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The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014

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by The Playlist Staff
January 6, 2014 1:14 PM
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Box Trolls

80. "The Boxtrolls"
Synopsis: A young orphan boy raised by cave-dwelling, box-wearing troll creatures must help save them from an evil exterminator.
What You Need To Know: In an animation scene dominated by Pixar, DreamWorks, Ghibli and a few other legendary long-running studios, Laika has made a real splash in the last few years: the Portland-based stop-motion specialists have brought their distinctly beautiful aesthetic to "Coraline" and "ParaNorman," both of which numbered among the best animated films of their respective years. Their new project, which lands this fall, is based on the book "Here Be Monsters!" and directed by underground comics figure Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, and features a vocal cast led by "Game of Thrones" star Isaac Hempstead-Wright as the lead, Ben Kingsley as the villainous exterminator, Elle Fanning as the love interest, and Simon Pegg, Toni Colette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan as the various trolls.
Why It's Anticipated: In a world dominated by CGI animation, the hand-crafted stop-motion of Laika's earlier work has been a refreshing antidote, with "Coraline" in particular being a gorgeous and rich piece of work. From the teasers, this seems to have the same ickily gothic look as the studio's other works, along with a similarly quirky cast and, hopefully, the big heart as well.
Release Date: September 26, 2014

Stephen Hawking Eddie Redmayne

79. "Theory of Everything"
Synopsis: The story of the early life of scientist and neurone disease sufferer Stephen Hawking, a major figure in the study of black holes, cosmology and the general theory of relativity.
What You Need To Know: It's only a few years since Benedict Cumberbatch played famous scientist Stephen Hawking in a TV biopic, but that hasn't stopped Working Title Films from going back to the well, with a new version, starring "Les Miserables" breakout Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, and Felicity Jones as his wife Jane. David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Harry Lloyd, Maxine Peake and Lesley Manville head up the supporting cast, while the script comes from acclaimed novelist and playwright Anthony McCarten, and directed by "Man On Wire" and "Shadow Dancer" helmer James Marsh.
Why It's Anticipated: Generally speaking, the idea of a biopic makes us roll our eyes a little bit, but we've got higher hopes for "Theory of Everything." In part, it's that Redmayne and Jones are both superb actors, and should be good fits for the roles (Redmayne in particular is one to watch in awards season next year). Also, this has James Marsh in charge: the filmmaker's documentaries like the Oscar-winning "Man On Wire" have been terrific, and his fiction movies almost as good. He doesn't seem like the type to knock out something conventional, so we're expecting something a little different here.
Release Date: None yet, but look for this around fall festival/awards season.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

78. “How To Train Your Dragon 2”
Synopsis: Five years on from the events of "How To Train Your Dragon," all is harmonious in the world of vikings and dragons, but the heroes soon make a discovery of a secret cave, the home to the mysterious Dragon Rider, who may be a figure from one of their pasts.
What You Need To Know: "How To Train Your Dragon" is the high bar of DreamWorks Animation's output so far, and was a pretty giant hit, so a sequel was always going to be along quickly (indeed, a third film is already in development). This promises to expand the world from the original film, with co-director of the first film Dean DeBlois returning (Chris Sanders was busy on 2013's "The Croods"), along with the original cast of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig et al. This time, there are some new additions too: Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou and, in the key role of the Dragon Rider, Cate Blanchett.
Why It's Anticipated: DreamWorks Animation have had a few winners over the years, but "How To Train Your Dragon" is by heads and shoulders the best—perhaps the one time that their movies have stood hand-in-hand with the very finest from Pixar. Sequels are always tricky, but from the trailers, this looks to keep the same mix of spectacular action, gorgeous visuals and giant heart that made the first one so memorable. In particular, the addition of Blanchett promises to class up the joint a bit as well. If it's inferior, it wouldn't be the first time an animated sequel disappointed, but from what we've seen, there's no reason to expect much of a dip.
Release Date: June 13, 2014

"Suite Francaise"
"Suite Francaise"

