2014: The Year in Reviews (Observations & Wrap-Up)

So, as we do every year, I’ve gone over all twelve months of the year, as well as all the films that haven’t come out yet. And now… we analyze it all.

For reference purposes, here are all the articles involved in this:

2014 Film Release Calendar

2014: The Year in Reviews

January

January

February

February

March

March

April

April

May

May

June

June

July

July

August

August

September

September

October

October

November

November

December

December

Films Without Release Dates (A-L)

Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Unshot Films & 2012 Holdovers

Films That Were Unreleased

 

So now… let’s compare.

As a starting point, at the moment, I have watched (x) number of movies from 2014.

We’ll begin with a list of the films I haven’t seen. The ones with an asterisk next to them are ones I haven’t seen yet, meaning that I at least intend to give them a watch at some point in the future. The ones without asterisks are the ones I haven’t seen, and really have no intention of ever seeing.

2014 Films I Haven’t Seen

Annabelle, Devil’s Due, Dolphin Tale 2, Jessabelle, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Pyramid, The Quiet Ones, Single Moms Club, Step Up All In, Think Like a Man Too

The Last of Robin Hood, Low Down, Miss Julie

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I put them into two lists. One of movies I skipped and won’t see, which totals 10, and one of movies I just haven’t been able to see yet. Which totals 3. I’d say that I’ll end up seeing all 3 at some point. Whether they all count for this year, I can’t say. Depends on when I can see them. Almost all of them will be over the next six weeks, so they’ll count for this year.

What I am gonna focus on is the list of ones I deliberately didn’t watch. It includes one Tyler Perry movie, and mostly horror movies. Annabelle is a spin-off to a movie I didn’t like. I’m done with the Paranormal Activity series. Step Up, I’ve never watched a single one. Dolphin Tale wasn’t happening, even though it could have. The Quiet Ones and Devil’s Due are just ones I was never going to watch. Think Like a Man Too — never watched the first one, don’t care. Jessabelle is the one that no one’s ever heard of, and it got dumped on VOD, so technically, if I didn’t track it back in January, it could have never existed. And now it’s a skip. Either way, here we are. And then The Pyramid. Didn’t get a wide enough release for anyone to care, and I’d have seen it if I could, but now that the year is over, I’m not gonna bother with it.

The total number of films from 2014 that I have seen is 313 at the moment. The total number I haven’t seen is 13. So that gives me a 96% completion rate. Considering last year I was at 92.5%, I’m feeling pretty good.

Now, for the films I have watched, I always break them down into specific categories. First, the films I guessed ratings for exactly in January. That is, in January, I said I’d rate them at a certain level, and, after I saw them, I ended up giving them the same rating.

2014 Films I Guessed Exactly

About Last Night, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, After the Dark, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Annie, The Anomaly, Bad Country, Bad Words, Barefoot, Before I Disappear, Before I Go to Sleep, Begin Again, Behaving Badly, Blended, Boyhood, The Boxtrolls, Brick Mansions, Calvary, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Captive, Cesar Chavez, Cold in July, Cuban Fury, Date and Switch, Divergent, Dom Hemingway, Electric Slide, Enemy, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Expendables 3, The Fault in Our Stars, Filth, Frankie and Alice, Fury, Gimme Shelter, The Giver, The Good Lie, Grace of Monaco, Happy Christmas, A Haunted House 2, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Hellion, Hercules, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, The Homesman, Horrible Bosses 2, If I Stay, The Imitation Game, In the Blood, Inherent Vice, In Secret, The Interview, Into the Woods, In Your Eyes, I Origins, Jersey Boys, The Judge, Kill the Messenger, Laggies, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, The Lego Movie, A Long Way Down, The Love Punch, Lucy, Million Dollar Arm, A Most Wanted Man, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, My Old Lady, Need for Speed, Neighbors, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, A Night in Old Mexico, Night Moves, Noah, No Good Deed, Non-Stop, The November Man, Nymphomaniac Vol. 1, Nymphomaniac Vol. 2, Only Lovers Left Alive, Outcast, Parts Per Billion, Perfect Sisters, The Pirate Fairy, Planes: Fire and Rescue, Playing It Cool, Pompeii, The Pretty One, The Purge: Anarchy, The Railway Man, Ride Along, RoboCop, Rosewater, The Rover, Sabotage, The Scribbler, Stalingrad, Stretch, That Awkward Moment, Third Person, This Is Where I Leave You, 3 Days to Kill, Tokarev, Transcendence, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Trials of Cate McCall, Tusk, 22 Jump Street, Unbroken, Under the Skin, Veronica Mars, Very Good Girls, What If, White Bird in a Blizzard, The Young and Prodigious Spivet, The Young Ones, The Zero Theorem (118)

