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The second half of any year is regarded as the time when the strongest films are rolled out, and with good reason. It's no secret that studios save the flicks they know will contend for awards for the fall and early winter. The fresher they are in peoples' minds come voting time, the more likely they are to rake in the wins and nominations. This leads to many movies released in the earlier months of the year falling by the wayside and not always getting the acclaim they may deserve.
The first couple of months of 2014 showed little in the way of quality filmmaking. Coming off a particularly strong 2013, January and February treated moviegoers to a series of duds such as Ride Along, The Nut Job, I, Frankenstein, That Awkward Moment, and The Monuments Men.
That slump would soon end, though, and the first half of 2014 would round out to a fairly solid six months of film, with plenty worth talking about come Oscar time.
To name a few honorable mentions, Godzilla gave us the worthy installation many had been waiting years for. Zac Efron's foray into R-rated comedies showed us he had the chops to keep up with Seth Rogen in Neighbors. Captain America: The Winter Soldier reminded us that while still unlikely, it is possible for a sequel to be better than its predecessor, and Disney's Million Dollar Arm served up just enough cheese to leave us feeling satisfied.
All those films were well-worth our two hours at the theater, but these are the ten that will be worth revisiting from the first half of 2014.
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