The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014
film / tv / lists / guides / news / love / celeb / video / think pieces / staff / podcasts / web culture / politics / dc / snl / netflix / marvel / cbr

The 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | August 22, 2012 | Comments ()

Screen Shot 2012-08-21 at 3.21.09 PM.png

maleficent-angelina-jolie_510.jpeg Maleficent -- The fairy-tale re-imaginings haven't been wildly successful yet, but there is reason to believe that first-time director, Robert Stromberg, can bring the same look and feel he brought as the visual effects supervisor on Pan's Labyrinth to this dark tale told from the perspective of Sleeping Beauty's evil nemesis. It doesn't hurt that Angelina Jolie will fill the title role, or that the cast is rounded out by Elle Fanning (Princess Aurora), Juno Temple (Thistletwit), Sharlto Copley (Stefan) and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as King Kinloch.

Noah -- Here's all you need to know about Noah: It comes from Darren Aronofsky, who I believe is trying to get his redo on The Fountain with a visually sumptuous and dark, existential Biblical tale. Aronofsky has described his Noah as "a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet," so I expect something very dark and politically charged. Russell Crowe is set to play the title character, with Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins also on board. These images from Aronofksy's Noah graphic novel should give us some hint as to what to expect.


Chris-Hemsworth-b.jpegRobopocalypse -- Assuming that Steven Spielberg actually follows through on his promise to direct Robopacalypse, the film -- scripted by Drew Goddard and based on a Daniel H. Wilson novel -- holds immense potential. The novel is already a critical favorite, described as an Andromeda Strain for a new century. Comparisons to early Michael Crichton are aplenty. Set the not-too-distant future, Robopocalypse is about robots that have made our lives a lot easier: they help clean our kitchens, drive our cars, and fight our wars -- until they are turned into efficient murderers by a sentient artificial intelligence buried miles below the surface of Alaska. What? That sounds batshit. But, robots, murder, and Spielberg! Rumors that Chris Hemsworth could board the project in the lead role make it all that more appealing.

original.jpegThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 -- Wait, wait. Before you loosen your bowels, hear me out: My opinion of the first The Amazing Spider-Man was that, if it weren't for the fact that the story had already been told, it could've been a great film, a better version of Sam Raimi's first movie. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone were an amazing pair, and Marc Webb did a good job with the film, too. What the movie was missing was a good, original screenplay. Now that the rebooted franchise has gotten the requisite origins story out of the way, they have the freedom to tell a better, darker story. Spider-Man 2 was the best in the Raimi trilogy, and I expect this one to be the best in Garfield's, especially if Sony decides to take it to a that place and kill off Gwen in this installment.

the-hobbit-movie-image-593x408.jpegThe Hobbit Part 3 -- I'm not that excited to be putting this on the list, but by the time it rolls around, The Hobbit Part 3 will be the most anticipated movie of the year, if only because it will finally see the end of a trilogy that has no business being a trilogy. How are they going to turn a very modest little book into three movies? I don't know, but I'm really excited for it to end. It also has a couple of cast members going for it that the LOTR movies did not, namely Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaugh) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins). The bad news: There's a lot of LOTR characters in the movie that don't belong.

The-Hunger-Games-is-like-Twilight.jpegThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I -- I feel similarly about Mockingjay Part I as I do about three Hobbit movies: It shouldn't exist. Mockingjay is the weakest of the Hunger Games novels and therefore, the least designed to be broken in two. There's not even a natural break for the movie. However, my hope is that the screenwriters find a way -- in expanding the novel into two movies -- to bring some new elements, and more life to a novel that clearly was written under a tight deadline. There are great characters in The Hunger Games and it's a splendid universe. Hopefully, the two movies can give the final chapter the justice it didn't receive in the books.

tumblr_m4970keDqu1r7mhcoo1_500.jpegX-Men: Days of Future Past -- 2011 was meant to be the year of the Superhero, but it turned out that the first one out of the gate, X-Men: First Class, was the best of a bunch that included Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern. The young X-Men are due again to compete against Captain America in 2014, and I expect a similar result: Matthew Vaughn is back, and James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence are more popular than ever. It helps, too, that it's based on one of the most famous X-Men stories, a very dark one that involves a world where mutants are hunted mercilessly by sentinels. Lots of X-Men may die. That's my kind of superhero movie.

