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Last film added: September 15, 2018. There are currently 1591 films in the database (since 1996).


    2014 Releases

    Search returned all films from 2014 out of 1591 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsBoyhood (2014) 10  Filmometer Best Film of the Year
    Richard Linklater's endearing, masterful 12-year epic of the life of a young man. Amazing achievement.
  2. Movie DetailsDance of Reality, The (2014) 10  FantasyObscure/RareWith Sex/NudityDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    Jodorowsky bares his soul through a dreamlike, mythical retelling of his childhood in Chile. Provocative.
  3. Movie DetailsEnemy (2014) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Surreal, spider-infested portrayal of a man's subconscious war over infidelity, control by women. Haunting menace.
  4. Movie DetailsGrand Budapest Hotel, The (2014) 10  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Wes Anderson crafts a wonderful pre-WWII Europe inspired by the late Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.
  5. Movie DetailsHer (2014) 10  ComedySci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Spike Jonze's ingenious, surreal meditation on being human, knowing one's self and falling in love.
  6. Movie DetailsInterstellar (2014) 10  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    NASA explorers travel through a wormhole seeking habitable planets. Grand, quantum portrait of human endurance.

  7. EXCELLENT
  8. Movie DetailsBirdman (2014) 9  ComedyAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Washed-up movie star Keaton attempts a comeback via Broadway play while battling his ego. Surreal.
  9. Movie DetailsBlack Mirror - Seasons 1-2 (2014) 9  ComedySci-FiWith Sex/NudityTV Shows
    Provocative sci-fi satire. Explores technology's darker ramifications on society. Gamification, limitless storage, AI. Brilliant.
  10. Movie DetailsCitizenfour (2014) 9  ConspiracyObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden releases classified info about mass global surveillance by the NSA. Gripping, chilling.
  11. Movie DetailsDouble, The (2014) 9  Comedy
    Cinematic adaptation of the Dostoevsky tale, full of loneliness and paranoia. Charmingly absurd, bureaucratic dystopia.
  12. Movie DetailsEdge of Tomorrow (2014) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Cruise is caught in a time loop as Earth battles an alien invasion. Inspired blockbuster.
  13. Movie DetailsJodorowsky's Dune (2014) 9  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Behind Jodorowsky's ambitious, influential mid-1970s sci-fi film failure. With Dalí, Giger, Welles, Jagger, Pink Floyd.
  14. Movie DetailsLego Movie, The (2014) 9  AnimationComedy
    Irreverent, smartly funny and even subversive. Remarkable for a 100-minute toy advertisement. Well played, Lego.
  15. Movie DetailsLocke (2014) 9  
    The Tom Hardy show. An intense series of phone calls while driving to London. Gripping.
  16. Movie DetailsSong of the Sea (2014) 9  AnimationFantasyI own on DVD
    Magical journey of Irish siblings to free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. Beautiful.
  17. Movie DetailsUnder the Skin (2014) 9  HorrorSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Existential, visually mesmerizing film about loneliness by Jonathan Glazer, starring the otherworldly Scarlett Johansson.
  18. Movie DetailsWhiplash (2014) 9  Musical/Music
    Driven by his cutthroat instructor, a conservatory drummer is hellbent on becoming a jazz great.

  19. VERY GOOD
  20. Movie DetailsBabadook, The (2014) 8  Horror
    A single mother and her troubled boy find a creepy children's book. Slowly enveloping dread.
  21. Movie DetailsBig Hero 6 (2014) 8  AnimationComedySci-Fi
    A robotics prodigy and inflatable robot Baymax become covert heroes of San Fransokyo. High-tech Pixar.
  22. Movie DetailsComet (2014) 8  ComedyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Bittersweet, jumbled retelling of moments from a couple's six-year relationship. Dreamlike references to parallel universes.
  23. Movie DetailsCongress, The (2014) 8  AnimationMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Ambitious, futuristic amalgam of Hollywood actor digitization and animated illusory utopia. Trippy. Robin Wright stars.
  24. Movie DetailsCosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey - Episodes 1-7 (2014) 8  Documentary/TrueTV Shows
    Neil deGrasse Tyson picks up where Carl Sagan left off. The story of our universe.
  25. Movie DetailsDawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) 8  Sci-Fi
    Ten years after the simian flu pandemic, human survivors and apes are drawn into battle.
  26. Movie DetailsGone Girl (2014) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Embrace media hysteria and lose faith in marriage and justice with Fincher's dark psychological thriller.
  27. Movie DetailsImitation Game, The (2014) 8  ConspiracyDocumentary/True
    How Alan Turing helped crack Germany's Enigma code during WWII and saved millions of lives.
  28. Movie DetailsNightcrawler (2014) 8  
    Chilling satire of tabloid TV news culture. Chasing ratings mutually supports chasing ambulances. Genius Gyllenhaal.
  29. Movie DetailsNymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) 8  With Sex/Nudity
    Lars von Trier overlays explicit sexual encounters (via porn doubles) with philosophy, religion, biology, math.
  30. Movie DetailsOne I Love, The (2014) 8  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/Rare
    Weekend getaway of a married couple on the brink of separation becomes clever plot twist.
  31. Movie DetailsOnly Lovers Left Alive (2014) 8  HorrorWith Sex/Nudity
    Jim Jarmusch's stylish vampires are an ancient source of creativity for human culture. Clever, cool.
  32. Movie DetailsSnowpiercer (2014) 8  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Earth's remaining inhabitants are confined to a class-divided train circling the frozen globe. Stylish allegory.
  33. Movie DetailsTale of the Princess Kaguya, The (2014) 8  AnimationFantasy
    Watch a magical moon nymph be bored by 10th-century Japanese nobility. Pastel-toned Studio Ghibli folktale.
  34. Movie DetailsTheory of Everything, The (2014) 8  Documentary/True
    Touching biography of physicist Stephen Hawking. Explores his personal life as ALS ravages his body.
  35. Movie DetailsWhat We Do in the Shadows (2014) 8  ComedyFantasyHorror
    The real lives of vampire roommates in a New Zealand flat. Funny interactions with werewolves.

