2014: A Year of Revolution

Looking back over the spate of films that were released in 2014, a theme coalesces: revolution. At least among some of the best, from studio blockbusters like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Lego Movie, and the latest Hunger Games to controversial gems like Selma and The Interview, the battle between oppressed and oppressor runs deep in last year’s cinematic contributions. In a tumultuous year of racial disparities, diminishing privacies, and growing oligarchies, it’s no coincidence that while these iconic figures fought for freedom/rights/dignity on the big screen, flesh-and-blood figures stood up for them outside the theater.

Below is a list of every movie I plunked my hard-earned money for in 2014, in order from best to worst.

Selma – A+
Dawn of the Apes – A
Nightcrawler – A
Birdman – A
The Lego Movie – A
Gone Girl – A-
The Theory of Everything – A-
The Rover – A-
Neighbors – A-
A Most Violent Year – A-
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – A-
X-men: Days of Future Past – A-
Wild – B+
Boyhood – B+
Interstellar – B+
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – B+
The Imitation Game – B+
Godzilla – B+
Edge of Tomorrow – B+
Under the Skin – B
Men, Women, and Children – B
Noah – B
22 Jump Street – B
Foxcatcher – B
Guardians of the Galaxy – B
Inherent Vice – B
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies – B
The Interview – B
American Sniper – B-
Into the Woods – B-
The Maze Runner – B-
Transformers: Age of Extinction – B-
Robocop – B-
Exodus – C+
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – C+
Dumb and Dumber To – C+
Divergent – C+
That Awkward Moment – C+
Unbroken – C
Horrible Bosses 2 – C
The Amazing Spider-man 2 – C
Maleficent – C
The Monuments Men – C
A Million Ways to Die in the West – C-
Dracula Untold – C-
Transcendence – C-
Blended – D+
Sex Tape – D+
Ride Along – D

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