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The Escapist Staff | 30 Dec 2014 15:00
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Best Movie of 2014

Read more about the nominees here.

Big Hero 6
The LEGO Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

And the Escapist Award goes to ...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson,Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Released on April 4, 2014
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Senior Editor Elizabeth Harper says: Of all the fantastic movies that have come out this year, this April's Captain America sequel came up in conversation again and again as The Escapist team tried to narrow down what we thought was the top movie of the year. It's a rare treat that a sequel can be as good -- or even better -- than the original material, but Cap and crew pull it off in The Winter Soldier, which is a fantastic movie on a lot of different levels.

For comic geeks (which includes many of us at The Escapist), it brings great comics characters to the screen for the first time. The film introduces both the Falcon and the Winter Soldier into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways that feel true to the originals - something Marvel Studios has proven especially good at. As a bonus that pays off for dedicated fans, this flick turned the cinematic universe on its head by destroying S.H.I.E.L.D., which continues to have far-reaching consequences in Marvel's movies and television efforts.

But for viewers tired of superhero movies, The Winter Soldier ditches most of the expected capes 'n cowls pageantry to be a proper spy thriller - even going so far as casting Robert Redford in a lead role, which certainly adds gravitas (and spy cred) to the film. Whether you know Marvel arcana or not, this is a roller coaster ride of a thrill movie... and that's what makes it really stand out among this year's crop of films. It's a movie that's clearly been made with love and care for Marvel fans to enjoy, but the movie works on more than just that level. It's a tough tightrope to walk - we've seen Sony and Fox try to make mainstream action blockbusters of their own Marvel properties, to mixed results -- but The Winter Soldier does it so skillfully as to make it look easy.

We're not ashamed to admit that even after watching this multiple times, we're still finding new things to love about it... and we bet you are, too.

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