2014 Filmsby tdl797 | created - 27 Apr 2014 | updated - 11 Jan 2016 | Public
I'm going to try and rate and rank every 2014 film I see. The hardest would be ranking films with the same number - all 8's, etc. - especially without re-watching all of them.
There are a lot of films categorized as being 2013 that were only shown at festivals, but weren't shown theatrically or released on DVD until 2014. I am going to put these in 2014 according to theatrical date.
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1. Under the Skin (I) (2013)
R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.
Votes: 115,386 | Gross: $2.61M
9/10 - Redbox freebie. Unfortunately, I had to watch this by bits. It is an arthouse film. Lots of quiet, long scenes. The director is a well known music video director and is responsible for some of my favorites: Rabbit in Your Headlights and Karma Police. You can actually see bits of those in the film - vehicles/walking and fire.
This came out theatrically and on DVD in 2014.
2. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,329,211 | Gross: $188.02M
9/10 - Saw it in the theater. Craft alone probably pushes it above my normal 8 rating, though I'm not sure I got everything it was pushing across. Some theater distraction during the beginning may have ruined some things.
R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama
A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
Votes: 528,661 | Gross: $42.34M
9/10 - Redbox freebie. The craft pushes it above the average film. I'm just not quite sure how I feel about it or interpret everything yet. Maybe more 8.5?
4. Boyhood (I) (2014)
R | 165 min | Drama
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.
Votes: 318,696 | Gross: $25.38M
9/10 - Redbox freebie. Cool idea. Well executed. This alone pushes it above an average/good film. On the other hand, it's probably not a film I will want to watch over and over. Yet, it could definitely be one where you understand the perspective of different characters as you age.
5. The Lego Movie (2014)
PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 307,969 | Gross: $257.76M
9/10 - Redbox freebie. Can't really think of anything wrong with it. Great ideas. I don't know that I would want to watch it as a personal favorite though. It isn't a movie I really want or need to see again. Even though I rated other films lower, I will probably want to re-watch those before needing to see The Lego Movie again.
6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.
Votes: 554,967 | Gross: $100.21M
8.5/10(?) - 8.5/10(?) - Carmike 10 Longview, Tx. $5.75 matinee. Very enjoyable. Nothing to complain about except maybe the ending (if I completely understand it) and some of the shaky cam used. I can't quite push to 9 because of some things like borrowing large elements from lots of movies, though they made it fun.
7. Gone Girl (2014)
R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 775,996 | Gross: $167.77M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. It is an 8 at least. I was thinking 9, but after reading the IMDB boards and some thought, there is quite a bit of absurdity. On the other hand, it goes some places a lot of other movies don't. Does that give it a higher rating because of that? Maybe more 8.5?
8. Tusk (2014)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A brash and arrogant podcaster gets more than he bargained for when he travels to Canada to interview a mysterious recluse... who has a rather disturbing fondness for walruses.
Votes: 41,652 | Gross: $1.82M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. B-movie that is sorta like a full length movie version of the TV show, Monsters, with the ability to push a little further due to being a Rated R movie. Also kinda like Vincent Price movies where he makes or is some kind of hideous beast? Even though I rate it an 8, I probably enjoyed it more and would watch it again before some of the ones I rated higher.
9. Enemy (2013)
R | 91 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.
Votes: 147,184 | Gross: $1.01M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Saw the trailer before the Under the Skin DVD and it looked interesting. It does have great atmosphere. It might be trying or relying too much on symbolism. I kinda want to watch it again, but since it is a rental I must return it. Melanie L is gorgeous. It does have a scene unlike any other I have seen. Sssspiderssss.
Released theatrically and on DVD in 2014.
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 644,023 | Gross: $59.10M
8/10? - I don't know. I didn't seem to enjoy this. Crafted well like usual by Anderson, but I didn't really care. I feel this with everything post Life Aquatic (or do I enjoy Darjeeling?). Seemed odd for there to be so many F-bombs in a film set in the 30's. Also tired of Anderson killing little animals in his movies. Maybe I will like it more on a 2nd viewing. I'm probably rating it this high exclusively for the craft involved. After 2nd viewing: It's definitely at least an 8, so I have changed it to an 8 from 7.
11. Locke (2013)
R | 85 min | Drama
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.
Votes: 122,780 | Gross: $1.36M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. 1 man in a car for the whole movie. I was interrupted many times while watching this, so that sucked. Too much language for my tastes. Thought it was well done/well made.
Also saw this trailer on the Under the Skin and Enemy DVDs. All 3 put out by the same studio. Same deal, theatrically and on DVD in 2014.
12. Inherent Vice (2014)
R | 148 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.
