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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!

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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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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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