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I am not a film critic, I don’t have to watch anything I don’t want to, therefore if I watch something rubbish its my own stupid fault.  In no particular order the worst films I saw at the cinema in 2014 are:

Pompeii: What could have been a fun action disaster movie fails mainly because of the poor handling of the main character, Vesuvius.Pompeii

The Last Days on Mars: Made the most of its small budget and the acting isn’t that bad, but the plot and script are terrible.The Last Days on Mars

Need For Speed: A silly story with questionable acting, portly choreographed action, and worst of all, no fun.Need For Speed

A Long Way Down: Well cast and well acted but the very sharp and funny Nick Hornby novel is lost in the atrocious script.A Long Way Down

Transformers: Age Of Extinction: Marginally better than  Dark of the Moon.Transformers Age Of Extinction

Brick Mansions: to be honest it isn’t terrible, it just so far short of District 13 on which it is based.Brick Mansions

The Pyramid: Silly horror that fails on every level.  It’s makers can’t even decide if it is a found footage movie or not.The Pyramid

Magic in the Moonlight: A great cast is wasted in a whimsical comedy that spent so much time and effort on whimsy it  forgot to be funny.Magic in the Moonlight

Dracula Untold: Luke Evans isn’t terrible but the film is totally pointless and dull, it gives the impression that it was written by someone who hasn’t read Bram Stoker novel.Dracula Untold

I, Frankenstein: The people behind Underworld rehash their own idea and put Frankenstein’s monster at the centre, it really doesn’t work.I Frankenstein

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Last Movie of the Month for 2014 with a surprise winner. Check back over the weekend to see if any of the featured films make my top ten of the year. 

Paddington:  Adapting the classic children’s story could have been a disaster,  amazingly the story of the titular bear from darkest Peru gets everything right.  From the cast (both the human characters and the voice of Paddington) to the animation of the bear.  Most importantly the comedy is just the right side of silly to make it charming and enchanting.Paddington

Black Sea:  It essentially boils down to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in a submarine.  A taught well acted, if predicable thriller.Black Sea

The Grandmaster: The life of real life martial arts supremo Ip Man as told by Wong Kar Wai.  It is as stunning to look at as you would expect, and the fight choreography by Woo-ping Yuen is as brilliant as ever.  The only disappointing thing, I am led to believe there are three different edits, out there.  If the reviews are correct, the version I saw isn’t the best one.The Grandmaster

The Pyramid: A team of archaeologists explore a pyramid.  Not good idea.  A silly film that doesn’t even reach the low watermark set by As Above, So Below earlier this year.  Anyone thinking of watching either of these films would be better of watching Neil Marshall’s modern classic/masterpiece The Descent, even if you have already seen it.The Pyramid

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: A decent conclusion to the trilogy.  Like its predecessors it was never going to be as good as The Lord Of The Rings.  Some of the characters are sidelined for large sections of the film but this is done to develop other characters further and was the right thing to do on the whole.The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Big Eyes: Tim Burtons least Tim Burton film.  It is similar in tone to Ed Wood but doesn’t have the same warmth towards the characters.  The biggest floor is the lack of depth to Christoph Waltz’s character.  We never truly understand the motivation for his actions.bigeyes

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie directed story Olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.  Lavishly shot and often powerful, the heart of the movie comes from another great performance from rising star Jack O’Connell.Unbroken

Exodus: Gods And Kings: The return of the biblical epic continues, unlike Noah it tells its story with a tiny bit of ambiguity that may or may not rationalise the miracles on display.  It sags a little in the middle but earns its epic status thanks to some truly spectacular scenes.Exodus Gods And Kings

I never expected to say this, but Movie of The Month is: PaddingtonPaddingtonPOSTER

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