2014 Films in Review

. January 2, 2015.
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Streaming options and quick digital/on-demand home video releases continue changing the landscape, but there will always be something special about the theater experience. Happy New Year!

Sequels

It was definitely a sequel-skewed year where audiences got second helpings with: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dumb and Dumber To, Dolphin Tale 2, Rio 2, Think Like a Man Too, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Muppets Most Wanted, 22 Jump Street and 300: Rise of an Empire.

Musicals

Music abounded with, Jersey Boys, Into the Woods, Annie, Grace Unplugged, The Song, Get on Up and Jimi: All is by My Side.

Action

While action films included, The Equalizer, Lucy, John Wick, Divergent, November Man and Expendable 3.

Reboots 

Transformers: Age of Extinction moved towards their rewarding international box office and became the first billion dollar grossing film not to have a Hollywood premiere in the U.S. Filmmakers continued “rebooting” familiar franchises with Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Maleficent and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Dramas 

The inspiring dramas God’s Not Dead and Heaven is For Real make great impacts while Son of God chronicled Jesus’s life in this expanded film based on five episodes from the popular The Bible television series. 

Book Adaptations

Book adaptations were plentiful with Maze Runner and Gone Girl.

Food Cinema

While Chef and The Hundred Foot Journey cooked up some good cinema. 

Unique Filmmaking

Unique filmmaking showcases included Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, which was filmed with same actors over several years. 

Sport Films

Sports themed films included When the Game Stands Tall, Million Dollar Arm, and 23 Blast.

Animated Films

While animated films included The Nut Job, The LEGO Movie, The Penguins of Madgascar and Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Good Experiences

Seeing Interstellar, Big Hero 6, Unbroken, Guardians of the Galaxy, American Sniper, Fury, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Edge of Tomorrow was a much better experience.

Holiday Releases

Holiday offerings included The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Trending

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A musical comedy follows Monty, the heir to a family fortune who juggles his fiancee, his mistress, and plans to murder the line of succession. 7:30pm. 8pm Friday, November 10. 2pm and 8pm Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12. $22-$88. Stranahan Theater 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851 | stranahantheater.org

The Nutcracker at The Valentine Theater

Enjoy the Ballet Theatre of Toledo’s annual Nutcracker performance. Special showing on Friday; regular performances run Saturday, November 25 at 7pm and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm. $25-$40. The Valentine Theater 410 Adams St. | 419-242-2787 ballettheatreoftoledo.org

A Veteran Helping Veterans

At 79, most of us are, or at least hope to be, thoroughly retired. Not so for Gordon Wright, Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef at Whitehouse Country Manor. Wright, who served in the army between 1957 and 1960, claims he will always be busy. “Busy hands, busy feet, busy mind. I have to

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