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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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Black Sea

50. "Black Sea"
Synopsis: An unemployed submarine captain is hired to find a sunken submarine full of Nazi gold.
What You Need To Know: From "Das Boot" to "Crimson Tide" by way of "The Hunt For Red October," submarines have often been the settings for some crackling drama, but it feels like a while since we've had a really good movie set under the sea. But we've got a good feeling about this one, which is the latest from Kevin Macdonald, whose "How I Live Now" was terminally underseen in 2013. Described as a sub-bound version of "Treasure of the Sierra Madre," and written by playwright Dennis Kelly, it stars Jude Law as the rogue sub captain, with Scoot McNairy, Jodie Whitaker and Konstantin Khabenskiy as others on the crew.
Why It's Anticipated: Macdonald hasn't entirely knocked it out of the park yet, at least with his fiction work, but this is the most promising prospect he's had in a while: the premise sounds fun, he described the film as "one of those hard, intelligent B-movies they used to make—dark little vicious B-movies," which sounds right up our street, and the script comes from Dennis Kelly, who's done great work on everything from Broadway's "Matilda" to cult TV series "Utopia." Law's been on a good run of late too, we're always pleased to see McNairy and Whitaker and early pics look solid.
Release Date: None yet: as ever, TIFF might be possible.

They Came Together

49. "They Came Together"
Synopsis: Joel, an executive for a candy store chain comes to New York to shut down a tiny sweet shop, only to fall for the owner, Molly. But that's not the only obstacle in their path...
What You Need To Know: Thirteen years after making fun of the teen summer camp genre with "Wet Hot American Summer," director David Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter are back (after a big studio hit with "Role Models," and a big flop with "Wanderlust") for another genre-riffing comedy. This time, they're turning their attentions to the romantic comedy ("You've Got Mail" in particular, but the genre in general, it seems), with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as the star-crossed central couple, and a comedy all-stars cast including Cobie Smulders, Ed Helms, Melanie Lynskey, Max Greenfield, Michaela Watkins, Jason Mantzoukas, Michael Ian Black and, uh, Michael Shannon.
Why It's Anticipated: What part of 'from the makers of "Wet Hot American Summer" isn't clear?' David Wain's subsequent directorial efforts have been patchy to various degrees (as, we'd wager, was 'Wet Hot..'), but they've also all been pretty funny. The rom-com genre's been ripe for a proper spoofing for a while, and Wain and Showalter seem like the people to do it right, rather than some kind of Friedberg and Seltzer monstrosity. You couldn't ask for a better central couple for something like this than Rudd and Poehler, who could viably headline a real rom-com, but are capable of subverting it too, and there's a whole host of ringers backing them up (with more cameos still under wraps). If this isn't the funniest film at Sundance, we'll eat our shoes.
Release Date: Premieres January 24th at Sundance, and a distributor probably won't be far away.


48. "Laggies"
Synopsis: A young woman stuck in arrested development flees a proposal from her boyfriend and hides out at the home of her new 16-year-old friend.
What You Need To Know: Lynn Shelton is hitting a seriously prolific period, and only a year after "Touchy Feely" premiered at Sundance (which was barely a year after "Your Sister's Sister" cropped up at TIFF '11), she's back again with another organic comedy-drama, albeit one that, she told us, is a little more tightly scripted than her previously partly-improvised pictures (for the first time, she's working from someone else's screenplay: "Laggies" is written by novelist and “This American Life” contributor Andrea Siegel). She's also assembled her starriest cast to date: Keira Knightley takes the lead role, with Chloe Grace Moretz as her teenaged friend, and Sam Rockwell, Mark Webber, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin and Kaitlyn Dever among the rest of the cast. Ben Gibbard, of "Death Cab For Cutie" and "The Postal Service" contributes the score.
Why It's Anticipated: Across her three major features to date, Shelton's proven herself to be a really vital voice in American independent filmmaking, with warm, gently funny and deeply humane stories. Audiences and critics didn't quite take to "Touchy Feely" in the way we did, but this seems more like home territory for Shelton, dealing with concerns that should win her her widest audiences to date. The cast is also superb, with some genuine A-list talent in Knightley and Moretz. Plus Sam Rockwell's in it, so you know you're going to see it, right?
Release Date: Premieres at Sundance on January 17th, should make its way into theaters later in the year.

Frank Michael Fassbender Maggie Gyllenhaal Domhnall Gleeson

47. "Frank"
Synopsis: Loosely inspired by the cult character Frank Sidebottom (but newly created fictional character), the cardboard-headed alter ego of musician Chris Sievey, the film follows Jon, a new recruit to a band fronted by the mysterious titular Frank, as he struggles to fit in with their odd sensibility as the band wrestles with mounting creative tension.
What You Need To Know: This comic concoction comes from director Lenny Abrahamson, who previously helmed the hard-hitting but deftly handled drama “What Richard Did” earlier this year. He’s got a strong cast, including Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy, and the music is expected to be a highlight. Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) and Jon Ronson (“Men Who Stare At Goats”) have penned the screenplay.
Why Is It Anticipated: Sidebottom became something of a cult sensation in the U.K., holding court on radio, television and in concert until Sievey’s death in 2010 but he is only a start point for this tale which is set in the present and is less a biography than an irreverent tribute to Sievey’s story, and the creative process in general. The question of course is… are we gonna get to see Fassbender’s face at all? The real x-factor seems to be Abrahamson, who helmed a sensitive, piercing dramatic film in “What Richard Did” and is now making a hard right turn into offbeat loosely biographical farce.
Release Date: A Sundance premiere will likely beget a U.S. distributor and a release later this year.

