The New Year

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Preview of movies for the new year

Film buffs may be excited to learn that plenty of highly anticipated films are slated for release in 2014. Here is a look at some of the movies that figure to pack theaters in the year ahead.

January

* "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones": Fans of this collection can go another round with gut-wrenching fear in this film described by insiders as a "cousin" to the  popular "Paranormal Activity" movies of the last several year. This movie will include paranormal mythology associated with the Catholic faith.

* "The Nut Job": This animated flick is based on Peter Lepeniotis' short film, "Surly Squirrel." After being banished to the city, Surly plans a nut store heist that leads to some unexpected and outrageous adventures. The movie will feature the voice talents of Will Arnett, Jeff Dunham and Katherine Heigl.

* "Labor Day": Based on the novel written by Joyce Maynard, this movie follows the story of a 13-year-old boy and his mother's encounter with an intimidating man who needs help and convinces them to take him into their home. But the stranger is an escaped convict who flips the family's life upside down on Labor Day weekend. The film stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet.

February

* "RoboCop": A reboot of the 1987 movie of the same name finds a critically injured officer transformed into a part-man, part-robot officer in the year 2028.

* "Vampire Academy": This story is about a peaceful half-human, half-vampire living discretely within the world until she is forced to fight for her life against immortal, evil vampires hell-bent on her demise.

* "Pompeii": This film stars "Game of Thrones"actor Kit Harrington as an invincible gladiator who is in a race against time to save his true love from marriage to a corrupt Roman general.

March

* "Need for Speed": This film starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper chronicles a cross-country race against time, pitting a muscle car builder against an ex-NASCAR driver who framed him for manslaughter.

* "Muppets Most Wanted": The Muppet gang is at it again. During a global theater tour in Europe, the Muppets soon become entangled in an international crime caper. In addition to the familiar Muppet characters, the film stars Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.

* "Noah": The movie tells the Biblical tale of Noah, instructed by God to build a wooden ark and save creatures from the impending great flood.

April

* "Captain America: The Winter Soldier":Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers/Captain America, who is now living in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But the hero is soon thrust back into action when S.H.I.E.L.D comes under attack.

* "Sabotage": An elite DEA task force dealing with the world's deadliest drug cartels is involved in an elaborate theft operation. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello and Sam Worthington.

* "Transcendence": Johnny Depp stars an assassinated husband to a computer scientist in this science fiction thriller. His widow discovers a way to upload his brain into a computer, creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.