Now that the mad dash of Christmas and the New Year are over, it's finally time to reflect on the most memorable movies from 2014. In total I saw around 35 new films at the cinema and at least one on demand, which was the highly imaginative Snowpiercer, which really should have received a wider theatrical release.
Not only did Chris Evans totally rise to the occasion as the star-spangled Avenger, making me believe a super-soldier with a shield is supercool, but it was also like a mini 'Black Widow' movie giving the character much needed room to breathe and some fantastic stunts, beyond solely providing the superhero sexiness.
I also throughly enjoyed the introduction of The Falcon and thought their friendship was totally believable and his flying abilities brilliantly realised. Samuel L. Jackson's 'Nick Fury' also got something substantial to do with some epic car chase scenes and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rise of HYDRA had repercussions which helped kick-start the TV universe into overdrive.
Captain America 2 was action-packed, fun and compelling, and I can't wait to see what the Russo Brothers do to top it with Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 and 2.
This film probably had the most freedom with these cosmic comic book characters being C-List at best and was probably the most risky taking the cinematic universe into unknown space, but the gamble paid off in a big way, grossing over $772 million worldwide to date.
With great performances by the cast, including a super-buff Chris Pratt and better-than-expected Dave Bautista, plus amazing vocal work by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel combined with excellent CGI, which made me believe that 'Rocket Raccoon' and 'Groot' were believable three dimensional characters in every sense.
If you're a fan of the movie, be sure to check out these original Star-Lord and Gamora costumes from Guardians of the Galaxy on display.
Fingers crossed we'll see more 'Cosmo' the telepathic Soviet Space dog astronaut in the sequel.
Eddie Redmayne certainly deserves recognition for his touching portrayal of the genius theoretical physicist and cosmologist, but Felicity Jones also delivers an amazing emotional performance as his first wife, Jane, whose memoir this film is based upon.
If you loved the film too, be sure to check out these original movie costumes from The Theory of Everything and more besides, that were on display at ArcLight Hollywood and Sherman Oaks cinema locations.
I think I expected something more plodding and depressing from this adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's 2010 novel of the same name, but I was more than pleasantly surprised.
Benedict Cumberbatch continues to prove he's one of the most enigmatic actors out there at the moment (I can't wait for his portrayal of 'Dr. Strange') and Keira Knightley was also a joy to watch as the smart, female codebreaker in a man's world.
For me this film was made only more poignant by the fact that Turing helped end the war and yet afterwards was persecuted by the very country he'd help save. It makes you realise how many great men and women have suffered and even lost their lives for being gay (and still do around the world) and yet have still made an amazing contribution to the very society that didn't accept them.
So these were my five favourite movies of 2014, although Muppets Most Wanted, Interstellar, Pride, The Fault in our Stars and Big Hero 6 were also highly entertaining too and almost made the list.
Be sure to check out my five best films from 2013 and stick around in the days to come for my five least favourite movies from last year...