Ten 2014 Movies That Can’t Come Quickly Enough

Only two of my 2013 predictions actually made it into my top ten films of the year, but far from being a disappointment the last twelve months have simply boasted some very pleasant surprises indeed. Still, that hasn’t discouraged me from making a fresh batch of inevitably premature predictions for the new year.

I have already seen a number of January’s scheduled releases, and reviews of American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave and August: Osage County will be appearing on the site over the coming weeks. As it’s impossible to anticipate something you’ve already seen, they have each been omitted from my choices (not that they would otherwise have been guaranteed a place, however).

With that in mind, then, here are the ten movies that I am most looking forward to in 2014.

The Book Thief

2014 The Book ThiefNarrated by none other than Death himself, Markus Zusak’s excellent source novel tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child in 1930s Germany who develops a fondness for reading. Unfortunately, her appreciation for books is not shared by the Nazi party, and with her foster parents harbouring a Jew in the basement she cannot afford to draw too much unwanted attention. Starring newcomer Sophie Nélisse alongside seasoned thesps Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush, and boasting a score by John Williams, Brian Percival’s film is a very interesting proposition indeed.

The Lego Movie

2014 The Lego MovieWhereas 2013 boasted a relatively underwhelming slate of animated releases (although Frozen, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and The Croods still managed to impress), 2014 is a different story altogether. First up is The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who were behind the first Cloudy film) and starring the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and rising star Chris Pratt. Everyman Emmet (Pratt) is mistaken for a Master Builder by Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum) and Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders) in what promises to be the funniest film to have featured either.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2014 The Winter SoldierThe sequel to 2011’s Captain America is only one of two Marvel movies scheduled for release this year, but as intrigued as I undoubtedly am by James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, it is The Winter Soldier that has me most excited. A mini Avengers reunion, the film sees the return of Captain America, Black Widow and Nick Fury as they join forces to uncover corruption in Washington DC. Unlike Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, this promises to move the shared universe forward ahead of next year’s The Avengers: The Age Of Ultron.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

2014 The Amazing Spiderman 2There are no shortage of comic book movies due for release in 2014 (though still nowhere near as many as are slated for 2015), but arguably the most exciting is Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It’s predecessor divided audiences, by re-telling an origin story barely a decade old and making changes largely for the sake of it, but I still found it very entertaining nonetheless, primarily due to the inspired casting of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The sequel promises to up the ante, address many of the first film’s faults and open the door to the wider mythology by setting up The Sinister Six for future instalments.

Godzilla

2014 GodzillaLast seen on the big screen in 1998, where it was bested — quite controversially — by Matthew Broderick, Godzilla is set to rampage anew in Gareth Edwards much hyped reboot. Having made his name in 2010 with Monsters, Edwards brings his independent sensibilities to Hollywood armed with an A-list cast and inflated budget. The trailer at least is very encouraging, hinting at a number of astonishing set-pieces, the best of which seems to be a military skydive straight into Godzilla’s path.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

2014 Days Of Future PastSince Bryan Singer infamously left the franchise to focus on Superman Returns, the X-Men series has rather lost its way, with sequels, prequels and spin-offs making a mess of the established mythology. Now that Singer’s back he’s hoping to re-establish some semblance of continuity with a time-travel story inspired by one of the comic book’s most renowned runs. Days Of Future Past will see postermutant Wolverine sent back in time to help the previous generation of X-Men prevent future catastrophe. With essentially two separate casts each vying for screen-time and fans of each sub-series to please, Singer certainly has his work cut out for him.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

2014 How To Train Your Dragon 2Here it is: the big one! In addition to being one of the best movies released in 2010, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon is also one of my favourite movies of all time. The long-awaited sequel — the second film in a planned trilogy, loosely based on Cressida Cowell’s series of children’s books — is from the same creative team as the original, and will pick up the story five years after Hiccup and Toothless defeated the Red Death and helped to save his hometown of Berk. How To Train Your Dragon 2 sees the two embroiled in a larger conflict between humans and dragons.

Jupiter Ascending

2014 Jupiter AscendingCloud Atlas topped my list of the best films of 2013 thanks to its ambitious and intelligent retooling of David Mitchell’s source novel. The Wachowskis have a track record of producing groundbreaking science-fiction extravaganzas with profound and provocative philosophical underpinnings. Jupiter Ascending promises more of the same, with the siblings developing an original story about a Russian janitor and the genetically-engineered warrior tasked with convincing her that she’s the next Queen of the Universe.

The Boxtrolls

2014 The BoxtrollsThe third and final animated movie to make this list, Boxtrolls is the latest offering from LAIKA, the studio behind mini-masterpieces Coraline and ParaNorman. The film — which will be another stop-motion animation — is an adaptation of Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters!”, and centres on an orphan boy raised by trolls. The animation looks exquisite, though a large part of the appeal admittedly comes from the high quality of its predecessors. If it’s even half as good as its predecessors it could well be one of the films of the year.

Step Up: All In

(L-R) ADAM SEVANI, BRIANA EVIGAN and RYAN GUZMAN star in STEP UP: ALL INThe token wild-card, Step Up: All In almost didn’t make this list at all, though only because until yesterday I didn’t know it was even in production. The Step Up series has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and the promise of a fifth film in the franchise is more than enough to get me excited, though the fact that it will see the return of assorted cast-members from the last three films (including Briana Evigan’s Andie and Adam Sevani’s Moose) of course helps too. Just think of it as Step Up: The Greatest Hits.

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I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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