2014 Films I Guessed a Half-Star Off

About Alex, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, And So It Goes, The Art of the Steal, The Bag Man, Beauty and the Beast, Belle, Better Living Through Chemistry, Beyond the Lights, Big Eyes, Big Hero 6, Black or White, Blood Ties, The Book of Life, Camp X-Ray, Chef, Clouds of Sils Maria, Comet, Decoding Annie Parker, Deliver Us from Evil, Devil’s Knot, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Dracula Untold, Draft Day, The Drop, The Dying of the Light, Edge of Tomorrow, Elsa and Fred, Endless Love, The Equalizer, Fading Gigolo, Foxcatcher, Get on Up, God Help the Girl, God’s Pocket, Godzilla, Gone Girl, Good People, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hateship Loveship, Haunter, How to Train Your Dragon 2, The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, I Frankenstein, The Immigrant, Interstellar, Into the Storm, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Jamesy Boy, Jamie Marks Is Dead, Jimi: All Is By My Side, Joe, John Wick, Left Behind, The Legend of Hercules, Let’s Be Cops, Life After Beth, Life Partners, Locke, The Longest Week, Magic in the Moonlight, Maleficent, Maps to the Stars, The Maze Runner, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Monuments Men, Mood Indigo, Muppets Most Wanted, The Nut Job, The Other Woman, Ouija, Paddington, The Prince, The Raid 2: Berandal, The Riot Club, Reach Me, Rio 2, Rudderless, St. Vincent, The Salvation, Serena, The Skeleton Twins, Snowpiercer, Stonehearst Asylum, Tammy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, They Came Together, 300: Rise of an Empire, Trust Me, The Two Faces of January, Two Night Stand, Walk of Shame, When the Game Stands Tall, Wild, Wish I Was Here, X-Men: Days of Future Past, You’re Not You, Zulu (101)

2014 Films I Guessed a Full Star Off

Are You Here, Best Night Ever, The Best of Me, Birdman, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dumb and Dumber To, Frank, The Guest, Sex Tape, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Winter’s Tale (11)

 

2014 Films I Guessed More Than a Full Star Off

Heaven Is For Real, Nightcrawler (2)

 

2014 (and other) Films I Didn’t Preview in January

Addicted, American Sniper, As Above So Below, The Babadook, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Berberian Sound Studio, Best Man Down, Blue Ruin, Cake, Cas and Dylan, The Case Against 8, CitizenFour, Coherence, The Congress, Dear White People, The Dog, The Double, Earth to Echo, 11 A.M., The Face of Love, A Field in England, Finding Vivian Maier, Force Majeure, The Gambler, Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me, Grand Piano, High Moon, Horns, Ida, I Know That Voice, In a World…, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Last Weekend, Leviathan, The Liberator, Life Itself, Life of Crime, Love Is Strange, Men Women and Children, Mommy, Moms’ Night Out, A Most Violent Year, Mr. Turner, The Mule, Obvious Child, Oculus, The One I Love, Palo Alto, The Penguins of Madagascar, Peter Pan Live, Pride, The Salt of the Earth, Selma, ’71, The Signal, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Son of a Gun, Song of the Sea, Space Station 76, Starred Up, Still Alice, Sunshine on Leith, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Theory of Everything, Top Five, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, To Write Love on Her Arms, Tracks, 12 O’Clock Boys, Two Days One Night, Vampire Academy, Venus in Fur, Virguna, A Walk Among the Tombstones, What We Do in the Shadows, Whiplash, Wild Tales, Winter Sleep, The Wolverine Unleashed (79)

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I’m doing something different this year. I really don’t care so much about the numbers anymore. I’ve tried for three years now to find an accurate way to gauge my guessing ability.

