Alien Bee’s Top 14 Movies Of 2014

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Okay gang. The end of 2014 is creeping up on us and is just a few days away now. I’ve watched a lot of good (and bad) movies this year and I’ve come up with a simple list of my personal favorites of 2014 and it includes a little bit of everything and probably a few that you’ve never even heard of.

First of all, I wanted to list some movies that didn’t make my top 14 of 2014 but were still a really good watch.  ALIEN ABDUCTION, THE DEN, LATE PHASES, THE HUMAN RACE, DON’T BLINK, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, INTERSTELLAR, ANCHORMAN 2, THE EXPENDABLES 3, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1, THE MAZE RUNNER, BIG HERO 6, THE BABADOOK and THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF  THE FIVE ARMIES.

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14. THE MACHINE was written and directed by Caradog W. James and stars Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz and Denis Lawson.

Plot:  

Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, which is designed to help humanity. But things go wrong when the MoD steal their breakthrough and teach it to become a robotic weapon.

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13. AFFLICTED was written, directed by, and stars Derek Lee and Clif Prowse.

Plot: 

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world.  Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

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12. TUSK was written and directed by Kevin Smith and stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel OsmentGenesis Rodriguez and Johnny Depp.

Plot:

A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures-and a disturbing fondness for walruses.

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11. THE LEGO MOVIE was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, Cobie Smulders, Jonah Hill and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

Plot:

The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under prepared.

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10. EXTRATERRESTRIAL was directed by The Vicious Brothers and stars Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside, Anja Savcic, Emily Perkins and Sean Rogerson.

Plot:

From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters comes a different kind of encounter, one of ‘EXTRATERRESTRIAL’ origin. Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & The Half Blooded Prince, Pitch Perfect), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

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9. OCULUS was directed by Mike Flanagan and stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Rory Cochrane, Annalise Basso and Garrett Ryan Ewald.

Plot:

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations, and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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8. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION was directed by Michael Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller and Bingbing Li.

Plot:

Earth has mostly recovered from the great war between the Autobots and Decepticons, but when Cade Yeager finds Optimus Prime, he earns the attention of the US government and the Decepticons. Optimus Prime must align with the Dinobots to save Earth from extinction.

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7. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 was directed by Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott, Paul Giamatti, B.J. Novak and Sally Field.

Plot:

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

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6. GODZILLA was directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche , David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

Plot:

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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5. EDGE OF TOMORROW was directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily BluntBill PaxtonKick Gurry, Dragomir MrsicCharlotte RileyJonas Armstrong and Franz Drameh.

Plot:

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

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4. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was directed by Matt Reeves and returns Andy Serkis as the mo-cap monkey leader Caesar with Jason ClarkeGary OldmanKeri RussellToby KebbellKodi Smit-McPheeEnrique MurcianoKirk Acevedo and Judy Greer.

Plot:

The sequel follows the growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and  stars Chris Evans,  Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. JacksonSebastian StanCobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones,  Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford.

Plot:

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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2. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Peter Dinklage,  Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Omar Sy and Lucas Till.

Plot:

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.

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1. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was directed by James Gunn and stars Zoe SaldanaChris Pratt, Bradley CooperDave BautistaVin DieselLee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

Plot:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power fo the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

 

I started running out of time with my list so this had to be the end product. I was going to share my opinion a little about each movie but honestly, I think they all speak for themselves.

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