Kill the Messenger is a mordant tragedy of high-level American corruption
exposed by journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner).
Whiplash (2014) is a J.K. Simmons/Miles Teller duel of talent, ambition
and hate, ratchets dramatic tension like crazy.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a smart, hugely enjoyable comic book movie which
avoids a lot of common comic book movie b.s.
The Drop (2014) is a Brooklyn low-level gangster story with strong work
from Tom Hardy and the late, great Gandolfini.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a touch too easy and sentimental in places
but mostly beautiful, funny, romantic and moving.
Men, Women & Children is a fine, well-acted, wry dramatic pondering of
the universal situation of human communication.
The Skeleton Twins is an amazing acting tour-de-force starring Kristen Wiig
and Bill Hader as quite believable siblings.
The Book of Life (2014) is a fun, winning 3-D-animated Day of the Dead
musical love story produced by Guillermo del Toro.
Fury (2014) is a U.S. Army WWII tank crew smashing up the final remaining
Nazi military resistance in Germany, effective.
St. Vincent is a funny Bill Murray Grumpy Old Man, avoids traps
of sentimentality until the ending, which drags a bit.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a non-adaptation
of the children's classic, with chuckles.
Dracula Untold is a fairly original History Channel-infused, still supernatural
take on the classic tale, good, not great.
The Judge (2014) is a very good but too corny family/legal drama with
strong acting from most, but mostly Robert Duvall.
Annabelle is a familiar James Wan brand demon-summoning culter with some
pretty good ideas and performances, not bad.
The Maze Runner is one of the longest book trailers in history, suspenseful
yet ultimately unsatisfying even as prologue.
Gone Girl is a well-acted misogynistic parody? essay or some kind of
horses---. Look at me! I'm "Gone Girl"! I'm so clever!
The Boxtrolls is aimed at no audience, stay away and don't spend time or
money on it, half a star for some potential.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) is a lazy, boring TMNT movie and undoubtedly
the worst CGI Chipmunks squeakquel ever. NO STARS
The Fault in Our Stars is a fairly effective love story between teenagers
with cancer, a bit overwrought at times.
Palo Alto (2014) is a naturalistic movie about high friends in the titular city
and suburbs, with great acting, good writing.
Draft Day (2014) is a Kevin Costner NFL draft movie/personal drama with
hardly any football but lots of great anecdotes.
Words and Pictures is a seemingly heartfelt but naggingly didactic, simplistic
romantic story of simple didacts, not bad.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an okay Captain America story which
nevertheless falls somewhat short of rousing.
Godzilla (2014): Godzilla as a character is well designed and utilized,
but the rest of the picture doesn't hold up.
Brick Mansions (2014) is a total waste except for the action fighting work
of David Belle, which is electric. The RZA can't act.
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