10. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
A lighthearted, inventive sequel chock-full of zippy animation and shamelessly punny dialogue (“There’s a leek in the boat!”).
It’s not nearly as sweeping as the name implies, but this Fox film is still eminently enjoyable — especially thanks to its big-name voice cast: Amanda Seyfried! Christoph Waltz! Beyoncé!
8. Jurassic Park 3D
Some movies demand to be seen on the big screen; Steven Spielberg’s classic blockbuster is one of them. And the extra dimension doesn’t hurt, either. (Whose idea was that? Clever girl.)
7. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Transporting the pony pals of Equestria to a regular high school — and transforming them into human-pony hybrids — could have been an unwelcome trip to the uncanny valley. Instead, this feature film boasts the same wit and charm of the original TV show; you needn’t be a brony to enjoy.
6. The Wizard of Oz 3D
Another big-screen must-see, this rerelease — done to celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary — presented a gorgeously remastered version of Dorothy and all her pals.
5. Saving Mr. Banks
Good: Tom Hanks as a jovial Walt Disney. Better: Emma Thompson as uptight Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. Best: Getting a chance to revisit the Sherman Brothers’ incredible Poppins score, capable of winning over even the fussiest writers.
This Jackie Robinson biopic presents an important slice of American history in a crowd-pleasing way; there’s a reason audiences rewarded it with a rare A+ Cinemascore.
Songs, princesses, talking snowmen, gruff mountaineers, trolls, blizzards, ice palaces rising on a mountainside: Disney’s latest animated musical really does have something for everyone.
2. Despicable Me 2
The year’s second-highest earner so far isn’t just a box office powerhouse: It’s also an infectiously funny tale bolstered by real heart. (Also, minions. Always the minions.)
1. Monsters University
Mike and Sulley get their own origin story in Pixar’s first prequel, which thankfully hews much closer to Toy Story 2 than Cars 2. Bonus: It came packaged with The Blue Umbrella, a gorgeous short that conveys more emotion in seven minutes than many two-hour films.