Popular movies released in 2014 include "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Maleficent." Each movie was one of the top 10 movies of the year in terms of U.S. gross.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is the second of Marvel's "Captain America" movies, and it stars Chris Evans as Captain America. In the movie, Captain America opposes monitoring tactics put in place by S.H.I.E.L.D. and faces a conspiracy within the organization. The movie was successful financially and critically, earning more than $250 million at the U.S. box office and receiving positive reviews.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" brings together characters from "X-Men: First Class" with those from other X-men movies. The movie follows Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, as he goes back in time in an attempt to change the past. The movie grossed more than $200 million at the U.S. box office and received positive reviews.
"Maleficent" is a twist on the 1959 animated movie, "Sleeping Beauty." Angelina Jolie plays Maleficent, who is the main character in this version of the story. Maleficent is betrayed by the boy she loves, Stefan, and later places a curse on his daughter, Aurora. However, she soon begins to care for the girl. The movie grossed more than $240 million at the U.S. box office, but reviews were mixed.