Coming Attractions: 2014 Movies We Can’t Wait To See

January 3, 2014  |  

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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.

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Ride Along

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.

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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.

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Noah

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.

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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.

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Belle

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.

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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.

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Godzilla

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.

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Maleficent

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.

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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).

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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?

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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.

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Annie

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.

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Addicted

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!

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Jupiter Ascending

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.

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  • J Mc

    I can’t wait for all of the Hunger Games movies to be out I’m so gonna have a marathon moment lol. I’ve read the books and even after reading the books I still love to watch the movies. It’s just something about the Hunger Games that keeps me hooked whether I just got done reading the book or watching the movie. I think I know where Mockingjay pt 1 might end but I’m excited to see if I’m right.

  • FromUR2UB

    Belle sorta looks like it’s going to have a ‘Feast of all Saints’ theme with some cringey parts in it. I’ll see.

  • Real Talk

    ALL HOLLYWOOD MOVIES, TV SHOWS, ETC., ETC. IS BEING CREATED FOR MARKETING TO THE INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE. HOLLYWOOD DOES NOT REALLY CARE ABOUT SELLS IN usa.

  • realist

    I guess no one is checking for think like a man too and about last night but someone is checking for single moms club? Don’t get me wrong I like tyler but that movie is not gonna do well.

  • MiaSara

    I’m waiting for “Half of a yellow sun”!

    • Sarita Alexander

      Right?! Why is that not on this list?

  • WHOISBSQUARED?

    …..CANT WAIT TO SEE THAT ZANE MOVIE….BU. MONICA CALHOUN WOULDA BEEN A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE ROLE TOO….BUT OL GURL GOT THIS ONE FA SHO….SHE PLAYED THE HECK OUT THAT ROLE IN WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED/THE SEVENTH DAY

  • Dannie

    No Captain America 2? Cause I’m sure as hell looking forward to that one! Woot!

  • Luckystar393

    The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann looks ok but it looks like a remake of John Tucker Must Die. I really only want to see it because Nicki Minaj has a role and I want to see her acting skills

  • Bits

    In 2013 Hollywood should be ashamed of depicting all white casts in biblical stories/movies. The public should not tolerate such an arrogant display of white supremacy. If anything, biblical casts should be depicted multi-racially. It is not known for sure what the race of the people in the bible was (although historical evidence points toward black) but at any rate its pretty clear that they were not European White since most of the stories of the Bible are set in Africa and areas immediately surrounding that continent. Noah is just another play on people’s psyche just like “the passion of the christ” was and people continue to drink the subliminal message kool-aid. So no I will not spend my money on Noah but Tyler Perry’s movie looks like it could be pretty good.

    • A.J.

      I was just thinking the same thing! I enjoy a good Biblical epic but I am SO tired of seeing white Biblical characters. You can’t tell me that they couldn’t have found a Black actor to play Noah? (I keep thinking of Blair Underwood). That is the main thing which is preventing me from seeing the movie. The implications behind this particular Bible story are especially pressing. Noah is about the rebirth of civilization and nature; showing a white figure and his family as the surviving people on earth who rebuild the world completely leaves out people of color and their role in history. There is no excuse for this.

      • Bee

        Noah co-stars Jennifer Connelly, whose mother is Jewish, and Logan Lerman, who is just Jewish. Surely they can play Old Testament characters.

    • monitorette

      I’m sure you meant: most of the Biblical stories are set in the Middle East, as I’m sure you know your Geography and that thousand years ago, the Middle East was already the Middle East.

      • Bits

        Nope I meant exactly what i said because anyone who knows anything about geography knows that the middle east was at one time attached to the continent of africa. And ummm no it was not called the middle east back in the days that christ supposedly walked the earth. Please do your research before you try and correct someone in the comments section of an entertainment newws site.

        • FromUR2UB

          Yep, that’s likely. The continents fit together like puzzle pieces…with frayed edges, or course.

        • monitorette

          I knew you were going to reply with this comment. My answer is: The history written in the Bible (true or fiction) was settled long, long, long after Africa and the Middle East drifted apart from each other.
          Basic. Common Sense.

          • Bits

            according to what historical report Einstein?

      • Sheba

        If you knew anything about history you would know that the Middle East and north/east Africa were one and the same!

        You know more than anybody as an East African, I’m so tired of Hollywood stealing our history and adopting our “orphan” children!

        The truth is all middle eastern people are descendants of nomadic East African tribes, period!

        That’s why Hebrew and Aramaic (both Jesus’s mother languages) are a part of the AFRO-Asiatic language family, which still does include horn of African languages widely spoken today!

        I’m very proud to be from the Horn of Africa because of our history, we.are.the.world.

        The media constantly tries to humiliate us and make us feel less than they always readily show East African refugees, yet never are we used in our own damn stories… Damn you Hollywood!

        • Bits

          Thank you! Anybody with eyes can just look at a map and tell that the middle east was once apart of Africa!

        • monitorette

          Too bad that Middle Eastern people with their commonly silk or curly loose hair do not fit you vision of how Jesus should look like…
          To portray him as a Black African is as absurd as portraying him as a European.

          • Bits

            the fact that you know NOTHING about history and you sit proudly in that fact boggles me. Sweety the original people of the so-called middle east (which was just plain ole africa in biblical times) did not look like the middle easterners of today. The people that inhabit that area today are hybrids. they are the product of the original BLACK africans who mated with european migrants. This happened AFTER the time depicted in the Bible. The original people of that area were BLACK sorry to burst your ill informed bubble.

    • And African Americans will still gobble that crap up like you did with the horrible tv movie.

      • Bits

        Not just African-Americans but Black folks in general.

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  • Courtney Banks

    I saw the trailer for single mom’s club, and his movies are getting lighter and lighter. I don’t think Mr.Perry gets the memo, no matter how many white actors you put in your movie, white people don’t want to see it.. Can you imagine the uproar if all those moms were black??

  • Bren

    Where’s Pompeii? I don’t think Kevin hart is funny so I most likely won’t be watching his movie. Otherwise the movies listed look exciting!