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08.29.2014by: Chris Bumbray

JoBlo.com's Top 10 Films of Summer 2014!

By now youíve all no doubt read all about how the summer of 2014 has been one of the weakest in memory, especially from a financial point of view, with no movies breaking $300 million domestic, yada, yada, yada. Truth is, this hasnít been an especially great summer, with big-budget tentpoles like THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION failing to live up to their hype, and regurgitated franchises like TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES coasting on nostalgia to relatively lucrative runs at the box office. Meanwhile, once unbreakable franchises like THE EXPENDABLES and SIN CITY fell flat with new installments that failed to please the fans, and suffered major losses of revenue as a result.

However, it hasnít all been doom and gloom. If anyoneís going to emerge from the summer of 2014 a winner, itíll no doubt be Marvel studios, which Ė earlier this year Ė dominated the box office with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Their summer entry, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY seemed way more risky, but now itís not only the top grossing movie of the summer, but may actually out gross WINTER SOLDIER Ė with tremendous reviews to boot. The same goes for Foxís X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, with allegations surrounding director Bryan Singer making it seem like the movie was sure to fail, only for it to emerge as the biggest film in the franchise so far.

And letís not forget this summerís indies, with Richard Linklaterís masterpiece, BOYHOOD, BEGIN AGAIN, and the long-delayed SNOWPIERCER all emerging as sleeper hits, alongside Jon Favreauís CHEF which went on to become the word-of-mouth hit of the summer. Whatís the lesson to take away from the summer of 2014? Basically, if the movie is good, people will go. Then again, even if itís bad, if the franchise is big enough, they still might go, so does that make the summer of 2014 any different from other years? Not really.

The following is the official JoBlo.com ďTop 10Ē of the summer, with links to our original reviews. Did we get the list right? Strikeback below!

#10 Begin Again

When I saw BEGIN AGAIN a year ago at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, I knew it had the potential to be a sleeper hit. Itís pretty much the movie equivalent to a warm hug, and if you liked director John Carneyís last film, ONCE, youíll like this, which is his slightly slicker, big-business take on a similar story. It has all the heart of ONCE, and a solid comeback part for Keira Knightley, who also does all of her own singing, opposite Mark Ruffalo as a rumpled, former producer. If thereís one thing that kept BEGIN AGAIN from becoming an even bigger hit, itís the generic title. CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE, which was the title it played under at TIFF, was much better.

- Chris Bumbray

#9 Snowpiercer

If I had to use only one word to describe SNOWPIERCERÖ I just couldn't do it. And if you asked me to explain it in one sentence, I would hardly be able to do it justice. ("The poor section of an endlessly-running locomotive revolts against the rich section." "Oh, okay.") The glory of Bong Joon-ho's exciting, timely post-apocalyptic tale is that it is several things at once - fantasy, allegory, straight-up insane action thriller - and yet it's all part of the same singular vision of its director. With an A+ team working for him in front of and behind the camera, Bong has crafted a uniquely gloomy roller-coaster ride; a summer popcorn movie for people who like to be wowed by sights other than explosions and computer-generated creatures.

- Eric Walkuski

#8 Boyhood

There were plenty of special effects unleashed in theaters this summer - talking turtles, robots, trees, etc. - but the most special of the bunch required no digital magic: We watched a cast of characters, and the real people inhabiting them, age before our eyes in Richard Linklater's engaging, quietly fascinating BOYHOOD, which simply documents a young protagonist (Ellar Coltrane) as he goes from child to young adult. The film is just short of three hours long (it seems much shorter), but it manages to encapsulate a section of a person's lifetime in a way we've never really seen before. If we define movies that have major scope and emotional stakes as "epic," then BOYHOOD is the epic of the year.

