Sunday, December 28, 2014


Since my ten favorite movies of 2014 list is currently under construction (I’m making it real purdy for y’all – you’re welcome!), I thought this would be a good place to offer up a few other flicks you should make an effort to see – because let’s face it, there’s always more than ten notable movies at the end of any given year.

Some of these spent many weeks treading water in the upper echelons of my ‘best of’ list, some white-knuckled it on the cusp and still others never stood a chance of making the cut – but they’re all solid cinematic experiences (some brilliant) and deserve – nay, demand – my endorsement.

You know the drill: read it, print it and magnetize it to your fridge. Whether you’re taking a trip to the theater or organizing your rental queue – I’m fairly certain this is one of the handiest movie lists you’re bound to find.

Back soon with my best and worst of 2014…

30. John Wick
Take the life of Keanu Reeves’ dog and he’ll take the lives of your Russian mob army.

29. A Most Violent Year
With a little corruption and some rampant violence the American dream is just within reach.

28. Annie
The majority of critics have spoken and they’re just plain wrong (and soulless), this was fun for the whole family.

27. 22 Jump Street
22 is greater than 21, both numerically and cinematically (in the form of cop comedies starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube).

26. X-Men: Days of Future Past
A time-traveling superhero flick that breathes new life in to a somewhat stale franchise.

25. The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort will simultaneously warm and wrench your heart.

24. The Drop
Tom Hardy delivers again (see #12) in this toned down tale of neighborhood mobsters.

23. Wild
Reese Witherspoon is wildly riveting in this true-life tale of redemption.

22. Selma
A gripping tale of MLK Jr and the movement for equal voting rights.

21. The Guest
Do me a favor, open the door and let this intentionally cheesy, B-movie, slasher flick in.

20. Snowpiercer
An ingenious sci-fi action flick that moves full steam ahead.

19. Top Five
Chris Rock’s occasionally self referential comedy damn near made my top ten.

18. The Theory of Everything
You don’t need to be an astrophysicist to appreciate this beautiful Stephen Hawking biopic/romance.

17. American Sniper
Bradley Cooper fights for his country and delivers one of the best performances of his career.

16. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
This masterful sequel to the fantastic reboot peals back layers and delivers thought-provoking thrills.

15. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Builds on character and depth from the original in a way that’s saved for classic sequels.

14. Begin Again
A lost Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightly make music and get found.

13. The LEGO Movie
Everything is…well, everything is really creative, energetic and fun.

12. Locke
A brilliant Tom Hardy…in a car…on a phone…and little else (in a really good way).

11. Guardians of the Galaxy
A C-level Marvel property that grooves to its own tune and introduces five rowdy new heroes.

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