The cinematic calendar is closing on another year in film. There have been over 300 films released nationally and only a handful achieved greatness, or at least our top 15 of the year!
There is a wide array of titles on this year's Movie Fanatic list of the best of cinema. Will your favorites be here?
Click through and discover our top 15 movies of 2014!
Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow is Tom Cruise's best film in years and achieves something that few sci-fi movies have been able to do of late: Be original! Cruise has to live, die and repeat the experience over and over during a war against alien invaders. He holds the key to victory and won't live to see tomorrow until he gets today right. Oh, and Emily Blunt, well, she just kicks some serious butt.
Beloved bestsellers don’t have the greatest track record heading to the big screen. That’s why Gone Girl was such a thrilling surprise. But, given that the screenplay was written by the book's author, Gillian Flynn, and the film was directed by a visionary in David Fincher, looking back, it should not have been all that surprising. Look for Rosamund Pike to score an Oscar nod for Best Actress in the title role as she was simply jaw-droppingly astounding.
The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort made movie magic in a tragic love story that truly hit all the right notes. The film officially made Woodley a star and introduced the charming Elgort to the masses. But, more importantly, it showed that love is blind and that what the heart wants, the heart wants. There are few movies that can effectively do that without being overly schmaltzy or pedantic.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson achieved one of his best films with the arrival of the wildly fantastical comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel. Besides showing us the (incredible) comic side of Ralph Fiennes, it also featured an all-star cast (a standard of Anderson movies) that turns in some of their own best work. The story of an Eastern European luxury hotel and the man who runs it (Fiennes) on the eve of World War II is a don’t miss comedy that is equal parts smart, silly, sassy and subversive. It is just sensational.
It was an incredible year for sci-fi in terms of originality. We already touted Edge of Tomorrow and our eleventh best movie of 2014 is just as fresh, if not even more so. Snowpiercer features Chris Evans as the leader of a ragtag group of rebels who have been living in squalor in the back of a train that is circling the globe possessing the only humans left alive after global warming turned the planet into a snow globe. Evans is a whole new brand of hero, and the visuals, the action and the message of Snowpiercer elevate the genre to heights that have made the bar ever higher for all those sci-fi storytellers yet to come.
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Kicking off our top 10 movies of 2014 is the Simon Pegg-starring heartwarming and hilarious epic (yup, it’s epic), Hector and the Search for Happiness. Pegg is a psychologist who awakes one day and realizes that he might just be a fraud. Given that he has no idea what the meaning of happiness is, how on earth can he treat his patients? He has a beautiful wife (Rosamund Pike) and a successful practice, yet is not even remotely happy – not that he even knows what that would mean. So, he drops everything and heads around the world to find out what different people in different cultures believe the definition of happiness is. The journey is astounding, life-affirming and features an all-star cast that brings their A-game to the brilliantly directed film by Peter Chelsom.
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