-Eric Walkuski

#7 22 Jump Street

Few expected a 21 JUMP STREET big screen treatment to be good, let alone as good as it ended up being. So with the filmís success, a lazy cash-in sequel seemed like it would never live up to the original. Thankfully, the delightful Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill combo proved to, once again, be a fantastic pairing. There is much to love with this sequel that constantly makes fun of sequels. And while the cameo appearance here werenít quite as hilarious as the first film, it was still a fun tribute to the original series with a ton of energy thanks to a game cast. Hell, this was almost worth it for the end credits sequence alone.

- JimmyO

#6 Neighbors

Who would have ever thought Seth Rogen and Zac Efron would make such an incredible on-screen team? Anybody who has ever dealt with an a-hole next door will more than appreciate NEIGHBORS. Not only does this incredibly funny Nicholas Stoller directed flick manage to make the fellas funny, Rose Byrne is absolutely hysterical as Rogenís frustrated wife. This is one of those rare laugh-out-loud comedies that still had me cracking a smile after the movie ended. It was nice to see a couple of truly hilarious R-rated flicks this summer.

- JimmyO

#5 Edge of Tomorrow

Itís a real shame that EDGE OF TOMORROW didnít do better at the North American box office. Its failure to crack $100 million reminds me of the fate that befell PACIFIC RIM last summer, in that you had a movie that should have been stale and unimaginative, subvert audience expectations and deliver blockbuster thrills that would have pleased everyone Ė if only they had gone to see it. Part of the blame goes to the fact that it maybe looked too familiar to star Tom Cruiseís last sci-fi film, OBLIVION, or that it had a horrible title, but this deserved to do a lot better. Itís Cruiseís best film since MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Ė GHOST PROTOCOL, and a terrific launching pad for Emily Blunt into the realm of action heroines. Luckily, it covered a lot of ground internationally, but itís still sad this wasnít bigger here.

- Chris Bumbray

#4 Chef

CHEF was a wonderful surprise Ė as well as a fun way to write about food metaphors. The Jon Favreau written/directed/starring film is a sweet slice of cinema with an all-star cast and visually a wonderful treat for the audience senses. What is especially impressive is how Favreau and young Emjay Anthony (who plays his son) performances stuck with me well after my first viewing. This is a simply a great film that hopefully will find a massive audience on home video. The food, the music and the heart all made for one of the best films of the year, and one that I will be revisiting quite often.

- JimmyO

#3 X-Men: Days of Future Past

Has there been a more inconsistent comic book film franchise than X-MEN? Bear in mind, Iím not saying worse. Iím saying inconsistent. The first film was so-so, X-MEN UNITED was great. The third, holy cow it was bad, and things didnít get much better for X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. But, Matthew Vaughnís X-MEN: FIRST CLASS redeemed the saga, proving there was still some life in it, and THE WOLVERINE was solid. But, leave it to director Bryan Singer to take all the strands left open by the various sequels and prequels, and make them work in a film that fixes where the franchise went wrong, all the while providing the best all-around installment of the series since X-MEN UNITED. This is slam-bang summer entertainment, and a blast from start-to-finish.

- Chris Bumbray

#2 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is a wonderful sequel to the impressive RISE. This continuation towards world domination by apes relied on story just as much as it did on action. Thanks to Matt Reeves for creating a visual spectacle with some of the most engaging performances mixed with incredible motion capture. It is no surprise that Andy Serkis is perfection in the lead role of Caesar. If there was ever an example of a mo-cap performance that deserved award consideration, this is certainly it. DAWN is the rare sequel that is better than the original, one that builds my anticipation for what is yet to come.

- Jimmy O

#1 Guardians of the Galaxy

A cocky mercenary, the daughter of a galactic tyrant, a hulking, pensive warrior, a talking raccoon with a chip on his shoulder and a sentient tree are the unlikely superstars of 2014: Who says summer moviegoers prefer seeing the same old crap? Every instinct leads one to believe that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY shouldn't be the massive hit that it is; it features no widely recognizable comic-book characters, doesn't rely on an A-list director or cast and it's so snarky and self-aware that it may as well be laughing at its own jokes. But director James Gunn has, against all odds, knocked one out of the park with this loony sci-fi romp, which may indeed be as sarcastic as its hip protagonist, but also wears its heart on its sleeve while consistently displaying a spirit of adventure (something very undervalued at the movies today). GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is cool, unpredictable and entertaining as hell - and never once doubts it's giving you a good time.

