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2014 Movie Review Archive

The films we love (and don't love) as the year unfolds

Reviews from AARP film critics Bill Newcott and Meg Grant are listed here from the most recent to oldest for 2014.

Refer back to this list often, especially when you're thinking about renting a DVD or watching movies on TV or your computer. 

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Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren Star in The Hundred Foot Journey.

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren Star in 'The Hundred Foot Journey.' — Dreamworks

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Rating: PG

Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Stars: Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Helen Mirren, Om Puri

Director: Lasse Hallström

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in Get On Up.

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get On Up.' — Universal Pictures

Get on Up

Rating: PG-13

Run time: 2 hours 18 minutes

Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

Director: Tate Taylor

Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas star in And So It Goes.

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton star in "And So It Goes." — Clay Enos/Clarius Entertainment

And So It Goes

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Stars: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Rob Reiner, Frances Sternhagen, Frankie Valli

Director: Rob Reiner

Colin Firth and Emma Stone star in Magic in the Moonlight.

Colin Firth and Emma Stone star in 'Magic in the Moonlight.' — Sony Pictures Classics

Magic in the Moonlight

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 97 minutes

Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver

Director: Woody Allen

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"Land Ho!" is a funny, poignant buddy flick starring Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson. — Sony Pictures Classics

Land Ho!

Rated: R

Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Stars: Paul Eenhoorn, Earl Lynn Nelson

Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens

Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy star in Tammy.

Susan Sarandon takes an impromptu road trip with Melissa McCarthy in "Tammy." — Warner Bros. Pictures

Tammy

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Stars: Dan Aykroyd, Sarah Baker, Kathy Bates, Gary Cole, Toni Collette, Nat Faxon, Allison Janney, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Oh, Susan Sarandon

Director: Ben Falcone

Keira Knightley and Adam Levine star in Begin Again.

In the beginning, Keira Knightley and Adam Levine are a talented couple in love in "Begin Again." — The Weinstein Company

Begin Again

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Stars: CeeLo Green, Catherine Keener, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld

Director: John Carney

John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda star in Jersey Boys.

From left, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young and Michael Lomenda star in "Jersey Boys." — Warner Bros.

Jersey Boys

Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes

Stars: Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young

Director: Clint Eastwood

Olivia Wilde and Liam Neeson star in Third Person.

Olivia Wilde's Anna keeps company with Liam Neeson's Michael in his Paris hideaway in "Third Person." — Sony Pictures Classics

Third Person

Rating: R

Running Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes

Stars: Kim Basinger, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Moran Atias, Olivia Wilde

Director: Paul Haggis

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Allison Janney (glasses), Felicity Huffman (right) and newbie actress Saxon Sharbino (white top) round out an impressive cast in "Trust Me." — Starz Digital Media

Trust Me

Rating: R

Running time: 90 minutes

Stars: Clark Gregg, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell, Saxon Sharbino

Director: Clark Gregg

Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund star in Lullaby.

Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund star in "Lullaby," a somber song of life and the right to die. — ARC Entertainment

Lullaby

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Stars: Amy Adams, Anne Archer, Jessica Brown Findlay, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Jenkins

Director: Andrew Levitas

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in The Edge of Tomorrow.

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in "Edge of Tomorrow." — Warner Bros. Pictures

Edge of Tomorrow

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Stars: Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Director: Doug Liman

Angelina Jolie in MALEFIENT, Movie Review

Angelina Jolie, as the evil fairy Maleficent, in Disney's new retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty — Frank Connor/Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Maleficent

Run Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

Rated: PG

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley

Director: Robert Stromberg

Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in Words and Pictures.

Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen star in 'Words and Pictures.' — Roadside Attractions

Words and Pictures

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Stars: Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen

Director: Fred Schepisi

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan star in Love Punch.

Emma Thompson (in pink) and Pierce Brosnan (dark jacket) in "Love Punch." — Pictorial Press Ltd./Alamy

The Love Punch

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson

Director: Joel Hopkins

Don Johnson, Sam Shepard and Michael C. Hall star in Cold in July.

From left: Sam Shepard, Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson star in "Cold in July." — IFC Films

Cold in July

Run Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Rated: R

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard

Director: Jim Mickle

Jon Hamm stars in Million Dollar Arm.

Jon Hamm stars in "Million Dollar Arm." — Walt Disney Pictures

Million Dollar Arm

Rating: PG

Running Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes

Stars: Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell

Director: Craig Gillespie

Jon Favreau and John Leguziamo star in Chef.

