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It’s true: a fourth Transformers, a third Expendables and a second 21 Jump Street are heading for cinemas this year, plus what must be an 11th Spider-Man and possibly a 17th X-Men. But not everything will be a Hollywood sequel or a popcorn movie. Here are 14 movies to catch in 2014, including some likely best picture nominees for the Oscars.Her
Director: Spike JonzeStars: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara.
The buzz has been exceptional for a futuristic tale about a professional letter writer who falls for his computer operating system, voiced by Johansson.
Prediction: Scarlett Johansson will be offered millions to voice satnavs, mobile phones and bedside digital clocks.
Out: January 16
Inside Llewyn Davis
Directors: Ethan and Joel CoenStars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake.
A struggling singer-songwriter tries to get a break in the New York folk scene in the 1960s.
Prediction: Someone, somewhere is planning a biopic of Marcus Mumford from Mumford & Sons.
Out: January 16
The Monuments Men
Director: George ClooneyStars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman.
During World War II, an unlikely team of museum directors, curators and art historians heads into Nazi Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces.
Prediction: Will do for museum curators what Indiana Jones did for archaeologists.
Out: March 13
The Wolf of Wall Street
Director: Martin ScorseseStars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey.
Scorsese and DiCaprio team up again for the rousing story of Jordan Belfort, who became one of America’s great corporate hustlers in the ’90s.
Prediction: While it might be meant as a cautionary tale, many in the finance sector will see it as a training video.
Out: January 23
12 Years A Slave
Director: Steve McQueenStars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch.
An emotional drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, who was hijacked into slavery from Washington to the Deep South in 1841.
Prediction: Might well jag best picture at the Oscars and at least nominations for Ejiofor, who plays Northup, and Nyong’o, who plays a slave named Patsey.
Out: January 30
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Director: Justin ChadwickStars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
The timing could hardly be better for a bio-pic of the great South African freedom fighter who became his country’s inspirational president.
Prediction: Screenings for the deaf will not be using the sign language expert from Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
Out: February 6
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Director: Abdellatif KechicheStars: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux.
A teenage girl meets a blue-haired lesbian in a French film that won the top prize at Cannes and famously features a graphic seven-minute sex scene.
Prediction: While his sister might see it, the Prime Minister is unlikely to take the family.
Out: February 13
Wolf Creek 2
Director: Greg McleanStars: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn.
Nine years after Wolf Creek became a cult hit, Mick Taylor is back terrorising tourists in the outback.
Prediction: A singalong to Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport in the film will not revive Rolf Harris’ career.
Out: February 20
Director: John CurranStars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver.
Adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s famous book about her epic trek through the outback with camels in the 1970s.
Prediction: Taking a cue from the dancing Spanish horses of El Caballo Blanco, watch for the launch of El Camello Blanco.
Out: March 6
Director: Darren AronofskyStars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins
In a year when Hollywood aims to cash in on biblical movies, Noah builds an ark to protect his family from a coming flood.
Prediction: Bunnings will do a roaring trade in DIY ark kits.
Out: March 27
Director: David MichodStars: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson and Scoot McNairy.
After impressing the world with Animal Kingdom, Michod’s follow-up is a futuristic drama about a loner who tracks a criminal gang in the outback.
Prediction: Twilight fans who go will spend the entire movie wondering if RPatz is still with KStew.
Out: July 31
Untitled Lance Armstrong Movie
Director: Stephen FrearsStars: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Guillaume Canet
The rise and fall of the champion cyclist, drawing on David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong.
Prediction: Will do nothing for sales of Armstrong’s books.
Out: Possibly October
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Director: Peter JacksonStars: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen
The final instalment of the Hobbit trilogy.
Prediction: It will the biggest Boxing Day in Australian cinema history as fans flock to see how the story ends.
Out: December 26
Director: Angelina JolieStars: Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney.
The story of Italian-American Olympic distance track star Louis Zamperini who became a hero during World War II.
Prediction: Will be popular in Sydney, which co-stars as ”background”.
Out: December 26
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