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The Good, the Bad and the Average of 2014 — a list compiled by C J Dee

by C J Dee

The Good, the Bad and the Average lists contain the best and worst new movies I saw at the cinemas in 2014. That means it does not include the five Disney Princess movies and two screenings of Ghostbusters.

In the interest of full disclosure, below the lists are the average movies I saw in 2014 at the cinemas. The ones that don’t really fit into either other list.

This list is a reflection of my opinion and my opinion only. However, if you have a different opinion, feel free to leave it in the comments or contact me on Twitter. Just remember to keep it civil, folks!

The Good
  1. Frozen — Everyone I know who has small children, particularly daughters, is sick to tears of Frozen. Personally, I just can’t let it go.
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy — The best Marvel superhero movie. Ever.
  3. Maleficent — The backstory of Disney’s most notorious villainess with a twist in the tale.
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — The Cap returns in this fun flick full of comic book humour and great action sequences.
  5. Godzilla — The best remake of 2014. It has a giant, fire-breathing lizard. ‘Nuff said. (If not, check out my review!)
  6. Wolf of Wall Street — An interesting foray into the sordid life of a drug-addicted, corrupt stock broker and his accomplices.
  7. X-Men: Days of Future Past — The X-Men worlds collide with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan teaming up with their younger counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
  8. I, Frankenstein — A good, fun monster movie. Just try not to think about it too much.
  9. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 — Heart-wrenching first half of the finale for which YA fans have long been waiting.
  10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — There is a monkey. The monkey rides a horse. While firing two machine guns. If you need more, then check out my review.
The Bad
  1. Exodus: Gods and Kings — THE longest movie with THE least likeable characters of the year. Utterly depressing in content and execution. With a long ranting review by yours truly.
  2. Let’s Be Cops — Bland plot with unfunny jokes. Find out more — check out my review!
  3. Gone Girl — One of the longest movies with some of the least likeable characters of the year.
  4. Lucy — A pretty average science-fiction film, low on the science.
  5. Interstellar — Definitely a smart film. Not an entertaining film.

The Average (in no particular order)

No disrespect to the following movies. They simply didn’t make the cut for the above two lists.

  • Nightcrawler
  • Annabelle
  • The Maze Runner
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Into The Storm
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • The Expendables 3
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Bad Neighbours
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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