Wintertime is the best time to wrap yourself into a blanket burrito and catch up on the year's best movies. It can be an overwhelming task, but we're here to offer some quality advice. We did some serious movie-watching to prepare this comprehensive list. There are breakthrough performances, hot new directors, and niche flicks you might have overlooked but should definitely check out. And, we also have a few quick tips on the most shamelessly bad movies of the year, so you can avoid those, too.
So, grab some popcorn and get caught up in time for award season. With this primer as your guide, there’s a good chance you’ll win that Oscar pool come February. Or, at least show up all your friends with your extensive movie knowledge. The good news is, you won’t even have to leave your couch for most of them.
Ahead, the most notable movie moments of 2014.