2014 is going to start with a bang in the UK, with the 2 possible winners of best film at the Oscars coming out in the first week of the year, but in terms of massively anticipated films, its a little lacklustre compared to the slate of 2015, which is going to be the year of the blockbuster.

That being said, there are some film fantastic looking films coming out in 2014, some of which are flying below the radar. I found it hard to pick just 10 films, in all honesty there are about 20 films is desperate to see next year, so I have to give some memorable mentions to the films that didn’t make the list.

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Robocop
  • The Monuments Men
  • Need For Speed
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • Sabotage
  • Transcendence
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Fury

So, lets get the list started, first up….

American Hustle

David O. Russell’s latest film about a con-man who gets involved with the mafia. Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, not only does it have a great cast, but the reviews are coming through thick and fast saying that its fantastic.

A genuine Oscar contender, not just for the film but also for the cast if the rumours are to be believed.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio re-unite again for this black comedy based on the life of Jordan Belfort who rose to become a wealthy stockbroker before being involved with crime corruption and the federal government.

Again, this is getting glowing reviews and it’s trailer was possibly my favourite of 2012, another genuine contender for Oscar’s, could DiCaprio finally get a golden statue?

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Lone Survivor

Peter Berg returns to directing after the truly forgettable Battleship, in what is also being touted as an outside bet for best film at the Oscars. Containing what some are saying at the best war scenes since Saving Private Ryan, the hype is starting to peak for this film.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Eric Banner but to name a few, this films looks from the trailers to have some genuine credibility behind its early reviews.

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Captain America – The Winter Soldier

The follow up to what I consider the poorest of the phase 1 Marvel films, that’s not to say it was bad, it just didn’t work as well for me as the others. But as soon as I seen the trailer for the 2nd film, my opinion of it changed completely.

Carrying on where The Avengers left off, Captain America is being said to be the film that bridges the gap between that and the 2nd Avengers film, with a bigger role for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. What intrigues me more though is Frank Grillo as Crossbones and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, 2 minor characters getting some screen time in this film, possibly for the 3rd Captain America film.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I was totally sceptical when they went to re-boot this franchise, I loved the first two films from Sam Raimi, so I seen this as merely a cash cow for Sony, but I really enjoyed the first film, I think Andrew Garfield is a perfect choice for Peter Parker.

The 2nd film looks to be building a whole Spider-Man world with the introduction of 3 bad guys and a 3rd and 4th film have already been green-lit along with 2 spin-off films. I just hope Sony have learned their lessons with having too many bad guys in the film.

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Godzilla

This was one film I have really looked forward to, I’m a big fan of director Gareth Edwards first film Monsters and it looks like he has taken that type of style on to a bigger scale with Godzilla.

With a great cast including the great Brian Cranston hot off the heels of Breaking Bad, this has the potential to be the biggest hit of the Summer. If you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer, its fantastic, it really builds up the tension towards the film.

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X-Men : Days of Future Past

I have to admit, I debated at great lengths about including this in the top 10, from what I have seen in regards to the cast size, I was totally sceptical about how its going to balance all these characters. I also wasn’t totally sold on the trailer either, but what has grabbed me more is the viral marketing campaign, it really does have my intrigued more than anything.

With possibly the biggest cast in the history of blockbusters (putting even The Avengers to shame) this has the potential to be either great or awful. I’m hoping it’s in the great category as they have already green-lit another sequel.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The first film in this franchise was my favourite film in 2011, it took me totally by surprise and I experienced my best ever cinema going experience when I went to see it.

Moving on a few years into the past of the first film, with a whole new human cast including Gary Oldman, this again has huge potential, especially with the returning Andy Serkis doing mo-cap work for Caeser.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

This is possibly the biggest gamble Marvel have taken since they started making their own films, another ensemble film with a bunch of characters that most people have never heard of. I think that could all work in its favour, people will be completely open minded about it.

Marvel have put together a weird choice in Director (I love it) and an array of talent that might just help this film pack the punch they hope.

Interstellar

I love everything Chris Nolan, so its no surprise that this film makes it on to the list. Little is actually known about the film, other than its about space and worm holes, but knowing Nolan this could be just as epic as Inception.

With a great cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway, this will simply have people flocking to see it with Nolan’s name attached. The teaser trailer released just last week doesn’t really tell you anything, but the style alone is enough to get me excited, you don’t need to show the story to have a great trailer.

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So many good films to look forward to in the coming months. I also need to remember there are films such as The Hunger Games, The Hobbit and The Lego Movie that haven’t even got close to the top ten.

What’s your most anticipated films of the year? What films have got you excited?

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Alan Horne

Itsfilmtastic is a hobby of mine, I manage this great blog in my spare time, while in my day job I'm a web & user interaction designer. You can find my design work on my portfolio and you can follow my design and movie tweets at @alanjhorne.