Benedict Cumberbatch starred in The Imitation Game

Steven Panzarella's Best of 2014


This has been a fairly incredible year in film, whether it’s excellent comebacks from Michael Keaton or the birth of movie stars like Chris Pratt. In 2014 we saw SNL alums give breakout performances and we saw groundbreaking films hit theaters. 2014 was a year dominated by Talking raccoons, Legos, plenty of controversy and was also the year we found out about more than 20 comic book movies being released over the next 5 or so years. And 2015 already has us excited for new Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Disney/Pixar and much more. So let’s take a look at my top 12 movies of 2014 as well as some of the things that caught my eye this year and films to look forward to for next year.

12. Guardians of The Galaxy

11. Into The Woods

10. The Babadook

9.  Gone Girl

8. Calvary

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. Whiplash

5. The Lego Movie

4. The Theory of Everything

3. The Imitation Game

2. Boyhood

1. Birdman

Michael Keaton in Birdman which is Steven's best movie of 2014.


My favorite new movie star- Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt in Guardians of The Galaxy

The most surprising performance- Steve Carell- Foxcatcher

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

The best breakout performance- Jenny Slate- Obvious Child, Chris Pratt- Guardians of The Galaxy

Jenny Slate in Obvious Chid

The best performance from an SNL Alum- Tie: Jenny Slate- Obvious Child, Bill Hader- The Skeleton Twins

Bill Hader in Skeleton Twins

The most surprising movie of 2014- Snowpiercer

Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton stared in the surprisingly fantastic Snowpiercer

The best animated feature- The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

The most shocking film of 2014- Nightcrawler


The most underrated film of 2014- The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ralph Fiennes gave one of his best career performances in The Grand Budapest Hotel

The best Horror movie- The Babadook

The Babadook is one of steven's favorite movies of 2014 and the best horror movie of the year.

The best twist-Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike gives an eerie stare in Gone Girl

The best scene stealers- Chris Pine- Into The Woods, Lilla Crawford- Into The Woods, Tyler Perry-Gone Girl

Chris Pine steals each and every scene and song he performs in Into The Woods

The most disappointing movie- This Is Where I Leave You

This Is where I Leave you was ok but it's cast was truly wasted.

The most exciting movies of 2015- Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avengers Age of Ultron, Mad Max Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2, Minions, Inside Out, Crimson Peak.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer photo

The least exciting movies of 2015- Entourage, Fifty Shade of Grey, Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending

The best non-film- Serial podcast

Sarah Koenig created the years most captivating piece of media, Serial.

The best TV movie or Miniseries- Fargo

Martin Freeman starred in this years best TV movie, Fargo


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Steven Panzarella has been reviewing movies for as long as he can remember, but his passion flourished while working at 88.7 FM WRHU, and writing for

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