For me, it’s a given that I’m gonna be paying to watch every comic book movie in theaters this year (maybe you are as well). I love the action, stories and adventure within them. But there are so many other good movies coming out this year, that I wanted to compose a list of 10 films with high potential of being great. Some of these do have comic adaptations but aren’t as mainstream as others (you know which ones I mean) coming out this year.
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone
Inspired by the story of Noah, a man hears a calling from God to save living creatures from an apocalyptic flood by building an ark. There is a lot of controversy surrounding this film while approaching it’s release date. In fact several countries have already banned the film due to it’s content not being true to it’s biblical source. Nevertheless, director Darren Aronofsky and writer Ari Handel have created something bold and respectful with Noah for general audiences. As a feature film, this telling of Noah does in fact have educational potential, especially those unfamiliar with the story of Noah’s Ark.
- Million Dollar Arm
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night)
Starring: John Hamm, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma
J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent with a once high career, finds himself on the verge of shutting his business down thanks to bigger and more successful competitors, unless he can come up with a miracle fast. He eventually comes up with a plan to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Sports dramas that are based on a true story have for years been great inspirational films. Same producers that brought us Invincible and Miracle are producing this film. The trailer tells us this is more than just a sports agent saving his business, but how foreign teenagers struggle with adjusting to life away from home and in America for the first time.
Released Date: March 28, 2014
Directed by by David Ayer (End of Watch, Training Day)
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terrance Howard, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, Joe Manganiello.
Director David Ayer brings us his next Action Thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as leader of an elite DEA task force who must find the truth behind one of his suspected members taking money from a major drug cartel bust, as they begin to get picked off one by one. You can expect there to be intense violence, corruption and drama from established Director David Ayer. These are his kinda movies and each one has previously delivered. I can’t wait to see the result with a story and cast like this.
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Directed by Wally Pfister (Cinematographer on The Dark Knight Trilogy, Moneyball, The Prestige)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany.
This film marks the directorial debut for long time Cinematographer Wally Pfister, who’s work on The Dark Knight films, along with many others have been nothing short of spectacular. Transcendence is the story of Dr. Will Caster, a scientist of Artificial Intelligence, who becomes terminally ill and downloads his mind into a computer, granting him the limitless power he has long thirst for. The conflict within ourselves to do what’s necessary and set aside our emotions is something we can all relate to. With an all star cast and an accomplished Cinematographer, I have high hopes for this film.
5. Fox Catcher
Release Date: Unknown 2014
Directed by Bennett Miller (Moneyball)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, Mark Ruffalo , Sienna Miller
Based on Olympic Medalist Mark Schultz’s biography, Fox Catcher is a tragic story of a wrestler named Mark Schultz who became an olympic champion and how John DuPont, a paranoid schizophrenic, killed his brother, olympic wrestling champion Dave Schultz. The film was to originally be released in 2013, however it was pushed to this year to give Director Miller more time to complete the film. This was one of the more highly anticipated films of last year and will still be this year. Director Bennett Miller did an amazing job with Moneyball, which earned several nominations for Academy Awards and it too was also based on a true story
Release Date: July 25, 2014
Directed by Brett Ratner (Horrible Bosses, X-Men 3)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Rufus Sewell
Taking place after Hercules adventures known as the 12 labors, the battle tested muscular demigod is approached by the King of Thrace to take on a skillful warlord and his dangerous army and aid the King in defeating him. The trailer gives the sense that Hercules is being questioned of his might and has to prove that he is worthy for any task. They definitely did right in casting Johnson as Hercules, given his A-list status and physicality. With what we’ve seen in the first trailer, his take as the demigod should be as epic and memorable as Gerald Butler was to Leonidas in the movie 300.
7. Edge of Tomorrow.
Release Date: June 6, 2014
Directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Jeremy Piven, Bill Paxton, Lara Pulver.
Tom Cruise has had allot more hits than misses in recent years and this definitely looks like a hit. Cruise plays a soldier named Lt. Colonel Bill Cage, fighting in a war against aliens and finds himself in a time loop on the final day of battle, repeating the day over and over again each time he dies. Plot sounds familiar to those who seen Groundhog Day, however it’s unfair to call it just that. The action sequences in the trailers look promising. Producers of the film talked of some intense death scenes and how Cruise’s character uses the opportunities of repeating to become a better soldier. The build up is said to be something special. Emily Blunt looks like the ass kicking female soldier that I been searching for all my life. This has potential to be one of the better sci-fi films in recent years.
8. 22 Jump Street
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Directed by Phill Lord, Chris Miller (The Lego movie, 21 Jump Street)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offferman, Rob Riggle
Sequel to the 2012 surprise hit comedy, brings back Tatum and Hill as police officers in the Jump Street program. Only this time they moved across the street to 22 Jump Street. The plot is similar with the duo going to College this time and tracking down drugs that are being supplied. Having the same directors back is a big plus and with them going to college opens up possibilities for wilder adventures, expect to have a fun time once again.
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Directed by Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Cloverfield)
Starring: Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell
Another sequel on the list, this time to a surprise 2011 hit, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up some time after the events of the first film, where a majority of the human population was wiped out by the Simian plague. A short lived peace is broken when an all out war sparks between the apes and humanity. You can expect a darker and more serious tone to this film, as humanity has destroyed itself and pushed these intelligent and strong apes to resent humans. In this trailer, Caeser looks more dangerous as ever and the apes are looking battle ready. Prepare for a war to determine which is the more dominant living being.
Release Date: November 7, 2014
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastin, Casey Affleck
Christopher Nolan delivered the best comic book thriller movie ever, blew our minds away with the ability to enter dreams within a dream within a dream, and this time he’s taking on time travel and alternate dimensions. Interstellar is a story of a group of explorers who discover a wormhole and decide to use it to push and go beyond the limitations of human space travel. The trailer itself, though it doesn’t hint very much, does talk about discovery, exploration and courage to seek the unknown and make it known. We’ll know more when more trailers are released but it doesn’t matter, I’m already all in for this.
What other movies are you looking forward to in 2014? There are so many! Comment and let us know.