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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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Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s BIRDMAN.

10. "Birdman"
Synopsis: An actor best known for playing a superhero in movies tries to mount a Broadway play.
What You Need To Know: Comedy and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu are not two things that have traditionally gone together before now: the Mexican director's work, on "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful," has been gorgeous, but pretty bleak. So it's exciting to see him take a left-turn with this original comedy, which sees Michael Keaton (completing a comeback year that also sees him crop up in "RoboCop" and "Need For Speed") riffing on his own Bat-persona in a lo-fi comedy backed by Fox Searchlight.
Why Is It Anticipated: Well, it's a great premise, and set photos and the like have made this look pretty hilarious. Keaton's been long overdue for a comeback, and should get a doozy of a role here, and he's joined by a killer cast that also includes Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Merritt Weaver and Andrea Riseborough. Perhaps more than anything, though, we're excited to see what Inarritu can do when he lets his funny bone lead the way. Keep your "Captain America" and "Spider-Man" and all, this is the most anticipated superhero-related movie of the year, and in case you need convincing: these photos.
Release Date: None given yet, but given that both "Babel" and "Biutiful" premiered on the Croisette, Cannes would seem to be a good bet.


9. "Noah"
Synopsis: An ordinary man is warned that God is planning a great flood to wipe out sinful mankind, and builds an enormous ark to save his family, and two of every animal.
What You Need To Know: When your little $15 million art/exploitation movie goes on to win a Best Picture nomination, a Best Actress Oscar, and $300 million worldwide, you pretty much get to do whatever you want for your next move. And for Darren Aronofsky, after "Black Swan," that next move was passion project "Noah," a mega-budget retelling of the Biblical epic of floods and animals (latest pics here). Russell Crowe takes the lead role, with Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth also on board, and ILM handling the effects (including one shot that's allegedly the most complex in the company's history)
Why It's Anticipated: Look, we know there's a lot of skepticism around the trailer in some circles, which doesn't do the film a lot of favors, certainly. But this is still Darren Aronofsky with near-unlimited resources, and that's surely something to be excited about. Plus the word is that the script is more out-there than the promo makes it look, delving into serious Old Testament mythology, with giant angels and the like, which is much more interesting than the straight story we're being sold. Aronofsky and the studio are apparently feuding over the final cut, which some might take as a bad sign, but something we actually take as rather encouraging. If he gets his way anyhow...
Release Date: March 28, 2014

Noah Baumbach

8. "While We're Young"
Synopsis: A fortysomething couple befriend a younger, hipper pair of twentysomethings.
What You Need To Know: Noah Baumbach's clearly going through a fruitful period: he doesn't just have that second collaboration with Greta Gerwig, a currently untitled film which featured in Part 1 of this list) but also a bigger, more high-profile Scott Rudin-produced picture called "While We're Young." It's been in the works for a while (Cate Blanchett, James Franco and Gerwig were all attached to an earlier iteration), but finally got before cameras late last year, with "Greenberg" star Ben Stiller returning, Naomi Watts as his wife, and Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried playing the younger couple. The cast also includes Brady Corbet, Charles Grodin, "Starlet" breakout Dree Hemingway, and Beastie Boys' Adam Horowitz.
Why It's Anticipated: While "Frances Ha" might have loosened Baumbach up, we're intrigued to see how this project, written after "Greenberg" and sounding closer to that film or "The Squid And The Whale," turns out, given that he made two more run-and-gun features in the meantime. The subject matter sounds prime Baumbach territory, and the cast have either been provably great under his direction (Stiller, Driver), or seem like they'd be right at home (Watts, Seyfried, Corbet). There's the risk that it turns out as prickly and navel-gazing as "Greenberg" ultimately did, but Baumbach's success rate is high enough that we're willing to take the chance
Release Date: Shot late in 2013, so the fall festivals—TIFF most likely—are probable.

