ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

Although 2015 might have established itself as the year in which all the major blockbusters will do glorious battle at the box office, we certainly shouldn't discount 2014, especially when it comes to science fiction.

2014 sees a whole host of sci-fi warping our way. Sure, we've got the usual big budget reboots and superhero sequels, but we're also going to see some truly original sci-fi adventures hitting the big screen.

Below, is a comprehensive list of all the science-fiction flicks which are arriving in 2014. I've included a release date, brief synopsis and a trailer (where available) for each. Check them out below:

Snowpiercer (No Release Date)

's high-concept sci-fi action thriller has already wowed audiences in South Korea, Japan and France. It tells the tale of a revolution which sweeps through humanity's last bastion — a perpetually moving train. Currently Harvey Weinstein is holding back release in order to edit the film for the American audience — something only Weinstein himself seems to support. It's currently awaiting a North American release, but it is expected elsewhere anytime now.

Synopsis:

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

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Directed by Joon-ho Bong.

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RoboCop (February 12)

First up in theaters is one of this year's biggest sci-fi outings — 's reboot of 1987 classic RoboCop. Padilha claims RoboCop will not shy away from contemporary political issues, although the trailers we've seen seem to prioritize gun-fire and action.

Synopsis:

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

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Directed by Jose Padilha.

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Divergent (March 21)

For traditional Star Trek and Star Wars fans, Divergent might not be the sci-fi you are looking for. The dystopian flick is an adaptation of the young adult fiction of the same name. Expect adolescent angst, post-apocalyptic fashion and lots of beautiful people.

Synopsis:

Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)

Captain America returns in a new superhero adventure set in the modern day. Although you can expect your usual stars and stripes action, Captain America 2 has also been described as a political thriller AND the best Marvel movie ever!

Synopsis:

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

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Directed by and .

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Under The Skin (April 4)

Scarlett Johansson is performing a double sci-fi whammy on April 4th as she appears as an alien seductress in 's Under the Skin. It's already been around the festival circuit and received nearly unanimous positive reviews.

Synopsis:

An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland.

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Directed by Jonathan Glazier.

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Transcendence (April 18)

, best known as 's cinematographer, makes his move into directing with the high-tech tale Transcendence. Despite some teaser trailers we've seen precious little of this highly anticipated title.

Synopsis:

A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

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Directed by Wally Pfister

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Earth to Echo (April 25)

When kids start receiving strange text messages they are led on an extraordinary journey to help a being from another world. Cue a found-footage movie with a heavy Spielbergian style.

Synopsis:

A group of friends investigate a series of bizarre text messages they receive after a construction project begins in their neighborhood.

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Directed by .

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

More superhero action in the form of the Spidey sequel to the rebooted franchise. This time, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man must battle Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin.

Synopsis:

Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

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Directed by .

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Godzilla (May 16)

Another big-name sci-fi reboot which promises to stomp all over the box office when it releases. 2014's Godzilla currently seems to be a slightly more cerebral and subtle approach to everyone's favorite urban-leveler. The first trailer certainly impressed me.

Synopsis:

A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind.

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Directed by Gareth Edwards.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past (May 23)

Marvel continues its invasion of 2014 with Fox's X-Men time-travelling prequel/sequel. The film will collide the two X-Men cinematic universes with both old and young versions of characters.

Synopsis:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

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Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)

Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers in this big screen adaptation of Japanese graphic novel All You Need Is Kill. It features an out-of-his-depth soldier who must continually fight the same battle against invading aliens day after day.

Synopsis:

A soldier fighting in a war with aliens finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day in the battle, though he becomes better skilled along the way.

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Directed by .

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

Arguably the biggest sci-fi movie of 2014 (at least in terms of expected box office return) must be 's fourth Transformer outing. This time we'll see the Dinobots join the party as Galvatron arrives to cause more over-the-top destruction.

Synopsis:

A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them.

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Directed by Michael Bay.

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Atlas Shrugged Part III AKA Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (July 4)

One of the most influential sci-fi novels of all time receives its third part courtesy of James Manera. Didn't know about Parts I and II? Well, that's because they were pretty awful. In this outing Ayn Rand's dystopia is plagued by a welfare state gone mad... The Republicans will like that...

Synopsis:

Approaching collapse, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most productive. While crime and fear take over the countryside, the last remaining entrepreneurs, who fuel the deteriorating economy, continue to vanish mysteriously and leave behind a wake of despair.

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Directed by James Manera.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)

Ceaser continues his gorilla resistance against humanity in the second outing of the rebooted franchise. Rise of the Planet of the Apes seemed to surprise a lot of sci-fi fans, here's hoping the sequel can maintain the quality.

Synopsis:

Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar's growing forces.

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Jupiter Ascending (July 18)

The Wachowski's return with a new universe-spanning sci-fi flick. Jupiter Ascending promises to an epic visual extravaganza, with the Wachowski's claiming they are devising a new revolutionary special effect.

Synopsis:

A young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to end the Queen's reign.

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Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

Marvel heads into space in the first outing for the intergalactic band of freedom fighters. Guardians of the Galaxy will kick off Marvel's Phase 3 and is fully expected to tie into future titles, in particular The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Synopsis:

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8)

Everyone's favorite mutant ninja turtles return with another highly anticipated blockbuster reboot. We've just received our first leaked look at the Turtles, and I have to admit, they're looking cooler than ever.

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Lucy (August 8)

The Fifth Element's returns to science fiction in a weird and dark superhero tale. Scarlett Johannson continues her great 2014 by playing a drug mule who is accidentally granted superhuman abilities.

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The Giver (August 15)

Although it's another young adult dystopian novel that's being adapted for the big screen, The Giver might be a more mature addition to the genre. With an interesting storyline and an all-star cast, The Giver is certainly one to watch.

Synopsis:

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

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The Maze Runner (September 19)

Now we're back to your more typical young adult adaptation which once again features a bunch of adolescents living in a mysterious dystopian future. The Maze Runner certainly has a Lord of the Flies vibe about it, with youngsters forming an adhoc society around an enigmatic maze.

Synopsis:

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

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Big Hero 6 (November 7)

Animated movie, Big Hero 6 is a rather unexpected addition from the Marvel machine. It tells the tale of a relatively unknown gang of Japanese superheroes who form a band of first time crime fighters in order to protect San Fransokyo.

Synopsis:

Brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

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Cast currently unannounced.

Interstellar (November 7)

I imagine 's Interstellar is another movie which will top the 'most anticipated lists' of many sci-fi fans. As is his way, Nolan has revealed very little about the movie, although cast interviews suggest it's one of his most ambitious projects yet.

Synopsis:

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

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Directed by Christopher Nolan.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (November 21)

If I was a betting man, I might choose The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as the biggest (and most lucrative) movie of the year. Although it is a young adult fiction adaptation, Suzanne Collin's story has surprised audiences and critics alike with its compelling tale of oppression and class warfare. Mockingjay - Part 1 forms the first chapter in Collin's final book of the series.

Synopsis:

Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

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Home (November 26)

This animated movie is originally based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday and sees a friendly alien race choosing Earth as a hideout from a nefarious foe. However, when the bad guys arrive, it is down to one lowly alien and a teenage human girl to save the day.

Synopsis:

In Home a friendly alien race invades Earth and uses it as a hideout from their mortal enemy. When one lowly alien accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a teenage girl. The two become unlikely buddies and embark on a comical globe-trotting adventure to right his wrongs, in which our alien hero learns what it really means to be human.

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So there you have it. The entirety of 2014 in science fiction.

Which title are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments section below.

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