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The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

by The Playlist Staff
January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014 (part 2)

Last week we brought you numbers 100-51 of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014. And while we still have several other look-ahead-to-2014 pieces in the works for the coming days, like a Sundance preview along with a rundown of potential lowlights, today we get on to the section that really matters—the top 50 2014 films we're looking forward to most. It's a mouthwatering selection that convinces us once again that we collectively have the greatest job in the world, and has us antsy for the January doldrums to get gone, so let's dive straight in, shall we? 

Previously on 100-51: So we survived the Year of Survival Movies, overfed ourselves on a glut of films about American excess, somehow struggled on while previous colossi of our movie world (Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Johnny Depp) came a cropper with underperforming tentpoles—folks, we made it through the cinematic year of 2013 and out the other side (all our Best of 2013 coverage so far). And here, at the brave new birth of the squalling, pink-faced 2014, we put aside thoughts of the year just passed and turn our faces toward what’s to come.

And yes, there’s an embarrassment of riches, quite aside from the cinematic returns of Christopher Nolan, Andersons Wes and Paul Thomas, David Fincher, Terrence Malick and Lars von Trier among many others. You may notice last year, we made two lists, including one with a more “escapist/popcorn” bent. This year we’re streamlining our format a bit by compiling one master list of the 100 films we're most looking forward to, regardless of their budget or provenance, so teensy independents rub shoulders with mega-budgeted blockbusters, only ranked by how much collective Playlist drool has been spilled in anticipation. Here’s the first part of that countdown, from 100-51; stay tuned for part 2 on Monday of next week.

Kristen Wiig

100. “Welcome to Me”
Synopsis: A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery, goes off her meds and uses her winnings to fund a cable access talk show, which she hosts and uses to talk about her own life.
What You Need To Know: Starring Kristen Wiig, produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and directed by McKay’s wife Shira Piven (“Fully Loaded”), “Welcome to Me” also stars James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Alan Tudyk, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ferrell himself. The film, written by Eliot Laurence, is above its breezy logline reportedly designed as an examination of society’s obsession with fame.
Why Is It Anticipated: Following on from her game-changing success with “Bridesmaids” Kristen Wiig actually took it a bit easier than, say, fellow alum Melissa McCarthy, in making her next major move, and aside from last year’s disappointing “Girl Most Likely” has mostly shown up recently in supporting roles from “Despicable Me 2” to “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” But this film, coming from the Ferrell/McKay stable, seems perfectly tailored for her talents, and is apparently, despite the stacked cast, very closely focused on her character, which will be an interesting challenge for an actress who has generally been more of an ensemble player. The only red flags are that it's described as a dramedy rather than an out-and-out comedy, a tone that can be hard to nail, and that Piven is relatively untested as a director. So it's a somewhat risky proposition, but our fingers are crossed.
Release Date: None assigned yet, but the film shot late summer 2013 and has already picked up a Canadian distributor so we expect a date soon.

Sophie Okonedo

99. "War Book"
Synopsis: The aftermath of a major nuclear attack, told through the political backrooms of London.
What You Need To Know: 2009's "Scouting Book For Boys" was seen by almost no-one (the film never got a U.S. release), but we've been making noise about it for a long time; it was one of the best British films of the last few years, and suggested the arrival of serious new talents in director Tom Harper and writer Jack Thorne (who also has "A Long Way Down" coming this year). Very quietly, last year saw the pair reteam for this political thriller, which promises to be a "Fail Safe"-style look at a nuclear disaster, and features an excellent ensemble cast including Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ("Misfits"), Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda"), Ben Chaplin ("The Truth About Cats And Dogs"), Kerry Fox ("Shallow Grave"), Adeel Akhtar ("Four Lions"), Anthony Sher ("The Wolfman") and Phoebe Fox (the upcoming "The Woman In Black: The Angel Of Death," also directed by Harper).
Why It's Anticipated: This kind of what-if political docu-drama is right up our street, so we'd be excited about it anyway, but that it reteams Harper and Thorne makes it even more enticing. That the cast pairs both veterans like Okonedo, Kerry Fox and Sher with exciting newcomers like Stewart-Jarrett, Akhtar and Phoebe Fox means this should be full of strong performances too. This might be under-the-radar at the moment, but we definitely think it's worth keeping an eye on.
Release Date: SXSW or even Tribeca could be a possibility, but a bow at the London Film Festival in October is probably more likely.

