Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Summer Movie Scorecard / Predictions-RESULTS

Summer is almost officially over as a season and definitely over at the box office. Superheroes saved the day again while star-filled vehicles continue driving on shaky ground. Check out this highlighted recap listed chronologically with comments.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (B)
Surprising emotion, especially at the end, with fantastic effects...still like the first two Raimi-made films better though.

Mom's Night Out (B+)
Great family comedy fest where you won't feel any shame for laughing.

Neighbors (DID NOT SEE)
If not for the rating, I would maybe check out.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (DID NOT SEE)
Wow! Worst opening ever for wide release…we’ll see if the kids want to see it.

Jon Favreau showcases his filmmaking and cuisine talents with an amazing supporting cast.

Great film! Nothing gratuitous or meaningless. Cannot wait for the 2018 sequel.

Million Dollar Arm (C+)
True story sports adaptation from Disney had a nice story.

X-Men Days of Future Past (B+)
A well-managed epic superhero mash-up leads right into upcoming 2016’s Apocalypse.

Blended (DID NOT SEE)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in their third romantic comedy with kids in the mix.

The Love Punch (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan team up for an international hit as couple getting their pension money back from scammers.

Maleficent (B)
Great showcase that expands the Disney universe even more. A bit heavy on themes, but better than expected.

A Million Ways to Die in the West (DID NOT SEE)
Didn’t turn out to be the next Blazing Saddles.

The Fault in Our Stars (DID NOT SEE)
Romance did make a huge impact because of it's popular and high quality book adaptation.

Obvious Child (DID NOT SEE)
Comedienne Jenny Slate in a personal story tackling several important issues.

The Edge of Tomorrow 
Great, underrated film with masterful acting, directing and effects.

How to Train Your Dragon 
Sequel can soars thanks to amazing action sequences, great family story and solid establishing original.

22 Jump Street (DID NOT SEE)
Raunchy action series will continue thanks to the funny Lord-Miller filmmaking team.

Jersey Boys (DID NOT SEE)
Clint Eastwood directs the adapted R-rated (language) musical.

Third Person (DID NOT SEE)
Star-filled Paul Haggis drama pushes the narrative farther.

Think Like a Man Too (DID NOT SEE)
Kevin Hart can open a film…even if it is an unnecessary comedy sequel.

Transformers: Age of Extinction (DID NOT SEE)
Mark Wahlberg was a great lead for the next installment but won’t return for the next one as the special effects keep getting better.

They Came Together (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd get a nice supporting cast in an appealing romantic comedy genre spoof.

Jimi: All is by My Side (DID NOT SEE)
John Ridley follows 12 Years a Slave with this Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000.

Deliver Us From Evil 
Horror thrills get a crime fighting / investigative spin.

Earth to Echo (DID NOT SEE)
Family friendly sci-fi tries to "phone in" some extraterrestrial appeal.

Raunchy comedy expands Melissa McCarthy's repertoire with help from veteran Susan Sarandon.

Begin Again (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Liked the music soundtrack. Filmmaker John Carney directs Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the music realm.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
Hopefully Andy Serkis finally gets a highly deserved Oscar nomination here. Great filmmaking and storytelling.

And So It Goes (DID NOT SEE)
Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in this romantic comedy.

Planes: Fire and Rescue (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Disney animated feature shifts from the racing focus into a nice civic, educational opportunity as well as entertainment.


The Purge: Anarchy (DID NOT SEE)
Still finding success in a morbid concept.

Hercules (C)
A definite passion project for Dwayne Johnson after supporting so many hits, but nothing extraordinary here. Some key editing and better story would have helped.

A Most Wanted Man (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Promising John le Carré's 2008 novel book adaptation starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Magic in the Moonlight (DID NOT SEE)
Woody Allen is on an unbelievable roll and continues his European settings with the French Riviera.

Guardians of the Galaxy (A)
Another Marvel success! Besides The LEGO Movie (also starring rapidly rising star Chris Pratt), it’s the most entertaining film this year.

James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and an appealing supporting cast.

Lucy (B)
Luc Besson demonstrates great morals in the realm of maximizing human potential factors into good and evil manifestations well. Scarlett Johansson is impressive again in all fronts.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (DID NOT SEE)
Exceeded box office expectations with a more realistic take and revived Megan Fox’s career.

Into the Storm (DID NOT SEE)
This documentary-style tornado drama was almost a sleeper hit.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Helen Mirren stars in another promising book adaptation (Richard C. Morais) of a cooking culture clash in rural France.

Let's Be Cops (DID NOT SEE)
TV's New Girl stars impersonate law enforcement with maximized content.

The Expendables 3 (B-)
Great action genre ensemble entertainment. The stunts and physical acting was amazing, but pretty standard story. Mel Gibson showed some great acting chops here in another bad guy role…too bad piracy ruined the initial release.

As Above, So Below (DID NOT SEE)
Horror and archeology combine in Paris.

The Giver (B)
This quality, best-selling book adaptation appeals to multiple audiences in an enthralling and wholesome story.

Sin City: A Dame to Die For (DID NOT SEE)
Additional 3D and striking “noir” visual style not enough to compensate for the nine-year wait after the first installment.

What did I miss?
Snowpiercer (WANT TO SEE SOON)
Step Up All In (DID NOT SEE)
November Man (WANT TO SEE SOON)

When the Game Stands Tall (WANT TO SEE SOON)

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