Non-Blockbuster Films to Look for in 2014


Before I get into some smaller scale films to look forward to this year I want to explain why I am writing this article. I’ve always been a movie fan but it wasn’t until recently that I started paying attention to more critically acclaimed films rather than just the popular blockbusters.  In 2013 there were several of these films that caught my attention and I’ve found that there is a lot of quality that is overlooked in Hollywood.  This is simply because not enough people see these films and they are often a limited release.

Movies like ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘The Spectacular Now’ are examples of “smaller” 2013 films that were critically recognized but very entertaining at the same time, in my opinion.  They made me realize that I was missing out on tons of material a year that is just as satisfying as the big blockbusters or sometimes even more so.  Because of this I have made it my goal to look out for these type of films in the future and there are a few to look forward to in 2014.

Of course there are other releases besides the ones below but these are the few that caught my eye:

  •   ‘Locke’ released April 25th 2014

Most people have probably never heard of this title but I can assure that it will be something entertaining at the very least.  ‘Locke’ stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as a troubled man who has a series of events happen leading to him having to make few phone calls while driving in the car.  Supposedly the entire movie takes place in this setting with him driving and having some “deep conversations”.  I am becoming more of a Tom Hardy fan every time I see his work and I’m sure this film will do the same.

  • ‘Chef’ released May 9th 2014

You might have already heard of this title but there is nothing but good word of mouth surrounding it and I couldn’t help talking about this Jon Favreau directed film.  I have yet to see it but is high up on my must see list.  Favreau stars and directed this movie and he has supplied himself with a talented cast as well, including Scarlet Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman.  Favreau plays a chef who leaves his restaurant, due to limits on his creativity, in order to open a food truck.  It’s been getting great reviews and I can’t wait to see it myself.

  • ‘Palo Alto’ released May 9th 2014

Another relatively unknown title which is actually based on a book written by James Franco, ‘Palo Alto’ tells the story of a teen named April who is known as a shy, innocent girl but ends up having an affair with her soccer coach. It is first time director Gia Cappola’s debut.  According to critics it’s not a bad film for a directorial debut and actually has a decent cast to bring a little attention to it.  I am currently in the middle of reading the book version of ‘Palo Alto’ and once I finish it I intend on seeing the movie.  Starring James Franco, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer and few unknowns, this movie should spark the interest of some people, especially for all those Franco fans out there.

  • ‘Filth’ released May 30th 2014

‘Filth’ stars James McAvoy (X-Men Days of Future Past) as a troubled, bipolar cop who is fighting to receive a promotion and win the hearts of his family back.  It is supposedly a very dark and emotional film that portrays a twisted cop.  So if you’re into these type of grittier movies then this should be a good one for you.  Also, McAvoy is slowly becoming one of my favorite actors and I can’t wait to see his performance in this.

  • ‘The Rover’ released June 13th 2014

Like most people I do not know much about this movie but I am hearing really great things from critics so far.  ‘The Rover’ stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, who is said to have given the performance of his career so far in this film.  The story is set ten years after an economic collapse in Australia and follows a few characters as they journey through the broken down world they now live in.  Although it was a limited release, I will still find a way to see this movie and am really looking forward to doing so.

  • ‘Snowpiercer’ to be released June 27th 2014

Starring Chris Evans (most of you know him as Captain America), ‘Snowpiercer’ is set on a train which consists the last of civilization after an apocalyptic war.  The train, called the ‘Snowpiercer’ travels in a never ending circle and, just like society, has different classes on different parts of the train.  You can see how this can cause some problems among the people on the train and should make for a great two hour movie.  The reviews are amazing for this film so far, can’t wait to see it!

  • ‘Foxcatcher’ to be released October 23rd 2014

‘Foxcather’ is a drama starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum which is based on the true story of John du Pont (played by Carell) who struggled with paranoid schizophrenia and eventually committed murder.  I don’t want to give too much of the story away, don’t want to spoil the movie but this one has Oscar written all over it.  Little is known about the movie but it is rumored that Carell and Ruffalo turned in some academy level performances and this is by far my most anticipated drama of the year.  Make sure to check it out come October!

I am personally excited to see each and every one of the films I mentioned above and I hope you guys are too!  Also, don’t forget there are hundreds of movies released each year and it’s hard to keep track with all of the big blockbusters opening.  So pay attention and you may find a hidden gem in Hollywood. What smaller films are you guys looking forward to?  Do any of the one’s above peak your interest? Express your thoughts in the comment section.

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