Originally, I took what was straight up right (exact), straight up wrong (a star or more off), and sort of guessed based on the murky ones (based on what I said; if I said it would be one or the other, was feeling positive/negative, etc). Then last year I tried some weird statistical thing. I wasn’t feeling it.

This year, I’m gonna take a more blunt force approach. I feel this one will do a good job of showing just how well I can predict how I will react to things. Especially now, given the rise of the VOD release, when it’s just not entirely feasible to stick to one rating when you don’t know if something will be released in theaters or not. The way I’m doing it this year is as such:

I didn’t preview 79 movies in January. So those come right off the top. I didn’t guess, so I couldn’t have gotten them wrong. They are irrelevant. The amount of movies that do count for the year (at the moment) is 230.

Of the 232, I guessed 118 of them right. That’s 50.8%. I’ll take that. Half the time, I’ll get it exact.

Now, to go even further — I guessed 101 movies within a half-star of my eventual rating. I know this isn’t entirely specific, since a half-star could mean a lot of things. But basing this purely on the numbers I guessed, of 232 films, I guessed 219 of them either exactly or within a half a star. That’s almost 95% of them. There were only 13 movies I was a full star or more off on. Only 2 of those were more than a star off. That’s pretty fucking good.

That means, that presented with any movie, I can, with a 95% success rate, tell you exactly what I’m going to think about it within a half a star. Why make it more complicated than that?

I really don’t need to bother with specifics anymore. Mostly I just need to get across (to myself, mostly) that I was really close on almost everything. (And I’m not even going to get into the fact that of the ones I was a full star or more off on, four of them are Unforgivable article films, which means… well, let’s not bend the rules. A number is a number. But there’s some emotional leeway there. I don’t feel as wrong about those as I would for something that I was just flat out wrong on.)

I like this way better, personally. I don’t need to prove anything to myself anymore. At this point, it’s just reassuring myself that I’m really close on almost everything, and that I’m slowly trying to increase the exact totals as much as possible.

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Now for the record-keeping portion of the article. This is the part that I really care about, anyway. I’ve become way more interesting in this section.

Here’s a list of what films got what rating (and boy, isn’t this first one interesting?):

5 stars:

4.5 stars: Birdman, Fury, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, Interstellar, A Most Violent Year, Unbroken, Whiplash (9)

4 stars: The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Big Eyes, Blood Ties, Boyhood, Chef, The Congress, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Foxcatcher, The Gambler, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Guest, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, I Know That Voice, The Imitation Game, Into the Woods, Life Itself, Locke, Nightcrawler, Pride, Snowpiercer, St. Vincent, Sunshine on Leith, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Theory of Everything, Top Five, Tracks, X-Men: Days of Future Past (29)

3.5 stars: After the Dark, American Sniper, The Art of the Steal, The Babadook, Before I Disappear, Begin Again, Belle, Big Hero 6, Black or White, Blue Ruin, Cas and Dylan, CitizenFour, Comet, Dom Hemingway, The Double, Draft Day, Edge of Tomorrow, Enemy, The Fault in Our Stars, Filth, Force Majeure, Frank, Get on Up, Grand Piano, The Homesman, Horns, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Ida, Joe, John Wick, The Judge, Kill the Messenger, Laggies, Maps to the Stars, Men Women and Children, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Monuments Men, Mood Indigo, A Most Wanted Man, The Mule, Noah, Nymphomaniac Vol. 1, Obvious Child, The One I Love, Only Lovers Left Alive, Rosewater, Selma, ’71, Son of a Gun, Starred Up, Still Alice, They Came Together, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Trials of Cate McCall, Trust Me, 12 O’Clock Boys, Two Night Stand, Under the Skin, Wild Tales, Winter Sleep, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, The Zero Theroem (62)

