Top films of 2014 so far
SO FAR 2014 has thrown up some interesting movies with sequels to blockbuster franchises and smaller independent features coming to the fore.
With so much to choose from what were the films that rose to the top of the list?
And what films do we have to look forward to for the remainder of 2014?
Top five films of 2014 so far are:
Grand Budapest Hotel
Director Wes Anderson's latest film is one of his best.
It tells the story of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous Hungarian hotel and the friendship he develops with a young lobby boy Zero Moustafa.
Anderson fills each frame carefully allowing the whimsical world he has created to take shape.
With fascinating characters, beautifully acted by the entire cast, this is Anderson at his best.
This ambitious romantic drama set in the near future stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a man searching for a connection with another person.
He finds it in the unlikeliest of places, an artificially intelligent operating system named Samantha (think a future Siri) voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Directed by Spike Jonze who is no stranger to venturing into the realm of surreal realism, this beautifully crafted romance works in large part due to the wonderful voice work of Johansson.
Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Jordan Belfort's autobiography tells the story of Belfort's rise as a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his dramatic fall.
The film divided critics with some commentators feeling it glorified Belfort's life.
But Scorcese and a tour-de-force performance from Leonardo Di Caprio give an unapologetic look at this man's life which is at times funny, dramatic and tragic.
12 Years a Slave
Based on an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man who lived in New York and was captured into slavery, 12 Years a Slave is a tough film to watch.
Director Steve McQueen, whose previous works include Hunger and Shame, does not shy away from the material and cements his place as one of the most interesting directors working today.
The film features a masterful performance from all the cast especially Chiwetel Ejiofor who carries the burden of history with grace.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Inspired by 70s thrillers such as Three Days of the Condor and All the Presidents Men, the sequel to 2011's Captain America was the surprise blockbuster of the year.
No longer relying on the fish out of water trope, Winter Soldier delivers solid action and a decent plot.
Evans is given more to do as well as Marvel regulars Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson.
Top five films most anticipated of 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy