2013 was an incredible year for movies, and it looks like that trend will continue well into 2014. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at 10 of the movies we can’t wait to watch this year below!
This year marks the fifth version of Godzilla and while you may roll your eyes that it’s another remake, this has the potential to be great. Gareth Edwards is directing and this is only his second film and first major release. His first film Monsters was well received by critics and shows his capability of providing a big budget monster spectacle while keeping it somewhat grounded. It boasts an all star cast too with Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Kick Ass‘ Aaron Johnson and Elisabeth Olsen (yeah, that kind of Olsen) fronting this monster movie. Honestly, I’ve watched it too many times to count. Even if it ends up being terrible, we will always have this trailer to remember it by.
Release date: May 16th, 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel
You have to have a liking for Wes Anderson films. Sometimes they can be a little pretentious, a bit too quirky, but for fans like myself, they’re the right amount of weirdness to counterbalance the typical Hollywood type films. Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Royal Tenenbaums) directs an all-star cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, just to name a few. The Grand Budapest Hotel revolves around a hotel concierge who befriends the lobby boy and find themselves in the hotel’s biggest scandal: a priceless Renaissance painting has been stolen just as a family fortune goes up for grabs. Complicated? Yes, but it will hopefully have all the heart and fun we’ve come to expect from Anderson.
Release date: March 7th, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past is my most anticipated movie of the decade. Hypberbole? Sure. True? Yes as it’s almost like X-Men: The Greatest Hits. Anyone’s dream X-Men team somehow come together despite being from two completely different eras in time to fight the ongoing war against mutants. The cast features Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto) , Sir Patrick Stewart (Xavier), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), James McAvoy (young Xavier), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), etc… It’s complicated and non-linear, but I trust director Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2: X-men United) as this has the potential to be great.
Release date: May 23rd, 2014
Into The Woods
Into The Woods is one of the biggest gambles of the year; it has the potential to be a total mess or a total game-changer and that, to me, is exciting. The film is based on the Steven Sondheim’s play of the same name: a witch (Meryl Streep) convolutes a plan to teach various famous fairy-tale characters like Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella an important lesson. Sounds like a mess? Yes, but the play is beloved and acclaimed, and it boasts a solid cast (Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp). While director Rob Marshall has yet to make a good movie since Chicago, I have hope for this one.
Release date: December 25th, 2014
Magic in the Moonlight
The return of Emma Stone is nigh. This mysterious Woody Allen movie has Emma Stone opposite Colin Firth in this rom-com about an Englishman brought in to help uncover a scheme. There isn’t really much more to say about this one expect for the fact that all I’ve ever needed was a Woody Allen movie starring Emma Stone. Allen has been on a roll lately and if this ends up being good enough, Stone could see herself earning an Oscar nomination.
Release date: July 26th, 2014
Melissa McCarthy has had an incredible career over the last few years, but I want to see more from her than just the shtick we’ve been given (sorry, I’m still recovering from Identity Thief). Tammy, written by McCarthy, is her moment to provide some much needed reality to her over-the-top characters; the film revoles around McCarthy’s character having lost her job and, seeking solace by heading out on a road trip with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Hilarity ensues and tears too. With Susan Surandon playing McCarthy’s grandmother, this has the potential to be another huge hit for her.
Release date: July 2nd, 2014
The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1
After the disastrous Quarter Quell, the Capitol must now deal with a full-on rebellion as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads the charge. The book is the most divisive of the series, but I’ll argue that it’s maybe the most cinematic and apt for the big screen. And after that amazing final scene of Catching Fire? I’m pumped.
Release date: November 21st, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Solider thankfully placed Steve Rogers in the modern world and has him face some of his old enemies. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Captain America – the character and the stand alone movie. He’s too boring for me to invest in him and the film is too cheesy for my liking. With that said, the trailer for this one has me sold on the gritty, Bond-esque vibe they’re going for. I’m there!
Release date: April 4th, 2014
The Lego Movie
When it was originally announced that Hollywood was making a Lego movie, we all collectively rolled our eyes and grumbled “THEY’RE OUT OF IDEAS!!!!!!!” While this remains true, you can’t deny the awesomeness of the trailer. Directed by the guys who brought us the surprisingly good 21 Jump Street movie, I have faith this will not only be good but also genuinely hilarious for all ages.
Release date: February 7th, 2014
Marshmellows, it’s our time. After years and years and year of false promises and one record-breaking Kickstarter later, it’s finally happened. Luckily, the just released trailer is everything I hoped it would look like and more. For those unaware (WHY haven’t you watched it yet? I will lend you my DVDs!), Veronica Mars revolved around a teenage private-investigator (Kristen Bell); it’s like Buffy but with murder mysteries!
Release date: March 14, 2014