3 stars: A.M. 11:00, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Annie, As Above So Below, Bad Words, Barefoot, Before I Go to Sleep, Berberian Sound Studio, Best Man Down, Better Living Through Chemistry, Beyond the Lights, The Boxtrolls, Cake, Calvary, Camp X-Ray, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Captive, The Case Against 8, Coherence, Date and Switch, Dear White People, Decoding Annie Parker, Divergent, The Dog, The Drop, Electric Slide, Elsa and Fred, The Equalizer, Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Expendables 3, Fading Gigolo, A Field in England, Finding Vivian Maier, The Giver, Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me, God Help the Girl, Happy Christmas, Hateship Loveship, Hector and the Search for Happiness, High Moon, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The Immigrant, In a World…, In Your Eyes, I Origins, The Interview, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Jersey Boys, Jodorowsky’s Dune, The Lego Movie, Leviathan, Life After Beth, Life of Crime, Life Partners, The Longest Week, A Long Way Down, Love Is Strange, The Love Punch, Lucy, Maleficent, The Maze Runner, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Million Dollar Arm, Mommy, Mr. Turner, Muppets Most Wanted, My Old Lady, Need for Speed, Neighbors, A Night in Old Mexico, Night Moves, Non-Stop, The November Man, Nymphomaniac Vol. 2, Outcast, Peter Pan Live, The Pirate Fairy, Playing It Cool, The Purge: Anarchy, The Pretty One, The Raid 2: Berandal, The Railway Man, RoboCop, The Rover, Sabotage, The Salvation, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Song of the Sea, Space Station 76, Stalingrad, Stonehearst Asylum, Stretch, That Awkward Moment, Third Person, This Is Where I Leave You, 3 Days to Kill, 300: Rise of an Empire, Tokarev, Transcendence, Tusk, 22 Jump Street, Two Days One Night, The Two Faces of January, Vampire Academy, Venus in Fur, Very Good Girls, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Walk of Shame, What If, What We Do in the Shadows, White Bird in a Blizzard, Wild, Winter’s Tale, The Wolverine Unleashed, The Young Ones (116)

2.5 stars: About Alex, About Last Night, The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, And So It Goes, The Anomaly, Bad Country, The Bag Man, Beauty and the Beast, Behaving Badly, The Book of Life, Brick Mansions, Cesar Chavez, Clouds of Sils Maria, Cold in July, Cuban Fury, Deliver Us from Evil, Devil’s Knot, Dying of the Light, Earth to Echo, Endless Love, The Face of Love, Frankie and Alice, Gimme Shelter, God’s Pocket, The Good Lie, Good People, Grace of Monaco, A Haunted House 2, Haunter, Hellion, Hercules, Horrible Bosses 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, If I Stay, In Secret, In the Blood, Into the Storm, Jamesy Boy, Jamie Marks Is Dead, Jimi: All Is By My Side, Last Weekend, Left Behind, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Let’s Be Cops, The Liberator, Magic in the Moonlight, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, No Good Deed, The Nut Job, Oculus, Ouija, The Other Woman, Paddington, Parts Per Billion, The Penguins of Madagascar, Perfect Sisters, Planes: Fire and Rescue, Pompeii, The Prince, Reach Me, Ride Along, The Riot Club, Rio 2, Rudderless, The Salt of the Earth, The Scribbler, Serena, The Signal, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Skeleton Twins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, To Write Love on Her Arms, Virunga, When the Game Stands Tall, Veronica Mars, You’re Not You, Zulu (80)

2 stars: Are You Here, The Best of Me, Dracula Untold, Dumb and Dumber To, I Frankenstein, The Legend of Hercules, Moms’ Night Out, Palo Alto, Wish I Was Here (9)