Gone Girl Ben Affleck

7. "Gone Girl"
Synopsis: Nick and Amy Dunne are seemingly the perfect couple, but when she disappears suddenly, Nick becomes the prime suspect. Could he have killed her? Or is the truth far more twisted?
What You Need To Know: After a frustrating few years which saw David Fincher try to mount his version of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" only for Disney to get budget shy, the director makes his return with a film that, like his last effort, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," adapts an acclaimed water-cooler paperback thriller hit. Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" was a genuine literary phenomenon, and it's quite the coup that the adaptation (written by Flynn herself) landed Fincher as a director. His usual A-grade creative team are in place, with a somewhat eccentric cast involved: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike take the leads, with Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson, Missi Pyle and the girl from the "Blurred Lines" video joining them. And Fincher's famously exacting shooting style is reportedly back in play and then some.
Why It's Anticipated: Two words: David Fincher. Don't get us wrong, we'd rather he was doing something more self-generated, rather than another director-for-hire gig, but if anyone can make the page-turner book's tricksy structure and unsympathetic characters work as a feature, it's probably him. And while the casting is undeniably, uh, eclectic (Doogie Howser! Madea!), we're certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here, especially with such strong material to work from. We're especially jazzed about the chance to see Rosamund Pike, an oft-undervalued actress, get such a huge opportunity as this one.
Release Date: October 3, 2014. Could pop up at TIFF or NYFF before then, depending on its awards prospects.


6. Nymphomaniac
Synopsis: After being found beaten in an alleyway, a woman relates her sexual life, from birth to her 50s.
What You Need To Know: After the fuss that greeted his comments at the Cannes Film Festival while promoting "Melancholia," Lars von Trier double-downed in the truest possible sense, with the film that could be his magnum opus: a two-part epic of explicit sexuality and provocation, released in two-parts (with a more explicit, uncut five hour+ take to follow later in the year). Charlotte Gainsbourg takes the lead role, with newcomer Stacy Martin as the younger version of the character, and an all-star cast including Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBoeuf, Uma Thurman, Jamie Bell, Udo Kier, Willem Dafoe, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen and many more are also along for the... fun?
Why It's Anticipated: Von Trier isn't to everyone's taste, but no one fills that button-pushing trickster void better than he does, and there's no doubt that this is likely to be one of the talking points of moviegoing in 2014. While the things he puts his characters through can sometimes be questioned, there's no doubt that Von Trier is one of the best directors of women working, and we feel like we can trust him to tell a story like this without becoming too leery or male-gaze-y. Early footage and reviews indicate that this is more or less what you're expecting, with Von Trier's signature style blown up even larger, and your reaction to that will probably dictate how you feel about the finished product. But we're excited, ourselves.
Release Date: The shorter version of the Part One has already started rolling out around Europe, but it arrives on VOD in the U.S. on March 6, 2014, before hitting theaters on March 21st, while Part Two is in homes April 3rd, and in theaters April 18th. The uncut version Volume One premieres at Berlin in February, with Volume Two widely expected to land at Cannes.


5. "Foxcatcher"
Synopsis: The true story of schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont, who backed the U.S. Olympic wrestling team and whose friendship with gold-medal-winning brothers Dave and Mark Schultz ended in tragedy.
What You Need To Know: Having had a huge success with another dark true story of murder and obsession with 2005's "Capote," director Bennett Miller (and co-writer Dan Futterman) returns to similar territory with this remarkable true story. Channing Tatum (in probably his biggest test as a dramatic actor yet) and Mark Ruffalo play the wrestling brothers, while Steve Carell, almost unrecognizable under prosthetics, has a potentially career-changing role as du Pont, with Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave making up the rest of the cast. We nearly saw this already: it was meant to screen at the AFI Festival before going on release last month, and it had always been high on our list of anticipated Fall 2013 movies but was pulled late in the day, with Miller apparently needing more time to finish the film (though we suspect a crowded Oscar slate might have had something to do with it too).
Why Is It Anticipated: He might have two Best Picture nominations for two films, but Bennett Miller remains somewhat underrated: he doesn't have the same fanbase as some of his contemporaries, perhaps because so much time passed between "Capote" and "Moneyball," despite both being remarkable pieces of work. Still, Megan Ellison knows what's up: her Annapurna Pictures backed "Foxcatcher," and there's every reason to think that this can sit alongside the company's prior slate of "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Master," "Spring Breakers," "Her" and co. The trailer that leaked a few months back looked very special indeed, and the team that Miller assembled (including great DoP Greig Fraser) is impeccable. Whenever this lands, we'll be there.
Release Date: This is presumably close to completion, so Cannes could be viable, but Sony Pictures Classics may want to wait until closer to Oscar season.

