We are less than two months into the new year and already, there’s a ton of junk out in the theaters. That’s normally how it is. January and February generally serve as the best time of the year for studios to rid themselves of movies that are not worthy of a release during other months of the year. We’ve come to expect it; but it’s still easy to lose faith in the cinematic year to come.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of exciting movies scheduled to be released this year. Below are the top five movies to watch in 2014:

5. The Interview– Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg earned their directing chops with last year’s This is the End. It was the funniest movie release in 2013 and it proved that these two know what they are doing behind the camera. Their new film, The Interview, follows two journalists who get wrapped up in an assassination plot with the CIA after being allowed an interview with Kim Jung-Un. The premise could make for a disaster; but I doubt this will be case if these guys are writing/directing.

4. Muppets Most Wanted– I loved that last Muppets movie. It charmed me from beginning to end, in a way that few films do. Director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller proved that The Muppets are a comedic force and it appears that they are set to do the same in the sequel. With Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey as costars in a European mystery plot, Muppets Most Wanted is sure to knock it out of the park.

3. Interstellar– Coming off of The Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception, Christopher Nolan has some incredible expectations to meet with Interstellar. This time around, he is tackling space with a project that involves wormholes. Little is know about the project, but with a cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway, I don’t see how this movie could be anything but great.

2. Gone Girl– After House of Cards, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Zodiac, David Fincher can do no wrong in my book. He has not made a bad film since Alien 3, and I doubt that Gone Girl will do anything to affect that track record. Especially when he’s working from such established source material.

1. Inherent Vice– Paul Thomas Anderson is probably one of the top two directors working today. His last three films, Punch-Drunk-Love, There Will be Blood, and The Master, were all masterpieces. In Inherent Vice, Anderson takes his cinematic prowess to a novel by Thomas Pynchon, one of the most celebrated authors of the 20th century. If that’s not something to be excited about, I don’t know what is.

Honorable Mentions: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 22 Jump Street, Maleficent, Midnight Special

Let me know what your most anticipated movies of 2014 are in the comments section below.