1.5 stars: Best Night Ever, Blended, Sex Tape, Tammy (4)

1 star: Addicted

0 stars: Heaven Is For Real

Films I Didn’t See: Annabelle, Devil’s Due, Dolphin Tale 2, Jessabelle, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, The Pyramid, The Quiet Ones, Single Moms Club, Step Up All In, Think Like a Man Too

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I’m gonna try something I haven’t done before, which is an average rating of all 2014 movies I saw. Just to see if I can get a gauge of the entire year based on what’s in my head and what the numbers say. (It’ll probably end up around the same number, so it’s probably not worth trying. We’ll see if this stays come post time.)

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And now for what’s rapidly becoming my favorite part of all of this, the breakdown of the months.

I like to see what the average rating of each month ends up being, based on the cumulative average of the years previous.

January

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — didn’t see; The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Jamesy Boy — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Legend of Hercules — * * (2 stars); Devil’s Due — didn’t see; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — * * * (3 stars); Ride Along — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Nut Job — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Gimme Shelter — * * ½ (2.5 stars); I, Frankenstein — * * (2 stars); Best Night Ever — * ½ (1.5 stars); That Awkward Moment — * * * (3 stars)

I can already see we’re under 2.5 here.

That’s two 3s, five 2.5s, two 2s, one 1.5 and two skips.

That’s 10 films that count and an average rating of 2.4.

January 2011 had an average rating of 2.7, and January 2013 had an average rating of 2.86, and January 2013 had an average rating of 2.75. So we’re way down this year. I’m guessing because there were no Oscar holdovers this time. Or because February is starting to take shape as the month they put halfway decent things in. Not sure. Either way… huge departure from previous years. Very bad start to the year.

February

The Lego Movie — * * * (3 stars); The Monuments Men — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Vampire Academy — * * * (3 stars); After the Dark — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); A Field in England — * * * (3 stars); RoboCop — * * * (3 stars); About Last Night — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Endless Love — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Winter’s Tale — * * * (3 stars); The Pretty One — * * * (3 stars); Date and Switch — * * * (3 stars); Pompeii — * * ½ (2.5 stars); 3 Days to Kill * * * (3 stars); Barefoot — * * * (3 stars); In Secret — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Bag Man — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Stalingrad — * * * (3 stars); Non-Stop — * * * (3 stars)

That’s two 3.5s, eleven 3s, and five 2.5s.

That’s 18 films that count and an average rating of 2.92.

February 2011 had an average rating of 2.25, February 2012 had an average rating of 2.15 and February 2013 had an average rating of 2.59. We’re clearly trending upward for February. I think this is because February is where VOD starts coming in. There are a bunch of VOD movies here. The movie calendar is slowly expanding, making only January the pure dump month.

March

300: Rise of an Empire — * * * (3 stars); The Grand Budapest Hotel — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Mr. Peabody and Sherman — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Grand Piano — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Better Living Through Chemistry — * * * (3 stars); Need for Speed — * * * (3 stars); Single Moms Club — didn’t see; The Face of Love — * *½ (2.5 stars); The Art of the Steal — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Veronica Mars — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Bad Words — * * * (3 stars); Enemy — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Divergent — * * * (3 stars); Muppets Most Wanted — * * * (3 stars); Blood Ties — * * * * (4 stars); Jodorowsky’s Dune — * * * (3 stars); Nymphomaniac: Vol 1 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Nymphomaniac: Vol 2 — * * * (3 stars); Cesar Chavez — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Noah — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Sabotage — * * * (3 stars); Finding Vivian Maier — * * * (3 stars); The Raid 2: Berandal — * * * (3 stars)

That’s one 4.5, one 4, five 3.5s, eleven 3s, four 2.5s and one skip.

That’s 22 films that count and an average rating of 3.14.

March 2011 had an average rating of 2.7, March 2012 had an average rating of 2.8 and March 2013 had an average rating of 2.98. We keep going up in March. We’re way up this year.