- Eric Walkuski

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7:04AM on 08/31/2014

I have to ask it

Where the Hell is
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONS 2 ?
Where the Hell is
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONS 2 ?
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1:20PM on 08/30/2014
Awwww, no love for Godzilla?! That's alright, solid choices anyways.
Awwww, no love for Godzilla?! That's alright, solid choices anyways.
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8:18AM on 08/30/2014

WTF

How can HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONS 2 NOT be on this list ?!
How can HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGONS 2 NOT be on this list ?!
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4:57AM on 08/30/2014
How the apes 'acted' was incredible. And all the visuals.
But let's not give the story too much credit! It wasn't bad, but generic.
How the apes 'acted' was incredible. And all the visuals.
But let's not give the story too much credit! It wasn't bad, but generic.
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4:51AM on 08/30/2014
My favorit movie of the summer outside Guardians!

And luckily, it DID past $100 million this thursday!
My favorit movie of the summer outside Guardians!

And luckily, it DID past $100 million this thursday!
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11:52PM on 08/29/2014
X-Men DOFP and Guardians both worked thanks to 70s / 80s nostalgia. In an age of laptops, tablets and smart phones, the Walkman seems like a vaguely familiar relic of another era.
X-Men DOFP and Guardians both worked thanks to 70s / 80s nostalgia. In an age of laptops, tablets and smart phones, the Walkman seems like a vaguely familiar relic of another era.
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9:28PM on 08/29/2014
As a long time fan of the comics, the tv series and the movies, I thought DoFP was pretty weak.

I enjoyed how they fixed the everything from The Last Stand, but that's about it.

Guardians was by far the best movie of the Summer.
As a long time fan of the comics, the tv series and the movies, I thought DoFP was pretty weak.

I enjoyed how they fixed the everything from The Last Stand, but that's about it.

Guardians was by far the best movie of the Summer.
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9:02PM on 08/29/2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best movie of the summer, with Edge of Tomorrow coming in second. DOFP was everything you could want in a summer movie. Action-packed, smart story, great blend of new and old characters, emotional, and just plain fun. Perfect movie.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the best movie of the summer, with Edge of Tomorrow coming in second. DOFP was everything you could want in a summer movie. Action-packed, smart story, great blend of new and old characters, emotional, and just plain fun. Perfect movie.
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6:35PM on 08/29/2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past was my favorite movie of the summer. I've been a big X-Men fan since I was a kid. X-Men: DOFP was action-packed, fun and very emotional. It was pretty fuckin' perfect in my opinion.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was my favorite movie of the summer. I've been a big X-Men fan since I was a kid. X-Men: DOFP was action-packed, fun and very emotional. It was pretty fuckin' perfect in my opinion.
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6:35PM on 08/29/2014
The first one so so???? I think it's probably one of the bests. Anyway I`m with you in terms of the other movies. I even enjoyed X3 with all its problems. But about the "inconsistent" thing... the main reason most people see X-Men as the "more inconsistent comic book film franchise" it's because it didn't got rebooted. And I'm happy with that. We saw seven X-Men movies, keeping the setting, two are bad, and the others are great or at least very good. Not a bad average. It's like the Batman
The first one so so???? I think it's probably one of the bests. Anyway I`m with you in terms of the other movies. I even enjoyed X3 with all its problems. But about the "inconsistent" thing... the main reason most people see X-Men as the "more inconsistent comic book film franchise" it's because it didn't got rebooted. And I'm happy with that. We saw seven X-Men movies, keeping the setting, two are bad, and the others are great or at least very good. Not a bad average. It's like the Batman movies, two are crap. But everyone sees Batman movies as 3 different frachises, because they changed actors and directors, even when X-Men also changed actors and directors. But the X-Men movies keeps the storyline, ok, maybe. We also got 5 Spiderman movies, and only one is great, two are decent (choose yours) and the other two are crap. Not a good average. And in terms of Iron Man.... stop there. So sorry, I think X is the most consistent franchise in my opinion. And the better one (with Batman of course). And DOFP is great, but I probably put it in 4th place, X1 X2 and First Class are really amazing.
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4:59PM on 08/29/2014
This was another film that surprised me. Jon Favreau just did a fantastic job and I really liked how all of the amazing food looked.
This was another film that surprised me. Jon Favreau just did a fantastic job and I really liked how all of the amazing food looked.
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4:56PM on 08/29/2014
This was surprisingly funny. As good as the guys were I actually liked Rose Byrne more than any other character.
This was surprisingly funny. As good as the guys were I actually liked Rose Byrne more than any other character.
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4:53PM on 08/29/2014
This is one movie I'm looking forward to seeing but haven't had a chance yet. I've heard Keira Knightley actually has a pretty good singing voice too.
This is one movie I'm looking forward to seeing but haven't had a chance yet. I've heard Keira Knightley actually has a pretty good singing voice too.
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4:13PM on 08/29/2014
-BEGIN AGAIN; NEIGHBORS: 7/10
-EDGE OF TOMORROW, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: 9/10
-BEGIN AGAIN; NEIGHBORS: 7/10
-EDGE OF TOMORROW, DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: 9/10
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3:47PM on 08/29/2014