77. "Suite Française"
Synopsis: In 1940s France, a woman waits for her prisoner-of-war husband's return, only to be drawn to a German officer posted in the village.
What You Need To Know: It took over sixty years for "Suite Française" to be published: writer Irene Nemirovsky was only able to finish two of a planned five-novel sequence before she was arrested and taken to Auschwitz, where she died. But it's now on the way to the big screen, and it's likely to be a big awards player. The film is written and directed by Saul Dibb, who was behind the undervalued "The Duchess," and Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts take the lead roles, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tom Schilling, Lambert Wilson and Eileen Atkins making up a strong supporting cast.
Why It's Anticipated: Simply, it's based on a truly beautiful and powerful piece of source material with its it own tragic storyline behind it. Moreover, Dibb couldn't have assembled a more promising cast, and in particular, we're amped to see Williams and Schoenaerts create sparks.
Release Date: The Weinsteins will almost certainly drop this between September and December, with the Venice/Telluride/TIFF trio all likely.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

76. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Synopsis: In a dystopian future decimated by war, Wolverine is sent back into the past to alter history, coming face-to-face with the early days of the Professor Xavier/Magneto conflict.
What You Need To Know: Bryan Singer directed the two best 'X-Men' films thus far, and he’s back to helm this one. Based on one of the most beloved stories in the X-canon, the picture will unite the cast members from the earlier films (primarily Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellan’s Magneto) with the group introduced in the Singer-produced “X-Men: First Class.” The fact that this picture leads into 2016’s ominously-titled “X-Men: Apocalypse” suggests that, perhaps, things don’t go too well for the merry mutants.
Why Is It Anticipated: With world building the name of the game these days, Fox is going ahead and employing time travel in an attempt to create continuity for this schizophrenic franchise. This installment seems to be streamlining the group from 'First Class,' which is good considering the flotsam that bogged down that film’s second half, taking the emphasis away from James McAvoy’s Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto. But that said, they seem to have invited everyone who ever appeared in an X-Men movie to return as well, so this could still be overstuffed and moreover, confusing. Either way, this is looking like a very different film than the previous six (!) movies, and certainly the ambition is intriguing.
Release Date: May 23, 2014

The Gunman Sean Penn

75. “The Gunman”
Synopsis: A secret agent attempts to retire peacefully, but his agency opts to eliminate him instead, forcing him to flee.
What You Need To Know: This is another one of those all-terrain European actioners that Luc Besson has turned into a genre, and “Taken” director Pierre Morel is at the helm of this one. Based on the novel “The Prone Gunman,” the film is being seen as the first in a potential series, with Sean Penn having noticeably put on some heavy duty muscle to play the lead. This is not the first time the book was adapted: it provided the source material for “Le Choc,” a French film starring the sexy duo of Alain Delon and Catherine Denueve. Pete Travis, of “Vantage Point” and “Dredd” fame, has penned this adaptation.
Why Is It Anticipated: Normally that sort of plot is an eye-roller, but Sean Penn doing this sort of thing is an interesting prospect. Not only that, he’s got pretty solid support from a killer cast with Idris Elba as a mysterious possible double-agent, Ray Winstone as Penn’s mentor, and Javier Bardem oozing evil as the bad guy. So yeah, we want to sit back and watch these guys toss tough-guy dialogue around.
Release Date: TBD

Seth Rogen James Franco

74. “The Interview”
Synopsis: An attractive talk show host and his producer unwittingly get caught up in an international assassination plot.
What You Need To Know: It’s like “The Pineapple Express” crew minus Judd Apatow and the creative team behind “This Is The End” minus all the famous guest stars. "The Interview" reunites Seth Rogen and James Franco with Rogen and Evan Goldberg directing (they helmed the aforementioned apocalypse comedy) this high concept political spoof. Franco plays the Manhattan talk show host, Rogen his producer and they somehow get entangled in a plot to kill the prime minister of North Korea thanks to a rogue femme fatale CIA agent (played by Lizzy Caplan).
Why Is It Anticipated: For all the reasons above. It sounds amusing and diverting. While some of us were divided on “This Is The End,” the non-summer release date for a studio comedy suggests something hopefully more (and actually) subversive and entertaining.
Release Date: October 10, 2014

Orlando Bloom & Luke Evans from 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'

