Crystal’s Best of 2014: The Movies

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Oh the films of 2014, it’s safe to say that we got along quite well. I made 56 trips to 10 different movie theatres to see 47 different films: 41 new releases, 5 hold-outs from 2013 (Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Her, the R-rated super-cut re-release of Anchorman 2 and Frozen) and a 10th anniversary screening of Saw. The rest of my 56 trips were comprised of one encore each of The Fault In Our Stars and 22 Jump Street, 2 return visits to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and an admittedly ridiculous 5 repeat viewings of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thanks to the modern marvels of VOD, the ever-shrinking theatrical window and the fact that it’s March (ha), I ended up seeing 70 total releases from 2014. I was feeling extra opinionated this year, so alongside my Top 25 is some new categories. (Presented with jump links because we fancy now that we moved to WordPress!) (And all spoiler-free because I’m nice like that!)

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Mars Madness

Earlier this week, like a large portion of the internet, I was excited and fascinated when Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to finally fund a much-discussed, long-overdue Veronica Mars film. Since the show’s complicated demise during the 2006-2007 TV season (more on that in a minute), Thomas and star Kristen Bell have been diligently trying to bring Veronica and the residents of Neptune, California to the big screen but lack of studio interest has stalled the project each and every time the topic has been brought up. Until now.

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