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61 Reasons to Love 2014

From returning rock legends to heart-stopping thrillers, the best of what’s to come in music, movies and TV this year

Don't expect to get a cultural breather after the past 12 massive months: Beginning early in January, there are can't-miss concerts, new and returning watercooler TV shows and specials, albums from rock legends, and the release of big-budget popcorn flicks that'll have everyone talking. With the caveat that all dates are subject to change (and, in same cases, simply our best guesses) here are our picks for the music, movies and TV to watch out for in 2014. 

By Mike Ayers, David Fear, Blaine McEvoy, David Marchese and Dan Reilly

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‘Interstellar’ (November 7th)

He's rifled through our comic-book collections and "incepted" our dreams; now director Christopher Nolan sets his sights on the far reaches of the galaxy with this tale of astronauts (led by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) exploring a wormhole. Expect lots of cerebral sci-fi musings, some IMAX-ready cosmic slop and a gloriously droning Hans Zimmer score. 

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‘Exodus’ (December 12th)

Christian Bale has unleashed Old Testament-style wrath in the past (sometimes even onscreen!), so we're dying to see what he does with the lead in Ridley Scott's biblical epic: He plays Moses, the man who helps the Israelites transition from pyramid laborers to denizens of the Promised Land. You'd better let his people go, Ramses!