April

The Pirate Fairy — * * * (3 stars); Captain America: The Winter Soldier — * * * (3 stars); Dom Hemingway — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Trials of Cate McCall —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); In the Blood —  * * ½ (2.5 stars); Frankie and Alice — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Under the Skin —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Draft Day —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Joe — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Hateship, Loveship — * * * (3 stars); Only Lovers Left Alive —  * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Railway Man — * * * (3 stars); Perfect Sisters —  * * ½ (2.5 stars); Oculus —  * * ½ (2.5 stars); Rio 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Cuban Fury — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Heaven Is For Real — 0 stars; Fading Gigolo — * * * (3 stars); In Your Eyes — * * * (3 stars); A Haunted House 2 — * ½ (1.5 stars); Transcendence — * * * (3 stars); Brick Mansions — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Other Woman — * ½ (1.5 stars); Blue Ruin — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Locke — * * * * (4 stars); Filth — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Bad Country — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Quiet Ones — didn’t see.

That’s one 4, eight 3.5s, seven 3s, eight 2.5s, two 1.5s, one 0 and one skip.

That’s 27 films that count and an average rating of 2.81.

April 2011 had an average rating of 2.9, April 2012 had an average rating of 2.85 and April 2013 had an average rating of 2.88. So, April is down a tiny, tiny bit this year, which is both interesting, because of the amount of 3.5s in this month (though the 2.5s balance those out), and because, really, the only thing keeping it from its normal rating is the zero, which is not changing. But even so, we’re pretty much in line with the norm.

May

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — * * * (3 stars); Belle — * * * ½ (3.5 stars);  Ida — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Walk of Shame — * * * (3 stars); Neighbors — * * * (3 stars); Chef — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Double — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Moms’ Night Out — * * (2 stars); Tokarev — * * * (3 stars); Devil’s Knot — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Godzilla — * * * * (4 stars); Million Dollar Arm — * * * (3 stars); The Immigrant — * * * (3 stars); A Night in Old Mexico — * * * (3 stars); Palo Alto — * * (2 stars); God’s Pocket — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Parts Per Billion — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Coherence — * * * (3 stars); X-Men: Days of Future Past — * * * * (4 stars); Blended — * ½ (1.5 stars); The Love Punch — * * * (3 stars); The Angriest Man in Brooklyn — * * * (3 stars); Cold in July — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Night Moves — * * * (3 stars); Maleficent — * * * (3 stars); A Million Ways to Die in the West — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

That’s two 4s, five 3.5s, twelve 3s, five 2.5s, two 2s, and one 1.5.

That’s 27 films that count and an average rating of 2.98.

May 2011 had an average rating of 2.81, May 2012 had an average rating of 3.1, and May 2013 had an average rating of 3.22. Interesting. Down. Owing to all the VOD releases, mainly. Or possibly because it was a really weak summer.

June

Edge of Tomorrow — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Fault in Our Stars — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Obvious Child — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Case Against 8 — * * * (3 stars); A Long Way Down — * * * (3 stars); Trust Me — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); 22 Jump Street — * * * (3 stars); How to Train Your Dragon 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Rover — * * * (3 stars); Hellion — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Signal — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Jersey Boys — * * * (3 stars); Think Like a Man Too — Didn’t see; Venus in Fur — * * * (3 stars); Very Good Girls — * * * (3 stars); They Came Together — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Third Person — * * * (3 stars); Snowpiercer — * * * * (4 stars); Begin Again — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Transformers: Age of Extinction — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

That’s one 4, seven 3.5s, eight 3s, three 2.5s and one skip.

That’s 19 films that count and an average rating of 3.16.

June 2011 had an average rating of 3.1, June 2012 had an average rating of 3.06, and June 2013 had an average rating of 3.03. Up this year, but not much. In line, but still slightly more solid overall than usual.

