10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Of 2014

4. Interstellar

It would be naive to suggest that the reception for Christopher Nolan's latest epic has been anything but mixed; both critics and audiences alike seemed torn over the intellectual and entertainment capabilities inherent to Interstellar, but there's no denying that it still stands as one of the most impressive sci-fi pictures in recent years. Flawed? Certainly. Visually stunning, heartfelt, strange, bold and beautiful? That stuff, too. The plot, which concerns wormholes and intergalactic space travel, is as brave as it is flawed, but you have to admire Christopher Nolan's dedication to crafting a movie with the intended weight of something like 2001: A Space Odyssey - and maybe Solaris - in this day and age. If the director's vision ultimately misses the mark, Interstellar still stands as a daring sci-fi homage with the power to leave you stunned and silent.

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.