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Top Films for 2014: Scots in Cinema

Scots actors will star in the spotlight on the silver screen in 2014.

To make sure you don't miss anything, here are some of the films that Scots will be taking the lead in this year.

We've also put together a list of some of the year's top television, music, literature and theatre highlights. To see these click on the links below.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The final instalment, based on books by J R R Tolkien will be released this year as the third part of Peter Jackson's trilogy. With an all-star cast including Glasgow's own Billy Connolly and Edinburgh-born Ken Stott, the films begins with the company of Thorin having reached Smaug's lair,  and then attempt to reclaim Erebor and its treasure. 

UK release date: 17 December  2014

X-men: Days of Future Past

The latest instalment of films based on the Marvel Comic books will hit the silver screen this year. Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is sent back in time to change history in order to prevent something from happening which has had devastating effects in the present. Starring many of the big names that have come to be associated with the X-Men films of the past few years including Scottish favourite James McAvoy who reprises his role as Charles Xavier.

UK release date: 22 May 2014

The Railway Man

Based on the real events of Edinburgh-born Eric Lomax's life, this film details the horrors of being a prisoner of war and Lomax's subsequent journey to find the men responsible for his torture.  The film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and was filmed in many locations across Scotland.

UK Release Date: 10 January 2014

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

The latest of the Marvel Comics-based films, James Gunn's new film is likely to please Marvel fans yet again with this star-studded movie due out late in 2014. Starring a range of actors such as Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close, this action film features a team of aliens put together by a jet pilot who becomes stranded in space.

UK Release Date: 1 August 2014

 

How to Train your Dragon 2
Set five years after its charming predecessor, How to Train Your Dragon 2 sees Hiccup and Toothless again trying to unite dragons and mankind and keep peace on the island of Berk.  Paisley born Gerard Butler and Glaswegian Craig Ferguson both lend their voices as burly Vikings.

UK Release date: 4 July 2014

August: Osage County
Already garnering Oscar buzz, this film boasts Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Benedict Cumberbatch among its talented cast, along with Scot Ewan McGregor. This family drama is directed by John Wells, perhaps best known for his work on West Wing.

UK Release Date: 24 January 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie- You Know You're The One
The much beloved cartoon will become a 3D feature in 2014, starring Green Wings's Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent and Scot David Tennant. The film will see Pat dealing with fame after entering a TV talent contest.

UK Release Date: 10 May 2014

Jane Got a Gun

An American action-western shot in Santa Fe, New Mexico this new film stars Natalie Portman as the wife of Bill, a no-good gang-member who turns against his own, leading to Jane (Portman) setting out to seek revenge on her own. Ewan McGregor stars as the gang-leader.

UK Release Date: To be confirmed, late 2014

 

Under the Skin
This intriguing film stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien temptress who preys on hitchhikers in Scotland. All the action is filmed across Scotland and the film also star Bafta Award winning Glaswegian Paul Brannigan.

UK Release Date: 14 March 2014

Black Sea

Directed by Kevin MacDonald, best known for his work on Last King of Scotland and Touching the Void, Black Sea is the story of a submarine captain who is persuaded to search the depths of the ocean in order to find a submarine that is rumoured to be laden with gold. The film starts Jude Law and Jodie Whittaker.

UK Release Date: Date to be confirmed, 2014

Our Kind of Traitor
After the success of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, another John Le Carre classic has been adapted for the big screen. Starring Ewan McGregor, the film tells the compelling story of a couple who are embroiled in a Russian Oligarch's plans to defect and find themselves unable to tell who to trust.

 

UK Release Date: November 2014

 

 

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