The beginning of the year marks a fresh page of excitement for film fans. We hold “great expectations.” The big question on everybodyâ€™s lips is this: “Will 2014 be as good as 2013?”
There was something about the previous yearâ€”and many of the films releasedâ€”that had audience and critics agreeing that it was a very special time indeed for cinema. So, no pressure 2014, but will you rock? Hereâ€™s a selection of ten awesome-looking movies (including summer blockbustersâ€”which we all love, just admit it) released in the coming months that will hopefully deliver magical cinematic thrills.
Top: The WachowskisÂ return once more to sci-fi for their latest action-adventure.
Ralph Fiennes stars as a lothario hotel conciergeÂ in deep trouble with the ladies in Wes Andersonâ€™s latest comedy-drama.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson can do no wrong in the eyes of his many, many admirers. His latest, â€śThe Grand Budapest Hotel,â€ť premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival to rapturous praise and 5-star reviews. Ralph Fiennes, in a rare comedic role, is joined by a typically starry cast including Edward Norton and Bill Murray. As with all Anderson flicks, it looks good enough to eat.
Scarlett Johanssonâ€™s alien trawls the streets of Glasgow for something to eat (men).
Under the Skin
Scarlett Johansson appearing in her birthday suit should get mucho press attention, but Jonathan Glazerâ€™s sci-fi parable (Johansson plays an alien that eats men) is not particularly a mainstream affair. Glazer doesnâ€™t make movies very often (heâ€™s delivered 3 in 14 years). But when he does, they demand your attention.
Hammer’sÂ new horror film is based on supposedly real events.
The Quiet Ones
â€śThe Quiet Ones,â€ť a new chiller from the legendaryâ€“and revivedâ€“British production company, Hammer, is a story based on true events of a maverick Oxford professor who aims to create a poltergeist with the help of his favourite students. â€śMad Menâ€™sâ€ť Jared Harris stars as the intense brainiac whose experiment with paranormal forces kicks off terrifying events.
Gareth Evans action sequel had the critics frothing at the mouth at Sundance.
The Raid 2: Berendal
Gareth Evansâ€™ Indonesia-set actioner, â€śThe Raidâ€ť (2011), wowed a lot of peeps. Critics acted as if Evans had gone and reinvented the wheel and leading man, Iko Uwais, was declared a new action hero. â€śThe Raid 2: Berendalâ€ť premiered at Sundance Film Festival back in January and, judging from my Twitter feed post-screening, made grown nerds cry with tears of joy.
HopefullyÂ this new retooling will make everybody forget the 1990s movie.
Who remembers Roland Emmerichâ€™s 1990s dud, â€śGodzillaâ€ť? (Thatâ€™s almost a rhetorical question!). However, can â€śMonstersâ€ť director Gareth Edwards deliver the goodzillas this time around? Heâ€™s attracted a fine bunch of actors includingâ€“would you believe itâ€“French legend, Juliette Binoche! Also getting their Creature Feature on is: Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins and Bryan â€śBreaking Badâ€ť Cranston.
Disneyâ€™sÂ summer blockbuster sees AngelinaÂ Jolie as a strikingly photographed wicked queen.
There appears to be a current trend for “alternate fairy tales,” films which look at classic childrenâ€™s stories from different, often hipper, perspectives. Disneyâ€™s summer blockbuster is â€śSleeping Beautyâ€ť told from the point-of-view of â€śMalificent.â€ť Angeline Jolie stars as the titular character. Early images released of Jolie in her wicked queen outfit shook the world! (Well, she looked amazing.)
“All You Need Is Kill” as Tom Cruise battles alien invaders.
Edge of Tomorrow
Based on a Japanese novel with an infinitely cooler title (â€śAll You Need Is Killâ€ť), â€śEdge of Tomorrowâ€ť sees Tom Cruise playing a soldier who gets to relive an epic battle to save the planet over and over because heâ€™s trapped in a time loop. Gnarly! It looks like â€śGroundhog Dayâ€ťâ€¦ with aliens.
One of the many spectacular scenes in The Wachowskis upcoming movie.
Summertime means blockbusters! Yay! Letâ€™s face it, Hollywood does spectacle like anybody else. After last yearâ€™s disappointing and highly eccentric adaptation of â€śCloud Atlas,â€ť The Wachowskis (Andy and Lana) have returned with a star vehicle for Mila Kunis, in which she plays a young girl whose destiny involves destroying the “Queen of the Universe.” How very â€śStar Wars!â€ť Channing Tatum (sporting pixie ears) co-stars.
Fans are eagerly awaiting Christopher Nolanâ€™s new movie.
Weâ€™re not quite done with sci-fi yet, folks! Any year that Christopher Nolan is set to release a movie is an event in the calendar. As is quite typical of a Nolan production, thereâ€™s very little actually known about the plot. We can say this: A group of scientists decide itâ€™s a good idea to travel through a black hole. What will they discover…?
Ridley Scott returns to the historical epic withÂ the story ofÂ Moses and the Exodus.
Nobody quite does universe-building like Sir Ridley Scott. Heâ€™s followed up last yearâ€™s crime thriller, â€śThe Counselorâ€ť with â€śExodusâ€ť, a fresh retelling of the Biblical tale of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. Could be great, could be balls. Hopefully, Scott will lead fans to that promised â€śBlade Runnerâ€ť sequel after thisâ€¦
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