Top 14 Must-See Movies of 2014

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Photo credit: Walt Disney Studios

Photo credit: Walt Disney Studios

So, at the start of every year, you probably sit down and have a good look at everything that’s coming up over the next yea, right? Just me? Well, even if you don’t, you’re bound to have a few movies at the back of your mind that you know you’re desperate to see- whether it’s a summer blockbuster or ten, or an arthouse movie you’ve been following since it was first announced six years ago. Whatever your poison, our list will find you something that you can resist a trip to the cinema for. And we’ll have no purists complaining about item twelve, y’hear?

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

Okay, so I understand that, like me, you’re probably very nearly finished with all these damn superhero movies. But Guardians of the Galaxy promises to provide something more than the usual sailing around the world and saving everyone spiel. Instead, you’ve got a bunch of misfits- including Bradley Cooper as the voice of a lonely, disillusioned raccoon who also happens to be an expert marksman- teaming up to take down some of the most formidable forces in the galaxy. Okay, so it might not be a huge leap from what we’ve already ready seen in this genre, but it looks like it’s going to have a sense of humour and some awesome actions sequences so, as summer blockbusters go, this will be my first pick.

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  • julianenglish

    I saw a few of these flicks and enjoyed them, and a few more that I suspect I’d like, but these things are always so subjective as to be virtually meaningless. The one thing that I learned from this list is that the author is a big fan of sci-fi. OK. Me too. But I’d prefer to see one of three thing here: (1) the author prominently noted, perhaps even in the title, to wit, “Fred Mertz’s most anticipated films of 2014. (2) rather than compile an idiosyncratic list that represents the combined wisdom of one single dude, create a list that is broadly representative of the views of at least 5 or 6 respected critics. (3) a simple survey of ordinary people.

  • Mandy Johnson

    Agreed. I watched it all, but it was hard.

    • Twoolf

      Agreed. Eliminating the long drawn out “artsy” scenes would have shortened the movie by half. Poor plot, poorly produced. Just an overall really bad film.

  • William A. Roesler

    Go see “Gone Girl”. It is easily the best movie I have seen in 2014. A must see. Ben Affleck (did not direct) However, after “The Town” and “Argo”, he is on a roll.

  • Christine Golden

    There and back again was horrible, sacrificing the book’s original themes, story, and characters to promote a Mary Sue who defies both canon and common sense.

  • ospreycbk

    Jupiter Ascending I might go and see in the theater when it comes out(no guarantee though)the rest I will wait and get from Redbox or Netflix.

  • SirThinkALot

    No Captain America: The Winter soldier? It was probably the best of the Marvel films so far

  • anonymously

    One must watch Under the Skin all the way through, the end actually pulls the entire thing together and is a satisfying resolution, and a fantastic visual shocker! Folks walked out of the viewing I went to, it’s not for the general populous but for adventurous film goers. Also Mike Leigh’s film Mr. Turner, about the famous British painter, will be out soon to qualify for Oscar contention, at least in the US, and will no doubt pick up some noms. It’s a genius, truthful, and unforgiving portrayal of the man done with brilliant acting and pacing, and incredible cinematography.

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