Votes: 85,098 | Gross: $8.11M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Finally! 1st PTA not seen in theater since Magnolia. May be one that gets better on subsequent viewings. Whether or not it's a movie that I would want to watch again & again is hard to say.
13. Premature (2014)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy
A high school senior has to re-live losing his virginity over and over again until he gets it right, with the right girl.
8/10 - Surprisingly good, raunchy teen comedy. Groundhog Day meets American Pie is a good description for it. Wouldn't be surprised if it gained a cult following. There is really nothing 'arthouse' about it to make it a really great movie though.
14. Predestination (I) (2014)
R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.
Votes: 229,367 | Gross: $0.07M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Well made film, just not sure I get everything it is going for. Will need to do some follow up research. Depending how it clarifies, I could like it more.
15. Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy
20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
Votes: 120,466 | Gross: $86.21M
8/10(?) - This one is hard to judge. I went to see it opening weekend. I loved the first D&D so much as a teenager. The theater experience wasn't great - I had 2 young women show up 15 minutes after start time and talk a lot through the movie. There was also a lot of sound bleed from the next door theater. It was so loud, it seemed to be part of the movie. I will have to see it again. I also forgot to write down any thoughts soon after I watched it, so I have already probably forgotten how I felt.
16. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of intergalactic criminals must pull together to stop a fanatical warrior with plans to purge the universe.
Votes: 970,560 | Gross: $333.18M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Pretty enjoyable, but probably won't become a favorite of mine. Who knows? Better than most current superhero/comic films, but like with the others, action scenes seemed edited too fast for you to really understand what is going on. CGI was pretty good for the most part.
17. John Wick (2014)
R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.
Votes: 475,348 | Gross: $43.04M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Well executed action film. Not much else to say about it.
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 680,769 | Gross: $259.77M
8/10 - Another enjoyable action film. Unfortunately appeared to be in Full Screen.
19. Nightcrawler (2014)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 413,862 | Gross: $32.38M
8/10 - Redbox freebie. Tense atmosphere, especially the call in to 911 for the murder suspects. I just didn't love the movie. I don't know that it's something I want to watch again.
20. 22 Jump Street (2014)
R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 324,078 | Gross: $191.72M
8/10 - Didn't expect much, but ended up enjoying it. Not perfect by any means, but I did laugh a lot. Been too long since I saw 21. I think I thought it was just ok.
21. Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
Votes: 59,778 | Gross: $10.51M
8/10 - I thought this was an enjoyable Woody Allen film. Then again, I think I also liked Scoop, so something must be wrong with me. Ha. The ending scene is a nice touch/callback. It was shot beautifully and well acted. The 30's suit Emma Stone well. I would have liked a longer scene of her doing fun 30's dances.
22. Godzilla (2014)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.
Votes: 357,591 | Gross: $200.68M
8/10 - Saw this at Morris Twin Cinema. $1.50. Enjoyed this more than expected. Thought it was pretty well done for this type of movie. 1st time to go to this theater. It shows first run movies for $1.50. It's about 30 miles away. If it was 15 miles away or less, I would see tons of movies here. Right before the movie started two 12 yr old boys shifted down one seat over in front and talked throughout the whole movie - even during big action sequences!
23. RoboCop (2014)
PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 207,582 | Gross: $58.61M
8/10 - Redbox free rental. Abbie Cornish looked amazing. I thought the film was pretty good. There were some nice directorial flourishes like the scene where he comes out of a memory and wakes up for the first time. Very nicely done, but not an amazing film by any means. I watched the original RoboCop uncut for probably the first time in the last year or two, but I have already forgotten a lot that happens in the film.
24. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 394,182 | Gross: $202.85M
8/10 - DVR'd back in January. This was an enjoyable movie. Not usually big on the current crop of superhero movies, but this was ok.
25. Cold in July (2014)
R | 109 min | Crime, Thriller
When a protective father meets a murderous ex-con, both need to deviate from the path they are on as they soon find themselves entangled in a downwards spiral of lies and violence while having to confront their own inner psyche.
Votes: 32,456 | Gross: $0.41M
7/10 - I liked almost everything about this movie, BUT I just cannot get why Hall's character would help the man who terrorized his family. I don't care how many conspiracies there are. There needed to be another scene of some kind to give this transformation a basis in reality.
26. Ping Pong Summer (2014)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.
Votes: 2,559 | Gross: $0.03M
7/10 - Not bad film that deals with the 80's era. Felt a bit like Napoleon Dynamite to me. Some bits and acting fell flat though.
