30 films to look forward to in 2014

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With everyone excited to watch the enormous blockbuster films of 2015, 2014 has its fair share of great films to look forward to as well. Here are 30 films, in chronological order, that should be (or already is) on your radar this year.

1. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Release date: January 17, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Holly Amos:
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit [looks to be a] smart, sexy, thrilling, heartfelt and incredibly well acted. For not having been based on a book, I think it’s a fair match up to the existing canon.”

2. The LEGO Movie

Release date: February 7, 2014
Why we’re excited:
The world of LEGO has come a long way since I was a child, and now that world will come to life in The LEGO Movie. The guys who directed the underrated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the very funny 21 Jump Street are directing this film, so we expect The Lego Movie to deliver on the gags and heart just like Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s previous work.

3. The Monuments Men

Release date: February 7, 2014
Why we’re excited:
The Monuments Men tells the story of an unlikely World War II platoon that’s been tasked to save artistic masterpieces from the Nazis. Let’s face it; any film that deals with World War II and the Nazis is already entertaining in itself. But did I also mention that the film that stars George Clooney (Gravity), Matt Damon (Elysium), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson), John Goodman (The Hangover Part III), Jean Dujardin (The Wolf on Wall Street), Bob Balaban (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)?

4. 300: Rise of an Empire

Release date: March 7, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Adam Kharakov:
300: Rise of an Empire has spears, Spartans, and filtered slow motion slaughter for 90 minutes. Hopefully with less man butt this time.”

5. Veronica Mars

Release date: March 14, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Laura S.:
“With over 4 million dollars given to make this film by the fans, fans of Veronica Mars (“Marshmallows”) finally will get an ending to their Season 3 cliffhanger. If you watched the series, the final season (before it was cancelled) left us fans empty. This film would complete us! Will we finally see LoVe (Logan/Veronica OTP) together? What happened to Keith Mars investigation? Now, we will know.”

6. The Muppets Most Wanted

Release date: March 21, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie back to the do the music. That one of the main reasons we want to watch The Muppets Most Wanted. Director James Bobin is back as well, so we look forward to the same heart and catchy songs that made the first film such a hit.

7. Noah

Release date: March 28, 2014
Why we’re excited:
After leaving The Wolverine, director Darren Aronofsky opted to adapt the Bible’s most epic disaster onto film. No matter what your religious beliefs are, you can’t deny that Noah is in good hands with this director and cast.

8. The Raid 2: Berandal

Release date: March 28, 2014
Why we’re excited:
The original was a high octane, martial arts, “OH MY GOD THAT WAS AWESOME” film that the sequel promises to deliver even more of. This time we get fire fights and car chases on top of the hard-hitting martial arts choreography. It’s going to be a crazy fun time for sure.

9. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release date: April 4, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Captain America’s first solo film set in modern times has no doubt looked very impressive with its first trailer. Inspired by Ed Brubaker’s fantastic The Winter Soldier storyline, Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks to add to Marvel Studios’ impressive film library by crafting the film into a “political thriller”. Expect twists and turns to come from every corner as this is the last Earth-bound Marvel film before Avengers: Age of Ultron.

10. Transcendence

Release date: April 18, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Frequent Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister directs this interesting and original sci-fi film about the dangers of singularity. Transcendence will definitely one of those “thinking man’s” films that also has an all-star cast to boot.

11. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release date: May 2, 2014
Why we’re excited:
The first big blockbuster of the summer arrives with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With the trailer already looking to be more epic than its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also be a kick starter for Sony Pictures’ planned cinematic universe which will feature the Sinister Six and Venom in its future installments.

12. Neighbors

Release date: May 9, 2014
Why we’re excited:
This film flew a bit under the radar for me but after seeing the trailer for Neighbors, I knew that I had to watch this. I was constantly laughing all the way through the trailer. Forget the fact that Zac Efron is in this film (I know how you feel), this could very well be the go-to comedy of 2014.

13. Godzilla

Release date: May 16, 2014
Why we’re excited:
We know you’re still trying to get the bad taste from the 1998 version of Godzilla cause we are too. This time around Godzilla is in the hands of Gareth Edwards, a director who is so passionate about the material that he teared up over the overwhelmingly positive reaction over his teaser trailer at SDCC two years ago. Hopefully, the film is as haunting, creepy and awesome as the trailer advertises it to be.

14. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release date: May 23, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Fox’s most ambitious X-Men film to date. X-Men: Days of Future Past puts the cast of both First Class and “old class” in this gigantic film. Oh and guess what? We finally get Sentinels in the X-Men cinematic universe! It’ll be interesting to see how the film plays out but we can’t wait to see the results.