Tina Fey

98. "This Is Where I Leave You"
Synopsis: An argumentative Jewish family reunite to honor their late father's wish that they sit shiva for a week to mourn his passing.
What You Need To Know: The family reunion movie is more or less played out, and one directed by Shawn Levy ("Night At the Museum," "Date Night," "The Internship") isn't exactly a way to get our attention. But this is based on an acclaimed best-seller by writer Jonathan Tropper and has an absolutely killer cast for this sort of thing: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll play the squabbling siblings, with Jane Fonda as their mother, while Connie Britton, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Spencer, Ben Schwartz and Dax Shepard make up their various partners and loved ones.
Why It's Anticipated: Again, Levy's career to date has not been especially rewarding, but there have been more positive signs of change: "Real Steel" was certainly his best work so far, and he was a producer on the acclaimed "The Spectacular Now." More importantly, there's a specificity to the set-up here that will hopefully make it less bland than, say, "The Family Stone." More importantly, there's that cast, which gives overdue showcases to the likes of Driver, Stoll, Hahn and Britton, who've been wowing in indies or on the small screen but should get some mainstream attention here. With this many talented people on screen, we'd watch the end result even if Uwe Boll was directing.
Release Date: September 12, 2014

Jersey Boys

97. "Jersey Boys"
Synopsis: Musical based on the lives and careers of legendary music group The Four Seasons.
What You Need To Know: Sooner or later, every filmmaker seems to get the itch to work on a musical. Clint Eastwood got to it late—by the time his is released, he'll have just turned 84—but he's finally done it, with this adaptation of the long-running Broadway smash built around the music, and careers, of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Picked up by Eastwood and Warners when Universal put Jon Favreau's version into turnaround, Eastwood has cast it mostly with unknowns, with the Tony-award winning John Lloyd Young (who won his award for the stage version in 2006) reprising his role as Valli. The biggest name otherwise is Christopher Walken, playing a mobster. Fingers crossed he gets to sing at some point...
Why It's Anticipated: You might not have stars, but when you have solid gold hits like the ones knocked out by the Four Seasons, who needs them? The stage show is definitely one of the more effective of this kind of jukebox musical, and while Eastwood doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for something like this (remember "Paint Your Wagon"...), he's been wanting to scratch this itch for a while (he's spent a few years planning a remake of "A Star Is Born" that didn't come to pass), and last time he did anything close, it was "Bird," one of the best films of his career.
Release Date: June 20, 2014

Michel Hazanavicius

96. "The Search"
Synopsis: In war-torn Chechnya, a woman working for a charity tries to help a young boy reunite with his family.
What You Need To Know: Having blown up with the surprise silent hit "The Artist," winning a Best Director Oscar (and another for the film itself), French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius had the world at his feet, but didn't immediately launch into a new project. Then, a few months back, it turned out that he'd secretly already started filming on his semi-remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 weepie "The Search." A move away from the mostly comedic work he's known for, this version updates the setting to the war in Chechnya, with Hazanavicius' wife Berenice Bejo taking the lead role and Annette Bening in support.
Why It's Anticipated: The domination of "The Artist" during the awards season two years back meant it attracted its fair share of backlash, but when you step away from all that, it's still a gorgeous and moving piece of work, and more than enough reason to get excited about whatever Hazanavicius does next. There were certainly chunks of melodrama in "The Artist," so this isn't a departure in the way that it seems initially, either. And after Bejo's brilliant performance in "The Past," we're excited to see her get another meaty role to stick her teeth into. Certainly not one to be underestimated.
Release Date: None yet, but it's a fair bet that Hazanavicius could return to Cannes if the film is done in time.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx

95. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Synopsis: As Spider-Man negotiates the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of being a superhero, greater conflicts lie ahead in the form of super villains threatening to ruin New York.
What You Need To Know: The official synopsis for the film is either purposefully vague and mysterious or what many already fear: this sequel could suffer from “Spider-Man 3”-itis, an overkill of villains in a jumbled plot. This time around Spider-Man faces a bevy of new baddies including Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Green Goblin/Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), who was also the Green Goblin in the comics (and played by Willem Dafoe in the Sam Raimi series). The fear on top of bad guy overflow is middle chapter-itis: the serialization of movies that makes for episodes instead of self-contained stories is also worrisome considering this franchise seems to be building towards a Sinister Six movie/showdown.
Why Is It Anticipated: This is a very good question and one we’ve asked ourselves. “The Amazing Spider-Man” wasn’t particularly good, but Marc Webb is a talented director and the aforementioned cast of enemies plus Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone—if this were some drama, we’d be salivating at the mouth, frankly. And so while villain superfluity and “episode 2” issues are a strong possibility, the cast (which also includes Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore and Sally Field) makes us feel tentatively optimistic. After "Star Trek Into Darkness" however, the writers (Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner) do make our concerns feel justified.
Release Date: May 2, 2014

The Giver

94. “The Giver”
Synopsis: A child learns that he’s the product of a dystopian future world and must learn the truth before he becomes a part of a restricted, colorless adult life.
What You Need To Know: Lois Lowry’s “The Giver,” for those of you who had more adventurous high school English curricula, is one of the touchstones of classic young adult literature. The likelihood is that the book is a product of the post-“Twilight” YA movement, but this is less “Divergent” and more like “Ender’s Game,” a long-in-the-works adaptation of fairly brainy, low-key subject matter designed to give kids a chance to think twice and ask questions of society, not dodge fireballs and sell Happy Meals. Unlike “Ender’s Game,” there’s really not many ways to gussy this material up with distracting special effects and crowd-pleasing action sequences. However, Taylor Swift is in it.
Why Is It Anticipated: There seems to be a trial-and-error process in selecting the proper filmmaker for these properties, but Philip Noyce is probably one of the better selections. Noyce is a restless filmmaker with endless intellectual energy, and though his last film was the dopey “Salt,” he gave that action script a socio-political insight that would have been absent from another director’s version. We expect the same attention to detail here, particularly with a cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Alexander Skarsgård. But again, Taylor Swift is in it too.
Release Date: August 15, 2014 

Dark Places Charlize Theron

93. Dark Places
Synopsis: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.
What You Need To Know: 2014’s other Gillian Flynn adaptation (aside from David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”) may have a less well-known director at the helm (“Sarah’s Key” director Gilles Paquet-Brenner) but the cast definitely matches that of its higher-profile rival. Led by Charlize Theron (in a role originally rumored for Amy Adams, to give you an idea of the caliber of talent that’s always circled this project), the ensemble also includes our “House of Cards” favorite breakout, Corey Stoll, as the brother serving a life sentence, alongside Tye Sheridan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Hoult, Christina Hendricks and Sterling Jerins.
Why Is It Anticipated: Dark Places” has a stacked cast, a promising director and a salacious-sounding premise which has potential to be a twisty, grimy psychological thriller provided its more sensationalist aspects (Satanic cults; amateur crime solvers; recovered memories) are treated with a degree of restraint. Whatever you may think of Flynn’s writing, there’s no doubt she knows her way around a sticky, twisty plotline, and if that translates as well as it can to the screen, there’s quite the potential here for something taut, gripping and dark.
Release Date: September 5, 2014. If it sticks, then it will get out of the gate a month before “Gone Girl”—traditionally a wise strategy for the lower profile of two similar, easily bracketed properties.


