It’s still a secret what’s going to score with critics and the Academy this year. But here are some flicks on the horizon that I’m psyched about (release dates subject to change): CHILD’S PLAY: I’m a sucker for Kermit and the gang, so I’ll see “Muppets Most Wanted” (March 21) despite the involvement of the […]

It’s still a secret what’s going to score with critics and the Academy this year. But here are some flicks on the horizon that I’m psyched about (release dates subject to change):

CHILD’S PLAY: I’m a sucker for Kermit and the gang, so I’ll see “Muppets Most Wanted” (March 21) despite the involvement of the annoying Ricky Gervais; “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (June 13) looks like it’s got potential to best the first, which scored the rare feat of improving on the book series; There’s something strangely mesmerizing about the Claymation-like “The Boxtrolls” (Sept. 26); and I’m on board when history again comes to life in “Night at the Museum 3” (Dec. 19).

COMIC BOOK HEROES: Sequels “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (April 4) and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (May 2) look like they shouldn’t be duds. But “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Aug. 1) – and its CGI gun-toting raccoon, Rocket – should blow them both away.

SENSATIONAL SCI-FI: Five words – Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, “Interstellar,” (Nov. 7) … that’s all you need to know; there’s also Johnny Depp as a computer virus that’s spreading in “Transcendence” (April 17).

FANTASY: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes on Pan Em in the first part of the fantastic finale “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (Nov. 21); and director Peter Jackson finishes off his unnecessary, but still incredible, trilogy with “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” (Dec. 17).

THE FUNNY: Jason Bateman takes on eighth-graders in the National Spelling Bee in “Bad Words” (March 14); and Seth Rogen is a suburbanite dad who takes on Zac Efron’s frat brats in “Neighbors” (May 9).

NOT SO MUCH: I’m not too keen on the latest Hollywoodization of the Bible story, “Noah” (March 28); could have lived without a “Rio 2” (April 11); despise putrid parodies like “A Haunted House 2” (April 18); think this “Godzilla” (May 16) remake might just get it right, but have been burned before; and couldn’t care less about sequels “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23); “22 Jump Street” (June 13); “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (June 27) … though the presence of Dinobots is tempting; “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (July 11); “The Expendables 3” (Aug. 15); “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (Aug. 22); and “Paranormal Activity V” (Oct. 24).