20 BIG Movies of 2014!
1. “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2 January)
|This time an Oscar, maybe?|
What’s the big deal: Two things that matters the most: “Leonardo DiCaprio” and “Martin Scorsese”. So far, their collaboration (beginning from 2002’s “Gangs of New York” to 2010’s “Shutter Island”) proves to be fruitful. But the best thing of all is Martin Scorsese’s refreshing comeback to the black comedy genre since 1985’s “After Hours”.
2. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (16 January)
|Think only Tom Cruise can karate chop the air & run like this?|
What’s the big deal: After a string of high-profile and successful releases of 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October”, 1992’s “Patriot Games”, 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger” and 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”, it’s nice to see the “Jack Ryan” series made a comeback. From the look of the trailers so far, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” looks more vibrant and energetic than its predecessors.
3. “Her” (16 January)
|Taking online dating on a new level of #foreveralone|
What’s the big deal: The synopsis above is more than enough to get one intrigued with this high-concept romance movie. In fact, it’s already been listed by many critics in the United States as one of their Top 10 best movies of the year.
4. “Robocop” (30 January)
|Somebody let Iron Man know his suit is soo last season.|
What’s the big deal: “Robocop” was no doubt one of the most iconic sci-fi movies ever made in the 1980s. With modern special effects and a bigger budget to boost, it’s nice to see a “Robocop” movie made a comeback to the cinema. While comparison is inevitable, it’s hard to ignore this reboot especially with all the talents involved - acclaimed Brazilian director Jose Padilha (of the two “Elite Squad” fame), popular Swedish export Joel Kinnaman (of “Easy Money” and TV’s “The Killing” fames) and a line of veteran actors (Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Jackie Earle Haley and Samuel L. Jackson).
5. “The Lego Movie” (6 February)
|So you grew out of playing Lego? Not anymore.|
What’s the big deal: One of the world’s most beloved toy products has finally comes to life in the form of a big screen adventure! With a colourful cast of characters, vibrant animation and two can’t-go-wrong directors duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), “The Lego Movie” looks set to be one of the must-see movies for old and young viewers alike.
6. “300: Rise of an Empire” (6 March)
|You see my bling? This is Pradaaaaaaaa!|
What’s the big deal: The stylized comic book-like visual, the endless gore and the blood-splattering violence are all here. Judging by the trailers so far, the battle scene which shifts focus to a naval engagement looks visually stunning.
7. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (3 April)
|Tired of these mother***kin movies of this mother***kin 2013|
What’s the big deal: It will be interesting to see how filmmaking duo Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, who is more known for comedies such as “You, Me and Dupree” and TV’s “Community”, handles their first action-oriented studio picture.
8. “Iceman” (3 April)
|Ip Man, superhero style.|
What’s the big deal: It’s one of the most expensive 3D Chinese movie productions ever made with the always-engaging Donnie Yen in the lead. Plus, he also in charge of the action choreography and is backed by familiar faces including Wang Baoqiang, Simon Yam and Eva Huang.
9. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (1 May)
|With great power, comes great smize-ing. *off-shoulder pose*|
What’s the big deal: Unlike the first movie in 2012, the sequel looks more ambitious and fascinating especially with the inclusion of recognizable comic-book villains (Electro, Rhino and Harry Osborn). Plus, eagle-eyed viewers who have seen the first trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will spot a hint of Sinister Six (at which in the comic, they are actually a group of supervillains consisting of Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio and Sandman!). This is certainly a major event for die-hard comic book fans of “Spider-Man”!
10. “Godzilla” (15 May)
|Say my nam... Whoa. What, Godzilla!?|
What’s the big deal: If you have seen then-unknown director Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters”, you’ll be surprised how stunning he can do with the special effects on a shoestring budget. In his first big-budget studio production, Edwards is a perfect candidate to reboot the failed “Godzilla” franchise. The first teaser trailer that circulated in the internet recently is simply amazing and looks confidently better than the Roland Emmerich version.
11. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (22 May)
|Rockin' that 70s fashion super mutant style.|
What’s the big deal: Matthew Vaughn may have departed the sequel after directing “X-Men: First Class”, but die-hard fans will be rejoiced with the return of Bryan Singer, who made the first two original “X-Men” movies. Judging from the synopsis and all the cast from the current and past franchise combined together, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is simply too irresistible to give this a miss.
12. “Edge of Tomorrow” (29 May)
|Sci-Fi movies the way to cruise.|
What’s the big deal: It’s a sci-fi version of “Groundhog Day” set in the future! Plus, it has Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, while it’s nice to see Doug Liman back on the big-budget studio picture (“The Bourne Identity”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) as well.
13. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (26 June)
|Step aside kids, let me show you how Marky Mark leads.|
What’s the big deal: It’s nice to see a new lead (Mark Wahlberg) for a change after three “Transformers” movies headlined by Shia LaBeouf. Best of all (if that’s true from all the hints shown in the preview), die-hard “Transformers” fans will finally get to see Dinobots in a live-action mode for the first time ever!
14. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (10 July)
|That undeniable animal instinct. Enough said.|
What’s the big deal: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a surprisingly entertaining reboot of the once-popular franchise. Despite the absence of Rupert Wyatt from the first movie, the sequel gains a fine replacement in the form of Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”, “Let Me In”). Plus, judging from the synopsis and the title above, the sequel is set to be a bigger scale in an epic proportion.
15. “Jupiter Ascending” (24 July)
|Jupiter Ascending? More like descending.|
What’s the big deal: The Wachoswki siblings, best known for “The Matrix” trilogy, are back for another big-budget science fiction adventure after the underwhelming “Cloud Atlas”. The first trailer looks visually engaging, and it will be interesting to see whether Mila Kunis is fit enough to become the lead action heroine. Also, it stars Channing Tatum as the male lead!
16. “Guardians of the Galaxy” (31 July)
|See you in the "Avengers"!|
What’s the big deal: Based on the lesser-known Marvel comic book which is relatively unknown for the mainstream viewers, it’s a huge gamble for the Marvel Studios. But it’s also refreshing to see a comic-book movie as eccentric as “Guardians of the Galaxy” (which includes a gun-toting and talking Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper)!
17. “Interstellar” (6 November)
|Possibly the only movie McConaughey will keep his shirt on.|
What’s the big deal: Christopher Nolan’s movies are often visionary and difficult to ignore. Likewise, “Interstellar” has been piqued with huge anticipation. The concept sounds intriguing, plus Nolan also assembles an ambitious cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Ellen Burstyn.
18. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (20 November)
|Yeah, he's shorter than me. So what?|
What’s the big deal: Two of the previous “Hunger Games” movies were both critical and box office success. Naturally, this first chapter of the two-part finale is going to be big for fans around the world.
19. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” (18 December)
|I really think we should've been just one movie.|
What’s the big deal: Remember how Peter Jackson saves the best for the last in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”? It’s highly likely that this final chapter of “The Hobbit” trilogy will end the same epic grandeur on a high note.
20. “Noah” (Undated)
|It's OK darling, we may get banned, but the Torrents shall save us.|
What’s the big deal: This has to be the most stunning Biblical epic ever seen since Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” in 1956 (at least judging from the teaser trailer). It’s also interesting to see how director Darren Aronofsky, best known for award-winning movies of “The Wrestler” and “Black Swan”, will handles his first big-budget studio production with three Oscar-winning actors (Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins) at his disposal.
Article by: Cinema Online.