The Arnold Schwarzenegger cop action movie “Sabotage,” the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “Blended,” the “Endless Love” remake and the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube buddy cop comedy “Ride Along,” all filmed in Atlanta, all made the list of “Worst Movies of 2014” according to Rotten Tomatoes rankings.
I saw all four of the aforementioned. “Blended” definitely belongs on any worst-of list and “Sabotage” was notable mainly for the innards it splashed all over the place. “Endless Love” was mostly just, eh. But I didn’t hate “Ride Along” and neither did moviegoers: “Ride Along 2” is in the works!
It seems “Mockingjay” made the list when the movie didn’t live up to the hype in some readers’ opinions, and because it felt stretched out and unsatisfying. The book series ends with “Mockingjay” but the movie series splits the finale into two films, a la “Harry Potter” or “Twilight.” It was moody and grim but worst movie of the year? That might be a little harsh.
I didn’t see “Dumb and Dumber To.” I will trust readers’ judgment though. The trailer certainly looked inane.
USA Today added “Need for Speed” to its worst-of list. A good call, since this movie mostly featured cars racing around putting innocent lives in danger. That was after the fatal wreck that resulted from an idiotic street race.
The worst movie I saw this year was “At Middleton,” a tedious character study full of unlikable people. It wasn’t filmed in Atlanta; the only reason I saw it was because the studio was offering interviews with Andy Garcia, who had been in two made-in-Atlanta movies I wanted to ask about, “Ride Along” (again, didn’t hate it!) and “Kill The Messenger” (also pretty good).
The best made-in-Atlanta movies I’ve seen this year include “The Good Lie,” “The Homesman” (actually it filmed in Lumpkin, Ga., and only for a small portion of the film, but I’m claiming it anyway) and “Selma,” which has picked up a slew of Golden Globe nominations and will most certainly add some Oscar nods.
My most favorite movie made elsewhere stars a metro Atlanta actor: “The Little Tin Man.”
What were your most and least favorites this year?