73. “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”
Synopsis: Taking cues from “The Lord of the Rings” appendices to expand “The Hobbit” adaptation, director Peter Jackson completes the epic tale of Bilbo Baggins with this final third film in a showdown with the dragon Smaug and the Battle of the Five Armies.
What You Need To Know: New Line Cinema’s “The Hobbit” used to be two films. And in fact, two films with two screenplays were shot. And it wasn’t until post-production on the first film ended that Jackson and his writers decided they had enough material for a third film, so they rejiggered their screenplays to extend the series into a trilogy, going back to shoot more material, shifting all the release dates in the process. This certainly hurt 'The Desolation of Smaug' which felt more like a “waiting for more important things to happen later” episode than a movie. But with a final chapter on the way, perhaps this one will feel like a self-contained trilogy closer. It’ll pick up with the 13 dwarves and Bilbo having reached Smaug’s Lair, trying to reclaim Erebor and the treasure while the dragon may lay waste to Lake Town.
Why Is It Anticipated: Well, “The Lord of the Rings” triad is one of the best modern day blockbuster trilogies and while “The Hobbit” has had a bumpy road so far critically (the first one largely disliked, the second one getting better reviews), Jackson has proven his tentpole merits in the past and hopefully will come back and prove he can seal the deal.
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Guy Ritchie Man From UNCLE

72. "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
Synopsis: A reboot of the cult 1960s TV show spy, which teams CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB man Illya Kuryakin on a mission to infiltrate a mysterious criminal organization during the height of the cold war.
What You Need To Know: People have been trying to do a new version of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" for decades: Quentin Tarantino expressed interest at one point, and it was nearly made a few years back with Steven Soderbergh before budgetary and casting issues caused the director to walk. In the end, it's Guy Ritchie who got it before cameras, and while Tom Cruise exiting the project late nearly caused a problem, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, stepped in as Solo, with Armie Hammer as Kuryakin. Hugh Grant, in a rare non-rom-com part, plays the head of U.N.C.L.E, with Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki in the female leads and Italian actor Luca Calvani as the villain.
Why It's Anticipated: We're disappointed that the Soderbergh version never happened, and sad that the script by Scott Z. Burns appears to be dumped (Ritchie and his "Sherlock Holmes" writer Lionel Wigram are credited at present), but we're big enough fans of the genre that the idea of a 1960s-set big-budget spy actioner is enough to get us in. If Ritchie can bring the fun and style of his first "Sherlock Holmes" film, rather than the tedium of the second, than we're certainly interested, and while Cavill and Hammer will have a certain amount to prove in the lead roles, there's a lot to like in the rest of the casting, particularly when it comes to Vikander and Debicki.
Release Date: None yet, but look for it to land around the "Skyfall"/"Ghost Protocol" slot in November or December, unless Warners decide to hold it for 2015 (which, given how stacked that year is, would probably be a mistake).

Tahar Rahim Fatih Akin

71. “The Cut”
Synopsis: Details are scarce, but from what we can glean it’s a Sergio Leone-like western with a Charlie Chaplin-esque lead who doesn’t speak
What You Need To Know: German-Turkish director Fatih Akin has been an international favorite of ours for some times but he's been somewhat AWOL over the last few years. "Head-On" made our Best Films Of The Decade list, "The Edge of Heaven" was one of 2008's best movies, foreign or otherwise, but things began to unravel after that. The 2010 comedy "Soul Kitchen" didn't land its mark quite right and the 2012 doc “Garbage in the Garden of Eden,” didn’t even score a U.S. release.
Why Is It Anticipated: It puts back Akin on familiar ground as the final installment of his loose “Love, Death and the Devil” trilogy (which included the aforementioned successful films) which he purposefully delayed to get out of “serious” moviemaking headspace and try something else (“Soul Kitchen”). It also stars the great French/Algerian actor Tahar Rahim (the breakout star of "A Prophet," who recently showed his mettle once again in Asghar Farhadi's "The Past") and perhaps more interestingly, he doesn’t speak a word throughout the entire film according to a recent interview.
Release Date: TBD, but editing is underway and Cannes could be a possibility.

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78 Comments

  • Niks | June 3, 2014 7:17 AMReply

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  • 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

    nice

  • 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
    IS 2014 GOING TO BE THE DEATH OF BLACK MOVIE STARS??????????????

  • - | 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*
    Dropped

  • biguy | January 6, 2014 8:38 PMReply

    PLEED IS LOVE, PLEED IS LIFE

  • 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)
    THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson)
    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 http://best-movies-2014.com/ of already released

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