NY1's Neil Rosen counts down his 10 best movies of the year.
10. "X-Men: Days Of Future Past"
My favorite intelligent, fun, action film was "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." Director Bryan Singer triumphantly returned and cleverly combined the cast of the original trilogy with members of the more recent "X-Men: First Class."
9. "A Million Ways To Die In The West"
"A Million Ways To Die In The West" was the best Western parody since Blazing Saddles. Writer, director and star Seth McFarlane made a hilarious, rude, crude, politically incorrect comedy that was often quite clever.
"Ida" was a remarkable movie from Poland about a young nun, about to take her vows, who suddenly finds out that she's Jewish and that her parents perished in the Holocaust. Shot in haunting black and white, the film was a work of art.
7. "Big Eyes"
"Big Eyes" was a fascinating true story about a famous female artist whose husband took all the credit for her work in the 1960s. A terrific directorial effort from Tim Burton with fine performances from Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
6. "St. Vincent"
Bill Murray shined in the excellent dramedy "St. Vincent" as an unlikely mentor to an impressionable boy. Melissa McCarthy, in a rare dramatic role, and Jaeden Lieberher were also outstanding.
5. "Jodorowsky's Dune"
My favorite documentary of the year was "Jodorowsky's Dune," the mesmerizing story of a cult film director's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of a heralded novel..
4. "Top Five"
My favorite romantic comedy of the year was "Top Five," and it's not because I have a cameo in it. Chris Rock pushed the envelope and made a hilarious movie that takes well-pointed shots at movie stars, reality TV and a host of other topics.
"Whiplash" was an engrossing movie that boasted two extraordinary performances; from J.K Simmons, as a terrifying music teacher, and Miles Teller as his student, a jazz drummer who aspires to greatness.
2. "Men, Women and Children"
With "Men, Women and Children," director Jason Reitman brilliantly explored the hazards of the Internet in modern society. Weaving together multiple storylines, it was a fascinating, cautionary tale that left much food for thought.
1. "Gone Girl"
Finally, my favorite movie of the year is "Gone Girl." The movie is not only an engrossing thriller, it's also a scathing social satire, with darkly comedic flourishes, that skewers our tabloid obsessed culture. Expertly directed by David Fincher with an Oscar worthy turn from Rosamund Pike.