2014 Winter Movies Preview

The summer blockbusters have come and gone and as autumn approaches it is time to take a look our 2014 winter movies preview and see at what Hollywood has in store for us. Below is a list of 25 films that will be keeping us entertained for the rest of 2014.

Sin City 2: A Dame to Die For (August 25)

It’s hard to believe that its been almost ten years since Sin City was in the cinema, now co-directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez return with Sin City 2: A Dame to Die For, which presents with more tales from the city called Sin. There are plenty of familiar faces from the original including Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis. New cast members include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, and Lady Gaga. Check out the review here

Life of Crime (September 5)

The works of Elmore Leonard have resulted some great movies over he years including Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, and Out of Sight.  In Life of Crime we get the story of a wealthy business man looking to divorce his wife, when she is then kidnapped he refuses to pay the ransom. The film has a great ensemble cast including Tim Robbins, Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey). This looks like it could be great fun, a stellar cast and a sharp script could make this a winner.

The Hundred Foot Journey (September 5)

For those looking for something that doesn’t involve criminals and capers The Hundred Foot Journey could be what’s needed. Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Shipping News) and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.  This looks it could be a great watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon.There’s something about this trailer that reminds me of Pixar’s Ratatouille.

A Most Wanted Man (September 12)

In one of his final roles Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this  John le Carré (The Constant Gardner) thriller as a German spy on the hunt for terrorists. The film also features performances from Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss.

This is Where I Leave You ( September 12)

Another ensemble cast for this dramedy from director Shawn Levy about a family that comes together to mourn the loss of their father and deal with each other as they sit Shiva. Jason Bateman and Tina Fey lead the cast which also features Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Rose Byrne, and Jane Fonda.

Noble (September 19)

Irish biopic Noble tells the true story of  Christina Noble from overcoming her own traumatic childhood to changing the lives of thousands of children around the world. Staring Deirdre O’Kane in the titular role with a strong supporting cast including Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham, and Ruth Negga.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (September 19)

Liam Neeson is back, taking names and kickin’ ass in this thriller from writer/director Scott Frank. Neeson plays Matthew Scudder an ex-NYPD officer turned private eye tasked with looking into the kidnapping of a drug dealers wife. This looks to be a rather dark thriller but I’m sure what ever Scudder will have to face his fists will be able to deal with it.

Magic in the Moonlight (September 19)

The latest film from Woody Allen received mixed reviews upon release in the US will it fare better this side of the pond? The fact  it Stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone is reason enough to check it out and it does look rather charming, as with The hundred foot journey it could be a good way to while away a rainy afternoon.

The Equalizer (September 26)

Training Day alumni director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington reunite in this remake of the 80’s tv show of the same name.  The trailer doesn’t leave much to the imagination in terms of plot but given the quality of Training Day I am willing to see what Fuqua and Washington will present us with this time. Read the review here.

Gone Girl (October 3)

David Fincher (Fight Club, Panic Room) returns with this Thriller about a husband (Ben Affleck) searching for his missing wife (Rosamund Pike). When the media begins to focus on the husband questions begin to be asked about his involvement in his wife’s disappearance. Given Fincher’s hit rate and Affleck’s return to/new-found form with films such as Argo and The town this is shaping up to be one of the must see movies of the year.

Dracula Untold (October 3)

In a world where studios are remaking remakes the only option for something different is (no not originality, don’t be silly) an origin story and this time we see the origin of everyone’s favorite blood sucker, the big D himself count Dracula.  Luke Evans plays the titular character in a film that looks, from the trailer, like a cross between Lord of the Rings and Van Helsing; hopefully it will be more of the former and less of the later.

The Maze Runner (October 10)

James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is the last tweenie novel adaptation. Looking like a mixture of the Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies. The trailer sets up the basic premise and the chances of a franchise hang in the balance on the success of this film.

Autómata (October 10)

This film looks like it picks up where I, Robot finished off, although not connected the similarities are immediately apparent, however I suspect this film will take a more thoughtful approach to a society where robots are commonplace and the implications of those robots becoming sentient. Director Gabe Ibáñez has created a visually striking futuristic world reminiscent of what we have seen in the films of Neill Blomkamp. Staring Antonio Banderas as an investigator for a robotics company who discovers that the robots are no longer merely tools with a supporting cast including Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott, Robert Forster and Tim McInnerny. If you like your sci-fi this looks like essential viewing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (October 17)

Already out in the US the release has been delayed until October, presumably to give us a further chance to recover from Transformers: Age of Extinction. Like T:AoE this looks to be a film best viewed with low expectations. However chances of a mid-movie dance-off with Vanilla Ice are slim this time around so it has that going for it at least.

