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We probably say this every January, but the next couple of years at the movies are already looking pretty memorable. The big trend at the moment is undoubtedly science fiction: not just the heavy hitters like ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘Mad Max’ and ‘All You Need is Kill’, but also a generous handful of smaller, more experimental titles like Alfonso Cuaron’s two-man ‘Gravity’, Spike Jonze’s oddball romantic comedy, ‘Her’, and Edgar Wright’s apocalyptic comedy, ‘The World’s End’.

That last title – the most recent collaboration between Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – also highlights another reason why we’re optimistic: British film is back. 2012 was a bit of a damp squib in homegrown terms, but 2013 holds ample promise, from the return of writer-directors like Ben Wheatley with ‘A Field in England’, Joanna Hogg with her as-yet-untitled London project and Richard Ayoade with ‘The Double’, to the long-awaited ‘Alan Partridge Movie’.

The year’s final overarching theme is true stories: now that all the good books have been filmed, it seems that producers are turning back to real life for inspiration. So we’ve got tales of Somali pirates (‘Captain Phillips’), larcenous Hollywood schoolgirls (‘The Bling Ring’), kung-fu legends (‘The Grandmaster’), punk rock hangouts (‘CBGB’) and, as usual, the British Royal Family (‘Diana’). Truly, all of life is (or will shortly be) here.

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