Ramin Bahrani

46. "99 Homes"
Synopsis: A young father goes to work for the sleazy real estate broker he lost his home to.
What You Need To Know: After critical adulation for early films like "Man Push Cart" and "Goodbye Solo," Ramin Bahrani's first play for mainstream attention, "At Any Price," was less warmly received, but in our opinion, it was misunderstood: an old-fashioned Arthur Miller-ish drama with a damn fine performance from Dennis Quaid, and one of the more searing responses to the financial crisis that cinema's produced so far. You can't keep Bahrani down though, as he's already underway on his follow-up, which looks to mine similar territory, in this case the corrupt American housing market. And the cast is much more impressive this time around: Andrew Garfield, in his first dramatic role since playing Spider-Man, Laura Dern, fresh off the brilliance of "Enlightened," and Michael Shannon, fresh off being brilliant in almost everything.
Why It's Anticipated: There's no filmmaker quite like Bahrani out there at present, no one dealing with the same concerns in quite the same way, and we're excited to see him working on his biggest canvas to date. Like we said, "At Any Price" was far from perfect, but didn't really get a fair shake from critics, but from the logline, this sounds like it'll be a little tighter and more coherent, presumably focusing principally on the relationship between Garfield's young dad and Shannon's malevolent broker. And if the prospect of those two squaring off isn't a little bit exciting, you might not have a pulse.
Release Date: Started filming late last year. Bahrani's films have almost always premiered at Venice, so that's a likely home for this one too.

Raid 2

45. "The Raid 2: Berandal"
Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, this sees supercop Rama going undercover in prison to befriend the convict son of a fearsome mob boss, in the hope of uncovering corruption in Jakarta's police force.
What You Need To Know: A couple of years back, "The Raid" arrived like a knee to the throat of the action scene: a relentless Indonesian actioner, directed by ex-pat Welshman Gareth Evans, that saw instant star Iko Uwais fight his way through a tower block full of gangsters by any brutal means necessary. Evans ignored the advances of Hollywood to make this follow-up, subtitled "Berandal" (which translates loosely as 'scamp,' we believe). Uwais, who's presumably spent the last couple of years recovering, is reprising his role for a sequel that's bigger and bolder in scope, and will presumably contain even more ass-kicking.
Why It's Anticipated: "The Raid" wasn't perfect, at least to anyone who cares about plot and character and things like that, but it was a blast of pure cinema to the solar plexus, featuring some of the best fight scenes in living memory, a star-making performance from Uwais, and some genuinely deft camerawork from Evans. This looks to bring back all of the same, but bigger and better: the action looks to be bigger and crazier than anything in the original, with prison riots, car chases and subway brawls all glimpsed in trailers. Best of all, there seems to be something more of a storyline this time, the film shifting gears from "Assault On Precinct 13" to something closer to "Donnie Brasco" by way of "A Prophet." Though with a two-and-a-half hour running time, there'd better be a little substance in there somewhere...
Release Date: Hits Sundance on January 21st, then opens in the U.S. on March 28, 2014.

Liam Neeson, Walk Amongst The Tombstones

44. "A Walk Among The Tombstones"
Synopsis: Recovering-alcoholic ex-cop turned P.I. Matt Scudder is hired by a drug trafficker to find the men who kidnapped his wife.
What You Need To Know: The great screenwriter Scott Frank ("Out Of Sight," "Minority Report") made a stellar directorial debut back in 2007 with "The Lookout," a lean, characterful noir picture that, unfortunately, no one saw. As such, he's had some trouble getting a sophomore feature made (he was attached to the film that became "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," though parted ways with Fox early on), but he returns with this long-gestating adaptation of Lawrence Block's novel, one of many featuring his P.I. character Matt Scudder. Once intended for Harrison Ford, this version sees Liam Neeson take on the role, while soon-to-be-ubiquitous "Downton Abbey" breakout Dan Stevens, Ruth Wilson, David Harbour, Sebastian Roche, Whitney Able and Olafur Darri Olafsson complete the cast.
Why It's Anticipated: Modern neo-noir is Frank's strong suit, certainly as a screenwriter (and "The Lookout" was a fine directorial debut), and this couldn't be a better fit for his skills. And we know that for a fact, because we've read the script (which has been doing the rounds for a decade), and it's absolutely terrific, a pitch-black, brutal thriller that's entirely gripping. Neeson suits the role of Scudder down to the ground, and the rest of the cast is intriguing (Stevens might be counter-intuitive casting as a drug trafficker, but Frank is the guy who made Matthew Goode into a terrifying tattooed villain in "The Lookout," so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt for sure). Unless it's been watered down, expect some F Cinemascores if this gets sold as the next "Taken," but we're positively amped.
Release Date: Nothing firm yet, but Universal is said to be targeting a September or October date.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

43. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1"
Synopsis: She's survived the Quarter Quell, but Katniss Everdeen's troubles might just be beginning: Peeta is in the hands of President Snow, and she's now the reluctant poster child for a rebellion that's about to launch into full-on war.
What You Need To Know: "The Hunger Games" was a pretty decent way to kick off a franchise, but this year's sequel 'Catching Fire' was bigger and better in most every way, and made a good argument for being the best blockbuster of 2013 (our post-match analysis is here). Director Francis Lawrence returns for the first of the two-part finale (the second follows in 2015), with a script from "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Recount" writer Danny Strong, with all your favorites back on board, not least Jennifer Lawrence, while Julianne Moore is the big new addition, as rebellion leader President Coin (Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe and Mahershala Ali are also on board).
Why It's Anticipated: We mostly liked the original "Hunger Games," but 'Catching Fire' was a huge step up, all told. In fact, for the first time in a long while with franchises, we were left with a cliffhanger that had us genuinely champing at the bit for the next installment. Director Francis Lawrence was a big part of why the film worked so well, so that he's involved through to the end of the series can only be a good thing. And those who found that the second film mimicked the structure of the first film too closely will be glad to know that while the first two films were games, this is all-out war, and should go to some new places. It's a bit depressing that the trend for splitting final installments into two continues here, but we're nevertheless looking forward to this a great deal.
Release Date: November 21, 2014

Brian Wilson Paul Dano John Cusack Love And Mercy

42. "Love & Mercy"
Synopsis: The story of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, and his struggles with mental illness.
What You Need To Know: Music biopics tend to have us rolling our eyes if they have even a chance of fitting into the boring "Ray"/"Walk The Line" template, but with the right subject matter and approach, we're open to the idea in theory. And that's the case with "Love & Mercy," which tells the story of legendary Beach Boys member Brian Wilson, and his decades-long struggle with mental illness, along with his relationship with controversial psychotherapist Eugene Landy. "The Tree Of Life" and "12 Years a Slave" producer Bill Pohlad returns to directing for the project, while the script comes from the awesome Oren Moverman, who knows a thing or two about offbeat musical projects as the co-writer of Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," as well as his writing his own excellent projects "The Messenger" and "Rampart."
Why It's Anticipated: We've been burnt too many times by this kind of independently-made musical biopic to be entirely confident, but this one seems to be doing everything right so far. Moverman was a smart hire for the script, and has promised something with "an unconventional storytelling approach" that seeks to "understand how do you get into that kind of genius mind that has all this music, but also all this tragedy, so much pain, so many scars." Pohlad's mostly an unknown quantity as a director, but has great taste as producer, and he's certainly found some powerful subject matter, and has a great crew on board: Wes Anderson's DoP Robert Yeoman is shooting the project, and "The Social Network" co-composer Atticus Ross is doing the score. And the cast is very promising too: Paul Dano and John Cusack (who looks to be having a comeback year) split the role of Wilson, with Elizabeth Banks as his wife and Paul Giamatti as Dr. Landy. Could definitely be an awards dark horse.
Release Date: None yet, but expect it to be a hot ticket at festivals (TIFF is the likely venue for the premiere).

The Cobbler Adam Sandler

41. "The Cobbler"
Synopsis: A shoe repairman discovers the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of his clients.
What You Need To Know: "Win Win" might not have been our favorite of his films by any means, but writer/director Tom McCarthy remains someone we're deeply interested in. His delightful little directorial debut, "The Station Agent," was one of the best American indies of the 2000s, and follow-up "The Visitor" was a treat as well (and won Richard Jenkins a much-deserved Oscar nomination). Having spent a few years trying to get a movie about sexual-abuse cover-ups in the Catholic Church set up (the plan is currently to shoot the film, "Spotlight," later in 2014), McCarthy hurriedly assembled a new project late last year, one that seems to have more of a magical realist vibe than his previous gigs. And the star is an unlikely one: lowest common denominator specialist Adam Sandler, in a rare dramatic role. The rest of the cast are just as eclectic: screen legend Dustin Hoffman, character actor fave Steve Buscemi, "Downton Abbey" rising star Dan Stevens, rapper/actor Method Man and "Fruitvale Station" breakout Melonie Diaz.
Why It's Anticipated: We found "Win Win" to be a bit lightweight, but we adored "The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" which were warm, humane, funny and beautifully acted, so we're always keen to see anything that McCarthy's up to (we'd still be fascinated to see the unaired pilot for "Game Of Thrones" that he directed). And while the bulk of Adam Sandler's output is skippable at best, he generally comes up with the goods when he does something more substantial. Hopefully this'll be more "Punch-Drunk Love" or "Funny People" than "Reign Over Me" or "Spanglish."
Release Date: The film shot in November, so TIFF is more than likely.

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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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