1) Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks plays a boat captain attacked by Somali pirates in this intense film (based on a true story) by the talented Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday).
2) 12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen's (Shame) latest stars the dynamic Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery in 1841. The word on this film is amazing.
This is another bizarre offering from Spike Jonze with a sci-fi slant, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely man who falls for a woman's voice on his new automated computer system (Scarlett Johansson).
4) Inside Llewyn Davis
Loosely based on Dave Von Ronk's memoir, the new Coen brothers film explores the folk music scene in Greenwich Village in the '60s.
5) Child Of God
James Franco directs this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel about a violent backwoods outcast.
Alexander Payne's Descendants follow-up is about a son (Will Forte), who begrudgingly accompanies his father (the great Bruce Dern) on a trip through Nebraska to claim some sweepstake prize money.
7) Blue Is The Warmest Color
I can't rave enough about how good this Cannes award-winning emotional epic about a passionate lesbian affair. (See this month's Paper film reviews).
A new film by Claire Denis is a cause for celebration. This one is about a man (Vincent Lindon) who returns to Paris when his sister's husband commits suicide and finds his family in financial ruin.
9) Stranger By The Lake
This French thriller by Alain Guiraudie, set around a gay cruising area, has been getting great buzz on the festival circuit.
10) Only Lovers Left Alive
Jim Jarmusch does a vampire movie! And it stars Tilda Swinton! I'm already erect.