July

Deliver Us from Evil — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Earth to Echo — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Life Itself — * * * * (4 stars); Tammy — * ½ (1.5 stars); Boyhood — * * * * (4 stars); The Battered Bastards of Baseball — * * * * (4 stars); Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — * * * * (4 stars); I Origins — * * * (3 stars); The Purge: Anarchy — * * * (3 stars); Planes: Fire and Rescue — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Sex Tape — * ½ (1.5 stars); Wish I Was Here — * * (2 stars); Mood Indigo — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Hercules — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Magic in the Moonlight — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Congress — * * * * (4 stars); And So It Goes — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Lucy — * * * (3 stars); A Most Wanted Man — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Happy Christmas — * * * (3 stars)

That’s five 4s, two 3.5s, four 3s, six 2.5s, one 2, two 1.5s and zero skips.

That’s 20 films that count and an average rating of 2.95.

July 2011 had an average rating of 3.1, July 2012 had an average rating of 3.31 and July 2013 had an average rating of 2.84. This actually wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. July is going down, but this is respectable. Mostly because of the VOD and documentaries.

August

Get on Up — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Guardians of the Galaxy — * * * * (4 stars); Calvary — * * * (3 stars); Into the Storm — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Step Up All In — didn’t see; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — * * ½ (2.5 stars); What If — * * * (3 stars); The Hundred-Foot Journey — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); About Alex — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Let’s Be Cops — * * ½ (2.5 stars); As Above, So Below — * * * (3 stars); Life After Beth — * * * (3 stars); The Expendables 3 — * * * (3 stars); The Giver — * * * (3 stars); If I Stay –* * ½ (2.5 stars); Sin City: A Dame to Kill For — * * * (3 stars); When the Game Stands Tall — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Frank — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Love Is Strange — * * * (3 stars); The November Man — * * * (3 stars); The Prince — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Are You Here — * * (2 stars); Behaving Badly — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Jamie Marks Is Dead — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Starred Up — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Last Weekend — * * ½ (2.5 stars);

The Last of Robin Hood 

Life of Crime — * * * (3 stars)

Last of Robin Hood + one 4, four 3.5s, ten 3s, ten 2.5s, one 2 and one skip.

That’s 27 films that count and an average rating of

August 2011 had an average rating of 2.8, August 2012 had an average rating of 3.02 and August 2013 had an average rating of 2.83. And we are just about exactly in line with every other year. That’s August.

September

The Longest Week — * * * (3 stars); God Help the Girl — * * * (3 stars); No Good Deed — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby — * * * * (4 stars); Dolphin Tale 2 — Didn’t see; My Old Lady — * * * (3 stars); The Drop — * * * (3 stars); The Skeleton Twins — * * ½ (2.5 stars); This Is Where I Leave You — * * * (3 stars); The Maze Runner — * * * (3 stars); Tusk — * * * (3 stars); A Walk Among the Tombstones — * * * (3 stars); Tracks — * * * * (4 stars); The Guest — * * * * (4 stars); The Scribbler — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Space Station 76 — * * * (3 stars); The Zero Theorem — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Hector and the Search for Happiness — * * * (3 stars); Pride — * * * * (4 stars); Good People — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Jimi: All Is By My Side — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Two Night Stand — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Two Faces of January — * * * (3 stars); The Boxtrolls — * * * (3 stars); The Equalizer — * * * (3 stars)

Three 4s, three 3.5s, thirteen 3s, five 2.5s and 1 skip.

That’s 24 films that count and an average rating of 3.08.

September 2011 had an average rating of 2.97, September 2012 had an average rating of 3.13 and September 2013 had an average rating of 2.93. Typically we’re within the same range for most years. Seems we alternate between an above three year and a below three year.

