At the start of every new year we put our feelers out for the skinny on all the best upcoming movies. We’ve got to admit, sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle. But this year, the problem isn’t finding films to put in, but what to leave out. 2014 really is going to be a cracking year at the cinema. There are new films from established masters like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Takashi Miike. There are intriguing new faces on the scene, like Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch with his Glasgow-set indie musical ‘God Help the Girl’ and cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister with his sci-fi think piece ‘Transcendence’. There are monstrous epics like Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ and tiny little indie charmers like Aaron Katz’s Icelandic road movie ‘Land Ho!’. Hollywood’s hottest are back in action: Cate Blanchett experiments with sexuality in ‘Carol’, Brad Pitt hits the front lines in ‘Fury’ and Melissa McCarthy writes and stars in ‘Tammy’, while Michael Fassbender takes an heroic career left-turn by playing the papier-mache-headed hero of Sidebottom celebration ‘Frank’ (pic above).