Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again. We’ve been through the agony of January…ouch and the ecstasy that has been this summer so far! We only got to pick five movies out of this year but fret not we’ll be going over way more then that! In fact let’s start by talking a bit about some honorable mentions!
Honorable Mentions: With some many good films let’s go in order of release date about films we’re digging. In January and February there wasn’t anything we’d say was upper-echelon. March however delivered a great film in the form of The Grand Budapest Hotel one that had we expanded this to ten would’ve certainly been on here. April was the unofficial start to the summer smackdown of film, but that smackdown was laid by only one film that we’ll get to later! May had all kinds of goodies! Whether it’s smaller films like Jon Favreau’s Chef, or the Tom Hardy stunner Locke or the bigger films like Neighbors and the big guy himself Godzilla this month more then any had loaded films every week, whether good or not! Now finishing up June we have a great trio of honorable mentions in How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Fault in Our Stars, and 22 Jump Street. I look foward to what else the year has in store with plenty yet to come including our most anticipated film on the summer in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes . Now let’s get to it!
5. The Lego Movie:
Coming out in the doldrums of February and making every film critics life that much better for doing so this truly was the first great film of the year, and half way through said year here it is in our mid-year bests! From Chris Miller and Phil Lords pitch perfect direction, stellar voice acting, and who’s who set of cameo’s not to mention pop culture reference galore. It has heart, charm and everything all the best animated films need. Here’s our Review from earlier this year: Review
4. Captain America: Winter Soldier:
More akin to The Hunt for Red October
then it is it’s Marvel brethren Cap 2
turns the Captain from a fish out of water and into a super spy hellbent on snuffing out Hydra and it’s evil forces. We get a thrilling story, great action and a thrilling spy film atop that! Let’s not even discuss the little Avengers: Age of Ultron
teaser in the post credit scene. Here’s our review from earlier this year: Review
In a second ice age caused by our own human stupidity. The only living members of society are aboard the Snowpiercer a train with a perpetual motion engine. At the head of this train are the the rich, wealthy, the 1 percent. As we head towards the back we get the poor, the sick, the impoverished. Fed only protein bars known out of god knows what. Only one man can rally the troop and do something about this injustice of the caste style system being used. And he plans on doing so by any means necessary! Here’s our review from earlier this year: Review
2. Edge of Tomorrow:
This is a film that feels so good to put on this list! It’s a film I had no hopes for thanks to lackluster marketing and Tom Cruise’s recent sci-fi flop Oblivion.
However not only do we get Cruise in a unique role of a spineless coward, but we have Emily Blunt going Full Metal B**** on everyone! Forced to repeat a doomed mission William Cage must figure out how to save not only this mission but the entire human existance! It’s still in theaters in some parts of the country, and if you can catch it do so, and looking at the numbers many of you haven’t yet done so! Here’s our review from earlier this year: Review
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past:
Anyone who knows me knows JUST how much I love this film! From it’s time bending story, and interesting characters it’s the best roller coaster available in cinemas thus far in 2014. Hugh Jackman is once again great as Wolverine, and the First Class cast is even better this time around, however we all know that Evan Peters’ Quicksilver steals the show, and if you don’t know now you know! It’s character building is done well and we care what happens to each of them it’s ending is satisfying, and the post credit scene is in a few words absolutely bonkers! It’s the highest grossing film of 2014, which doesn’t always mean quality, but in this case it earned every bit of that money by being a great film you can see multiple times (like I did)! Here’s our review from earlier this year: Review
I look forward to whatever else this year has left, and with my most anticipated film of the summer out next week it’s sure to keep the hits coming, plus I get to see a few other good looking indie films this week. Hope you’ve enjoyed our list. Tell us what you liked…didn’t like or what your top five was. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook just search FilmSnobReviews, FOLLOW us on Twitter and Instagram @FilmSnobReviews, and subscribe by inserting your email above that way you’re always up to date on what’s up with the Snobs!