Coming Attractions: 2014 Movies We Can’t Wait To See
With the new year celebrations just behind us, we figured it was time that we turn our attention to the big screen productions that have us anxiously awaiting their release. From comedies to dramas to historical tour de forces, here we take a look at the 2014 movies we’re most eager to see over the next 12 months.
Now how much do you all want to see Kevin Hart really break out with a big role? Sure, he’s had memorable sidekick parts in a number of films, but little man needs his big starring role and we’re hoping that Ride Along can deliver that for him. Also starring Ice Cube, Ride Along tells the tale of a security guard (Hart) as he tries to convince his would-be brother-in-law (James) that he is worthy of marrying James’ sister. The banter between Ice Cube and Hart is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
22 Jump Street
Lord knows we had no idea what to expect when it was announced that Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would be starring in a movie remake of the hit sitcom 21 Jump Street. But what would you know, we absolutely loved it. So there is no doubt that we’re eagerly awaiting Channing and Jonah joining forces yet again in the sequel, 22 Jump Street. Instead of infiltrating a high school, these two crazy kids are going undercover at a local college. And it goes without saying that some shenanigans are sure to go down.
We had to include at least one big budget epic on our list and Noah seemed the perfect choice. Starring Russell Crowe, Noah tells the biblical story of Noah’s Ark with stunning visuals and, what’s sure to be, phenomenal acting. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (of Black Swan fame), Noah is slated for release in March of next year and is sure to make some major waves (cheap pun, but we had to take it) when it hits theaters.
The Single Moms Club
Now this is quite a cast: Nia Long, Amy Smart, Terry Crews, and Tyler Perry. The Single Moms Club focuses on a group of women who are thrown together after their children vandalize a school. Seeing that they are all single mothers struggling with life’s daily challenges, they decide to form a support group. Given that this is a Tyler Perry film, it’s almost a sure bet that audiences will get a healthy dose of laughs, tears and uplifting messages. And with such a diverse and interesting cast, we have a good feeling that The Single Moms Club will be a surprisingly fresh and fun film in 2014.
From the moment we saw Belle‘s trailer we knew that this would be one of 2014’s must-see films. Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a woman of mixed heritage in the late 1700s, the film chronicles Dido’s relationship with a young lawyer at a time of significant racial upheaval. Historical films aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this one might be the one exception you should make in the new year.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
With Chris Evans donning that very sexay outfit, you all knew that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was going to make our list. This sequel is scheduled for release in 2014 and will follow Captain Steve Rogers as he tries to adapt to the modern world around him. And of course as he tries to save the world, yet again. If the first film was any indication, The Winter Soldier should be highly entertaining with a nice splash of ripped muscles, heart-stopping action and edge-of-your-seat excitement.
Alright, hear us out. It’s not that we’re die-hard fans of the big, bada** creature feature genre. In fact, we usually can’t stand it. But call it sheer intrigue that we’re dying to know if there is a director who can add some legitimacy to this type of film. And given that the last attempt at making Godzilla a success on the big screen was almost universally panned by critics, we’re curious to see if Gareth Edwards can have any better luck. Oh,and did we mention Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is in it? Godzilla gets some bonus points right there.
Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent turns the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty on its head. Rather than completely villainizing the film’s namesake, Maleficent looks at the events that caused her to become so cold and evil to the world around her. Starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning, we’re definitely curious to see how this inventive take translates to the big screen.
Fast & Furious 7
This one is sure to break hearts when it’s released. Following the tragic death of Paul Walker, the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise was slated to be released in 2014, but it appears that date has shifted to 2015. But nonetheless, this will be a movie that audiences are eagerly anticipating. The series will never be the same, but fans can take solace in that they will get to see Walker in the film despite his untimely passing (his scenes will be incorporated within the film).
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
In one of the most highly-anticipated sequels in recent movie history, audiences will finally get another dose of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For is slated for an August release and will feature many of the actors who lit up the screen in the first film. Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson and Bruce Willis all star in the film, which takes a step back in time from the first movie to explain how one of the franchise’s most memorable characters, Dwight, came to have a distinctly different face. If there is one movie you check out this coming summer, might we suggest it be Sin City?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
The Hunger Games has become one of the most bankable and successful franchises geared toward young people since Twilight commandeered the box office a few years back. And with star Jennifer Lawrence at the helm, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is guaranteed to be another huge hit. While it’ll be interesting to see if any “Games” fatigue sets in given that the last movie in the series is being split up into two parts, if we had to wager on it, J-Law will continue to hold it down for this franchise.
Arguably one of 2014’s most anticipated films, Annie gives a fresh spin on a classic Hollywood tale. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, next year’s version of Annie is taking the beloved tale and setting it in the heart of New York City. And instead of a little red-head bopping around, Wells will bring more of a multicultural flavor that will, without a doubt, resonate with audiences to a degree that the original fell short. Annie might not be for everyone, but we’d bet our last bottom dollar that the film will do work at the box office come next December.
Adapted from New York Times best-selling author Zane’s book of the same name, Addicted stars Sharon Leal, Tyson Beckford, Boris Kodjoe, among others. The story focuses on Leal’s character Zoe, a wife and mother who is unfulfilled by her marriage. As a result, she seeks sexual and emotional satisfaction from other men. While we’d be surprised if this film did gangbusters at the box office, we are so, so happy to see the incredibly talented Leal land a starring role. Get ’em girl!
Now in all honesty we don’t have exceptionally high hopes for Jupiter Ascending. While we absolutely adore Mila Kunis and salivate over Channing Tatum, we’re not completely convinced in their ability to carry an action-packed, science-fiction, big budget film. That has never seemed to be either actors’ niche. But, with that said, directors Lana and Andy Wahowski are known for their visually stunning works and we’re certain Jupiter Ascending won’t be any exception.