6a00d8341c630a53ef01538f256004970b-600wi.jpegKing Dork -- I cannot guarantee that King Dork will arrive in 2014 (though, that is its current forecast), as development on the film has stopped and started on several occasions. A director has finally been hired -- Matt Piedmont (Casa de mi Padre) -- and D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) wrote the screenplay. Last I heard, Thomas Mann (Project X), Keir Gilchrist (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Nick Offerman were attached to the film. It is a brilliant, funny, amazing coming-of-age novel with a mystery twist -- probably one of my favorite books of the last decade -- and it's really well-designed for a movie. With the right people behind it, it could be one hell of an amazing film, one I've been anticipating since Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company bought the rights back in 2006.

tumblr_m4qgn55tzr1rncv21o1_500.pngJupiter Ascending -- Nobody knows a ton about The Wachowski Sibling's Jupiter Ascending, except that it's being described as completely off-the-sh*t bat-wall, that it stars Charming Potato and Mila Kunis, an offer was made to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and it's expected to be the first entry in another Wachowski trilogy. This is the story, as broken down by Vulture, based on an anonymous source:

The story centers on an unlikely and reluctant heroine, a recent Russian immigrant -- played by actual Ukrainian native Mila Kunis -- who scrubs toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, however, she possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her immortal rule. These other evolved beings are categorized into various groups, but all of them share at least some human DNA. The rest is animal DNA, which heightens their best qualities -- e.g., soldiers obtain the fearlessness of wolves, workers obtain the industriousness of bees, etc.

Soon, an evolved bounty hunter -- likely played by Channing Tatum -- is sent out to dispatch the cleaning lady with the Great Pair of Nucleotides. However, true to Matrix fashion, they fall in love. From there, calamity ensues.

The Wachowskis, plus Mila Kunis, is enough to get me excited. The sci-fi Snow White story is just gravy.

hot-fuzz-008_edited-1_1173848276.jpegThe World's End -- I am super stoked about The World's End the final part in the Cornetto trilogy that includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Once again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will reunite with director Edgar Wright. The team behind it is a big enough sell, but the premise seals it:

The film starts 20 years after five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl. The friends reunite when one of them becomes hell-bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.


5 Shows After Dark 8/22/12 | Pantyhole Blowers: 10 Celebrity Dudes You Had No Idea Had Outstanding Singing Voices

Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Christopher Rice

    The fact that you called First Class the best superhero movie of 2011 was utterly ridiculous. It was better then green lantern, but that was it. It was a horrible movie, like all the other X-men movies. i WISH Marvel could get the rights to them back.

  • patrick

    just can't wait for the next avengers to come out, I really hope that the world dosen't end this year just because of the simple fact that I will have not seen the next avengers movie

  • Fuck you

    You're a real piece of shit.

  • Anders


  • misue1

    I actually didn't think mockingjay was a weak book. I found it very enjoyable and there are many scenes where it could be split into two parts for two movies.

  • RY33

    The World's End and X-men yes. The rest you can flush.

  • Mike

    Honestly, I can tell you for a fact that, probably not over on small sites like this, but worldwide, Bond 24 has LOADS more people anticipating it than almost every film on this list!

  • guest

    Weird, I enjoyed Mockingjay just as much as the first 2.
    I actually think it would've been better to split all 3 movies (Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay) in 2 parts - to give justice to the complexity of the books.

  • JustinX89

    Oh will people stop whining about the Hobbit being a trilogy already. Jackson is NOT George Lucas. The man knows what he's doing.

  • First Class sucked and you presume to say it was the "best of the bunch"? Your evaluations seem to be a bit off.

  • lakawak

    Ooooh! Comic book movies are going to get DARKER! How original!