92. "Sabotage"
Synopsis: When millions of dollars go missing from a drug bust, members of an elite DEA strike team start being picked off, one by one.
What You Need To Know: People haven't necessarily been going to see his movies, but Arnie's comeback is going pretty well: "The Last Stand" was his best movie since "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," and he gives one of his best performances in "Escape Plan." In "Sabotage," the Austrian oak teams up with director David Ayer, who's coming hot off his acclaimed "End of Watch" for a hard-boiled actioner whodunnit. His team involves a veritable who's who of cinematic ass-kickers, including Sam Worthington and his ridiculous beard, Joe Mangianello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Max Martini and  Mireille Enos, who seems to be relishing the chance to play something other than the stricken wife she was stuck with in "Gangster Squad" and "World War Z," while Olivia Williams also gets a welcome chance to play the action star (with a badass accent).
Why It's Anticipated: Ayer specializes in tough cops doing tough things, and while it hasn't always worked, he's always had an ear for the camaraderie of dangerous men, and "End of Watch" was a big step up for him as a director. He's got the more promising "Fury" in the can (more on that tomorrow), but this actually looks like a decent bit of fun.
Release Date: April 11, 2014

Josh Brolin Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

91. “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
Synopsis: A prequel to 2005’s “Sin City,” the story follows Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) and his dangerous relationship with the seductive Ava Lord (Eva Green).
What You Need to Know: Since the success of “Sin City,” fans have clamored for a sequel, and director Robert Rodriguez has certainly taken his sweet time bringing it. The movie completed principle photography back in October 2012 and was set for release in August 2013. Rodriguez had plans to release it alongside “Machete Kills,” but had issues with post-production, moving 'A Dame to Kill For' to October 2013 instead. At the eleventh hour, Rodriguez still couldn’t wrap up the massive CGI post-production on the film and pushed it back an entire year to August 2014.
Why Is It Anticipated: Regardless of the various setbacks, there’s a reason to hold tight to this movie being awesome. 'A Dame to Kill For' is grittier, bloodier, and a far better story than the various ones utilized in “Sin City,” although the original is still great. The villainous Ava Lord is one of the most disturbing female villains and played by Eva Green, expect fireworks. The cast is also rounded out by returning cast Jessica Alba, Jaime King, and Bruce Willis, on top of newcomers like the aforementioned Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Juno Temple.
Release Date: August 22, 2014

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  • Niks | June 3, 2014 7:17 AMReply

    Cool post

  • The Rook | May 26, 2014 2:08 PMReply

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  • Erin | April 29, 2014 6:31 PMReply

    "Principal" photography, re: Sin City.

  • ashley | August 25, 2014 9:36 AM


  • hi | April 16, 2014 4:28 AMReply

    your bad as

  • Ashley | March 24, 2014 8:09 PMReply

    Where... Is... Divergent?

  • ras | March 9, 2014 5:11 AMReply

    it's sad when only 1 film out of 100 of the "most anticipated of 2014" features people of color. it's even more ludicrous when biblical stories, that if portrayed accurately would feature people of color prominently, boasts all white casts. can't help but be amazed at how comfortably hollywood perpetuates institutional __(fill in the blank)__. hollywood REALLY has to do better. and so do you, playlist staff.

  • M. | February 25, 2014 6:56 PMReply

    Inherent Vice will probably win Best Picture, Best Director, not unless David Fincher dominates the competition away, somehow I see that happening?
    I'm calling Steve Carrell for Best Actor now.

  • 89 | February 21, 2014 9:36 AMReply

    Great list. Nice to see at least there's someone who doesn't cram their top 10 with superhero flicks...

  • Cfmgirl | February 15, 2014 10:53 PMReply

    Divergent, anybody? They're keeping it secret, son not many people know about it, but believe me it'll leave you stunned.

  • Paul | February 17, 2014 9:30 PM

    I have heard, from multiple sources, that it is terrible.

  • Danny | February 8, 2014 7:12 PMReply

    To the writer about the movie Noah,the Bible is not and should never be referred to as mythology!

  • kyle | February 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    anything in the bible proven as facts or mere fairly tales & mythology?

  • Reifer | February 6, 2014 2:41 PMReply

    Will MGM's "Creed" being helmed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan (Fruivale Station) come out this year? Thats my indie-to-mainstream director (Coogler) turn that I'm anticipating.

  • John | February 17, 2014 9:15 PM

    Highly doubtful. Jordan is filming Fantastic Four before anything else.

  • Brett | January 24, 2014 2:14 PMReply

    I don't get Terrence Malick and how he's suddenly trying to overwhelm us with projects. I'll tell you this, though. He picked the wrong year to do it.

