2013 was a great year for movies, and 2014 is set to continue that trend. Here are 25 movies I am excited about (or at least intrigued by) in the coming year. A couple of them are marked as Wild Cards, these are ones I’m not quite sold on or don’t know much about, but are worth keeping an eye on anyway.
The Monuments Men – February 7
Here is a movie that sounds like quality in just about every way. Great cast (George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett) – Check. Intriguing premise (art historians and museum curators try to save priceless works of art from the Nazis) – Check. Good director – (George Clooney, who is quite good behind the camera as well as in front of it) – Check. Really looking forward to this one.
RoboCop (Wild Card) – February 12
I’m not like super-excited about this one or anything (we all know how most remakes tend to turn out) but I’ll probably see it anyway just because I like sci-fi movies. And it’s hard to object too much to any movie that has both Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman.
Non-Stop – February 28
My good pal Liam Neeson is back in what looks to be a no-holds-barred, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. Neeson plays an Air Marshall on a transatlantic flight that gets hijacked. Mayhem ensues. Sign me up.
300: Rise of an Empire – March 7
At least they didn’t call it “300 2.” The sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2006 movie was supposed to come out last year (that’s why it says August 2 on the poster above) but got pushed back to March this year for whatever reason. It looks similar stylistically to the first one, though the only returning cast members are Lena Headey as the Queen of Sparta and Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes (since everyone else is, you know, dead). I’m looking forward to this one, it should be fun. Bond girl Eva Green plays the main villainess, and I am completely in favor of Eva Green being in as many movies as possible.
Divergent – March 21
I really liked the book on which this film is based (although its sequels were disappointing) and the last film adaptation of a YA novel I really liked was The Hunger Games, which came out well, so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one. Good director (Neil Burger, who directed The Illusionist and Limitless) and a good cast (including Kate Winslet as the villainess) make this one a movie I’ll be checking out.
Noah – March 28
A multimillion-dollar, Russell Crowe-starring Biblical epic directed by the guy who directed Black Swan? I’m intrigued.
The Raid 2 – March 28
The Raid: Redemption is a tremendously great action flick, and I cannot wait to see what kind of fresh craziness writer/director Gareth Evans has in store for this one. The movie’s US release date is March 28 but I don’t know if it will be in wide release or not, so I might have to wait for the Blu-Ray before I can see it. Oh well, I’m still looking forward to it. Apparently it’s two and a half hours long and Evans spent six weeks designing the final fight, so expect nothing less than total epicness.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4
I’m a big fan of Marvel movies and Captain America 2 looks very promising. The first couple trailers were badass and I have high hopes for this one.
Sabotage – April 11
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Agatha Christie. There’s two names I never thought I’d hear mentioned together. The plot of this film was based on the Christie classic “And Then There Were None” (which I read recently, it was fantastic), and it’s directed by David Ayer, who has a solid resume of action/crime movies. Although I’d still see just about any Ahnuld butt-kicking movie, this one sounds just a bit more intriguing.
Transcendence (Wild Card) – April 18
This is the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister, and it’s got a suitably Nolan-esque premise. Johnny Depp plays an artificial-intelligence expert whose consciousness gets uploaded into a computer and he goes crazy and tries to take over the world…or something. It’s got a great cast and sounds enjoyably trippy.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – May 2
I was pleasantly surprised by the first Amazing Spider-Man movie, and I’m interested to see what they do with the second one. I just hope it doesn’t fall prey to Spider-man 3 syndrome, with too many villains (it has at least three) and subplots and the like. It also looks like they’re going with a more classic look with the Spidey outfit, so that’s cool.
Godzilla – May 16
This movie has nothing whatsoever to do with the 1998 Roland Emmerich movie. The first trailer offered tantalizing glimpses of the legendary beast, and the movie looks like it’ll be more than capable of scratching that giant-monster-movie itch. I am prepared for epic destruction.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23
This is nothing less than a megamovie. Multiple generations of X-Men? Check. Bryan Singer (director of the first two X-Men movies) returning to the director’s chair? Check. Based on one of the most highly-regarded X-Men comic-book series of all time? Check. This is one of my most-anticipated movies this year. May 23 can’t come fast enough.
