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2014 Preview: From 'Nymphomaniac' to 'Gone Girl,' What Films Look Good, Great, and Troublesome This Year

by TOH!
January 30, 2014 2:50 PM
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"The Monuments Men."
"The Monuments Men."


1. February 7, 2014: Well, this one we've already seen. And our worries were correct. (TOH! review here.) World War II art heist thriller "Monuments Men" from director-producer-star George Clooney didn't make the awards-season cut (too many VFX to complete, they said) and as it turns out, it is dead on arrival. It's a great story, but the pace drags and the period settings never come to believable life. It's a big old creaky airplane that never achieves liftoff.

2. February 7, 2014: "Lego Movie," from what we saw at CinemaCon, also looks DOA. Another toy brand in search of story. 

3. March 7, 2014: DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" may be a 'tweener that skips both its obvious target--little kids-- and their parents, the ones who will actually remember the '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoons. 

Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'
Nicole Kidman in 'Grace of Monaco'

4. March 14, 2014. Let's say off the bat that Cannes opening night film "Grace of Monaco" has a better chance of turning out well than the Naomi Watts-starrer "Diana." Nicole Kidman is always worth taking seriously. But Weinstein Co. pushing it back again and again is not a good sign. It will open Cannes, however, so we'll see.

5. March 21, 2014: "Divergent" unveiled promising footage at CinemaCon, but yielded to disappointing further footage at Comic-Con. It's a young adult dystopian would-be franchise with a strong heroine---but this one could teeter too far toward romance to lure a male demo. 


  • newton | February 2, 2014 2:46 PMReply

    Films We're Worried About was a total cop out: One film that's already crashed and burned and four obvious stinkers. I guess your writers have an unflappable sense of optimism, at least when it concerns big name projects (I wonder if the doubts for Monuments Men weren't "high hopes" to begin with?).

  • finger hut | February 2, 2014 2:42 PMReply

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is another "gently humorous" offering from Anderson? I'll take that as a polite way of saying unfunny.

  • Jeff | February 2, 2014 11:57 AMReply

    Err, I think that "Unbroken" was shot in Australia - not New Zealand? Correction might be in order, or a clarification if I'm wrong...

  • Meg | January 31, 2014 8:50 PMReply

    I'm anticipating Gone Girl as well (see my book review here along with some comments about the movies: ), but I'm a bit worried about the ending changes Flynn made! What do you think they will be and how will that impact the film?

  • Lucille | January 31, 2014 3:37 AMReply

    I will never understand why they chose Nicole Kidman to play Grace Kelly in her twenties while Carey Mulligan is alive and well

  • Steve Barr | January 30, 2014 3:37 PMReply

    What about the James Gray film The Immigrint .

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