The Judge (October 17)

Robert Downey Jr. stars, armour free, in this comedy-drama about a big city lawyer returning to his home town for his mother’s funeral, but things go awry when is father, the town judge, is accused of murder. Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio,  and Billy Bob Thornton round out a strong cast. It looks to be more drama then comedy so it will be interesting to see if director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, RIPD) can strike the right balance.

Alexander and the Terrible horrible No Good Very Bad Day (October 24)

This Disney movie looks to be for anyone who has ever experienced a bad day.  Miguel Arteta, director of indie gem The Good Girl, calls the shots on this family dramedy. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Gardner play the parents in what could well be the next Little miss Sunshine.

The Book of life (October 24)

Animation time with this “3D computer-animated adventure romantic comedy film” from producer Guillermo del Toro. It has a unique look that reminds me of the Little Big Planet video games.  Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna and Christina Applegate head up the cast.

Interstellar (November 7)

The time has almost come for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Interstellar. As with Nolan’s previous films he is keeping his cards close to his chest and details about the film are scarce other than what can be gained trailer suffice to say chances are we will see something we have not seen before. Matthew McConaughey, currently riding the wave of a career highpoint following the critical success’ of Dallas Buyer’s Club and True Detective, leads an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Nolan regular Michael Caine. Of all the films on this list this is the one I most want to see.

The Drop (November 14)

Featuring James Gandolfini in his last screen role and script written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) the story of a Brooklyn bar that serves as a dropbox for the city’s criminal enterprises gets robbed leaving owners James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy left to deal with the fallout. It will be good to see Gandolfini back on the big screen, hopefully The Drop will be a suitable final chapter in the career of a great actor.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (November 21)

It’s the beginning of the end for Katniss Everdine and Peeta Mellark in the penultimate film in the Hunger Games franchise. This time spoiler alert Katniss has escaped the clutches of President Snow and the rebellion against the capital is well underway. As the final book in the series has been divided into two films expect more of a build up than a conclusion, for that we will have to wait until part 2 which will be out on November 20, 2015.

Monsters: Dark Continent (November 28)

Another sequel, this time to the 2010 indie sci-fi gem ‘Monsters’. Director Gareth Edwards did not return this time around as he was busy with the production of Godzilla, he did however act as an executive producer.  Directing duties this time around went to Tom Green and this time the action shifts to the Middle East where the US military take on terrorists and big bugs. This wont get the hype and push like films like Godzilla and Transformers but it could prove to be the better film, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Kill the Messenger (November 28)

Jeremy Renner stars in this old school political thriller about CIA authorized drug shipments from South America to L.A. to raise funds for plans to destabilize the Sandinista Government. The film also includes a great supporting cast including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, and Andy García .

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 12)

The final instalment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy (although he still has time to split it in to two more movies) sees dwarfs, trolls, elves, humans and a big fire-breathing  dragon in a bad mood do battle.  So we will finally get the chance to witness the end of the introduction to Lord of the Rings.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (December 19)

Another trilogy wraps up this Christmas with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Ben Stiller returns as the security guard tasked with taking care of the exhibits who come to life at night only now the magic Mcguffin that makes this happen is bust so the gang have to hit the road and head to England, so get set for a whole load of red double-decker busses and British stereotypes. This also has one of Robin Williams final performances so far that alone it will be a must see.

Dumb and Dumber to (December 19)

It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the original Dumb and Dumber was released but now Lloyd and Harry are back doing what they do best…being really, really, really stupid. As with the original the film was written and directed by the Farrelly brothers so we can expect plenty of gross out comedy, the question is will it be as big a hit as the original?

Unbroken (December 26)

Angelina Jolie returns to the director’s chair following on from A Place in Time, and In the Land of Blood and Honey with Unbroken the true story of the life of Olympic athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini. The film stars Jack O’Connell, Garrett Hedlund, and Domhnall Gleeson. This looks to be a sure contender for award season and could bag Jolie her first Oscar as a director.


Bonus: Mortdecai (2015)

One of the films to look out for next year is Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp in the title role. Based on a series of novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli about the adventures of an aristocratic art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai and his manservant Jock. The film also features Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn. The film looks like it could be the next Austin Powers. Not sure whether this will be good or not but you can decide for yourself when it is released in February next year.

Looking through this list it is shocking to see the amazing talent that we have last since production of these films wrapped. James Galdolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman and the recent tragic death of Robin Williams. Thanks to the movies these actors have gained a sort of immortality reserved for a few.

The months ahead have some great movies. What are you looking forward to see? and is there anything not on this list that should be added? Feel free to comment below.

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