Edge of Tomorrow – June 6
Say what you will about Tom Cruise and his couch-jumping antics, the man’s a really good actor with a solid sci-fi pedigree. This is kind of a sci-fi Groundhog Day, where Cruise has to keep reliving the same battle over and over. It’s based on a Japanese novel called “All You Need is Kill”, which was the movie’s original title before they changed it to the much more generic-sounding “Edge of Tomorrow.” Still, the first trailer looked promising and it’s directed by Doug Liman, who made the first Bourne Identity movie, so there’s a lot to look forward to here. I like Emily Blunt a lot too. Just, you know, throwing that out there.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (Wild Card) – June 27
Okay, bear with me on this one. Yes, Michael Bay is a pig, but at least this movie has a legit actor (Mark Wahlberg) in the lead role. Shia “The Plagiarist” LaBeouf is nowhere to be seen in this movie. And allegedly it’s going to be less than two and a half hours long, which would be a first for this series. Also, dino-bots. Also, obligatory joke about how at least they didn’t call it “Trans4mers.”
Guardians of the Galaxy (Wild Card) – August 1
Marvel’s other Marvel Cinematic Universe movie this year (Captain America is the other one) is definitely more of a wild card. I don’t know much about these characters, other than that one of them is some kind of alien tree-creature (voiced by Vin Diesel) and one is an anthropomorphic raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper). So, um, yeah…not really sure what to make of that, just have to wait and see.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Wild Card) – August 8
Speaking of Michael Bay, he’s producing the latest live-action version of Ninja Turtles. Nobody knows what the Turtles will actually look like in the movie yet, since the only photos that have surfaced online are production stills like the one above showing the actors (mostly unknowns) in their funky-looking motion-capture suits. Megan Fox plays reporter April, which could be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.
The Expendables 3 – August 15
As far as I know the above poster is fake, but Mel Gibson is indeed going to be in the third installment of the action franchise. Other new cast members include Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and Antonio Banderas, and Gibson plays the villain. Should be fun.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – August 22
And speaking of Eva Green being in as many movies as possible, she plays the titular Dame to Kill For in the long-awaited, frequently-delayed sequel to the 2005 original.
Gone Girl (Wild Card) – October 3
This one is based on a book I’ve seen on bookstore shelves a lot but don’t know much about, other than the basic setup about a man whose wife disappears, and he becomes one of the prime suspects. I’m including it here because David Fincher is one of my favorite directors and I also really like Rosamund Pike, who plays the woman who disappears. Ben Affleck plays the husband, and Gillian Flynn, who wrote the book, also wrote the screenplay. Should be one to keep an eye on.
Interstellar – November 7
A new Christopher Nolan movie is always an event. Next to nothing is known about the plot, other than that it (supposedly) involves wormholes and space travel, and maybe alternate dimensions. The cast includes Matthew McConaughey (who has been enjoying a bit of a career resurgence lately), Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine.
Fury (Wild Card) – November 12
This is David Ayer’s second film of 2014, which stars Brad Pitt as a tank commander on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Should be interesting.
Exodus (Wild Card) – December 12
2014 is looking like the year of the Biblical epic (there’s another movie about Jesus coming out this year too). I only recently found out about this one. Sir Ridley Scott tells the tale of the Jews’ escape from Egypt, as told in the book of Exodus. Christian Bale plays Moses.
Honorable Mentions: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (November 21) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 17)
These last two are honorable mentions because I have not yet seen the second installments of these two franchises. I feel like a hypocrite for including the third films in both of these series when I have not yet seen the second ones, but oh, well. Both are still deserving of spots on this list.
So, there you have it. There is a lot to be excited about in 2014. I’m sure plenty of other good movies will be released this year, these are just some of the bigger ones.
See you at the movies!