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Best movies of 2014

Best movies of 2014

Who says cinema is dead? From intimate indie dramas to massive blockbusters, from slick thrillers to futuristic romances, and from downbeat dystopias to nostalgic remembrances of the past, the best feature films of 2014 showed that the movies are as vibrant and alive as ever. Here’s our pick

Best games of 2014

Best games of 2014

This hasn’t been a great year for blockbuster games, with most big publishers struggling to make a smooth and profitable transition to a new console generation. Many of the big game releases of the year have disappointed by being dull and faceless (Watch Dogs, Destiny), launching with serious glitches

Interstellar: hazy cosmic jive

Interstellar: hazy cosmic jive

“We used to look up in the sky and wonder about our place in the stars,” grumbles actor Matthew McConaughey as Interstellar’s former astronaut and reluctant farmer, Cooper. “Now we just look down and wonder about our place in the dirt.” He could as well be talking about the film itself, which

Gone Girl: domestic disturbance

<em>Gone Girl</em>: domestic disturbance

A harrowing dark comedy about a collapsed marriage. A savage satire of media sensationalism. A meticulous police procedural. And a sleek neo-noir thriller. Gone Girl from director David Fincher confidently splices

Xbox One vs PS4: the ultimate showdown

Xbox One vs PS4: the ultimate showdown

Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) has sold more than 10m units to consumers since its launch in November last year, while Microsoft’s Xbox One has struggled to muster 5m sales to retailers during the same time. Is Microsoft still being unfairly punished for

The Equalizer: middle-age spread

<i>The Equalizer</i>: middle-age spread

In The Equalizer, the life of a Russian mafia henchman is nasty, brutish, short, and often terminated at the sharp end of a gardening tool wielded by its 60-year old star, Denzel Washington. As a retired secret service operative who protects the helpless

Guardians of the Galaxy: footloose and fancy-free

<i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>: footloose and fancy-free

Based on a relatively obscure crew of characters in the Marvel comic book universe and made for a reputed budget of US$170m, Guardians of the Galaxy qualifies as a brave bet in today’s world of blockbuster film-making. It’s an exuberant B-movie with A-scale production values; a goofy cosmic adventure that disarms cynicism through

Edge of Tomorrow: Cruise missile

Edge of Tomorrow: Cruise missile

Though it’s not directly based on a videogame, the new Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow nails the aesthetics and feel of one more accurately than any film to come before it. It’s a variant on the Normandy landing level so favoured by designers of first-person shooters, but handled with enough

New X-Men puts time in a bottle

New <i>X-Men</i> puts time in a bottle

Forget the powers of Marvel’s mutated superheroes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The most astonishing feat in the film is the effortless way that director Bryan Singer juggles a massive ensemble cast, races across multiple cities and countries, and zigzags between two timelines

Godzilla’s roar is bigger than its bite

Godzilla’s roar is bigger than its bite

In the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, the venerable giant lizard battles mutos (or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) while the script’s somber tone wages war with the ridiculousness of its underlying premise. In both clashes, the human characters seem to be there mostly as spectators who run, scream and open their eyes in widened terror

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