Top 10 movies of 2014

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2014 was a year anticipated for the inception of film franchises, sci-fis and most of them turned out to be superb. Interstellar, Gone Girl and Guardians of the Galaxy delivered more than anyone expected.

1. Interstellar

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Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s best as a writer and easily the best original screenplay of 2014. This space odyssey about the survival of the human race has its unexpected twists and theories making it the most accomplished film of the year with Mathew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain delivering supreme performances.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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They are all back together and the fun of all X-Men movies is summed up into this extravaganza. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a meticulous display of taut writing and scintillating performances. This feature film exceeds your massive expectations by reasons only known to its makers.

3. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

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The final chapter of the Hobbit series is the best fantasy movie of the year. Bilbo Baggin’s journey back again to the Shire from Erebor is not as easy as it seemed. Armies of Dwarves, Elves, Men and Orcs clash for the wealth of the mountain.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the biggest surprise of 2014. No one expected it to be a huge success. Despite its mediocre star cast and trailers the film turned out to be an absolute entertainer.

5. Gone Girl

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl was the most difficult film to be successfully made. The mystery of a missing wife on her anniversary turns out to be a nightmare. Rosamund Pyke and Ben Affleck give Oscar winning performances.

6.Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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This is the first Captain America film after his brief introduction as The First Avenger and shared screen space in The Avengers. Cap 2 is a heavy duty action film in which Steve Rogers faces his old pal with the help of Agent Romanoff.

7. Transformers: Age of Extinction

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This is kind of a semi-reboot to the Transformers franchise. Michael Bay gets Mark Walberg to play the lead in Age of Extinction where Autobots are hunted down until the rise of Optimus Prime.

8. The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1

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Mocking Jay – Part 1 is the set up for the ultimate finale next year. A lot does not happen in it but it is enough to captivate you for its running time. Jennifer Lawrence grows as an actor with every film.

9. The Lego Movie

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Innovation is exemplified in Phil Lordand Christopher Miller’s animation laugh riot. A simpleton guy is handed the reins of the Lego universe to save it.

10. The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner emerges as a stunning surprise unlike the herd of YA tryouts since Twilight and The Hunger Games. It’s a story about a bunch of boys trapped in a maze filled with death.

Review: Days of Future Past is the best of X-Men in quality and quantity

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They are all back together and the fun of all X-Men movies is summed up into this extravaganza. X-Men: Days of Future Past is a meticulous display of taut writing and scintillating performances. This feature film exceeds your massive expectations by reasons only known to its makers. Writers Simon Kinberg, Jase Goldman and Mathew Vaughn have carved a tale of a lifetime.

The X-Men and humans are on the brink of extinction because of the Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) first kill in 1973, Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), during which she is apprehended and her DNA triggers the inception of modern warheads known as Sentinels. These Sentinels have the ability to adapt and mimic mutants rendering them as invincible. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent to 1973 by Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to undo the murder and show the humans “a better path”. What follows is a ride you don’t want to end.

The chemistry of X-Men: First Class between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is taken notches above. Our “pretty” Mystique gets a bigger role owing her Hunger Games success, which she does with panache. Peter Dinklage proves that he is definitely irreplaceable. Hugh Jackman manages a clout as always. Bingbing Fang is smart and pretty as Blink. Our legends Ian McKellen (Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X) are wiser than before to come together. Peter Maximoff (Peter Evans) is brilliant and has a superb scene.

Director Bryan Singer is not just brilliant but has entered into a league of classic filmmaking. His vision is too perfect to find a flaw. He has extracted the best out of the best stars. The film deserves a special mention for its clinical editing. The music is awesome, although X-Men: First Class had a better score.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is absolutely the movie of this summer. Its 3D visuals are superb. This film is mesmerizing enough to be watched multiple times. No more hiding!

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Top 10 anticipated films of 2014

2014 will have a plethora of sequels and reboots. The sci-fi genre will see a new level. The 10 most anticipated films have fantasy, dystopian, comic and sci-fi as fountainheads. The year is the return of top directors and franchises.

1. Interstellar

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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Mathew McConaughey, Anne Hathway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck

Release Date: November 7

The blockbuster director Christopher Nolan returns after The Dark Knight trilogy with a sci-fi film. Interstellar has a team set out in space and involves traveling through a wormhole. Nolan returns with an enviable ensemble cast with Mathew McConaughey as lead. The IMAX photography is highly anticipated.

2. Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Director: Michael Bay

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Titus Welliver, Li Bingbing

Release Date: June 27

The fourth installment of the Transformers series is set four years after the events of the prequel. Shia LaBeouf is no longer a part of the franchise. Mark Wahlberg is the new lead with Nicola Peltz playing his daughter. The film shall also be semi reboot of the franchise.

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1

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Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland

Release Date: November 21

Katniss Everdeen will start a revolution against the evil minded Capitol and reunite the districts of Panem. The retaliation shall test her trust in her comrades once again.

4. The Hobbit: There And Back Again

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Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Luke Evans

Release Date: December 17

The final film of the Hobbit series will have Smaug trying to destroy Dale against the black-arrow archer’s intentions. Bilbo Baggins has to find the Archenstone and transfer the power back to the Dwarves of Erebor. Gandalf’s incomplete encounter will Sauron can ignite more wars.

5. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Director: Bryan Singer

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart

Release Date: May 23

Wolverine is back where he suits best. Professor X and Magneto join hands to fight a war in the past so that the one in the future does not start. This film has the best cast for the year 2014 piping Nolan’s Interstellar.

6. 300: Rise of an Empire

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Director: Noam Murrro

Cast:  Sullivan Stapleton, Lena Headey, Eva Green, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro

Release Date: August 22

Although Zack Snyder has not directed the sequel to his most celebrated film, Rise of an Empire has big expectations riding on it. This time the war is on water. The navies of Lena Heady and Eva Green clash in the bloodied waters.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Director: Marc Webb

Cast:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti

Release Date: May 2

Spiderman will realise that his foes have one thing in common: OsCorp. On the stint to find the secrets about his father, Peter Parker will take on two villains, Electro and Rhino.

8. Transcendence

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Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara,

Release Date: April 17

Cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directional debut after working long with Christopher Nolan. Transcendence is a sci-fi starring Johnny Depp as a computer researcher with a path breaking invention which juggles between a boon or bane scenario.

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Cast:  Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Samuel L. Jackson

Release Date: August 22

The second outing of the first avenger has him dealing with the Winter Soldier, Captain America’s best friend turned against him. The film also sees Anthony Mackie as Falcon having telepathic powers and flight. Does Cap get a girl finally is the real interest.

10. How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Director: Dean DeBlois

Cast:  Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller

Release Date: June 13

Hiccup and Toothless will fight a battle for humans and dragons. The prequel was extremely loved and How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the most highly anticipated animation film of 2014.