There have been some cracking movies so far in 2014 and the barrage of must-watch films isn't over yet. Here's our guide to the flicks you should make some time for before the year is out.
The Rover, 15 August
Robert Pattinson returns, with the brilliant Guy Pearce, in this post-apocalyptic movie set in the Australian outback, a decade after the collapse of society. It’s dusty, it’s bleak and definitely not one for Twihards. We’re on board.
Lucy, 22 August
Based on the idea that humans only use 10 per cent of their brainpower, Lucy is about a woman whose brain – after a drug-smuggling attempt goes awry and the bag full of narcotics bursts in her stomach – goes into overdrive. You just know watching Scarlett Johansson as a bad ass superhuman is going to worth your while.
Before I Go To Sleep, 5 September
Based on the novel by SJ Watson (if you haven’t read it already, you really should), Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller following 40-year-old Christine Lucas who wakes up every morning with no memory and still believing she’s 27. Colin Firth plays her husband, who she also doesn’t remember. Here’s hoping they do justice to the book.
Magic in the Moonlight, 19 September
Emma Stone’s first turn as Woody Allen’s current muse should be well worth a watch, if only for her smooch with Colin Firth. Yes, really.
The Riot Club, 19 September
This tale of Oxford University’s notorious and elite Bullingdon Club will bring a whole host of posh totty to our screens, including the divine Douglas Booth, Sam Clafin and Max Irons. Jessica Brown Findlay and Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer also appear.
Map to the Stars, 26 September
Part two of Robert Pattinson’s comeback sees him team up with David Cronenberg again as a limo driver in Hollywood, and getting in it on with Julianne Moore’s washed up movie star, in this satire about our celebrity-obsessed culture. So good.
Gone Girl, 3 October
This has to be the most hugely anticipated movie of the year and WE CANNOT WAIT to see how Ben Affleck and Rosumund Pike fare as the troubled couple at the centre of one of the biggest stories in recent years.
Serena, 24 October
Never heard of Serena? You’re not the only one. It was shot two years ago but has since disappeared off the radar causing industry insiders to think it had been canned. Not so. It’s just been given an autumn release date. A dark drama starring the perfect pairing of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as love-struck newlyweds in the 1920s, it makes a very welcome surprise to our 2014 must-watch film list.
Horns, 31 October
Daniel Radcliffe’s character wakes up one morning accused of murdering his girlfriend, if that wasn’t bad enough, he also sprouts horns. Sounds fantastical, and it is, but the first trailer is actually darkly comic.
Interstellar, 7 November
Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey, starring man-of-the-moment Matthew McConaughey, has got a lot of movie types very excited. The whole thing has been shrouded in mystery but what we do know is that Earth runs out of food and McConaughey is sent on a mission to find somewhere else for humans to live. Also starring Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain, it’s set to be the blockbuster of the year.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 21 November
We’ve loved the first two movies and are beyond excited to see what will happen next to Katniss Everdeen, as she finds herself at the centre of a global rebellion and a very confusing love triangle.
Wild, 5 December
Yet another book-turned-movie comes in the form of Reese Witherspoon in the adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times No. 1 best seller Wild. After the break-up of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl hikes over 1000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. There’s already Oscar buzz; go see it.
And now the best from the rest of the year…
12 Years A Slave