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I, Frankenstein (2014)
“The once novel idea of casting Bill Nighy as a cold-blooded villain, has now officially worn out its welcome. I, Frankenstein isn't an insultingly bad movie, it's just a dopey romp through mediocre special effects and derivative writing.”
Sabotage (2014)
Sabotage may start with a violent opening sequence, but it is a slow burn type of action-thriller, the kind that Walter Hill once specialized in. Director/co-Writer David Ayer, who has made a living on law enforcement corruption pictures, again delivers another story about officers who stradle the line between protector and aggressor.”
The Lego Movie (2014)
The Lego Movie is one of the years' wittiest delights.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
“the gee-whiz innocence and matinee-idol quality has been lost in the translation. That's not a knock on the quality of the movie, but a letdown for this viewer, who embraced the art-deco post WWII production design and the goofy wholesomeness of that first film.”
Need for Speed (2014)
“The automobiles are exotic, but the characters are factory stock in this live action adaptation of EA's long running video game series. Taking a molecule of an idea and stretching it into 130 minutes of tough guy posturing, racing, and mis-timed humor, proves just how graceful the never-ending Fast & Furious films are handled.”
A Haunted House 2 (2014)
“Lacking any effective supporting players, star Marlon Wayans is left to flounder uncomfortably onscreen for the majority of the running-time. Stripping away the smart and self-aware satirical angle that defined the Wayans troupe work on the successful Scary Movie franchise, A Haunted House 2 is predictable and infantile nonsense that might amuse kids old enough to sneak into the movies by themselves.”

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
“This is the kind of lazy, unfunny farce that is the definition of a cash-grab. It may have grossed untold Millions, but tripe like Smokey II helped topple the one-time box-office king from his perch.”
3 Days to Kill (2014)
3 Days to Kill is a study in implausibilities, but that doesn't damper the entertainment value. At the risk of over-length, writer Luc Besson and director McG have given the characters scenes to talk in between the shooting and beatings.”
Rage (2014)
Rage, works in the moment but any attempt at profoundness come off as silly and inappropriate in a movie that is influenced by Steven Seagal flicks and Cronenberg in equal measures.”

The November Man (2014)
“Aspirations of a franchise similar to the Bond or Bourne series are quickly dashed, the movie is bizarrely incoherent and distracted, it is both overly-plotted and under-cooked. This is surely one of the year's worst offerings, made more disappointing due to the presence of director Roger Donaldson behind the camera and former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, in the lead role.”
Dead in Tombstone (2013)
“...Dead in Tombstone, which has been a straight forward western up to this point goes full-bore horror mode from here after. This is a hyper-violent hybrid that plays to the strengths of its director and cast. If the loquacious-ness of Tarantino's characters is too long-winded for you, or the frenzied self-aware camera work of Rodriguez is too much, then Rein√© presents a happy medium between the two.”
The Nut Job (2014)
The Nut Job isn't the best family film of the year or any other hyperbole the ads suggest, but it's a lot better than any second-tier copy should be.”

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
“Beautifully shot and crisply edited, this sequel bests the original in terms of story, production values and acting. Through plot development, sound design, costumes, and dialogue a remarkable amount of dread is summoned and sustained throughout the brief running time.”
Army of One (1993)
“The most famous 'car' flick is probably Smokey and the Bandit, though Bullet, Fast & Furious, and Gone in 60 Seconds are notable genre entries. Army of One successfully uses elements from each picture in crafting its own style, resulting in an undeniable guilty pleasure.”
Babylon A.D. (2008)
“All the running, shooting, futuristic settings, and pseudo-science, aren't enough to overcome the deadly moronic screenplay and sub-par execution on-screen”

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