2014 was a bad year for movies — here’s what went wrong

LOS ANGELES — “It was a great year for movies” is one of those phrases that gets trotted out annually around this time, as bloggers whip up their top 10 lists and prestige films start preening for awards attention. On the whole, it can’t always be true.

It pains me to say it, but this is one of those years when it’s not. 2014 just wasn’t all that great for movies, and that means creatively, at the box office and for the overall health of the business — three factors that always seem to run in a pack.