I was going to say 2014 appears to be a great year for movies, but is there ever a year when we’re all thinking, “Wow, no good movies whatsoever are coming out this year. Way to go Hollywood!” There are some potential blockbusters on the way, so to help you navigate through it all, here is a movie from each month of 2014 that I’m looking forward to seeing.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Release Date: January 17
Usually January is the month where movies go to die. The December push of award nominees is over and this is where all of the leftover trash gets dumped. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" looks to have the potential to break that mold. The cast boasts Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh and Chris Pine taking over the role of Jack Ryan. It should be a smooth transition for him after playing Captain Kirk in the latest "Star Trek" installment.
Release Date: February 12
Remakes are always terrifying, especially when it’s a cheesy, cult favorite like "Robocop." The cast is flooded with fan favorites, so hopefully that’s a sign the movie won’t be taking itself too seriously and that the action will be as over-the-top as possible. It feels like it’ll either be a giant flop or a huge success, but nothing really in between. Let’s hope for the latter.
Release Date: March 28
Director Darren Arnofsky left "The Wolverine" in order to work on this project, so if that doesn’t get your attention, add in the fact that it’s a Biblical story on a $130 million budget. No matter what your religious beliefs are, there’s no denying the amount of fascinating stories in the Bible that would be amazing to see portrayed a made-for-TV movie. If the trailer is any indication, it’s going to be incredible.
Release Date: April 8
No movie fascinates me more for 2014 than "Transcendence." It’s the story of a computer scientist (Johnny Depp) who is attempting to map the human brain in ways never imagined before. He ends up in a tragic accident that leaves him all but dead, so his wife decides to upload his mind into the computer. What happens next feels like "The Matrix" meets "I, Robot," along with a touch of "Pulse." Hopefully Wally Pfister can deliver in the director’s chair after an illustrious cinematography career.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Release Date: May 23
Remember how great the first two X-Men movies were, and then the third was a complete pile of garbage? Bryan Singer, the director of the first two is back and this time has the entire original cast along with the brilliant cast of "X-Men: First Class" as well. Put your fears aside, we’re in great hands this time around.
22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 13
I was ready to absolutely hate "21 Jump Street," but in spite of my dreadful expectations, I loved it. Comedy sequels are always tough because you basically end up making a parody of the first film, but from the trailer it seems to be self-aware enough not to make the same mistakes that so many sequels tend to do.
Release Date: July 18
If there’s one thing you can say about the Wachowskis, it’s that they always give you a film unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. There are several huge movies coming out this summer, but if the creative minds behind "The Matrix" and "Cloud Atlas" have a project debuting, that’s where my money is being spent. Could this be the summer of Channing Tatum, or will he be this year’s Ryan Reynolds who churned out the bombs "R.I.P.D." and "Turbo" in the same week last summer?
Guardians of the Galaxy
Release Date: August 1
If you’re not excited for "Guardians of the Galaxy," I’m assuming you hate joy in your life and you gave up on any true happiness years ago. The cast is amazing, the Marvel Comics it’s based on are an absolute favorite, and director James Gunn always delivers. There’s so much to be excited about in this film.
Resident Evil 6
Release Date: September 12
I know it’s more like watching a video game than sitting through an actual movie, but why is that always a bad thing? Sometimes I don’t want to watch the beauty of a subtle stare or have my emotions stirred. Occasionally, I just want to watch Milla Jovovich drop kick a bunch of zombies. Is that too much to ask? I was highly disappointed in the last installment, so here’s hoping for a lot less terrible acting from Jill Valentine this time around.
Paranormal Activity 5
Release Date: October 24
Before you throw a rock at me, let me explain. I will be the first to admit that "Paranormal Activity 4" was a steaming pile of garbage. I loved 1 & 3, and didn’t hate 2. However, this installment wasn’t cranked out in less than a year like the last few installments. The series took a year off and will launch this chapter in October. If "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" can deliver, it should build some much needed momentum to the next official sequel this fall.
Release Date: November 7
Do you really need to say anything else, other than it’s a new movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan? His directorial résumé includes "Memento," "Insomnia," "The Prestige," "Inception," and those three little Batman movies, so if there’s anyone you can count on for a top-notch cinematic experience, it’s Christopher Nolan.
Add in a ridiculously loaded cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, John Lithgow and Casey Affleck, and you’ve got one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.
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Release Date: December 12
Hollywood is betting big on Bible stories in 2014, aren’t they? After "Noah" comes out in March, we get our second Old Testament movie at the end of the year with Ridley Scott’s "Exodus." Christian Bale will be playing the part of Moses and Aaron Paul steps in as Joshua, which should be a much more dramatic role than he has in "Need for Speed" in March. It’s a big gamble to make such a big budget movie on a religious story, so we’ll see if this is the next "Passion of the Christ" or a disaster of biblical proportions.