From The Grand Budapest Hotel to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, here are the 14 films we’re most looking forward to watching in 2014.
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel | March 7th
First of all, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Wes Anderson movie (and I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of his movies), so it has all of his quirkiness and usual style of filmmaking (parodied by SNL during an episode that Edward Norton hosted). Second of all, it’s got a really impressive cast comprised of Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and much, much more. Finally, watch the trailer here and tell me you don’t want to see this movie.
2. Veronica Mars | March 14th
Veronica Mars fans have been waiting years for a feature film, and we finally got one thanks to the Veronica Mars Kickstarter. As the trailer here shows, Veronica returns to Neptune, CA for a 10-year high school reunion. Along with reuniting with old friends like Wallace and Mac, she finds out that her ex-boyfriend Logan is accused of murder. Of course, it’s up to Veronica to uncover the truth.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier | April 4th
Although Captain America: The First Avenger was pretty middling, the story line in The Winter Soldier has potential to be all kinds of awesome and badass. We have Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) – who really deserves her own solo movie at this point – in a major supporting role. S.H.I.E.L.D. is supposed to play a prominent part, as well. Watch the trailer here.
4. Transcendence | April 17th
Here’s the full synopsis for Transcendence:
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.
Watch the trailer here.
5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | May 2nd
Just like the first Captain America movie, I wasn’t super in love with Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. I didn’t think it was necessary to see Spider-Man’s origin story all over again, the movie shared a lot of similarities to Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie, the plot was way too thin/non-existent, and the villain wasn’t particularly interesting or even threatening. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, however, I’m looking forward to seeing Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, especially since it was announced that there would be a Sinister Six movie. And I do love Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of Peter Parker – better than Tobey Maguire’s, in fact. Watch the trailer here.
6. Belle | May 2nd
Not only have I heard very good things about Amma Asante’s Belle, but the trailer below has me really excited for this historical period drama. It tackles issues of race, identity, and class. IndieWire‘s Zeba Blay writes:
While it has its fair share of smoldering romance and moments of the sort of lightness that we’ve come to expect from Austen-esque costume dramas, what’s refreshing about Belle is its bravery. The film could have taken a very one note, one perspective stance on the position of its main character. Instead, there is a great deal more nuance to Belle’s circumstances, and her relationships with those around her.
Watch the trailer here.
7. Godzilla | May 16th
I’m not a huge Godzilla fangirl or anything, but the trailer for this really peaked my interest. Also, it stars Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen, which is reason enough to see it.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
8. X-men: Days of Future Past | May 23rd
As much as I know X-men: Days of Future Past will end up disappointing me in the end, I can’t help but look forward to this. The original X-men cast teams up with the cast from First Class in order to save the future. Watch the trailer here.
9. Maleficent | May 30th
Maleficent happens to be my favorite Disney character of all-time. I was disappointed to see what ABC’s Once Upon A Time ended up doing with the character, so I’m glad that Maleficent was made. Although the trailer does harken back to previous not-so stellar Disney live-action movies like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Huntsman, Angelina Jolie looks and sounds awesome as the iconic dark fairy.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy | August 1st
As silly as this movie sounds (there’s a talking raccoon for crying out loud), the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series is surprisingly very good. And while Chris Pratt – who currently plays Andy on NBC’s Parks and Recreation - is an atypical choice to play a comic book action hero, he’s actually a pretty versatile and talented actor. Although I’m iffy on director/screenwriter James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy has all the elements to be as spectacular as 2012’s superhero team-up film The Avengers.
11. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For | August 22nd
Cult favorite Sin City finally gets a sequel this year, with both new and returning cast members like Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Rosario Dawson. Considering how much we loved the first movie, we’re pretty freaking pumped for A Dame to Kill For.
12. Gone Girl | October 3rd
Having read Gillian Flynn’s book Gone Girl, I’m not entirely sold on Ben Affleck’s casting as the male protagonist, which is starting to become a trend (see: Batfleck). On the other hand, with David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) directing, I have faith that this book-to-movie adaptation will be amazing.
13. Interstellar | November 7th
Christopher Nolan, space, time travel, wormholes, alternate dimensions – what more could you want? So we don’t have an actual synopsis yet, but if the cast and crew is any indication, then Interstellar will probably be amazing. Watch the short teaser clip here.
14. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | November 21st
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was pretty freakin’ amazing, so I have high expectations for follow-up film, Mockingjay – Part 1.