Really!

How can you say Transformer did not live to the hype when it's the biggest movie so far this summer. Did it not reach a billion! Turtles also a hit..I think you mistake what you didn't like and assume everyone feels the same. Sorry they don't. Transformers was a fun popocorn flick just like TUrtles exactly what they was suppose to be. Stop treating fun movies like they're suppose to be Oscar worthy.
How can you say Transformer did not live to the hype when it's the biggest movie so far this summer. Did it not reach a billion! Turtles also a hit..I think you mistake what you didn't like and assume everyone feels the same. Sorry they don't. Transformers was a fun popocorn flick just like TUrtles exactly what they was suppose to be. Stop treating fun movies like they're suppose to be Oscar worthy.
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1:32AM on 08/31/2014
Nah, all the cool kids hate Michael Bay and anything he is involved in. Highest grossing movie of the year and it didn't live up to the hype, makes sense to me.
Nah, all the cool kids hate Michael Bay and anything he is involved in. Highest grossing movie of the year and it didn't live up to the hype, makes sense to me.
8:18PM on 08/29/2014
I think it's just cool and hipster to hate the Transformers films. Personally, I thought this new one was the best one yet! better characters that were more relatable to me, great FX and action. and I say this as someone who loved the other three! I can't really speak for TMNT as I've yet to see it.
I think it's just cool and hipster to hate the Transformers films. Personally, I thought this new one was the best one yet! better characters that were more relatable to me, great FX and action. and I say this as someone who loved the other three! I can't really speak for TMNT as I've yet to see it.
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3:19PM on 08/29/2014
Guess I can't reply. Agree with Paz again exactly. It's kind of a 3 way tie, and yeah I knew they would out this as #1. And Chef as #4? Chefs good. I was looking forward to it for awhile. It's worth watching, and it has heart, but I don't think it's all that special of a film. Pretty simple story. Certainly not better than EOT. And if you don't know much ab food, or those places they were at, it limits the amount of enjoyablility one can have on this film. I'm glad there's a movie
Guess I can't reply. Agree with Paz again exactly. It's kind of a 3 way tie, and yeah I knew they would out this as #1. And Chef as #4? Chefs good. I was looking forward to it for awhile. It's worth watching, and it has heart, but I don't think it's all that special of a film. Pretty simple story. Certainly not better than EOT. And if you don't know much ab food, or those places they were at, it limits the amount of enjoyablility one can have on this film. I'm glad there's a movie made for that audience though.

I guess winter soldier isn't a summer film?
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3:04PM on 08/29/2014
There weren't. 5 films better than this
There weren't. 5 films better than this
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1:33PM on 08/29/2014

decent summer season.