  • Marc Webb did a good job at showing up for his paycheck, perhaps. He seems to totally lack any real feel or affinity for the subject matter.

  • Film Freak

    Does Jupiter Ascending sound like a pulp sci-fi novel writen by a mad man?

  • googergieger

    The World's End 2013? In that case Stoker and Snowpiercer.

  • The Pants

    Dude, First Class was terrible, just nobody noticed because Fassbender and McAvoy were so good in it. The young actors were uniformly terrible, they gave away every single money shot in the marketing, Kevin Bacon (while Fun) overacted his way through and January Jones sucked the air out of the scene anytime she was onscreen, and the whole production had a "cheap" feel to it.

    Thor and Captain America were both quite a bit better IMHO. (and of course Green Lantern was a disaster...)

  • Jeannine

    The Cornetto Trilogy!!!! Can somebody make a poster for this?

  • mudywaters

    I'm excited for all of these. Great list!


  • M.

    I can understand why "Mockingjay" would be split into two films.(SPOILERS!!!)*****
    As I see it, there's District 13, Peeta's (as well as Johanna Mason) rescue/reunion with Katniss, more Finnick to get to know, and of course, a full scale revolution underway. That is a lot of ground to cover and I really cannot wait to see how it all unfolds. As far as where to split? about (SPOILERS!!)****
    Right after the hospital in District 8 is attacked and Katniss and Gale go up on the roof of one of the buildings and Katniss takes out one of the war planes with a rocket launcher. It's where Katniss gives the ..."if we burn, you burn with us" speech on television as a message to President Snow. Yes, big nerdy fan of the series here, who loved all three books. Dream director for this film(s): Katherine Bigelow.

  • KatSings

    "who I believe is trying to get his redo on The Fountain"
    Why does he need a redo? I loved The Fountain. I thought it was beautiful, poignant and moving. So there. :-p

  • Grahamnation

    Wow, more excited for Spider-Man than the Hobbit? You basically argued, "Well, this latest one sucked but Garfield and Watson were adorable, so if they change everything about the style and how it was written, the next one will be great!"

  • Jeremy

    2014, huh? I think this maaaaaay be jumping the gun a bit

  • Quatermain

    I don't know, I'd take Captain America over X-Men:First Class. I'd actually put X-Men third after Thor, and with Green Lantern in distant last.

    As for Noah, I'm at best cautiously optimistic. Hollywood hasn't been real great at Biblical adaptations over the last thirty-forty years, with the possible exceptions of Prince of Egypt or Passion of the Christ. That said, seeing as how the movie is one and a half/two years out, I'll refrain from calling for the stoning of heretics just yet.

  • cinemaniac

    Agreed. Captain America was easily the best of the Supers last summer. I'd also but Thor second, with X-Men 3rd, mostly because the visual effects in the last battle are horrible.
    Green Lantern was not only the worst of the comic movies, but the biggest let down because it had so much potential.

  • Zen

    Is that movie about King Dorkenheimer of Sweden?

    I thought Sweden was a constitutional democracy... just park the car!

  • PDamian

    And I'm still waiting for Knights of Badassdom to get a release date. The movie web page and IMDb both say 2012, but no definitive release date is to be found anywhere I checked. I will gladly forgo Spider-Man 2 and Jupiter Ascending if I can see Knights just once, even if I have to wait until 2014.

  • What A Terrible Site

    I'll try to remember this list for when these movies actually come out---- A Year And A Half From Now. What a waste of time this site has become.

  • BiblioGlow

    You mean this movie site full of people who are excited about movies? Those douchebags. Don't they know it's uncool to be excited about stuff?

  • stryker1121

    Plus hipsters. Don't forget the hipsters.

  • I will be there at midnight for The Hobbit, but that doesn't mean I will be happy about it.

  • Stephen Nein

    Robopocalypse is a terrible book. In that the quality of the writing is blown way out of proportion with the germ of the idea, and that the end is a stupid Deus Ex Machina: then yes, Daniel Wilson is Crichton's true heir.