27. The Interview (II) (2014)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.
Votes: 289,343 | Gross: $6.11M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. These guys are usually creative and make enjoyable films, but they are usually too crude to ever be favorites of mine. On a side note - I forgot to return my Big Eyes Redbox DVD and had it for 11 days = $16+!!!
28. Snowpiercer (2013)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
Votes: 246,678 | Gross: $4.56M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. Was this DVD Full Screen? I was probably higher, but after reading comments on IMDB, I went down. If I see it in its true ratio I may like it better. Seems like they cut some stuff, or forgot to film, some important bits and it left weird gaps - not in the 'artistic' sense, but the storytelling sense. Started off good.
29. The Equalizer (2014)
R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.
Votes: 307,622 | Gross: $101.53M
7/10 - Not bad, but not super good either. Might have liked it more in Widescreen, but Full is what I got. For some reason, all I can think about is how many fatherless children Denzel made by killing so many bad dudes. 1x viewing.
30. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
Votes: 152,254 | Gross: $65.01M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. Ok as a film. They added stuff to Noah to fill in the blanks so they could make a movie. The Moses story has more than enough to make a movie or even a mini series. There is no need to add or change anything. Have to admit, it's pretty hot when the wife says, "Proceed," on the honeymoon. Woah!
31. Noah (2014)
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Noah (Russell Crowe) is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.
Votes: 231,456 | Gross: $101.20M
7/10 ? - Watched it at the new IMAX theater in Tyler. Lots of random extra stuff added to the story. Technically a well made film, but I am sad as to what it could have been.
32. Big Eyes (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Votes: 78,899 | Gross: $14.48M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. Cool to see Burton do a film without HBCarter. It was a decent film, but a bit hammy at times. The actress playing the daughter at the older age just seemed out of a different movie. Waltz was hammy at times, too, especially in the ending court scene. 7 may be generous.
33. Wish I Was Here (2014)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.
Votes: 35,166 | Gross: $3.59M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. This was a decent film. Similar to Are You Here, not in title only, in Dramedy feel. I would have liked to have been able to listen to the 2 Braff commentaries, but I had to return the movie. Most Redbox rentals cut the Extras, so it was cool to have the Extras available. Cursing seemed a tad excessive. If I see the soundtrack cheap, I will probably get it for the exclusive Shins track and others.
34. Neighbors (I) (2014)
R | 97 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 269,243 | Gross: $150.16M
7/10 - Redbox freebie. Some funny bits, but nothing amazing.
35. Sex Tape (2014)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance
A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.
Votes: 101,708 | Gross: $38.54M
6/10 - Ok film. Probably at a 7, then the bribing kid, overuse of F-bombs and ending tape bits brought it down more. Should it be a 5 even? Coke? Random Disney paintings replaced with character's face - kinda funny/odd?
36. Transcendence (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.
Votes: 206,545 | Gross: $23.02M
6/10 - Redbox Freebie. Was at 7, but the more I think, the worse it gets. They seemed to squander what could have possibly been a great movie. I don't think they did a good job of defining who all the people are and who they work for. I'm still not sure who Morgan Freeman works for and why he is so touched by Depp's illness. To my knowledge, a friendship between the two is never shown (did I miss it?). The government working with mass murderers is stupid. There are nice visuals and special fx.
37. Are You Here (2013)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama
Two childhood best friends, one a superficial womanizer and the other a barely functioning bipolar, embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns his estranged father has died.
6/10 - Redbox freebie. 6 may be generous. I watched it with commentary hoping to get what Weiner was going for. Still not totally sure. He wanted to go against movie cliches at times, but it seems to have made the movie mismatched & clunky. With all involved, I really wanted to like it. I may even watch it again if it comes on to give it another chance. A lot of the lines by the lead actress seemed to fall flat. She seemed to have the wrong emotion most of the time. Flat? p.s. On a cool note - I went to the Facebook page for the movie and they were holding contests for movie props. I sent a message and they responded. They sent me the spatula from the movie and a coffee cup like Owen Wilson had in the film. Very cool in my book! Thanks whoever ran the movie's FB Page. This is labeled as 2013, but did not come out wide (via video release) until 2014.
38. Into the Storm (2014)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.
Votes: 61,424 | Gross: $47.60M
Redbox freebie. I rented this for my mom. I fell asleep some, so it is hard to rate it. It is what it is, and what I saw wasn't too bad for the kind of thing it was going for. Surely, I would not give it higher than a 7/10. I would need to see the whole thing to rate it though.
39. 21 Years: Richard Linklater (2014)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography
It's been said that the first 21 years defines the career of an artist. Few directors have single-handedly shaken up the film establishment like the godfather of indie, Richard Linklater. ... See full summary »
Enjoyable documentary. Hard for me to rate.