All of us need to kick back and relax once in a while, and there are few better excuses to do so than  when a good film hits the cinemas. Whether you’re into expensively produced action films straight out of Hollywood, or subtle romantic comedies from the continent, this year’s film reel has something for you.

 

From kids’ films and the latest in RealD 3D, to kooky comedies for the Indie Cindy in you, here we take a look at a handful of excuses to head to your local cinema over the coming months and to chill out.

 

Jupiter Ascending

Channing Tatum has been a busy man of late. As well as starring in this summer’s 22 Jump Street, he’s also coming to our screens this July in the Sci-Fi thriller, Jupiter Ascending. The film provides a great opportunity to check out the 3D capabilities of a Cineworld theatre, as even the trailer is enough to woo any discerning aesthete. Mila Kunis stars alongside Tatum.

 

The Two Faces of January

Patricia Highsmith’s novels have given the world some truly inspired characters, many of whom have found their way into the film world with great success. If past Highsmith-based films Purple Noon and A Talented Mr Ripley are much to go by, The Two Faces Of January will be a romantic and thoroughly pleasing tale, set against a stunning Mediterranean backdrop.

The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Llewyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac.

 

Godzilla

The title alone should tell viewers whether this film is set to be their favourite of 2014, or one to steer clear of. Godzilla has become a movie icon, and this latest instalment is sure to please audiences as the most technologically advanced instantiation of the creature yet. The 3D experience alone is sure to blow critics away. If that’s not enough to entice you, consider performances from Juliette Binoche and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.

 

Tracks

Tracks is not your average Hollywood tale. Set in the Australian outback, the film follows the arduous journey of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska) across the arid landscape, to the Indian Ocean.

The film is one of the most visually beautiful of the year, with a number of the most prestigious film festivals lauding the plot, scenery, and performances by Wasikowska and Adam Driver. Based n a true story, this could be one of the gems of the year.

 

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