  • twig

    thank you. The book was SO BAD.

  • Mr_Zito

    I'm just waiting for Peter Jackson to decide that the LOTR trilogies actually have to be a trilogy of trilogies, because Tolkien has a lot of unfinished writings that deserve to be made into three more movies that we'll see in 2020/2021/2022.

  • Blake

    YES to The World's End! But doesn't the poster say 2013? That and Star Trek are the only films I'm looking forward to next year.

  • wojtek

    I have to say I'm loving this evening's posts' Header Pic trajectory. Keep it going, I know you can push it to x-rated by 5 Shows After Dark

  • Ted Zancha

    The more and more I hear about Noah, the more excited I get.

    I only read the Hunger Games and I really enjoyed it. Should I even bother with the other two? I hear they are awful.

  • lillie

    The other two are definitely worth the read. Catching Fire is actually the best of the trilogy in my opinion. And while Mockingjay may be the weakest of the three, compare it to some of the YA crap out there (I'm looking at you, Twilight) and it's a literary masterpiece.

  • BiblioGlow

    Yes, the second one is definitely worth it, it has a lot of similarities to the first and is just as strong. The third one is radically different. It's difficult to explain, in that it's still very good, and yet also somewhat disappointing, perhaps because so much of it is unexpected. It's definitely not a waste of time, though. And I do think it will translate really well to a movie.

  • They are worth a read. The second one is actually my favorite.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The World's End, oh hell yes. Gd waiting sucks.

  • space_oddity

    You don't have to wait all that long, cause it's actually supposed to come out next year, not 2014.

  • zeke_the_pig


  • ClaireB

    I was blown away by First class the first time, thanks mostly to Fassbender's Magneto, but re-watching it, i thought it was so incredibly stupid when they could have made such an interesting story with Magneto's trauma. Hope this one will be better.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I had a similar reaction: in the theater, I didn't think it was amazing, but it was exactly the kind of stupid-fun summer fare I was looking for, and I really enjoyed it. And then I rewatched it a few weeks ago and... ouch.

    Every time James McAvoy touched his temple I wanted to punch the movie in the face. And I still don't understand why lil' Magneto didn't just fling all that cutlery and torture equipment through the glass at Kaiser Bacon.

  • Gayle

    The fact that you've civilised the British slang for cigarette as it's an f-word that you probably can't say on this site amuses me no end.

  • atgdng

    I was wondering why that sentence made no sense!

  • Gayle

    Especially as, in this context, they don't actually mean cigarette.

  • Addicct

    I am excited for most of these, and I will probably see all of them eventually.

  • dlefeb

    Yes Mockingjay is the weakest of the books, but it also contains lots of action that may very well work better on screen than on the page. And for me, I do find there is a natural break: when they (SPOILER) rescue Peeta and discover what happened to him. I guess also maybe when (SPOILER AGAIN) Katniss gets shot, but that would just be cheap.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I've always thought that "Catching Fire" should be split into two movies. With the first movie (spoiler, obviously) covering the Victory Tour and Katniss's discovery of the rebel movement and then the second movie covering the Quarter Quell and the evacuation to 13. "Mockingjay" could jump into the middle of the action with Katniss already playing the Mockingjay, knowing Peeta has been held by the Capitol for a while and go from his rescue to the end.

    We'll see, though, there are places to split Mockingjay, for sure, I just don't know that mostly Katniss wandering around 13 losing her mind will make for a very good first movie.

  • KC

    I totally agree dlefeb. I think there are plenty of places to break the story and in fact I have always thought the book needed to be split into two. Because the 2nd half is SO rushed and just insane. Or I think there should've been a 4th book .

    I feel like we needed to feel more betrayed by Coin, and its just so off when Katniss kills her. It should've been bigger, maybe have Coin in power for a while...they realize she's no better and then Katniss kills her. I dunno, maybe that's too repetitive, but in the book it felt really rushed and like in the end it wasn't a big deal.

blog comments powered by Disqus