  • erica | January 19, 2014 1:35 PMReply

    Hello !
    Dom Hemingway

  • Siga | January 15, 2014 2:50 PMReply

    wow wow just a minute i did not see one black star list in this lot as again black stars gone missing in action well as for me i am a syfy buff so i will end up watching a few fantasy and syfy most of the rest can go scatter in the wind. WHERE ARE THE BLACK ANTICIPATED MOVIES

  • - | January 14, 2014 5:00 PMReply

    Got to be Inherent Vice for me. Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson collaborating again would've been enough on its own, never mind the rest of that cast. Jesus.
    Then I'd say Interstellar, Grand Budapest Hotel and Gone Girl.

  • Josh Labron | January 11, 2014 11:27 PMReply

    What was so bad about The Amazing Spider-Man? I thought it was excellent

  • JAB | January 11, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    "Interstellar" far & away tops my list of 2014's films to see. My favorite sci-fi movies have posed deep philosophical/metaphysical/existential questions. "2001", (the often overlooked) "Contact" & "Bladerunner" are not exactly popcorn movies. This could be Nolan's (the Nolans') swing for the galaxies. Look at the mind bending "Inception".
    I was hoping "Gravity" would've been more like this like Cuaron's excellent "Children Of Men".

  • Max | January 10, 2014 1:18 PMReply

    I was looking for Mad Max but then I remembered. 2015 : /

  • Daniel | January 10, 2014 1:47 AMReply

    Edge of Tomorrow. Why didn't they just make this 'Groundhog Day' rip-off with Bill Murray, as the next long-wanted 'Ghostbusters?'

  • Daniel | January 10, 2014 1:44 AMReply

    Jupiter Ascending. 'A young woman discovers that she shares the same DNA as the Queen Of The Universe, and goes on the run with a genetically engineered former soldier who's part wolf.
    Wreck it Ralph. A young video game girl who shares the same DNA as the monarch of a video game universe, and goes on a race with the help of a former video game character who's part super-strong mutant.

    I liked the second, a lot. WIW
    Will not care for the first. JA

  • Daniel | January 10, 2014 1:35 AMReply

    'Inexperienced superhero' is an oxymoron. You mean 'inexperienced soon-to-be superheroes'. For "Big Hero 6". One needs experience to be labeled a hero of any kind.

  • Addy | January 8, 2014 9:15 PMReply

    I agree with SARAHB.

    One film I am anticipating that isn't on this list is "Repentance" with Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Sanaa Lathan, and Mike Epps.

    Dear Indiewire editors, the existence of affiliate "Shadow and Act" does not mean films of that or any other diaspora do not need to be represented on your site. Thank you.

  • RPG | January 8, 2014 1:22 AMReply

    It's "Maps to the Stars." Plural, not singular.

  • SarahB | January 7, 2014 11:33 PMReply

    I wish I could say that I was surprised by the glaring lack of diversity in the casts for these films. A list of 100 2014 releases and outside the few shot in Asia, none have non-white leads. Judging by these casts one would think that talented black, Latin, Arab, Indian, and Asian actors do not exist in the West.

  • Just Shut Up. | January 10, 2014 3:29 AM

    jesus christ, Sarah, just shut up please?

  • Michael | January 7, 2014 2:56 PMReply

    Really excited for Sils Maria, Binoche is one of my favourites actress and it will be great to see her with Kristen Stewart who is on my radar. I think is almost sure Sils Maria is going to Cannes.

    Waiting for The Rover too. An original, interesting movie with a great cast and a wonderful director. Not sure if is going to Cannes, but Tiff almost sure.

  • lol | January 8, 2014 2:12 PM

    I'm almost sure that The Rover or Maps To The Stars will be screened at Cannes,but Sils Maria probably is going to Venice.No need drama at Cannes.I hope.

  • Maria | January 7, 2014 3:29 PM

    Agree with you. Sils and The Rover are two of the bt movies to look forward to this 2014 with Midnight Special.

  • Suzan | January 7, 2014 3:12 PM

    I think the same, Sils is almost sue to go to Cannes because of the movie itself, the director, the kind of movie, frgeting it was filmed in Germany, France and some other place I don't remember now.
    The Rover I really hope to see it in Cannes. And I think its possible, Map to the stars is kind of overrated,personally not looking forward it.

