The best action can be found in the fight scenes of Non-Stop, but the best visual effects are in Dracula Untold. The best animation is in Big Hero 6, a movie that also has my favorite character, the inflatable robot.
My favorite performance is by Michael Rooker, playing the leader of the bandits in Guardians of the Galaxy. The best performance, however, is by Johnny Harris, playing the leader of a team of soldiers in Monsters: Dark Continent. Following that is one by Tom Wilkinson, playing a sad detective in Good People.