As 2014 comes to a close, Christcore.net would like to present our team’s list of the best releases from this year. From movies to music, our lists contain some of the most talked about and the highest reviewed content of 2014. Check out some of our other articles including Bryce’s Top 10 Movies and his Mostly Terrible Movies of 2014. Here is my list of some of the great movies of 2014, in no particular order.
The surprise hit that captivated audiences and easily became one of the highest grossing films of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy pitted a band of criminals against Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), a menacing galactic threat. As the Guardians attempt to keep an Infinity Gem away from Ronan, their bond is forged through seemingly insurmountable odds. Brace yourselves – Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket team up to save their galaxy with brute force and epic dance battles in this fantastical space opera.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. In the aftermath of the Simian flu, a community of apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) flourishes and lives in relative peace. After a tense encounter with a band of surviving humans, peace times in these communities are threatened by the differing goals of Caesar and Dreyfus (Gary Oldman). Dawn stands out as a carefully-crafted film that hardly warrants any form of scrutiny. With award-worthy motion capture and performances, Dawn proves that sequels aren’t always a bad thing.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) faces off against a familiar and unprecedented foe in Winter Soldier. Captain Rogers’ suspicion of S.H.I.E.L.D leads him on an intriguing, action-packed quest for the truth and an inevitable confrontation with an old friend. Winter Soldier sacrifices most of the comedic nuances of past Marvel films in favor of old-timey espionage while upping the ante in their close-quarter action sequences.
Director Gareth Edwards captures the frightening presence of Godzilla in a new light that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. When a group of scientists unknowingly awaken a pair of monsters named MUTOs, Godzilla is awoken to restore balance to the world. While the cast offers a simply adequate performance, the suspense and mystery surrounding these ancient beasts is reason enough to love this film. Edwards’ dramatic reimagining of the classic Japanese monster is bold and dares to reinvigorate the entire franchise for generations to come.
Assuredly one of the most anticipated films of the year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is the Space Odyssey of this generation. With a relentless blight plaguing their food supply, the people of Earth are left with the stark realization that their planet is becoming uninhabitable. After discovering a wormhole in their solar system, a group of scientists risk everything in search of a new home for humanity in the farthest reaches of space. With mind-blowing visual effects and emotional performances from Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and MacKenzie Foy, Interstellar is a testament to the human spirit and how love transcends space itself.
Essentially rebooting the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past is a captivating tale of changing past mistakes. As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself caught between saving Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and stopping Magneto (Micheal Fassbender), this band of mutants is tested through a dark future that requires teamwork and redemption. Bryan Singer, and the writers, strategically crafted this film to not only succeed as one of the best of 2014 but to also pave the way for future films. With the exception of some instances of sloppy CGI, Days of Future Past redeemed the franchise and became the best X-Men film of all time.
I’m sure everyone can agree that everything in The Lego Movie is awesome, right? From the hilarious antics of Emmett (Chris Pratt) to the gloomy metal songs from Batman (Will Arnett), Lego Movie contains the big laughs expected from such a great cast while also exploring the impact of conformity and finding happiness in being yourself. Emmett is thrust into a strange, new world when an evil tyrant plots to harm the people he cares about and he, the prophesied “Special” is the only person capable of saving everyone. With a lot of heart and depth, The Lego Movie awakens the special part in us all.
When his seemingly loving wife goes missing, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) searches for any clues that could help him find her. As the investigation continues, Nick soon realizes that everything isn’t as it seems and he soon becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Starring Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne, Gone Girl quickly turns into a psychotic thriller that spirals out of control. While Affleck’s performance is rather adequate, Pike captures the insanity of this character and undoubtedly achieves award-winning status. Gone Girl, and perhaps Director David Fincher, also have much to say about the lack of restraint from media hounds, journalists, and people of the like. There’s no shortage of twists and turns when it comes to this dramatic adaptation of the novel of the same name.
Hiro, a young and talented robotics expert, leads a team of inexperienced heroes in the Disney film Big Hero 6. Loosely based on the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 is a light-hearted, comic book movie at its core, with several dramatic elements. By the end of it, audiences are surely in love with the friendly, neighborhood healthcare provider, Baymax. Any fans of Disney or Marvel movies will be utterly satisfied with this hilarious story that continues to build upon Disney’s ever-growing desire to add emotional depth to their films.
Based on a true story, The Imitation Game tells the emotional story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant mathematician that joins the Allied Forces during World War 2. In an effort to end the war, Turing and his team of cryptologists work on a machine that can break Germany’s encrypted messages, a task thought of as impossible. The tortured story of Alan Turing is realized through Cumberbatch’s incredible performance as well as his co-stars Keira Knightley, Matthew William Goode, Mark Strong, and more. The Imitation Game is a gripping tale of a prodigy that stops at nothing to solve an impossible problem.
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