars: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang, Cara Buono

Votes: 7,715

Just when I was about to read the book; turned out there was a movie already! There's nothing terribly exciting about this Stephen King film but it's fun in a dark humor sort of way. And a fine performance by Stephen Lang makes the film better and more memorable towards the end. The reviews aren't too great but I recommend it if you like the Dolares Clareborne sort of King stories.

19. Big Driver (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.

Director: Mikael Salomon | Stars: Maria Bello, Ann Dowd, Will Harris, Joan Jett

Votes: 4,368