I think I've definitely started looking more forward to the fall season these pass few years. Guardians and DOFP were both great up until the end where I was slightly let down by the final battles. Apes was way better than I expected. I definitely would have Godzilla on here. I liked it way more than most and was blown away by the final fight scene. Still need to see Snowpiercer cuz I think I'll love it. I need some more R-rated action flicks in my summer movie season.
I think I've definitely started looking more forward to the fall season these pass few years. Guardians and DOFP were both great up until the end where I was slightly let down by the final battles. Apes was way better than I expected. I definitely would have Godzilla on here. I liked it way more than most and was blown away by the final fight scene. Still need to see Snowpiercer cuz I think I'll love it. I need some more R-rated action flicks in my summer movie season.
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1:00PM on 08/29/2014
22 Jump Street and Neighbors over The Expendables III? Bahahaha....yeah, right.
22 Jump Street and Neighbors over The Expendables III? Bahahaha....yeah, right.
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11:40AM on 08/29/2014
Easily the best Blockbuster of the summer. Perhaps not the best overall film, but easily the best Blockbuster. The film is SO much fun and is so emotionally satisfying that's it almost difficult to explain. And the fact that it's the ONLY comic book film to make me tear up says a lot. Like I said, so many fantastic emotional payoffs and just terrific directing, storytelling, and performances throughout.
Easily the best Blockbuster of the summer. Perhaps not the best overall film, but easily the best Blockbuster. The film is SO much fun and is so emotionally satisfying that's it almost difficult to explain. And the fact that it's the ONLY comic book film to make me tear up says a lot. Like I said, so many fantastic emotional payoffs and just terrific directing, storytelling, and performances throughout.
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11:36AM on 08/29/2014
Great filmmaking, but not one of my personal favorites of the summer. The movie is grand filmaking and storytelling, but one part that bothered me was that the film didn't explain or show other parts of the world being destroyed or in shambles. And I would have liked to have seen Oldman's character fleshed out a bit more.
Great filmmaking, but not one of my personal favorites of the summer. The movie is grand filmaking and storytelling, but one part that bothered me was that the film didn't explain or show other parts of the world being destroyed or in shambles. And I would have liked to have seen Oldman's character fleshed out a bit more.
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11:34AM on 08/29/2014

Edge of Tomorrow

As of yesterday it did crack $100mil in U.S. as did Pacific Rim (although yes they both underperformed).
As of yesterday it did crack $100mil in U.S. as did Pacific Rim (although yes they both underperformed).
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11:33AM on 08/29/2014
What I enjoyed most about this film was that it felt most like an X-Men film out of all of the others. Great story and loved how you really feel the threat of the villain(s) this time around. Cast did a terrific job. Especially the chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender. And once again, Jackman proves that he IS Wolverine and that he can still surprise us with his performance of Logan.

Can't wait for Apocalypse.
What I enjoyed most about this film was that it felt most like an X-Men film out of all of the others. Great story and loved how you really feel the threat of the villain(s) this time around. Cast did a terrific job. Especially the chemistry between McAvoy and Fassbender. And once again, Jackman proves that he IS Wolverine and that he can still surprise us with his performance of Logan.

Can't wait for Apocalypse.
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11:28AM on 08/29/2014
Favreau delivers a tour de force for this one by doing a great job of directing, writing, and acting. The film just oozes charm and heart and everyone in the cast delivers. Definitely one of the better adult films to come out this summer.
Favreau delivers a tour de force for this one by doing a great job of directing, writing, and acting. The film just oozes charm and heart and everyone in the cast delivers. Definitely one of the better adult films to come out this summer.
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11:26AM on 08/29/2014
Best Blockbuster of the summer that's not a comic book film. The story was great, action was spectacular and very well directed, and Cruise and Blunt were in top form.

Can't wait to see this one again.
Best Blockbuster of the summer that's not a comic book film. The story was great, action was spectacular and very well directed, and Cruise and Blunt were in top form.

