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Friday, April 18, 2014

Top rated of 2014 (so far).

According to IMDb, these are your top-rated movies of 2014 (so far) ... here are the top 25!

My review of these films suggests that at least 18 of the 25 deal with violence (72%), and in fact, excessive violence. Further, at least 14 of these 25 films (56%) deal with issues of crime and criminal justice. 2014 is thus shaping up to be like the rest of recent years in cinema.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Add to Watchlist Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo With: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi 136 mins.
2. Divergent (2014) Add to Watchlist Divergent (2014)
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. Dir: Neil Burger With: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi 139 mins.
3. The Expendables 3 (2014) Add to Watchlist The Expendables 3 (2014)
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson)... Dir: Patrick Hughes With: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li Action | Adventure | Thriller
4. Noah (2014) Add to Watchlist Noah (2014)
A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission to rescue the innocent before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the wicked from the world. Dir: Darren Aronofsky With: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins Action | Adventure | Drama 138 mins.
5. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Add to Watchlist X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Dir: Bryan Singer With: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Add to Watchlist The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Dir: Wes Anderson With: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric Comedy 100 mins.
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Add to Watchlist The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life. Dir: Marc Webb With: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx Action | Adventure | Fantasy 142 mins.
8. The Legend of Hercules (2014) Add to Watchlist The Legend of Hercules (2014)
The origin story of the the mythical Greek hero. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Dir: Renny Harlin With: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins Action | Adventure 99 mins.
9. Lucy (2014) Add to Watchlist Lucy (2014)
A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Dir: Luc Besson With: Scarlett Johansson, Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman Action | Sci-Fi
10. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) Add to Watchlist 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Dir: Noam Murro With: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey Action | Drama | Fantasy | War 102 mins.
11. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Add to Watchlist Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
From their home in the storm sewers of Manhattan, four Ninjitsu-trained turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello and their sensei, Master Splinter, battle evil. Dir: Jonathan Liebesman With: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
12. God's Not Dead (2014) Add to Watchlist God's Not Dead (2014)
College student Josh Wheaton's faith is challenged by his philosophy professor, who believes God does not exist. Dir: Harold Cronk With: Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, David A.R. White Drama 113 mins.
13. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Add to Watchlist Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. Dir: James Gunn With: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
14. Godzilla (2014) Add to Watchlist Godzilla (2014)
The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Dir: Gareth Edwards With: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
15. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Add to Watchlist Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them. Dir: Michael Bay With: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
16. Need for Speed (2014) Add to Watchlist Need for Speed (2014)
Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. Dir: Scott Waugh With: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller 132 mins.
17. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) Add to Watchlist Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar's growing forces. Dir: Matt Reeves With: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis Action | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
18. The Drop (2014) Add to Watchlist The Drop (2014)
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost. Dir: Michaƫl R. Roskam With: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini Crime | Drama
19. Rio 2 (2014) Add to Watchlist Rio 2 (2014)
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon... Dir: Carlos Saldanha With: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family 101 mins.
20. The Other Woman (2014) Add to Watchlist The Other Woman (2014)
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been cheating on. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB. Dir: Nick Cassavetes With: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Kate Upton Comedy | Romance 109 mins.
21. The Lego Movie (2014) Add to Watchlist The Lego Movie (2014)
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Dir: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller With: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy 100 mins.
22. The Raid 2 (2014) Add to Watchlist The Raid 2 (2014)
Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force. Dir: Gareth Evans With: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra Action | Crime | Thriller 150 mins.
23. Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Add to Watchlist Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Dir: James Bobin With: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Family | Musical 107 mins.
24. Transcendence (2014) Add to Watchlist Transcendence (2014)
As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. Dir: Wally Pfister With: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller 119 mins.
25. Blended (2014) Add to Watchlist Blended (2014)
After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. Dir: Frank Coraci With: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Wendi McLendon-Covey Comedy 117 mins.


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