2014 Review of the Year Part 1 of 3

It’s the end of another year, which means it’s time for my traditional (as of last year) end of year review. In 2013 I saw 50 movies released that year, and like every sequel this year it went bigger and better, because I went and watched a grand total of 58. Some of these were released outside of the UK earlier than this year, but I never let a thing like that get in the way of me ranking films into an arbitrary order. Oh, and technically one of these films hasn’t come out yet in the UK. We’ll get to that.

As with last year, I’ve split this post into three. Today you get my bottom 18 movies, tomorrow (or when I post the next page) the following 20, and soon after that will be the much hallowed Top 20 list. Be sure to come back to see what made the top. Continue reading

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Labor Day

In a small town in Massachusetts in 1987, young Henry (Gattlin Griffith) lives alone with his fragile mother, Adele (Kate Winslet). She hasn’t been the same since the boy’s father left, and her depression has intensified to the point of her becoming a shut-in, only venturing away from the house once a month to collect groceries. On one such trip they encounter Frank (Josh Brolin), who has just escaped from prison and is in need of somewhere to lay low before he catches the next train out of town. Adele reluctantly helps Frank – who quietly yet forcefully insinuates harm will come to them if they do not help – but due to it being a holiday weekend and a lack of trains, Frank is forced to stay with this fractured family, and soon finds himself and Adele getting closer than he had intended.  ????????? Continue reading

Most Anticipated Movies for 2014

The period of retrospection and looking back to the previous year has finished, now it’s time to look forward at the year ahead. There’s a lot of interesting looking films coming up, and here’s my run-down of the 50 that I’m most looking forward to, in order: Continue reading