There have been many great posters this year – here are 50 of them, to get you started – but there have also been many terrible posters too. From characterless character banners to good ol’ fashioned Photoshop cock-ups, quite a few quads have got the ignominious one star from Empire. Here are a few of our ‘favourites’ - and if there are any we missed, do let us know in the comment box below.
Better Living Through Chemistry
The worst bit? It might be Ray Liotta’s face, startled that a giant make-up sponge has just been slapped across his cheeks, but it’s probably the tiny incidental scribblings that litter the whole sorry affair.
They Came Together
The worst bit? They may have come together – geddit? – but it doesn’t look like they were photographed together. The weird thing is that they were photographed together, as this is a still from the film, but the Photoshop work is so ungainly, they look patched in. Also, swap those names around, go on, just this one time.
The worst bit? The Artist Formally Known As Prince isn’t even in this movie (unless he’s the right thigh and you can’t spot him). Also, John Cusack’s face – is it looking left or right?
The worst bit? They’re standing under a street light, except they’re not, except they are, except they’re not. It’s so confusing. And why are they outside again?
3 Days To Kill
The worst bit? All that creative black space would be a perfect spot to cram in stills of the film. Oh, wait, they did that too.
The worst bit? She hasn’t gone anywhere – she’s right there! In front of you! HER HEAD IS ON FIRE, FOR GOD’S SAKE!
The worst bit? Arnie is smiling because the photographer told him it was just a normal photoshoot. He lied.
The worst bit? You’d think it was the all-seeing eye of God hidden in Kit Harington’s belly button, but it’s actually the typo. It’s called Pompeii, not 'Pomeji'.
The worst bit? The shrubbery. And everything else.
Muppets Most Wanted
The worst bit? The Gervaision Of The Froggy Snatchers. That is to say, Ricky Gervais’s grin.
The worst bit? The tear gas that’s about to envelop them all.
The worst bit? It may be the tagline, which is beyond confusing.
The worst bit? The same licks of smoke repeating about Daniel Radcliffe’s hair.
The worst bit? James Franco’s creepy face or Kate Hudson’s chimpanzee impression. Or the cheeky-looking tagline. Or the blur on Omar Sy’s hands. Or the distracting bulge in Franco’s trousers. Or James Franco’s creepy face…
The worst bit? That hand carrying that gun. Whose might it be, do you think?
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
The worst bit? The floatiest floaty head of all time.
The worst bit? The four central faces, all taken from red carpet photos. Also, none of them are pastry chefs, so those hats are frankly unnecessary. Not a one.
The worst bit? The girl on the left – is her right foot behind or in front of her other leg? And why do the lockers have a reflection in the floor?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The worst bit? Crowbarring in the Green Goblin. Also, if the big screens on the building behind Electro are showing what’s currently on TV, how can the cameraman be so close as to get Big Blue Eyes’ exact same face at that exact time?
Need For Speed
The worst bit? The way it forces you to tilt your head. See? Still not much cop.
The worst bit? How Nic Cage’s eyes, nose and mouth look like they’re two inches lower than they should be.
The worst bit? Meryl Streep’s face. That is Meryl Streep, right?
The worst bit? How there’s absolutely nothing enticing about this poster. It’s two Photoshopped people sitting on a desk. There's a stadium in the background. And there are clouds. That’s it.
Dolphin Tale 2
The worst bit? Why are they smiling? THEY’RE DROWNING!
And So It Goes
The worst bit? The black and grey sunbeams, though the dead-looking flowers deserve a mention.
The worst bit? The bats. Are they attacking him or becoming him?
Horrible Bosses 2
The worst bit? The poster itself isn't that bad, but just look at how sinister Jason Bateman looks with a roll of gaffer tape.
The worst bit? The kids’ eyelines – no-one is looking at that ostrich.
Think Like A Man Too
The worst bit? Turtle from Entourage’s dead eyes as he casually kills a man.
The worst bit? “Can’t wait for the sequel!”
Are You Here
The worst bit? A question mark, perspective, a sense of fun – are you here?
Magic In The Moonlight
The worst bit? If they’re that close to the top of the observatory, what exactly are they standing on?
A Million Ways To Die In The West
The worst bit? “The Humbling”.
The worst bit? The ickiness.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The worst bit? The messiness.
Dumb And Dumber To
The worst bit? The laziness.
The worst bit? Well… this is a tough one, as it’s both brilliant and bad at the same time. It looks like someone’s Photoshopped out a skipping rope / pair of maracas / lightsaber / knife and fork / bucking bronco and lasso, and the Stath’s face is bizarre to say the least, but dammit if it doesn’t make us want to see the film. And William Goldman wrote the script? And Stanley Tucci is in it? And Jason Alexander... as in Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander? Get. Out.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water
The worst bit? Like Wildcard, it’s either all of it or none of it, but we bring it to your attention because it demands to be brought to everyone’s attention, like an ambulance driving off a bridge or an otter headbutting a wall.