The 10 movies you need to see in 2014

Lego, hobbits, superheroes and AI gone wrong - here are the films you should be biroing into your diary this year

2014's set to be a big year for movies; expect to see giant monsters, Kickstarter success stories and Lego men parading across the silver screen. We've picked out the highlights from a blockbuster year.

The Lego Movie (7th February)

Minifigure Emmet discovers that he's "the Special," the saviour of the Lego universe, and has to stop evil Lord Business from gluing all the Lego bricks together. So far, so predictable – but The Lego Movie looks set to merrily subvert the hoary old Hero's Journey. There are plenty of gags for older Lego fans, like the Blue Spaceman's cracked space helmet, and an awesome cast including Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson. Oh, and a year before Batman vs Superman hits cinemas, you'll be able to see the superheroes teaming up in this. Voiced by Channing Tatum and Will Arnett, no less.

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Veronica Mars (14th March)

The first cinematic Kickstarter success story, this spin-off of the cult TV show raised a whopping US$5.7 million on the crowdfunding site. It picks up 10 years after the show's finale, with the titular private eye revisiting her hometown in a bid to clear her ex-boyfriend of a murder rap.

Creator Rob Thomas stresses that you don't need to have seen the show to understand the film – and as a glimpse at the future of crowdfunded film-making, it's essential viewing.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4th April)

The Marvel superhero returns for his first outing since Avengers Assemble – and this film looks like a very different beast to the four-colour heroics of his first two movies. Based around the popular "Winter Soldier" storyline, it looks set to be a more nuanced look at government agency SHIELD's activities, paying homage to the conspiracy films of the 1970s. Marvel's even gone as far as casting All The President's Men star Robert Redford in a key role.

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