2. Captain Phillips (2013): Astounding performances all around and had the ability to humanize the kidnappers.
3. The Lego Movie (2014): "Everything is awesome!" is right!
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014): Those damn Russians keep trying to take over the world; it's a good thing we have Jack Ryan to save us ;)
5. Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013): Fantastic look between maintaining the status quo and fighting for one's rights.
6. Prisoners (2013): A hard and disturbing look at what a person is willing to do to save a loved-one.
7. Blue Jasmine (2013): An interesting and well-acted story on the destruction of one's way of life.
8. Gravity (2013): Absolutely beautiful cinematography and special effects but there was no story and that was disappointing.