Can't wait to see this one again.
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11:24AM on 08/29/2014
An instant classic in my opinion. Probably this generation's 'Animal House' and I think the funniest film of the summer.
An instant classic in my opinion. Probably this generation's 'Animal House' and I think the funniest film of the summer.
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11:22AM on 08/29/2014
Hilarious film and the chemistry was even better this time around between Hill and Tatum, but I found the original to be better overall.
Hilarious film and the chemistry was even better this time around between Hill and Tatum, but I found the original to be better overall.
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11:21AM on 08/29/2014
GREAT film. So glad that I was able to catch this in theaters. Amazing filmaking in every way.

It's in my personal top three of the year and overall I think it's the best film of the year (thus far).
GREAT film. So glad that I was able to catch this in theaters. Amazing filmaking in every way.

It's in my personal top three of the year and overall I think it's the best film of the year (thus far).
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11:18AM on 08/29/2014
Glad to see this made the list. It's a great little gem of a film, and it's personally my favorite overall film of the year (so far).
Glad to see this made the list. It's a great little gem of a film, and it's personally my favorite overall film of the year (so far).
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11:16AM on 08/29/2014

I knew this would be tops for this site

Guardians is awesome. I'd say it's tied between this and Dawn for 2nd, with 1st being Edge of Tomorrow.
Guardians is awesome. I'd say it's tied between this and Dawn for 2nd, with 1st being Edge of Tomorrow.
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11:14AM on 08/29/2014

Great Film

Very enjoyable and underrated film. It was full of heart and sincerity and I think that is what gave the film its charm
Very enjoyable and underrated film. It was full of heart and sincerity and I think that is what gave the film its charm
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11:12AM on 08/29/2014

very good movie

This movie had it all, and then some. You totally forget the main characters (apes) are CGI. Can't wait for the next one. Probably my 2nd favorite movie this summer.
This movie had it all, and then some. You totally forget the main characters (apes) are CGI. Can't wait for the next one. Probably my 2nd favorite movie this summer.
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11:12AM on 08/29/2014

very good movie

This movie had it all, and then some. You totally forget the main characters (apes) are CGI. Can't wait for the next one. Probably my 2nd favorite movie this summer.
This movie had it all, and then some. You totally forget the main characters (apes) are CGI. Can't wait for the next one. Probably my 2nd favorite movie this summer.
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11:11AM on 08/29/2014
Not a bad list, though I wouldn't put Guardians at #1. Had a ton of fun with that movie, don't get me wrong, but I just don't think it was on that level (an despite the oddball characters, it kind of WAS the same old thing). I think I'd place DoFP and Snowpiercer in the top 2 slots.
Not a bad list, though I wouldn't put Guardians at #1. Had a ton of fun with that movie, don't get me wrong, but I just don't think it was on that level (an despite the oddball characters, it kind of WAS the same old thing). I think I'd place DoFP and Snowpiercer in the top 2 slots.
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11:10AM on 08/29/2014

Good, but somewhat disappointing

I wanted to love this movie, but it let me down. It was okay, but some of the plot holes and logic just took me right out of it.
I wanted to love this movie, but it let me down. It was okay, but some of the plot holes and logic just took me right out of it.
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11:07AM on 08/29/2014

Best movie of the Summer!!!

Hands down. I loved every second of it. Sucks that most people didn't check this out.
Hands down. I loved every second of it. Sucks that most people didn't check this out.
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11:05AM on 08/29/2014
Solid list. Completely agree with #1. Guardians is this generation's Ghostbusters. It was funny, smart, had great characters & fun villains. Couldn't ask for more.
Solid list. Completely agree with #1. Guardians is this generation's Ghostbusters. It was funny, smart, had great characters & fun villains. Couldn't ask for more.
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11:00AM on 08/29/2014

