14 for 2014: Interstellar Summer of Cinema

In 2014, there are myriad reasons to visit the cinema and watch moving images with strangers in a dark room.

First off, this year’s summer blockbuster lineup is a strong one for the comic book tribe. As well as the aforementioned mighty Marvel movies, there’s a return to ‘Sin City’, an electrifying comeback for Andrew Garfield’s ‘Amazing Spiderman’, and perhaps the best cast ever in the twisty-turny timebomb of an X-Men movie ‘Days of Future Past’.

As well as this, it’s the year of a Lego movie (yup), further entries in the ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Hobbit’ franchises, and another headache-inducing ‘Transformers’ extended toy TV ad. For something truly original and potentially special, look to sci-fi wonderment from the Waschwoskis in ‘Jupiter Ascending’ and Johnny Depp’s latest weirdo turn in ‘Transcendence’.

Deserving of its own special mention in the countdown is Chris Nolan’s first post-Batman masterpiece (bit early to use that word, but this is the guy who gave us ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’, after all), the mystery wrapped in an enigma shrouded in a question mark that is ‘Interstellar’. With a starry cast, including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and an unknown plot involving a worm hole of all things, this could be ‘Gravity’ as directed by the master who gave us ‘Memento’. Bring it.

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