It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of another year. It’s just flown by! Thankfully film fans have been spoilt for choice in 2014 with a great year full of quality entertainment hitting the big screen.
After a strong awards season, 2014 hasn’t looked back with a strong and diverse selection of cinematic treats, catering for all demographics and tastes.
EF’s Film Editor Jason Palmer has taken a look back at the year and picked our top movie choices. This countdown is from January to June 2014. Click on their respective posters for the full review. July to December’s countdown will be revealed in a few days!
Let’s look at EF’s Top Ten Films of 2014 (Jan-Jun).
EF Films of the Year 2014 (Jan-Jun)
10. The Fault in Our Stars ★★★★
The Fault in Our Stars is an excellent emotional drama that shamelessly tugs at your heartstrings whilst delivering a funny, relevant and moving story. It’s rare to get a romantic drama that works on almost every count but The Fault in Our Stars is one of them.
9. 22 Jump Street ★★★★
22 Jump Street defies the odds yet again and is a truly brilliant popcorn movie. It’s a continuously hilarious and genuinely entertaining comedy that’s hard not to love. Coupled with Tatum and Hill on sparkling form and a story that’s well written and implemented, 22 Jump Street is outrageous, escapist fun.
8. Edge of Tomorrow ★★★★
With breathtaking effects, inventive use of time-travel and some cracking set-pieces across London and Paris that give these two iconic cities their moment in the sun, Edge of Tomorrow is a film with heart and style. Easily the best blockbuster of the year and a shining example that the traditional ‘summer blockbuster’ is far from dead.
7. Out of the Furnace ★★★★
Out of the Furnace is superlative film-making with a fragility that’s rarely seen in mainstream cinema. With outstanding performances and a delicate, heart-wrenching story that leaves an indelible mark, Out of the Furnace is one of the finest dramas you’ll see in 2014.
6. Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★
Inside Llewyn Davis is a brilliant movie that long-time fans of the Coen Brothers will thoroughly enjoy. Great dialogue, characterisation and circumstance all combine to make this an utter delight from start to finish.
5. Chef ★★★★
A film with heart and appetite, Chef is a glorious ode to food and a wonderfully immersive experience that you can’t help but fall in love with. Jon Favreau does it again with a crowd-pleaser that makes you want to take a bite out of the cinema-screen.
4. Lone Survivor ★★★★★
Lone Survivor is an engrossing and harrowing account of bravery and resolve in the face of insurmountable odds. Peter Berg and the cast should feel very proud of their work here because Lone Survivor easily sits as the best war film we’ve had for well over 20 years. This is simply unmissable film-making.
3. Her ★★★★★
One of the most inventive movies of the year with heartfelt emotion and a marriage of storytelling and visuals that will leave you completely mesmerized. Her is Spike Jonze’s finest work to date and a film that proves you can have a unique and fresh love story even in these cynical times.
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel ★★★★★
Covering everything from murder, intrigue, wealth and theft, this is a celebration of comedy and quirk with a collective cast to die for. The unmistakable visual style looks sumptuous throughout but it’s the biting script and wonderful characterisation that keeps you completely hooked. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a hilarious and gloriously beautiful fable that’s unique in every sense of the word.
1. The Raid 2 ★★★★★
The Raid 2 is brutal and explosive cinema at its absolute finest. Balletic in conception and flawlessly executed with raw energy and passion by Gareth Evans, The Raid 2 is a crime classic that will stand the test of time.