10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America struggles to find his place in the modern world while dealing with the past – a Soviet agent called The Winter Soldier.
One of two Marvel comic movies that will hit theaters in 2014, it is set to connect the two Avengers parts, with the next coming in 2015. Scarlett Johansson plays the Black Widow.
This remake is already immersed in controversy; the original RoboCop expertly combined graphic violence with comedy and blistering corporate satire, and some Gen Xers believe the remake can never match the 80’s Paul Verhoeven version.
However, Gen Z is set to give the new version a try without seeing it through the lens of the past.
8. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Another Marvel movie based on an unusual and more recent comic book concept.
Some are skeptical about how this space-based adventure is going to fly, but with such a compelling title and a growing interest in all things extra-terrestrial, count on Gen Z to check it out when it’s released this summer.
7. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Bryan Singer’s latest X-Men iteration looks set to be epic. Time-travel is the way as characters from the original X-Men trilogy unite with their younger X-Men selves to wage battle.
The Wolverine leads as they fight to change the past in order to preserve the future for both humans and mutants.
Christopher Nolan, director of the Dark Knight trilogy, Insomnia and Inception, has been called the Stanley Kubrick of his generation. His latest film Interstellar is about scientists who attempt to save a starving planet and discover a wormhole.
A cast of A-Listers including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, John Lithgow, Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck lend their talents. Nolan brings an intelligence to his films that transcends the genre.
5. Jupiter Ascending
The Wachowski siblings bring us more science fiction fantasy thrills with Jupiter Ascending. Mila Kunis replaces Natalie Portman, playing an impoverished woman in a future where humans are at the bottom the food chain.
A genetically engineered super-soldier played by Channing Tatum tracks her down to try and harvest a secret inheritance that’s locked away in her DNA.
Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut as Johnny Depp plays a computer software scientist with Rebecca Hall as his wife and colleague.
They are trying to create a highly superior super-computer intelligence while a terrorist organization tries to put a stop to it. Depp’s consciousness is uploaded onto the net as this movie brings plenty of thrills and suspense.
3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
Probably the most anticipated animated film of 2014, the story has moved along five years from where the previous film left off as Hiccup finds himself to be in conflict amongst both dragons and humans.
Dean DeBlois has said he’s landed the third part for 2016, so look for the end to set the stage for even more dragon training highjinks.
Gareth Edwards directed Monsters in 2010 on a very small budget; this Godzilla remake will be big on graphics and huge on budget. The tone is said to be dark and somber as Japan’s favorite monster is reborn.
Godzilla made his first appearance in 1954 with plenty of quaint, amateurish “special” effects; the movie’s been remade many times since then, but expect this one to be big, slick and over-the-top.
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
This isn’t just another romantic fantasy or box office money-grab; the Hunger Games franchise is the real deal – a spectacular, epic foray into how life might be in a post-apocalyptic world.
Suzanne Collins’ brilliant writing and Jennifer Lawrence’s superb acting bring the story to life. Watch for Part 2 in 2015.