Top 10 best movies of 2014

Hannah Jones

As we welcome 2015, we should take a moment to appreciate all of the great movies that premiered in 2014. Here are ten great movies movies of 2014, in no particular order:

 1: Nightcrawler

Louis Bloom, a borderline sociopath desperate for work, discovers his knack for filming grisly   crime scenes. This gruesome and twisted film portrays Bloom’s search for the “perfect shot.”  When watching this movie, you will quickly become infatuated with with this dark story.

2: Gone Girl

While this movie isn’t as good as the book, it still deserves to be in the top ten of 2014. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, who’s wife Amy Dunne goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Nick quickly becomes the top suspect in her disappearance, but the viewer soon notices that Amy isn’t as innocent as she appears. You will be in awe of Amy’s dark brilliance.

 3: Mocking Jay: Part One

It’s pretty difficult for each movie in a series to be as good as the one before it, but the Hunger Games series is doing just that. Katniss Everdeen’s strength and perseverance in this movie is admirable and just makes the movie that much better. And talk about a cliff hanger! The film ends with Peeta thrashing around in isolation, so Mocking Jay: Part Two is a must-see.

4: Unbroken

Most everyone is familiar with Louie Zamperini’s story. The movie begins with Zamperini as a troubled youth, which instantly makes the viewer care for him. After getting his life together and running in the Olympics (which makes the audience want to cheer), he has to fight in WWII, and the story just gets more intense from there. The audience is almost apart of the story, experiencing all of the ups and downs with Louie.

 5: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

We’ve all seen the first “Night at the Museum” and loved the cute story. While the originality of the movies may have declined over time, Robin Williams truly makes the film. If nothing else, this is a suitable tribute to the wonderful actor.

6: Selma

Talk about powerful. While some might think that the Civil Rights Movement is an overplayed topic, I believe that “Selma” was released at the perfect time. David Oyelowo does an amazing job at portraying Martin Luther King Jr. as the influential and strong man that he was. Catch this movie just before MLK day.

 7: Big Eyes

This true story, set in the 1950s and ’60s, shows the struggle between a talented wife and her overbearing husband. From the get go, the husband seems controlling, but Margaret Keane. Margaret Keane is dependent nonetheless. Amy Adams does a wonderful job at acting as the meek, yet talented wife, and you’re rooting for her all the way through. The ending is definitely a satisfying one for the viewer.

8: Interstellar

Although this is a long one, the plot definitely deserves almost three hours of your time. This tale set in a dystopian future is enough to spark any viewer’s interest. Besides, the powerful acting of Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey should be reason enough to see it.

 9: Boyhood

This movie was filmed over twelve years with the same cast. Talk about commitment, and it definitely paid off. This movie literally shows Richard Linklater grow up. This movie captures the ups and downs of adolescence and is a wonderful representation of childhood and parenting.

10: The Fault in Our Stars

This romance movie is definitely more than a romance movie. It seems as if everyone fell in love with Hazel Grace’s story, her ups and downs with health, Augustus Waters and just being a teenager. I doubt anyone left the movie theater without shedding a tear. Props to John Green and everyone involved.