5. The LEGO Movie This ultra-bright 3D cartoon was so much more than just a corporate kids’ movie – it was a smart satire on conformity and capitalism.
We said... ‘Occasional pacing issues aside, The LEGO Movie is sheer joy: the script is witty, the satire surprisingly pointed and the animation tactile and imaginative.’ Tom Huddleston
You said... ‘A family friendly film which adults will enjoy too.’ Ryan, commenter on www.timeout.com
4. Only Lovers Left Alive Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are centuries-old lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s hip vampire tale.
We said... ‘Only Lovers Left Alive drags its feet and shows serious signs of anaemia as a story. But there’s still something magical and magnetic about this world of mature, know-it-all, ultra-cool vampires that Jarmusch creates.’ Dave Calhoun
3. The Wolf of Wall Street We expected a ferocious attack on capitalism from Martin Scorsese. We didn’t expect it to be so funny… although much was lost in the heavily edited UAE cut.
We said... ‘Without doubt the funniest movie of Scorsese’s career, The Wolf of Wall Street plays modern tragedy as epic farce, reminding us just how much fun the director can be when he’s in a playful mood.’ Tom Huddleston
You said... ‘Vibrant, morally dubious romp which rollicks along so entertainingly that the three hours seem a lot shorter than many a standard-length film.’ Critique, commenter on www.timeout.com
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel American indie big hitter Wes Anderson gave us a smart period caper with this story of an eccentric hotel and its even more eccentric concierge, played hilariously by Ralph Fiennes.
We said... ‘The film’s sort-of-whodunit yarn offers laughs and energy that make this Anderson’s most fun film since Rushmore… It’s familiar in style, refreshing in tone and one of Anderson’s very best films.’ Dave Calhoun
You said... ‘A hugely enjoyable, skilfully made film. A visual feast, and some great acting performances, particularly from Ralph Fiennes. Great plot, too.’ Louise P, commenter on www.timeout.com
1. 12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor is Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in Steve McQueen’s brutal drama.
We said... ‘The emotional effect is devastating: the final scenes here are as angry, as memorable, as overwhelming as anything modern cinema has to offer.’ Tom Huddleston
You said... ‘Brilliant, unsentimental, truthful and most of all, relevant.’ James G, commenter on www.timeout.com