Better than last summer

I am pretty critical about a lot of the garbage that is being spewed out of Hollywood these days but I have to say that overall Summer 2014 produced some classics that I know I will watch again and again. Starting with Cap 2, Godzilla, X-Men and ending with GOTG the blockbusters were pretty great. Throw in the film fest delights like Boyhood and Chef and Summer 2014 was actually pretty great. My only complaint was that there was no real good horror films over Summer 2014...
I am pretty critical about a lot of the garbage that is being spewed out of Hollywood these days but I have to say that overall Summer 2014 produced some classics that I know I will watch again and again. Starting with Cap 2, Godzilla, X-Men and ending with GOTG the blockbusters were pretty great. Throw in the film fest delights like Boyhood and Chef and Summer 2014 was actually pretty great. My only complaint was that there was no real good horror films over Summer 2014...
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11:00AM on 08/29/2014
Had a 'feeling' this was gonna top the list. Not gonna argue with that, no problem - at all!
Had a 'feeling' this was gonna top the list. Not gonna argue with that, no problem - at all!
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11:00AM on 08/29/2014
Everything a sequel should be - building upon the first film while not retreading its story or trying to be superficially "bigger and better" with the spectacle. It really is a character piece and proof that storytelling and visual effects can be given equal care in a big summer film.
Everything a sequel should be - building upon the first film while not retreading its story or trying to be superficially "bigger and better" with the spectacle. It really is a character piece and proof that storytelling and visual effects can be given equal care in a big summer film.
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10:59AM on 08/29/2014
Was bowled over by this one; went in half-expecting it to be a complete mess. Sure, it's a giant retcon, but it's a giant retcon done well. It didn't feel like "wave of a hand, everything's okay" as stories of this sort often can.
Was bowled over by this one; went in half-expecting it to be a complete mess. Sure, it's a giant retcon, but it's a giant retcon done well. It didn't feel like "wave of a hand, everything's okay" as stories of this sort often can.
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10:58AM on 08/29/2014
Being the producer, writer, actor and star, you'd think this would be a vanity project, but it didn't come off like that as well. A very warm, sincere movie that stays on the right side of being sentimental.
Being the producer, writer, actor and star, you'd think this would be a vanity project, but it didn't come off like that as well. A very warm, sincere movie that stays on the right side of being sentimental.
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10:57AM on 08/29/2014
One of the most exciting, entertaining sci-fi action movies in recent memory. Wouldn't have thought Emily Blunt would be a convincing all-out badass, but she put in the work for it and it paid off. I also loved that it was really, really funny.
One of the most exciting, entertaining sci-fi action movies in recent memory. Wouldn't have thought Emily Blunt would be a convincing all-out badass, but she put in the work for it and it paid off. I also loved that it was really, really funny.
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10:53AM on 08/29/2014
Was surprised by this, but didn't love it. The thing they got right was even though the characters did stupid, mean-spirited and dangerous things, they weren't outright unlikeable jerks. Love how game Rose Byrne was for all of it too.
Was surprised by this, but didn't love it. The thing they got right was even though the characters did stupid, mean-spirited and dangerous things, they weren't outright unlikeable jerks. Love how game Rose Byrne was for all of it too.
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10:52AM on 08/29/2014
It's really different from the regular summer blockbuster output we've been bored by, I really hope Bong Joon-ho gets more Hollywood projects because this is just spectacular. From Chris Evans to Octavia Spencer, John Hurt to Jamie Bell, it's one hell of a cool cast as well.
It's really different from the regular summer blockbuster output we've been bored by, I really hope Bong Joon-ho gets more Hollywood projects because this is just spectacular. From Chris Evans to Octavia Spencer, John Hurt to Jamie Bell, it's one hell of a cool cast as well.
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10:50AM on 08/29/2014
I liked this one, it's kinda formulaic and definitely a lot more Hollywood than Once, but it's charming, well-made and well-acted. The sequence in which Dan imagines all the instruments playing by themselves was a neat moment of visual invention.
I liked this one, it's kinda formulaic and definitely a lot more Hollywood than Once, but it's charming, well-made and well-acted. The sequence in which Dan imagines all the instruments playing by themselves was a neat moment of visual invention.
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