Knight Of Cups Christian Bale Natalie Portman skip crop

4. “Knight Of Cups”/”Untitled Austin Music Scene Movie”/”Voyage Of Time
Synopsis: Knight Of Cups”: A story of a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.
Untitled Austin Music Scene Movie”: The film follows two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.
Voyage Of Time”: An examination of the birth and death of the known universe.
What You Need To Know: For “Knight Of Cups” and the Austin movie, there’s the stacked cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Isabelle Lucas plus a zillion more, not to mention the music cameos in the Austin movie), the mystery of who will survive to the final films (even Christian Bale has said he’s likely not in the music movie) and the eternal question of when Malick will actually be finished with them. The recent hire of composer Hanan Townshend to score ‘Knights’ suggests perhaps that one will get out of the gate first. As for “Voyage Of Time,” the documentary has been literally years in the making, but a recent lawsuit looks like it might be arriving close to a settlement, so that’s encouraging news.
Why Is It Anticipated: Because it’s Terrence Malick, who is in the midst of one of his most prolific periods in his career.
Release Date: Whenever Malick feels like it, but surely one of these is going to arrive sooner rather than later?

Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes

3. "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Synopsis: In a legendary hotel in a fictional European country between the wars, a young lobby boy falls under the spell of a famous concierge, amid plots of murder, art theft and squabbling families.
What You Need To Know: The early months of the year are so often lacking in quality fare, but this year, we're getting some Wes Anderson in the first quarter to brighten things up: his latest opens the Berlin Film Festival in February before opening in theaters at the start of March. The Anderson all-stars have been assembled, with Ralph Fiennes (replacing Johnny Depp, who bailed for “Transcendence”) leading a cast that includes veterans like Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and Owen Wilson, and newcomers Saoirse Ronan, Jude Law, Lea Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric and F. Murray Abraham, among many others.
Why Is It Anticipated: The director’s last film, "Moonrise Kingdom" stands with "Rushmore" as one of Anderson's finest achievements, and there's no sign of a drop-off here: the film, which nods to Lubitsch and Fritz Lang, looks like an absolute treat, perhaps Anderson's purest comedy in a while, but with signs of substance there as well. We suppose that the potential's there for this to be a bit of a mess, but the film has started screening to a select few and early word is that Anderson's recent run of success continues, and then some. Check out the latest clip here and the full trailer here, in all their glorious Anderson-ness.. .
Release Date: March 7, 2014, after opening Berlin on February 6th.

Interstellar trailer

2. “Interstellar
Synopsis: Scientists attempt to observe a wormhole into another dimension.
What You Need To Know: No less than Steven Spielberg had been toying with this project for years in various stages of development. The shift from Spielberg to Christopher Nolan certainly suggests that a proper focus and big-budget scope is necessary to bring it to the screen, though details are being kept heavily under wraps, and many have conceded that the project now bears very little resemblance to Spielberg’s original ideas (despite Jonathan Nolan being retained as screenwriter). The film is so massive that Warner Bros. needed an assist from Paramount for funding, an exchange that saw the WB grant them the rights to go in on future “Friday The 13th” and “South Park” movies.
Why Is It Anticipated: Batman gave Nolan the license to go HAM on the blockbuster scene, and even his detractors have to note that he’s placed a recognizable stamp on his tentpole efforts, one of the few populist directors working today that can unleash a massive moneymaker in the summer and collect award nominations in the winter. Here he’s working with a decorated cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, Elyes Gabel, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow and Matt Damon joining Nolan regulars Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway. Wormholes are also one of those hard-science ideas that remain exciting and unusual to the layman, so this definitely ain’t gonna be boring, while the tone of the first, brief teaser suggests a certain philosophical/metaphysical aspect too.
Release Date: November 7, 2014

Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice

1. “Inherent Vice
Synopsis: In 1970s Southern California, an inept, pot-addled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of girl who also happens to be a former girlfriend.
What You Need To Know: An adaptation of celebrated novelist Thomas Pynchon’s hilarious freakbeat detective tale, “Inherent Vice” is part noir, part psychedelic romp that unfolds a crime labyrinth for the confused, stoner lead character; a shiftless and goofy dick who gets by on luck and accidents as much as his hazy wits.It's very much “The Big Sleep” meets Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" (another Chandler adaptation) with lots of traces of the doped-up surfer psychedelic milieu of late 1960s Malibu.
Why Is It Anticipated: Well, it’s directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson and it’s the reteaming of PTA and his “The Master” star Joaquin Phoenix. But perhaps most importantly, it could be a massive gear shift for the filmmaker if he sticks to the script (knowing his adaptations, it’s possible he may not). The closest Anderson came to making a comedy was his oddball “romantic comedy” “Punch Drunk Love” and that picture unleashed a looser vibe in his work and shed some of his easier-to-spot influences. “Inherent Vice” could be a Altman-esque riff on the gumshoe drama, but something tells us it’s going to be a little bit odder considering the direction of his work of late,and considering the shoot was, according to Josh Brolin, "absolute fucking chaos" (in a good way). The film has a sprawling cast that includes Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Benicio del Toro and musician Joanna Newsom to name a few, but like “The Master” is littered with relatively unknown actors as well.
Release Date: December 12, which may rule out an early festival bow.

Honorable Mention:
If it seems unwieldy to be anticipating 100 films over the next 365 days, spare a thought for those that didn't make the cut, and marvel at just how many there are: in any given year, there are hundreds of films that are either in the can, being edited, or currently being shot (there are probably 350+ films not even mentioned on this list that are still scheduled to arrive this year). Every new year of cinema promises a bevy of new releases and 2014 is no different, so even beyond our mammoth 2-part list, there’s still so much that we’re curious and intrigued about, even if our expectations are slightly tempered for one reason or another. Here's a quick namecheck of some of those films:

Million Dollar Arm

Fingers Crossed For These Mainstream Releases
Mortdecai” starring Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow is due sometime in 2014 and probably will feel like a glaring omission to some for not being on the proper 100 list, but director David Koepp’s last Depp-starring effort “Secret Window” was a disaster and “Premium Rush” did him few favors in our estimation. Still, it’s a solid cast, so we’ll keep it on the radar. Just missing the top 100 (because if we wrote up everything, we'd be here forever) is Jon Favreau's indie-flavored "Chef" which promises appearances by Favreau himself, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, and John Leguizamo. Also up for consideration and something we're quite keen on is Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy,"  The Weinstein Company’s “St. Vincent” with an eclectic cast of Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Murray and Terrence Howard sure sounds interesting. Other films with locked in 2014 dates we're curious about include Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" starring Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and many others, Miguel Arteta's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with Steve Carrell, "Paddington" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, Million Dollar Arm" with Jon Hamm and Lake Bell, "A Long Way Down" with Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, the "Poltergeist" remake (though that may land in 2015), "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, Elizabeth Banks' raunchy comedy, "Walk Of Shame," Jon Stewart's "Rosewater," "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon and by the director of "Dallas Buyers Club," Stephen Daldry's "Trash" starring Rooney Mara (which again, could be 2015) and several others.

