The 10 movies you need to see in 2014

Transcendence (18th April)

Christopher Nolan's regular cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with this tale of artificial intelligence gone wrong. Johnny Depp stars as a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded into a computer after a terrorist attack – but as he discovers newfound powers, he quickly becomes a threat.

Pfister's rounded up a stellar cast, with Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy in supporting roles – and it's certainly going to look fantastic. Will Pfister outshine Nolan this year? We'll just have to wait and see.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2nd May)

The first of the rebooted Spider-Man films boasted fantastic chemistry between its leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but the tone hewed a little too close to gritty superhero films like The Dark Knight for comfort. Fortunately, the sequel seems to be harking back to Spidey's more vivid four-colour adventures, with the web-slinger taking on villains Electro, the Rhino and the Green Goblin in a Times Square showdown. While, presumably, juggling his active social life and relationships.

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Godzilla (16th May)

Monsters director Gareth Edwards has past form with giant creatures – now he's got the most iconic one of all to play with. And an appropriately colossal budget. He's spent it wisely, rounding up a cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston to flee from giant radioactive beasties as they demolish major landmarks. Unlike the lamentable 1998 film, this one looks – from the glimpses we've seen – to have nailed the look of Godzilla, so hopes are high.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (23rd May)

Twentieth Century Fox is pouring everything into its latest X-Men adventure, recruiting Bryan Singer, the director of the first film in the series, and cribbing from perhaps the best-loved story in the comic book's history.

The time-hopping plot sees Hugh Jackman's Wolverine travelling to the 1970s in order to avert a mutant apocalypse in the future. Accordingly, the film features almost every actor who's appeared in the series, from the original films to the 1960s-set prequel First Class.

It could be a feast for the senses, or a bloated, overstuffed mess – only time will tell.