15. Maleficent

Release date: May 30, 2014
Why we’re excited:
The filmmakers went to great lengths to not only tie in the original animated film by recreating key scenes, but also telling an original story on how Maleficent went from being good person to becoming a villain. We’re also very intrigued in seeing how Angelina Jolie will portray Disney’s most famous villain.

16. 22 Jump Street

Release date: June 13, 2014
Why we’re excited:
In just the first few minutes of the trailer for 22 Jump Street, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the sequel is self-aware of the fact that they’re continuing the adventures of 21 Jump Street. That gave me hope that the film will be just as funny as the original, especially since the creative team behind 21 Jump Street is back to do the sequel.

17. How To Train Your Dragon 2

Release date: June 13, 2014
Why we’re excited:
So far the final result for How To Train Your Dragon 2 looks to be potentially better than its predecessor on every level. The animation quality, soaring sequences and the action are there, yet the heart and charm that made the first film so great is still present.

18. Transformers: Age of Extinction

Release date: June 27, 2014
Why we’re excited:
M[email protected]#$ing Dinobots… ‘Nuff said.

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19. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Release date: July 11, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Jose Gutierrez III:
“I can’t wait to serve our monkey overlords. The first, sets up the oncoming storm and now we see how they take over. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be a must see for sure.”

20. Hercules: The Thracian Wars

Release date: July 25, 2014
Why we’re excited:
All we know so far is that Hercules: The Thracian Wars is based on Steve Moore’s comic book of the same name. Not much else is known about the film, but what we can’t wait to see is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson going “barbarian mode” as the legendary Greek demigod.

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21. Guardians of the Galaxy

Release date: August 1, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Marvel’s biggest gamble (and most anticipated 2014 film) Guardians of the Galaxy is their first step into their vast cosmic universe. If Guardians of the Galaxy becomes a hit, their entire library of cosmic characters become available for Marvel Studios to use. We also can’t wait to see how Chris Pratt portrays the brash Star-Lord and how Bradley Cooper voices the spunky Rocket Raccoon.

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22. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Release date: August 15, 2014
Why we’re excited:
It took a few years but Robert Rodriguez is finally filming the sequel to Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. We have very few details regarding the sequel, but we loved the original so we’re looking forward to this one.

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23. The Expendables 3

Release date: August 22, 2014
Why we’re excited:
Sylvester Stallone’s “Avengers” are back for a third installment. This time The Expendables 3 adds Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Rhonda Rousey, Kelsey Grammer and Mel Gibson as the villain. Granted this is not the most sophisticated film, but it sure is fun to watch.

24. The Boxtrolls

Release date: September 26, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Robert Walker:
“When total CGI seems to be the default setting for animation these days, it’s refreshing to see stop motion still at work on the silver screen. The Boxtrolls tells the story of an orphaned boy who was raised by subterranean, trash collecting trolls. When an evil exterminator tries to destroy the boxtrolls, it’s up to the young boy to save them.”

25. Interstellar

Release date: November 7, 2014
Why we’re excited:
It’s a Christopher Nolan sci-fi film. Is there any more of a reason to watch Interstellar than that one reason alone? I didn’t think so.

26. Big Hero 6

Release date: November 7, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From John “Spartan” Nguyen:
“There are many reasons to be excited about Marvel’s Big Hero 6… or is that Disney’s Big Hero 6. Well, with DC on a good streak of producing good direct-to-video animated movies, it’s time for Marvel to go all out with its biggest animated movie ever. The animation team behind it is Walt Disney Animation Studios, and they have been on a roll with Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen. Plus, Disney has been good with the Marvel live-action properties so far.”

27. Fury

Release date: November 14, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Adam Kharakov:
“Because Brad Pitt killing Nazis in Fury is something I would enjoy watching over and over. If it’s anything similar to Inglorious Bastards, it’ll rock.”

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28. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Release date: November 21, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Laura S.:
“As a fan of the books, I’m really excited for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. I wasn’t a fan of the first movie, but the second one, Catching Fire, was one of my favorites of 2013.”

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29. The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Release date: December 17, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From John “Spartan” Nguyen:
“The third in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will go out with a bang. Peter Jackson has redeemed himself with Desolation of Smaug, and now the conclusion will give us plenty of epic action, like the Battle of the Five Armies and more Smaug!”

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30. Into The Woods

Release date: December 25, 2014
Why we’re excited:
From Holly Amos:
Into the Woods has an all-star cast. [Meryl] Streep, [Johnny] Depp, [Chris] Pine, [Anna] Kendrick, [Emily] Blunt. Having seen the show on-stage, it’ll be an interesting challenge for them to adapt to film because it’s weird. It blends a bunch of modern fairytales (I’m talking stories Disney stuff is based on) and ties it together with an original storyline.”

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There you have it, 30 films to watch out for this year. What are your most anticipated film of this year? Sound off in the comments section below!

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