  • h | January 7, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    What happened to the The young and prodigious T.S. Spivet?

  • j | January 7, 2014 10:21 AMReply

    Great article guys, thanks.

  • cirkusfolk | January 7, 2014 9:58 AMReply

    Comon, not to mention the new Transformers anywhere in the article is too snobbish even by my standards. The fact they dropped Douche Lebouf and now have Mark Wahlberg is reason enough to see it regardless of your feelings about the first three. Also, where is Zero Theorem?

  • cirkusfolk | January 7, 2014 10:12 AM

    Ok. I see where you mentioned Terry Gilliam in the last sentence along with David Gordon Green for Joe.

  • cirkusfolk | January 7, 2014 10:02 AM

    Also worth mentioning, Dom Hemingway, Horrible Bosses 2 and The Equalizer.

  • annie | January 7, 2014 9:25 AMReply

    Calling it now: Inherent Vice will this year`s biggest disappointment.

  • joe | January 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    calling it now the best of the decade

  • Lenz | January 7, 2014 5:45 AMReply

    Godard's Farewell to Language 3D.

  • Marko | January 7, 2014 2:53 AMReply

    Definitely the most comprehensive anticipated list out there. Many thanks.

    If anyone's interested, feel free to check out my top 70 for 2014. I put down a couple not listed here on Indiewire, eg. BODY ART (Luca Guadagnino/Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant, David Cronenberg & Sigourney Weaver) and JOURNEY TO THE WEST (Tsai Ming-Liang/Denis Lavant & Kang-Sheng Lee):

  • George | January 7, 2014 1:54 AMReply

    We all know how many sequels and remakes are made every year, but there are very few on this list. Of course that's a good thing but...

    How many films are being made in 2014?!?!?!?!

  • Justin | January 6, 2014 9:37 PMReply

    Really surprised Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert didn't make this list. It starts shooting next week.

    I'm assuming the writers here think it's going to be a 2015 release.

  • Something | January 6, 2014 8:47 PMReply

    Nice list
    *see Emma Stone*

  • biguy | January 6, 2014 8:38 PMReply


  • hy | January 6, 2014 8:28 PMReply

    Joe Wright's "A Season in the Congo"?

  • oogle monster | January 6, 2014 8:25 PMReply

    Did you guys put together this list earlier in the year? B/c you write of Blue Jasmine as if it is still playing in theaters.... what gives?

  • silky | January 6, 2014 6:47 PMReply

    How does Maze Runner come in the top 20 of most anticipated movies of 2014, but not crack the top 100 here.


  • Eddy Q | January 6, 2014 4:58 PMReply

    How does Liv Ullmann's adaptation of a famous Strindberg play starring Jessica Chastain not get in the top 10, let alone top 100?

  • Dan | January 6, 2014 4:30 PMReply

    Greaaaat feature, love you guys for having Inherent Vice as number 1 anticipated film. Also heavily intrigued by Richard Linklater's Boyhood because simply the man is a genius. And If Midnight Special ends up coming out next year I will run up and down the streets with excitement.

  • Mi | January 6, 2014 4:05 PMReply

    Child 44 has nothing to do with Chinatown or Zodiac,it would be close to Citizen X with Stephen Rea,telling the story of Russian,rather Ukrainian serial killer.Anyway I can't wait to see how director has adapted the book,wonder if they used the motif of The Great Famine in Ukraine 1932-1933 to describe the roots of the leading man.

  • S8429 | January 6, 2014 3:32 PMReply

    YES to Kill the Messenger!!!

  • jackie | January 8, 2014 9:12 AM

    Interesting story, love Renner and he has pulled together a great supporting cast. I am excited about this one.

  • Tiny Pixie | January 6, 2014 3:01 PMReply

    Looks like you named just about every single release for 2014, not the most anticipated.