Jon Favreau (left) and John Leguziamo star in "Chef." — Open Road Films

Chef

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Stars: Emjay Anthony, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris, Sofia Vergara

Director: Jon Favreau

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon star in Amma Asante's Belle.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon, "sisters" in Amma Asante's "Belle." — Courtesy Fox Searchlight

Belle

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Stars: Sarah Gadon, Matthew Goode, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Amma Asante

Helen Hunt stars in Decoding Annie Parker.

Dr. Mary-Claire King, played by Helen Hunt, works to prove that a genetic marker exists for certain kinds of breast cancer. — Entertainment One Films

Decoding Annie Parker

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Stars: Bob Gunton, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford

Director: Steven Bernstein

John Turturro in Fading Gigolo.

John Turturro in "Fading Gigolo." — Everett Collection

Fading Gigolo

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Stars: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber

Director: John Turturro

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Johnny Depp interviews his friend, the artist Ralph Steadman, and narrates his story in "For No Good Reason." — Everett Collection

For No Good Reason

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Stars: Johnny Depp, Ralph Steadman

Director: Charlie Paul

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"Small Time" stars Christopher Meloni as a divorced dad and a used-car salesman in the San Fernando Valley in the '70s. — Everett Collection

Small Time

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Stars: Xander Berkeley, Devon Bostick, Christopher Meloni, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Norris

Director: Joel Surnow

Kelly Reilly, Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum in Heaven is For Real.

Kelly Reilly, Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum star in movie based on the bestseller "Heaven Is for Real." — Sony Pictures

Heaven Is for Real

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Margo Martindale

Director: Randall Wallace

Denis Leary, Frank Langella and Kevin Costner star in Draft Day.

Denis Leary, Frank Langella and Kevin Costner star in "Draft Day." — Summit Entertainment

Draft Day

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Chadwick Boseman, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Denis Leary

Director: Ivan Reitman

Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe in Noah.

Award-winning actors and "Beautiful Mind" costars Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe team up again in "Noah." — Paramount Pictures

Noah

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Nick Nolte

Colin Firth stars in The Railway Man

Colin Firth stars in "The Railway Man." — The Weinstein Company

Railway Man

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Stars: Colin Firth, Jeremy Irvine, Nicole Kidman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård

— Official Movies for Grownups selection

Robert Redford and Chris Evans star in Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Robert Redford and Chris Evans star in Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." — Walt Disney Studios

Captain America

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford

Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Michael Pena in Cesar Chavez.

Michael Peña in "Cesar Chavez" stands up for the rights of farm workers. — Lionsgate

Cesar Chavez

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes

Stars: Michael Cudlitz, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, John Malkovich, Michael Peña

Director: Diego Luna

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in Le Week-End.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in "Le Week-End." — Music Box Films

Le Week-End

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Stars: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum

Director: Roger Michell

Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Love is in the air in the "best Wes Anderson film ever": Check into "The Grand Budapest Hotel." — Getty

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton

Director: Wes Anderson

The Wind Rises, the story of Jiro Horikoshi in WWII Japan.

"The Wind Rises," the story of Jiro Horikoshi in WWII Japan, is a five-star movie must-see. — Everett

The Wind Rises

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

Stars: (voices): Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Mandy Patinkin, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Liam Neeson stars in Non-Stop.

Liam Neeson stars in "Non-Stop." Is the air marshal the good guy or not? — Universal/Everett Collection

Non-Stop

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Stars: Michelle Dockery, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Kevin Hart and Regina Hall star in About Last Night.

Kevin Hart and Regina Hall star in the hilarious remake of "About Last Night." — Sony Pictures

About Last Night

Rating:  

Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Stars: Joy Bryant, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Christopher McDonald, Paula Patton

Director: Steve Pink

George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon in The Monuments Men.

Experts in various fields of art, "The Monuments Men," including George Clooney and Matt Damon, are in a race to save history. — Sony Pictures

Monuments Men

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 58 minutes

Stars: Bob Balaban, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville, George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray

Director: George Clooney

Gattlin Griffith, Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet star in Labor Day.

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in "Labor Day," based on the Joyce Maynard novel. — Paramount Pictures

Labor Day

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 51 minutes

Director: Jason Reitman

Stars: Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Kate Winslet

Chris Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Courtesy Larry Horricks/Paramount Pictures)

For this Tom Clancy movie experience, forget Alec, Harrison and Ben; Chris Pine is college student “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.” — Paramount Pictures

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh

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