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article imageOp-Ed: 5 blockbusters to look forward to in 2014

By Michael Thomas     Feb 4, 2014 in Entertainment
While purists are quick to decry modern cinema culture as full of sequels and adaptations, many films coming out this year, aimed at a general audience, just might be worth your time.
Below are five movies out this year, a nearly-even mix of sequels and standalone films that may turn out to be thrilling and not just mindless entertainment. From LEGO to a space opera, there's a little something for everyone.
The Lego Movie (February 7)
When news of this first broke, many likely saw it as a questionable move. Surprisingly, however, this movie looks really good. As with the numerous LEGO video games released over the past few years, this seems infused with humour that can reach all generations despite it being marketed for kids. It's got an all-star cast, including Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Chris Pratt and many more, and this could be a hit that few were expecting.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
It feels like this movie has been in gestation forever, so it's nice to finally see this coming out in 2014. Following the events of X-Men: First Class and the original trilogy of live-action films, Days of Future Past will feature a time-travel storyline which will see past and present incarnations of the X-Men meeting each other, and as such the ensemble cast is massive. In addition to the returning cast, including Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, there are also newcomers to the franchise, like Peter Dinklage and Evan Peters.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
2010's How To Train Your Dragon was a surprise hit, both financially and critically, and DreamWorks has certainly taken its time crafting this sequel. Set five years after the original, you can expect to see new dragons and new cultures as Hiccup and co. explore the northern hemisphere.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
Speaking of surprises, who knew another entry into the vast pool of Planet of the Apes films would be any good? But 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was thrilling, and it left itself open to a sequel, which is taking the form of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. While this storyline about a potential war between humans and apes isn't anything new, a cast led by Gary Oldman and Kerri Russell could elevate this movie. Andy Serkis, mo-cap master that he is, will of course be returning as Cesar.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
Marvel has a seemingly long and successful history with its film franchises, having brought to prominence so far Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be a gamble, as the title is a lot more obscure than the aforementioned heroes. Whereas DC failed at a space opera with its Green Lantern attempt, Marvel definitely has the ability to get it right. It's also got quite the cast, including Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel, among others.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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