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Best Films of 2014 by Genre

Although a particularly slow year for film, awards like the Oscars remind us 2014 showcased some phenomenal films. Here is my list of the best films of 2014 by genre, including my film of the year.

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“Annabelle” is the year’s biggest cliche

T’is the season to be frightful. As made clear by the autumn leaves, hanging skeletons, and chocolate pushed near the entrance of Wal-Mart, Halloween is nigh. As per tradition, I was eager to submit myself to a good scare after last month’s disappointment “As Above, So Below.” Regrettably, I was disappointed yet again with this month’s horror film “Annabelle.”

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“Destiny” Lacks Innovation

“We’re trying to build a game that we have wanted to play that doesn’t exist,” Bungie co-founder and design director Jason Jones said in an interview with Game Informer magazine. “I think that’s really the genesis of ‘Destiny.’ When you look out at the shooter experiences on consoles, there are a lot of great action experiences, but they’re only starting to scratch the surface of cooperative play, aspirational goals, and player-to-player interaction.”

Unfortunately, Destiny looks just like another “scratch.”

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“As Above” falls “So Below” expectations

Legend speaks of the Philosopher’s Stone, an alchemical substance crafted by Nicholas Flamel, as having the ability to produce gold and grant immortality. Determined to complete her late father’s quest to discover this fabled stone, scholar and archeologist Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) is driven to extreme measures to restore her father’s reputation, who after allegedly going insane from his pursuit of the stone took his own life. Her search earns the attention of a documentary spot, thus, the “hand-held” camera style used throughout the film.

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“Noah”: A Misleading Title, 6-Armed Giants, and Another World

“Noah” is arguably one of the most anticipated Biblically-based films since The Passion of the Christ. But just how close will “Noah” stay true to the Biblical story found in Genesis? While the trailer seems to depict a very traditional Noah, the actual film in production might exhibit some very peculiar elements — perhaps even an alternate universe.

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