I’ve actually seen some folks saying that 2014’s been a down year for film. Maybe they’re using the lackluster summer movie season as their gauge, but I say anyone who feels this way isn’t looking closely. There have already been a handful of great releases this year, from the first half alone (that is, U.S. releases from January 1st-June 30th). I put together a list of 20 very good-to-great films from that window that I think are worth checking out if you haven’t already. Most are available on VOD or still in cinemas. In no particular order, they are:

BLUE RUIN  |  EDGE OF TOMORROW
JODOROWSKY’S DUNE  |  THE RAID 2
LOCKE  |  ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
CHEAP THRILLS  |  SNOWPIERCER
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL  |  JOE
COHERENCE  |  UNDER THE SKIN
22 JUMP STREET  |  THE LEGO MOVIE
NEIGHBORS  |  BIG BAD WOLVES
CHEF  |  OBVIOUS CHILD  |  GODZILLA
CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Winter Soldier

Sorrynotsorry for listing them instead of whipping up some posters collage. Maybe I’ll do that if when I make a proper ‘best of everytihng’ list later this year. Either way, a handful of good flicks. The second half started strong, too, with Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and the Roger Ebert documentary, LIFE ITSELF. And with tons of highly-anticipated flicks still to come, including: INHERENT VICE, NIGHTCRAWLER, GONE GIRL, and INTERSTELLAR, 2014 is looking good. Real good.

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  1. Ryan says:

    Although I haven’t seen Jodorowsky’s Dune, Snowpiercer, Coherence, The Lego Movie, Chef and Obvious Child, the rest of those films are definitely some of the best of the year so far (except Under the Skin, I hated that movie so hard).

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