10:07 Thursday 02 January 2014

2014 cinema preview

Written byROB SMYTH

WITH the dust still settling on 2013, it is time for cinema lovers to look forward to the next 12 months – and all manner of delights will be on offer on the big screen.

Here, in a special cinema section, is my preview of some of the most hotly anticipated films of 2014.

The Wolf of Wall Street hits screens on January 17, and is Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese’s latest collaboration. It looks at the rise of fall of criminal Jordan Belfont.

The latest reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise will see Chris Pine take on the role (released on January 24).

He will trade blows with Kenneth Branagh and share the screen with the likes of Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley.

Early reports suggest this could be a cracker of a film to start the New Year.

The re-imagining of Robocop will arrive in February as director José Padilha attempts to take a new look at the 1980s classic.

Joel Kinnaman stars in the title role and footage from the trailer has been well received. It could help the film be one of the surprise hits of the year.

Paul WS Anderson brings his latest film Pompeii to the screen, which has been described as Gladiator meets Dante’s Peak.

Liam Neeson will be doing his very best Taken impression as he plays a US marshal trying to find a murderer aboard a plane.

It sounds ridiculous, but could turn out to be quite a bit of fun.

Marvel Studios’ assault on cinema continues in March as Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives.

The film takes place two years after the events featured in the hugely successful Avengers Assemble and looks set to be a sure-fire hit.

Darren Aronofsky will team up with Russell Crowe in March to bring the story of Noah to the screen, with the use of excessive CGI and Crowe shouting his way to the end of the world.

Andrew Garfield returns as Spiderman in the follow-up to the well-received The Amazing Spiderman in April.

Transcendence is the first film from acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister, who will no doubt be taking a leaf out his former boss Christopher Nolan’s book with his first effort, featuring Johnny Depp.

May will see the latest take on Godzilla by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen will feature in a film that hopes to banish all memories of the awful US Godzilla film from the 1990s.

X Men: Days of Future Past will land on May 22, and will bring together possibly one of the most star-studded casts in film history to take on a story that will see mutants pushed to the brink of extinction.

Tom Cruise will be hoping to win back the crown as the biggest movie star in the world with Edge of Tomorrow.

The film, described as Groundhog Day in the future with robots, will also star Emily Blunt and hits cinema screens on May 30.

After the much-derided third instalment, the Transformers franchise roars back onto screens in July with a new cast and a new story.

Matt Reeves will helm the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which will pick up 10 years after the events of the first film and has Earth overtaken by the apes.

August will see another Marvel film in Guardians of the Galaxy.

This follows a bunch of misfits who meet in prison and team up to break out and go after the same treasure in a weird and wacky world.

In the same month, the Inbetweeners gang head back to the big screen for the first time following their smash-hit debut flick.

Sylvester Stallone will be joined by Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes in The Expendables 3.

Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Good Girl will be released in October, helmed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Megan Fox and William Fichtner star in the big-screen return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on October 17.

Christopher Nolan will hit us with his latest epic tale, Interstellar, in November. It will be mental – nobody will have a clue what is going on, but it will no doubt be incredible.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One will delight fans across the world when it opens on November 21.

Although based on the weakest of three books, it will be interesting to see what director Francis Lawrence does with the source material.

Yes, 2014 looks set to be a cracking year for cinema. There will undoubtedly be some good and some bad, but I just cannot wait.

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