Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

By Alex Lally, ’14

2014 is going to be a great year for film. There are so many genres, adaptations, and original ideas to cover. I’ve compiled a list of what I feel are going to be the most anticipated films of this year. The list is based upon media coverage, Internet buzz, IMDB rankings, and my own personal opinion.

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past

It’s been nine years since the last “X-Men” sequel, with three spin-off films being released since then. “Days of Future Past” will be an adaptation of the classic storyline of the same name. The film will reunite most of the original cast from the first three films, “First Class,” and add some new faces. I’ve been a longtime X-Men fan and I’m glad that Bryan Singer is returning to direct another film after directing the two first films of the series. Release date: May 22

9. Winter’s Tale

“Winter’s Tale” will be the first adaptation of Mark Helprin’s beloved novel of the same name. The story follows a burglar who falls in love with a heiress as she dies in his arms. When he discovers he has the ability of reincarnation, he sets out to save her in modern day New York. Though I am not too familiar with the book, I was impressed with the trailer. Release date: February 14

8. Draft Day

NFL picks must be nerve racking for general managers. “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, fighting to get the number one draft pick. Ivan Reitman, best known for “Ghostbusters,” is helming the director’s chair. I wouldn’t call myself either a Kevin Costner or football fan, however, I do appreciate Reitman’s films. Hopefully it will have a good balance of drama  and comedy. Release date: April 11

7. Foxcatcher

“Foxcatcher” is a docudrama of the murder of Olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz at the hands of his coach, John du Pont. The film will star Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. It’s interesting to see Carell in such a dramatic departure from his usual comedic roles. The film was originally suppose to be released in December but has been pushed back to an unknown 2014 release date. My best guess is late spring to early summer.

6. Exodus

“Exodus” will be one of the two Biblical epics coming out this year, the other being Darrem Aronofsky’s “Noah.” However, I believe that this will be the better of the two as the story of Moses is far more interesting than that of Noah. Christian Bale is to star as Moses, with Ridley Scott directing. Release date: Dec. 12

5. Unbroken

An early production still from the upcoming film "Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie.

An early production still from the upcoming film “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie.

“Unbroken” will be the second feature film directed by actress Angelina Jolie. “Unbroken” is based upon the true story of Olympic swimmer turned army captain Louis Zamperini, being stranded in enemy waters in World War II and his eventual captured by Japanese forces. Angelina Jolie is the last person I would expect to direct a World War II drama, so I am curious to see how she is going to bring this incredible story to the big screen. Release date: Dec. 25

4. Godzilla

“Godzilla” is a reboot that could actually work. It’s been sixteen years since the last time the legendary monster has been seen on the big screen. At first I was skeptical because I thought that Godzilla would be irrelevant in a world where giant monster films don’t sell anymore. After seeing the trailer, this can actually be pretty good. Release date: March 21

3. Transcendence

Long time Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his feature film debut with “Transcendence.” Johnny Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a scientist obsessed with creating a machine that can posses an unlimited amount of intelligence. The film has the look and style of a Nolan film and that’s a good thing. I just hope it won’t be a “style over substance” type film. It has a lot of potential. Release date: April 14

2. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s films are known for their large ensembles, quirky story lines, and deadpan humor. Just from the trailer alone, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” checks off all of those things. Follow into the life of M. Gustave G., a hotel concierge who is accused of murder after inheriting a painting from a guest at the hotel he works for. I’ve always been a fan of Anderson’s deadpan humor and this is sure to be one of his funniest. Release date: March 7

1. Interstellar

Christopher Nolan is best known for his films that mess with people’s minds. “Interstellar” is a departure from his usual psychological thrillers to an attempt at science fiction. The films plot is still pretty vague but the basic premise is that a wormhole has opened up and a crew is to voyage into space to see if humans are capable of deep space travel. This is my most anticipated film of 2014 because it has an all-star cast (too many to name), great director, and we need a resurgence in original science fiction films that isn’t a “Star Wars” ripoff. Release date: Nov. 7

 

Well, there’s my top 10 “Most Anticipated Films of 2014.” If you don’t agree with my list or if I missed a notable film, them please make a comment below. I’m open to see what people are excited for upcoming films.

 

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