5. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Release Date: August 22nd 2014
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Screenwriters: Frank Miller, William Monahan
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Chung, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple
Rating: R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvpNDwNMmPI
Plot Summary: “A Dame to Kill For” Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) is summoned by his former lover, Ava Lord (Eva Green), who wants his help to escape her abusive husband, billionaire Damien Lord (Marton Csokas). However, Dwight soon learns that Ava’s true intentions are more sinister than they appear.
“Just Another Saturday Night”
On the night John Hartigan meets up with Nancy in “That Yellow Bastard”, Marv (Mickey Rourke) regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by dead young men, and unable to remember how he got there.
“The Long Bad Night”
Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a cocky gambler, disguises a darker mission to destroy the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game. He beats the wrong man and events take a turn for the worse. Along the way, he meets a young stripper named Marcy (Julia Garner).
Untitled Original Story
Set after Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) suicide at the end of “That Yellow Bastard”, this story centers around Nancy (Jessica Alba) trying to cope with his death.
4. Gone Girl
Release Date: October 3rd 2014
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens
Rating: R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity and language
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym3LB0lOJ0o
Plot Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
3. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Release Date: December 17th 2014
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenwriters: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly
Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVAgTiBrrDA
Plot Summary: “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Release Date: November 7th 2014
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenwriters: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace
Rating: PG-13 for some intense perilous action and brief strong language
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSWdZVtXT7E
Plot Summary: “Interstellar” chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Release Date: March 28th 2014
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriters: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel, John Logan
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman
Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OSaJE2rqxU
Plot Summary: Darren Aronofsky’s version of the Biblical story found in the book of Genesis about God flooding the Earth and instructing Noah and his family to build an ark with two of every animal on it to survive the flood and start the Earth anew.
2014 looks to be an exciting year for film and has some of my favorite film makers releasing movies throughout the year. This list was tricky to make but will be nothing compared to the massive amount of big buget and highly anticipated films that will be released in 2015. But until then, I hope if you aren’t already familiar with all of the films on this list that you can remember the names and then as it gets closer to their release, you can take a look at them all and give them a view. Let me know if you think my list was good or bad, which movies did I leave out, which films should have been higher/lower on the list, etc. What are your most anticipated films of the year? Shoot me some comments with your thoughts, have a great 2014 and be sure to take a break once in a while to get see a movie! God bless 🙂