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2014 Reviews:
" The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
"Fury" (Brad Pitt, Shia Laboeuf)

"Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)
"The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz)
"The Drop" (Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace)
"The Two Faces of January" (Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst)
"Frank" (Michael Fassbinder, Maggie Gyllenhaal)
"A Most Wanted Man" (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldan)
"Lucy" (Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman)
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke)
"Edge of Tomorrow" (Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt)
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence)
"Policeman" (Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig)
"Godzilla" (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen)
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone)
"Transendence" (Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall)
"Joe" (Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revelori)
2013 Reviews:
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen)
"Labor Day" (Josh Brolin, Kate Winslet)
"The Wolf of Wall Street" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill)
"American Hustle" (Christian Bale, Amy Adams)
"Out of the Furnace" (Christian Bale, Casey Affleck)
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson)
"Inside Llewyn Davis" (Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan)
"Ender's Game" (Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford)
"Dallas Buyer's Club" (Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto)
"Gravity" (Sandra Bullock, George Clooney)
"Captain Phillips" (Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi)
"Closed Circuit" (Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall)
"2 Guns" (Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg)
"Blue Jasmine" (Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin)
"Pacific Rim" (Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi)
"White House Down" (Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx)

"The Lone Ranger" (Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer)
"Man of Steel" (Henry Cavill, Amy Adams)
"Don Jon" (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johanson)
"The East" (Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard)
"Fast & Furious 6" (Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez)
"Star Trek Into Darkness" (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto)
"The Great Gatsby" (Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan)
"Iron Man 3" (Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow)
"Oblivion" (Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough)
"33 Postcards" (Guy Pearce, Zhu Lin)
"Jack the Giant Slayer" (Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson)
"Oz the Great and Powerful" (James Franco, Michelle Williams)
"Bullet to the Head" (Silvester Stallone, Sung Kang)
"Gangster Squad" (Josh Brolin, Emma Stone)

2012 Reviews:
"Django Unchained" (Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz)
"Promised Land" (Matt Damon, Frances McDormand)
"Zero Dark Thirty" (Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke)
"Rust and Bone" (Marion Cottilard, Matthias Schoenaerts)
"Skyfall" (Daniel Craig, Judy Dench)
"Lincoln" (Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field)
"Flight" (Denzell Washington, Kelly Reilly)
"Upside Down" (Kirsten Dunst,Jim Sturgess)
"Cloud Atlas" (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry)
"Trouble With the Curve" (Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams)
"Argo" (Ben Affleck, John Goodman)
"End of Watch" (Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena)
"Looper" (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt)
"Arbitrage" (Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon)
"Lawless" (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf)
"Breathless" (Val Kilmer, Gina Gershon)
"The Bourne Legacy" (Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz)
"Friends With Kids" (Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott)
"The Dark Knight Rises" (Christian Bale, Ann Hathaway)
"The Amazing Spider-man" (Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone)
"Savages" (Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively)
"Prometheus" (Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender)
"Wallander: The Revenge" (Krister Henriksson, Lena Endre)
"Snow White and the Huntsman" (Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth)
"Moonrise Kingdom" (Bruce Willis, Ed Norton)
"A Bag of Hammers" (John Ritter, Jake Sandviq)
"Battleship" (Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker)
"Marvel's The Avengers" (Robert Downey, Jr, Scarlett Johansson)
"Cellmates" (Tom Sizemore, Stacy Keach)
"Wrath of the Titans" (Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike)
"John Carter" (Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins)
"Safe House" (Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds)
"The Three Musketeers" (Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich) [DVD]
"The Son of No One" (Channing Tatum, Al Pachino)
"Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson)
"Texas Killing Fields" (Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
"Contraband" (Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale)

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"Real Steel" (Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly)
"Red Riding Hood" (Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez)
"The Adjustment Bureau" (Matt Damon, Emily Blunt)
"Sanctum" (Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd)

Prior Years











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Best films
"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"The Two Faces of January"

Underrated films of 2014

"Edge of Tomorrow"
"The Two Faces of January"
"The Drop"

Most enjoyable of 2014
(Not reviewed)

Year's Worst
"St. Vincent"
(not reviewed)

A few of our favorite films of 2013:

"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Labor Day"
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Iron Man 3"

Year's Worst
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"August: Osage County"

Best "sleeper" film
Highly recommended!
Best creature

Prior Year's Best
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"End of Watch"
"Marvel's The Avengers"

Year's biggest flop
(according to budget vs boxoffice & critic consensus)
"John Carter"

About as bad
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"Not Fade Away"
Year's Best to date
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"The Ides of March"
"Source Code"

Year's Best
"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"
"The Girl Who Played With Fire"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Animal Kingdom"
(It's not what it sounds like)
"The Town"
"The Secret in Their Eyes"
"The Disappearance of Alice Creed"

Best Performances
Ben Mendelson ("Animal Kingdom")
Natalie Portman
("Black Swan")
Elizabeth Banks
("The Next Three Days")
Noomi Rapace
("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo")
Javier Bardem ("Biutiful")
Colin Firth
("The King's Speech")
Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone")
Naomi Watts ("Fair Game")
Jeff Bridges ("True Grit")
Michelle Williams
("Blue Valentine")
Ryan Gosling
("Blue Valentine")
Mark Wahlberg
("The Fighter")
Jesse Eisenberg
("The Social Network")
Leonardo DiCaprio ("Inception")

Imagination award

Best of the Year
"The Hurt Locker"
District 9
Inglorious Basterds
Star Trek

Indies of Special Note
"Sin Nombre"
"Off Jackson Avenue"

Surprise Hits
"District 9"
"The Hurt Locker"
"The Proposal"
"The Other Side"

Best Screenplays
"Sin Nombre"

Best in Animation

Award Buzz
"The Hurt Locker"
(Best Actor, Jeremy Renner)

Best Musical
This Is It

Most Overrated
"Up In the Air"
"A Single Man"

Oscar Nominations
for the Academy Awards, 3/7/10

Top Grossers, Summer 2009
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (Paramount) / $399.6
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (Warner Bros.) / $295.1
"Up" (Disney) / $289.9
"The Hangover"(Warner Bros.) / $270.7
"Star Trek" (Paramount) / $256.8
(Box Office Mojo, 9/4/2009)
Land of the Lost
Lost in a haze of satiric unfunniness. Bruno
Ahem, Mr. Cohen, you're pushing it. Jennifer's Body
Oh, so badly written A Single Man
Singularly overrated. Creation
Not only another terrible biopic but one of the worst of the epoch)

Best CGI Effects
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

DVDs You've Got To Have
No Country For Old Men
Stranded: I've Come From a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains" [DOC]
Johnny Got His Gun

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has outgrossed "The Incredibles" and "The Passion of the Christ" in worldwide earnings (6/19/08) and "Iron Man" has outswung "King Kong." Crashing over both of them is "Death Race." Want to see the current line up of all-time boxoffice hits and see which is the most successful Harry Potter and what movie tops them all?
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Worthy of note:
Read My Lips
(French crime film noir with unexpected twists)
Talk To Her
Nominated, Best Original Screenplay
Edge of Madness
Superb story and storytelling, avail on DVD


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