MoviefiedNYC’s Best Films of 2014 So Far

We are past the halfway point in 2014, and it’s proving to be a quality year so far with excellent films such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. If the first six months are any indication of how good the rest of the year will be, expect the next six months to outshine last year in the quality of films.

We (John David West and Myrna Duarte) have pulled together some of the films (we’ve not seen everything) that we think are the best so far. So, if you’re determined to catch up with some of the movies and performances you’ve missed this year, here are our recommendations. Don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailers.

Myrna’s Five Best Films so far

The Grand Budapest Hotel 


Night Moves 

Venus In Fur

Lunch Box

David’s Five Best Films so far

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Venus in Fur


Best Performance by an Actor 


James McAvoyFilth

Ralph Finnes – Grand Budapest Hotel
Jesse Eisenberg The Double
Mathieu Amalric – Venus in Fur
Macon Blair – Blue Ruin


Andy Serkis – Dawn of the Plant of the Apes
Mathieu Amalric – Venus in Fur
Rajesh Tailang – Siddharth
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Miss Lovely
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Performance by an Actress

Emmanuelle Seigner – Venus in Fur
Agata Kulesza – Ida
Scarlette Johansen – Under the Skin
Uma Thurman – Nymphomaniac
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood


Scarlet Johansson – Under the Skin
Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
Emmanuelle Seigner – Venus in Fur

Keira KnightleyBegin Again
Nimrat Kaur – The Lunchbox

What has been great about this year so far:


  • Quicksilver (Evan Peters) from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • The first abortion rom-com, Obvious Child.
  • Godzilla’s mouth to mouth fire breathing.
  • Elaine Stritch as eccentric Elaine Stritch in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Angelina Joli’s cinematic face in Maleficent (No one but Joli could be Maleficent)
  • Tilda Swinton as the actress having the most fun on screen in 2014 (Only Lovers Left, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Snowpiercer)


  • Magical realism abounds! (Venus in Fur and Begin Again)
  • Chef serves up a dish brimming with charm.
  • Edge of Tomorrow a smart action comedy.
  • Nick Cage in Joe!

What to look forward to in the next five months:

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
  • The Book of Life from producer Guillermo del Toro. I am  ridiculously excited about this.
  • Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice directed by our guy PT Anderson! 
  • Unbroken
  • Into the Woods…but were not yet convinced. 
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