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The Lesser Trends of 2014 Movies

A “million” in the title can cost millions at the box office: “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Million Dollar Arm”

Can a brother get a copyright to make a movie about a brother? Hendrix estate refuses to give rights to Hendrix songs for “Jimi: All Is By My Side”; King’s speeches sold to Spielberg, rewritten for “Selma”

Jimi Hendrix, Martin Luther King

In “Jimi,” Benjamin couldn't play Hendrix's songs; in “Selma” Oyelowo couldn't say King's words.

For when you need a lesbian friend to talk you through your abortion: Gaby Hoffman in “Obvious Child” and “Wild”

Old craggy guys to the rescue! Liam Neeson, Denzel Washington

No, older, craggier: Godzilla

God’s not dead at the box office! “Noah” ($101 million), “Heaven is For Real” ($91), “God’s Not Dead” ($60), “Son of God” ($59)

Except when He is: “When the Game Stands Tall” ($30), “Left Behind” ($14), “The Identical” ($2.8), “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas” ($2.7), “God the Father” ($113k), “Christian Mingle” ($25K) and “The Principle” ($17K)

Let’s dumb down the supersmart: “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game”

Unless they’re cartoons: “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Mr. Peabody

Turing, Hawking, Peabody.

If this is an arbitrarily divided dystopia, you must be our teenage heroine: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” “Divergent”

So who played a prostitute this year?

  • Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Equalizer”)
  • Scarlett Johanssson (“Under the Skin”)
  • Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green (“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”)

How did the world nearly end?

  • God (“Noah”)
  • Scientists (“Snowpiercer”)
  • Aliens (“Edge of Tomorrow”)
  • Giant moths (“Godzilla”)
  • Crops (“Interstellar”)
  • Lockdown and the military-industrial complex (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”)
  • James Franco (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”)

Arthouse genre flicks are still very much with us: “Under the Skin” (alien invasion), “Only Lovers Left Alive” (vampires) “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” (Italian horror)

And the children shall lead: Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood,” Jaeden Lieberher in “St. Vincent,” Noah Wiseman in “The Babadook”

How did the world end in 2014 movies?

How did the world end? Pick your poison.

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Posted at 07:16 AM on Wed. Jan 07, 2015 in category Movies  

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