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The Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of 2014 So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 1, 2014 2:52 PM
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Worst/Disappointing So Far... 2014
We’ve said it before, notably as a lead-in to our recent Best Films Of The Year So Far feature, but 2014 is looking to be a pretty good year for the movies, with a lot more to celebrate than commiserate being unveiled this past six months. And if we can say that the week that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the big release, you know we must really mean it. However, as the song goes, along with all the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes, and how would we even know how great some of our high points were if we didn’t periodically experience the lows? Even in the best years, there’ll be a few films that stick in our various craws, and so in our bi-annual attempt to exorcize those demons, here’s a rundown of the films our staff members most disliked this year, thus far.

Box-Office: Kevin Hart’s ‘Think Like A Man Too’ Is #1, 'Jersey Boys' Can't Hit Any Strong Notes

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 22, 2014 12:29 PM
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Think Like A Man Too
Every trade will tell you the success of “Think Like A Man Too” is because of social media buzz. I just thought it was a little guy named Kevin Hart and an audience that is constantly underserved. I’m going to go with the latter. Hart is one of the biggest African-American stars in the world right now (minus mega-star Will Smith) and the urban audience has a movie squarely aimed at them maybe every two months at best, so they usually turn out for comedy starring one of their own. And so as expected “Think Like A Man Too” took the number one spot at the box-office this weekend, but not by a lot.

Box-Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ Is The 2nd Highest R-Rated Comedy Opening Ever With $60 Million

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 15, 2014 1:35 PM
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22 Jump Street
There’s been talk of a slow box-office this year. Indeed as of early June, despite big grosses for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” the box-office was down 12% from 2013. And it has been relatively soft: Tom Cruise’s “Edge Of Tomorrow” vehicle failed to open higher than $30 million and all of the aforementioned summer blockbusters are expected to not pass the $225 million mark at home (a relatively low performance considering the average tentpole). Could it be blockbuster fatigue has already set in? Evidence in favor of that post it this weekend’s box-office as two non-traditionally loud and epic films took off massively to make for $110 million total.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Weeps Its Way To #1, Tom Cruise’s ‘Tomorrow’ Falters With Less Than $30 Million

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 8, 2014 12:40 PM
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Fault in Our Stars
Opening to slightly smaller numbers than predicted, Shailene Woodley’s romantic weepie “The Fault In Our Stars” took the number one slot this weekend, perhaps proving that you don’t need science-fiction or high concept in order for a YA novel to connect with audiences. While its weekend debut was below the $50 or even $55 million some were projecting after Thurs/Friday night’s incredibly strong numbers, it’s still a terrific opening for a movie that isn’t a franchise, isn't a summer blockbuster and doesn't feature explosions and or a huge star. Woodley isn’t a quite a “star” yet, but these numbers suggest she’s surely on her way.

Best To Worst: Tom Cruise's Action Movies Ranked

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 4, 2014 12:35 PM
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Tom Cruise Action Films Ranked
Every year, pretty much since the early '80s, we've been granted a cinematic occurrence so regular you can set your watch by it, and so reliable that it's oddly comforting — a new Tom Cruise movie. And 2014 is no different, with the Biggest Movie Star In The World's latest, "Edge of Tomorrow" hitting theaters this weekend. Our first-look reviewers were so split on it that we ran a point/counterpoint review of the Doug Liman movie, but since then a few more of us have seen it, and we’re overall pretty high on it.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

10 Movies To See In June

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • June 2, 2014 2:21 PM
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Movies To See In June, 2014
Summer 2014 is officially here, and as the kids prepare for three-odd months of freedom the question of what to do with your free time arises. Temperatures start to soar and the air conditioned movie theater becomes your oasis. There’s quite a bit worth seeking out this month with a spate of big-budget blockbusters and smaller indie fare. Time to get a summer job, if you don’t have one already, to pay for these ten movies worth seeking out in June!

Trivia: 8 Weeks Before Production Began, 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Didn't Have An Ending

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 1:23 PM
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Edge Of Tomorrow Doug Liman Tom Cruise
This weekend, Tom Cruise is back in theatres with the sci-fi blockbuster "Edge Of Tomorrow," one of the few summer movies not based on a toy, comic or video game (though it is based on a book). While our reviewers were split, the movie promises an intriguing premise, Cruise in action hero mode, and director Doug Liman operating at full throttle. But there was a moment just before cameras rolled, where it seemed the movie might come off the rails.

Watch: New Footage In Japanese Trailer For 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' & Last Promo For 'Edge Of Tomorrow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2014 1:03 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
This summer, where do you want to go? A planet ruled by apes or a planet overrun by aliens? The good news is that you don't have to choose with both "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" and "Edge Of Tomorrow" serving up two different versions of the future, and in case you forgot what's coming, fresh trailers are here for both.

Watch: 4 Clips From 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Go To The Future

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 27, 2014 11:43 AM
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Edge Of Tomorrow
“Edge of Tomorrow,” Doug Liman's sci-fi “Groundhog Day meets D-Day...IN SPACE!” movie, is kind of a tough one: so much so that we reviewed it twice, with wildly differing results, to cover our bases. Certainly you're going to want to see it so you can decide which side you fall on, but if you're not yet convinced we've also got a bunch of promos to introduce you to the key concepts of the film.

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