This week, we launched our fan-driven, reader-chosen end-of-year contest: YOU DECIDE: The Best Movie of 2014! Thousands of you read and voted for your favorite films, and now we've narrowed the field from the original 32 movies to the next round of 16.
The first round was hard; it only gets tougher from here on out. While you can still vote on the first round here, I chose the winners from the numbers as they stood at 9 a.m. PST this morning. Who will reign victorious over all by the time the contest ends? That's for you to decide.
And don't forget, we're also having this in conjunction with our sweet Moviepilot Blu-ray/DVD prize pack giveaway. All you have to do is comment on this article for a chance to win a package from us to you stuffed full of our hand-picked selection of 10 of the best Blu-ray/DVDs of 2014 and a few other goodies.
Ready to make your choices for the second round? Onward!
1.) 22 Jump Street vs. Neighbors
Hill and Tatum. Rogen and Efron. No matter how you slice it, these are four comedic actors at the top of their game right now. Both movies were box-office hits, but now they face heavy competition from one another. Who will win, [22 Jump Street](movie:434853) or [Neighbors](movie:401406)?
2.) Nightcrawler vs. Gone Girl
If you want dark storylines and two films of gripping, stomach-twisting intensity, then this is the matchup for you. Both [Nightcrawler](movie:938302) and [Gone Girl](movie:833123) are generating some serious Oscar buzz in different categories, but unfortunately, only one can move on to the the next round.
3.) Boyhood vs. The Fault in our Stars
Though very different in story and style, these two coming-of-age movies had fans and critics alike raving for each, though for different reasons. [Boyhood](movie:989626) had people buzzing over director Richard Linklater's vision, while [The Fault In Our Stars](movie:602185) garnered leads Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort some serious cred. Which one moves on to the next round?
4.) The Maze Runner vs. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
[The Maze Runner](movie:575895) and [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261) were two of 2014's biggest young adult films. Both, of course, revolve around the "corrupt government in a dystopian society where teens must fight back" story, and both focus on one plucky protagonist. There will only be one survivor of this round, but Katniss and Thomas should be used battling things out by now.
5.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier vs. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Marvel superhero vs. Marvel superhero? What is the world coming to?! But alas, that's what we're left with in the second round of voting, with [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) going up against [The Amazing Spider-Man 2](movie:508593). Hopefully, this battle will be as epic as Marvel's upcoming Civil War. Who wins? That's up to you.
6.) Maleficent vs. Big Hero 6
Both [Maleficent](movie:39352) and [Big Hero 6](movie:425271) were family-friendly movies that still managed to please adults. But which Disney film will win? The dark fairy, Maleficent, and good-hearted Aurora? Or will it be the human-robot team-up of Hiro and Baymax? That's your call.
7.) Interstellar vs. Edge of Tomorrow
These two films were, for my money, the most brilliantly executed sci-fi fims of the year. Both were visually stunning mind trips with solid acting all around. Both were movies that felt unlike anything else that had come before. But while [Interstellar](movie:813746) and [Edge of Tomorrow](movie:267902) may both deserve to move on, only one can, and which one it is is entirely up to how you vote.
8.) Guardians of the Galaxy vs. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
A rag-tag bunch of misfits and a rag-tag bunch of misfits, both led by two actors starting to really tear it up in the Hollywood blockbuster scene. [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) had the humor, [Dawn of the Planet of the Apes](movie:322904) the brains, but both movies had heart - including those of the audiences that watched them. Will our final champion of 2014 be one of these two movies? Only time will tell.