INTRO: So by now you should all know the drill. I put out my list of movies I am most looking forward to in the upcoming year. Part of the reason is just to make this list for myself so I can look back years later and see what my film tastes were back then vs. what they are now. But I also like putting this list out in case you as the reader may not have heard of a movie or two on here and if it catches your eye and interests you then you can further look into it and potentially see the movie down the line when it is released. I realize everyone has different tastes. Some may put nothing but independent, lesser known movies in their own person top ten. Others may have nothing but cheesy popcorn flicks and big summer blockbusters like superhero movies. I tend to do a mixture of all I can. I tend to go off of whatever “The Magnificent Seven” are making (my top 7 favorite film directors). Luckily for me, four of my seven favorites are releasing films in 2014. I personally felt 2013 was a little weak overall but I am liking the way the next couple of years are looking. 2015 is going to be the hardest year ever to compile my list I can tell you that now. Anyways, if I tagged you in this it is because I know you love watching movies, have good taste in movies or are just awesome so please sound off in the comments letting me know what your most anticipated films of the year are, if you have heard or not heard of some of the films I listed, what do you think will crack my top 5, etc. Have a happy, healthy 2014 and make sure you save time to go see a movie when you can! God bless 🙂
20. Dumb and Dumber To
(November 14th 2014)
19. Jersey Boys
(June 20th 2014)
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
(April 4th 2014)
17. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
(May 2nd 2014)
(May 16th 2014)
15. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
(July 11th 2014)
(Part 1: March 21st 2014/Part 2: April 18th 2014)
13. Grand Budapest Hotel
(March 7th 2014)
12. 22 Jump Street
(June 13th 2014)
11. Into the Woods
(December 25th 2014)
10. 300: Rise of an Empire
Release Date: March 7th 2014
Director: Noam Murro
Screenwriters: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Heady, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan
Rating: R for strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity and some language
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WrAw2-R_20
Plot Summary: The film centers on Themistocles and Artemisia I of Caria, as well as Xerxes I of Persia. The Battle of Artemisium was a naval engagement, concurrent with the battle of Thermopylae, and was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states and the Persian Empire in September 480 BC, in the straits between the mainland and the northern tip of the island of Euboea (modern Evvia). The film will probably also focus, in part, on the Battle of Salamis, in which Artemisia played a major role, as well as possibly the Battle of Marathon. The Battle of Salamis (home of the mythical hero Ajax) was fought after the Persian Empire had advanced into southern Greece and occupied Athens. The film will also cover some of the backstory of Xerxes, and will explain how he became “the God King”.
Release Date: April 18th 2014
Director: Wally Pfister
Screenwriter: Jack Paglan
Starring: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser
Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCTen3-B8GU
Plot Summary: Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him.
However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should.
Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release Date: May 23rd 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK2zYHWDZKo
Plot Summary: The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future.
7. Inherent Vice
Release Date: December 12th 2014
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Benicio del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Eric Roberts, Michael K. Williams
Rating: R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZfs22E7JmI
Plot Summary: Private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in Los Angeles.
6. Exodus: Gods and Kings
Release Date: December 12th 2014
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriters: Steven Zaillian, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
Rating: PG-13 for violence including battle sequences and intense images
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZPMU9riKl4
Plot Summary: The Biblical epic story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into their Promised Land.
STAY TUNED FOR #5-1 SOON!!!