  • Puly1333 | January 6, 2014 3:00 PMReply

    Kristen Wiig is overrated and Birdsmaid, that many people called "the hangover with women" is also very overrrated. The movie follows the same scheme, clichés and common places than any other ordinary Ben Stiller comedy... It was a big disappointment :(

  • Pleed | January 6, 2014 2:59 PMReply

    What about Zwick's Pawn Sacrifice? Steven Knight wrote it, so I have faith in it even if Zwick is somewhat of a hack.

  • PLEED | January 6, 2014 8:51 PM

    @UUUU Good performance, but I vastly prefer his work in The Departed that same year.

  • UUUU | January 6, 2014 8:45 PM

    Thoughts on Leo Dicaprio in Blood Diamond?

  • Jun | January 6, 2014 2:30 PMReply

    Sils Maria sounds very intriguing. Binoche and Stewart are 2 of my favorites.

    The Cameron Crowe film sounds really lame. Emma Stone as an air force pilot? Haaaaaa!

  • James | January 6, 2014 6:26 PM

    I love Emma Stone and I love Cameron Crowe, but airforce pilot made me go "huh"? I'm more excited for Stone in Birdman though---that sounds more interesting tbh.

  • Christian | January 6, 2014 2:27 PMReply

    My most anticipated films of 2014:

    THE ROVER (David Michôd)
    INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    KNIGHT OF CUPS (Terence Malick)
    INTERSTELLAR (Christopher Nolan)
    TRANSCENDENCE (Wally Pfister)
    NOAH (Darren Aronofsky)
    HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER (Ryan Gosling)
    MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (Jeff Nichols)
    ANIMAL RESCUE (Michaël R. Roskam)
    EXODUS (Ridley Scott)
    CHILD 44 (Daniel Espinosa)

    ...and (assuming it's released)
    Michael Mann's cyber project

  • PRESIDENT MAO | January 6, 2014 1:51 PMReply

    Iñarritu is one of the most overrated hacks in this business. I keep my fingers crossed Birdman doesn't include a racist white cop, a poor inmigrant guy with cancer or subtitles in a foreign language...

  • fidas | January 6, 2014 6:28 AMReply

    hey man!!!

  • fidas | January 6, 2014 5:11 AMReply

    This film is very unusual for me.

  • Gerard Kennelly | January 5, 2014 3:06 AMReply

    awesome list!

  • jrose | January 3, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    With all due respect, listing "the 100 most anticipated films of 2014" is a bit like listing "the 100 best films of 2013".

  • Emil | January 3, 2014 3:29 AMReply

    What are the films in the title picture of this article? Obviously Hobbit is the top right one

  • Chris | January 3, 2014 6:12 PM

    Yeah, what's that one in the bottom left? Some flamboyant thug in a red costume picking on a poor homeless man? A homeless man with GLASSES, in fact! Really can't imagine what "anticipated" movie that would be from.

  • Farza | January 3, 2014 6:57 AM

    Read through the feature and you should be able to tell.

  • Oogle monster | January 2, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    BIG EYES should be higher up. And as much as I wanted Michelle Williams to win an Oscar for BLUE VALENTINE, I am all for Amy Adams and Charlize Theron running circles around her next year. She was truly obnoxious to watch in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and I realized how devoid of a personality she appears to be.

  • benxpete | January 4, 2014 9:27 PM

    Ouch! Loved her in My Week with Marilyn, and she should have won the Oscar over Streep. At least she got the Golden Globe for her role in the "hilarious comedy."

  • Chris | January 2, 2014 3:34 PMReply

    You're actually going to make the argument that "The Last Stand" is better than "True Lies"? By all means, please elaborate.

  • Chris | January 3, 2014 11:46 AM

    You're going to have to do better than that, Wade Gustafson.

  • Wade Gustafson | January 3, 2014 8:52 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, the uber-creepy misogyny that's played for a chuckle fest of side-splitting hilarity in True Lies might count against it.

  • bohmer | January 2, 2014 5:13 PM

    Yeah please do so, that ought to be entertaining!

  • Alan B | January 2, 2014 3:14 PMReply

    I used to exist, now I don't.

  • andreas | January 31, 2014 8:55 AM

    Hope 2014 will be better as 2013 concerning movie releases. here is a list of already released

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