Mia Wasikowska, Madame Bovary

More Auteurs
Further anticipated auteur-driven work includes films by Ken Loach ("Jimmy's Hall" said to be his final film), Christian Petzold ("Phoenix" starring his underrated German muse Nina Hoss), Michael Winterbottom ("The Face Of An Angel" starring 2013 breakout actor Daniel Bruhl), Liv Ullman ("Miss Julie" starring Jessica Chastain) Dylan Kidd ("Get a Job," the long-awaited follow-up to "P.S." starring Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston), Wim Wenders ("Everything Will Be Fine" with James Franco, Rachel McAdams), Alain Resnais ("Life Of Riley"), "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska as directed by "Cold Souls" helmer Sophie Barthes (a potential festival circuit film for sure) and many more.

Low Down

The Sundance Film Festival
Sundance has no shortage of riches, many of which you’ll be hearing about soon, and apart from the half-dozen Utah-bound films we’ve already mentioned in this list, we’re also looking forward to things like “Low Down” starring Elle Fanning, the musical “Song One” with Anne Hathaway as scored by Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, Marjane Satrapi’s “The Voices” starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, Mike Cahill's "I Origins," Jim Mickle's "Cold In July," Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange," Alex Ross Perry's "Listen Up Phillip" starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, the Roger Ebert doc "Life Itself," the Fela Kuti doc by Alex Gibney, new films by Gregg Araki, Jake Paltrow, Joe Swanberg, John Slattery, Adam Wingard, David Cross, Aaron Katz, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and many, many more.

Monsters: The Dark Continent

Under The Radar:
There’s a fair few films that aren’t from especially established names as yet, and aren’t yet slated for a festival like Sundance, but are still potentially something to look forward to, all being well. On the more mainstream side of things, “Crazy Stupid Love” writer Dan Fogelman makes his directorial debut with “Imagine,” starring Al Pacino as an aging rocker and Bobby Cannavale as his son. Gareth Edwards’ breakout hit gets a sequel with “Monsters: Dark Continent,” while Anna Kendrick toplines indie musical “The Last 5 Years.” Lo-fi genre fare will be in full compliment too: the makers of “Bellflower” return with “Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins,” while Riley Stearns’ “Faults,” which placed highly on the Black List in 2013, sounds intriguing too. Hit stage play “Posh” comes to the screen courtesy of Lone Scherfig, while Shakespeare gets a re-rub from the “Hamlet” duo of Michael Almereyda and Ethan Hawke in “Cymbeline.” Berlin brings both Claudia Llhosa’s “Aloft,” and Northern Irish thriller “71,” starring rising star Jack O’Connell. And on the international circuit, we’re also intrigued by the return of “Lourdes” director Jessica Hausner with “Amour Fou,” and “Vie Sauvage,” a new film from “Roberto Succo” director Cedric Kahn. And finally, ertwhile Playlister Christopher Jason Bell makes his feature directorial debut with “The Winds That Scatter”—some of us have seen an rough cut, and it’s ace. Look for most of the above on the festival circuit in the coming year.

Mainstream Question Marks
Unlike the rest of the world, we’re not entirely convinced of the merits of/ kind of skeptical about things like the “Veronica Mars” movie, “Divergent” (or most YA adaptations these days), Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent,Kevin Smith’s “Tusk,” "Dumb And Dumber To" and “The Expendables 3,” but you might be reading about them soon in another feature. Other studio/mainstream films we don’t have anything against (in some cases we’d rather take a wait and see approach) but don’t fall quite into “anticipated” territory include “Sex Tape” with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, the “Robocop” remake,"Winter's Tale," "300: Rise of An Empire" and lots of others.

Under The Skin

Wait, What About…?
Finally: where are the films the Playlist has already raved about during the 2013 fall film festival season, like Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Jonathan GlazerUnder The Skin,Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer," Richard Ayoade's "The Double" and new films from David Gordon Green, Terry Gilliam, Xavier Dolan, Tsai Ming-liang, and Kelly Reichardt to name a few? You can find them all in our Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen feature. As always dig in, sound off and share if you like what you see. While you're here, check out our Best of 2013 content, features and lists, won't you? -- Oliver Lyttelton, Rodrigo Perez, Jessica Kiang, Gabe Toro, Kevin Jagernauth

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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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