The 10 movies you need to see in 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (1st August)

Marvel Studios is taking a big risk with its upcoming film, eschewing Earthbound superheroes in favour of a Star Wars-style space adventure spectacular based on a comic book that no-one's heard of. Which stars, among others, a tree-person who can only say the words "I am Groot!" and an anthropomorphic raccoon. The tree's played by Vin Diesel. The raccoon's played by Bradley Cooper. Karen Gillan from Doctor Who is in it, and she's bald. This is actually a thing that is happening.

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Interstellar (7th November)

Little is known about Chris Nolan's upcoming sci-fi epic, apart from the fact that it's about scientists who discover how to travel far out into the universe through a wormhole.

One thing's for sure, though – it's set to be spectacular, with Nolan using his favourite IMAX format to shoot aerial footage by whacking the camera in the nose cone of a Learjet. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and (of course) Michael Caine star.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (17th December)

Some may question Peter Jackson's wisdom in turning a 310-page children's fantasy novel into three three-hour-plus movies. But we're so delighted to return to Middle-Earth that we just don't care. The final instalment in the Hobbit trilogy is set to be the darkest and most emotional of the three, with deaths and betrayals on the menu. Along with a generous helping of epic battles and spectacle too, of course.