October

Men, Women & Children — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Liberator — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Annabelle — Didn’t see; Gone Girl — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Left Behind — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Good Lie — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Judge — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Kill the Messenger — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Addicted — * (1 star); You’re Not You — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Whiplash — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Dracula Untold — * * (2 stars); Stretch — * * * (3 stars); Fury — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); The Best of Me — * * (2 stars); The Book of Life — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Birdman — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Rudderless — * * ½ (2.5 stars); St. Vincent — * * * * (4 stars); The Tale of the Princess Kaguya — * * * * (4 stars); Dear White People — * * * (3 stars); Laggies — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); CitizenFour — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me — * * * (3 stars); The Young Ones — * * * (3 stars); Camp X-Ray — * * * (3 stars); The Town That Dreaded Sundown — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Ouija — * * ½ (2.5 stars); John Wick — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Stonehearst Asylum — * * * (3 stars); Force Majeure — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Before I Go to Sleep — * * * (3 stars); White Bird in a Blizzard — * * * (3 stars); Nightcrawler — * * * * (4 stars); Horns — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Four 4.5s, three 4s, eight 3.5s, eight 3s, nine 2.5s, two 2s, one 1 and one skip.

That’s 35 films that count and an average rating of 3.07.

October 2011 had an average rating of 3.1, October 2012 had an average rating of 3.31 and October 2013 had an average rating of 3.29. So we’re down a bit, but that’s because there are a bunch of documentaries I saw that technically counted for this month that brought the average down. We’re still right there, though.

November

Big Hero 6 — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Interstellar — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Jessabelle — Didn’t see; Rosewater — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Virunga— * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Theory of Everything — * * * * (4 stars); A Merry Friggin’ Christmas — * * * (3 stars); Elsa and Fred — * * * (3 stars); Beyond the Lights — * * * (3 stars); Dumb and Dumber To — * * (2 stars); Foxcatcher — * * * * (4 stars); The Homesman — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I — * * * (3 stars); The Imitation Game — * * * * (4 stars); The Mule — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Reach Me — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Before I Disappear — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Babadook — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Horrible Bosses 2 — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Penguins of Madagascar — * * ½ (2.5 stars)

One 4.5, three 4s, six 3.5s, four 3s, four 2.5s, one 2 and one skip.

That’s 18 films that count and an average rating of 3.18.

November 2011 had an average rating of 3.5, November 2012 had an average rating of 2.69 and November 2013 had an average rating of 3.31. We’re right back in line with what November usually is.

December

The Pyramid — Didn’t see; Wild — * * * (3 stars); Peter Pan Live — * * * (3 stars); Comet — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Dying of the Light — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Life Partners — * * * (3 stars); Black or White — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Cake — * * * (3 stars); Son of a Gun — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Top Five — * * * * (4 stars); Still Alice — * * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Miss Julie 

Exodus: Gods and Kings — * * * (3 stars); Inherent Vice — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars);  Song of the Sea — * * * (3 stars); Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks — * * ½ (2.5 stars); Mommy — * * * (3 stars); Annie — * * * (3 stars); Winter Sleep — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies — * * * * (4 stars); The Gambler — * * * * (4 stars); Mr. Turner — * * * (3 stars); Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — * * ½ (2.5 stars); The Interview — * * * (3 stars); Big Eyes — * * * * (4 stars); Into the Woods — * * * * (4 stars); Unbroken — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars); Selma — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); American Sniper — * * * ½ (3.5 stars); Two Days, One Night — * * * (3 stars); Leviathan — * * * (3 stars); A Most Violent Year — * * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Miss Julie + three 4.5s, two 4s, three 4s, seven 3.5s, twelve 3s, three 2.5s and one skip.

That’s 31 films that count and an average rating of (x).

December 2011 had an average rating of 3.8, December 2012 had an average rating of 3.7 and December 2013 had an average rating of 3.67.

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Here are the updated averages for each month, four years in:

Average Ratings

January — 2.68

February — 2.48

March — 2.91

April — 2.86

May — 3.03

June — 3.09

July — 3.05

August —

September — 3.03

October — 3.19

November — 3.17

December —

The point of this, in case you’re not following, is to aid in the How to Read a Hollywood Release usage. I have four years of ratings. That means, if I’m looking at a film, the most likely rating for it is going to conform to these averages above. And you can alter the guess based on your gut feeling about the film.

And that, my friends, is the year in reviews.

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Tomorrow is the Unforgivables.

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