  36. GOOD
  37. Movie DetailsBefore I Disappear (2014) 7  Obscure/Rare
    Circumstances cause a suicidal man to drag his young, precocious niece across Manhattan one night.
  38. Movie DetailsBoxtrolls, The (2014) 7  AnimationComedyFantasy
    An orphan raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from extermination.
  39. Movie DetailsBrief History of Graphics, A (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Five-part series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy covering the history/milestones of video game graphics/techniques.
  40. Movie DetailsDark Star: H.R. Giger's World (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    The dark surrealism of Swiss artist H.R. Giger interspersed with documentation of his final years.
  41. Movie DetailsDisappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, The (2014) 7  Obscure/Rare
    The tragic dissolution of a romantic relationship, told from two perspectives in two independent chapters.
  42. Movie DetailsFor No Good Reason (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Depp visits Ralph Steadman to discuss the motivation/process behind his deranged/Gonzo art. A bit congratulatory.
  43. Movie DetailsFrequencies (2014) 7  Obscure/RareSci-Fi
    Ambitiously explores philosophical notions of fate and free will in an alternate reality of frequencies.
  44. Movie DetailsGod Forgive Us (2014) 7  Obscure/RareWith Sex/Nudity
    Parallel stories of four struggling strangers build to an unexpected collision. Engaging indie. Acting is passable.
  45. Movie DetailsGuardians of the Galaxy (2014) 7  Sci-FiComic Book/Superhero
    Goofy, formulaic Marvel Universe blockbuster. Can an oddball group of intergalactic criminals save the galaxy?
  46. Movie DetailsIn Your Eyes (2014) 7  Obscure/Rare
    Two seemingly unconnected people have an unexplainable telepathic bond that allows them to share experiences.
  47. Movie DetailsLucy (2014) 7  Sci-Fi
    Stylish, fast-paced existential thriller. But you must concede the utter nonsense about 10% brain capacity.
  48. Movie DetailsMood Indigo (2014) 7  AnimationComedyFantasyWith Sex/Nudity
    Gondry outwhimsied himself with this bipolar stop-motion diorama. Like Pee-wee's Playhouse plus Amélie, n'est-ce pas?
  49. Movie DetailsNo No: A Dockumentary (2014) 7  Obscure/RareSport
    The story of baseball star Dock Ellis, most famous for his 1970 no-hitter on LSD.
  50. Movie DetailsNymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Lars von Trier further explores one woman's tragic life story and sexuality. Quite bleak, intellectual.
  51. Movie DetailsOculus (2014) 7  HorrorMind-blowing
    Explores if inanimate objects can manifest supernatural violence. Trippy psychological horror via a reality-bending mirror.
  52. Movie DetailsRosewater (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is jailed in Iran under suspicion of espionage. Jon Stewart directs.
  53. Movie DetailsSin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) 7  With Sex/NudityComic Book/Superhero
    The Eva Green show. Visually stunning and gritty like the Miller/Rodriguez original, but less compelling.
  54. Movie DetailsWho is Dayani Cristal? (2014) 7  Obscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Moving portrait of border-crossing migrant workers. Begins with an unidentified body in the Arizona desert.
  55. Movie DetailsYoung & Beautiful (2014) 7  With Sex/Nudity
    Both male fantasy and moving coming-of-age story. A sexually curious French girl takes up prostitution.
  56. Movie DetailsZero Theorem, The (2014) 7  FantasySci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    A computer hacker trying to discover the meaning of life keeps being interrupted by Management.

  57. FAIR
  58. Movie DetailsGodzilla (2014) 6  Sci-Fi
    Godzilla rises again in this nuclear-powered remake that spans the Pacific. Awesome monsters, dull humans.
  59. Movie DetailsHunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, The (2014) 6  ConspiracySci-Fi
    Jennifer Lawrence's charisma is the only thing holding this trilogy together. Sadly underdeveloped, yet overdone.
  60. Movie DetailsJack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014) 6  AnimationFantasyMusical/MusicObscure/Rare
    Strange, vivid fantasy about a boy with a mechanical heart. Disjointed script, uncanny valley characters.

  61. ADEQUATE
  62. Movie DetailsInterview, The (2014) 5  ComedyWith Sex/Nudity
    Sophomoric Seth Rogen comedy about North Korea/dick jokes. Gained notoriety due to Sony Pictures hack.


  63. Statistical ratings distribution of these 57 films (3.6% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 57 films: 7.9.

    10:10.5%

    9:19.3%

    8:28.1%

    7:35.1%

    6:5.3%

    5:1.8%

    CRAP:0%



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