50 Films to Look Forward to in 2014

Posted on January 3, 2014
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With a new year upon us it’s time to look forward. 2014 has a great slate of films and while 2015 is the year of the Super Hero…again, 2014 may be the year of the drama.

Now of course at the bottom of this list you will see a plethora of films that have no release date yet and are scheduled for a 2014 release. The greatness of cinema in 2014 rests on the shoulders of those “TBD” films at the bottom of the page.

From Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, to a new Paul Thomas Anderson film to comedies galore, 2014 will be a year full of great films.

On to the the list:

That Awkward Moment
Director: Tom Gormican
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Zac Efron
Release Date: Jan 31
Plot: Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman,
Release Date: Feb 7
Plot: An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

The LEGO Movie
Director:Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnet
Release Date: Feb 7
Plot: An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

The Pretty One
Director: Jenee LaMarque
Cast: Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston
Release Date: February 7
Plot:When a woman’s identical prettier twin sister dies, the woman assumes her sister’s identity, moving into her apartment and the big city.

The Wind Rises
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt,Elijah Wood, Stanley Tucci
Release Date: February 21
Plot: A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Welcome to Tomorrow
Directorean Israelite
Cast: Sir Maejor, Ginny GardnerSofia Black-D’Elia, Amy Landeck
Release Date: February 28
Plot: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Lea Seydoux, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson, Harvey Keitel
Release Date: March 7
Plot: The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

Need For Speed
Director: Scott Waugh
Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson
Release Date: March 14
Plot: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

Bad Words
Director: Jason Bateman
Cast: Jason Batemen
Release Date: March 21
Plot: A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

Divergent
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Zoe Kravitz, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd
Release Date: March 21
Plot: Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society.

Nymphomaniac
Director: Lars Von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsboug, Stellan Skarsgard, Shai LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman
Release Date: March 21/April 18
Plot: A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Noah
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth
Release Date: March 28
Plot: The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: April 4
Plot: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Draft Day
Director: Ivan Reitman
Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Leary,
Release Date: April 11
Plot: The General Manager of the Cleveland Browns struggles to acquire the number one draft pick for his team.

St. Vincent de Van Nuys
Director: Theodore Melfie
Cast: Bill Murray, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard
Release Date: April 11
Plot: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.

Transcendence
Director: Wally Pfister
Cast: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall
Release Date: April 18
Plot: A terminally ill scientist downloads his body into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti
Release Date: May 2
Plot: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.

Chef
Director: Jon Faverau
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Gary Shandling, Dustin Hoffman
Release Date: May 9
Plot: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Neighbors
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Release Date: May 9
Plot: A couple with a newborn baby face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Godzilla
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Wantanabe
Release Date: May 16
Plot: A giant radioactive monster called Godzilla appears to wreak destruction on mankind.

Million Dollar Arm
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Bar Paly
Release Date: May 16
Plot: A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKelle, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry
Release Date: May 23
Plot: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

A Million Ways to Die in the West
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, Bill Maher
Release Date: May 30
Plot: A cowardly farmer seeks the help of a gunslinger’s wife to help him win back the woman who left him.

The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, William Dafoe, Laura Dern
Release Date: June 6
Plot: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

22 Jump Street
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
Release Date: June 13
Plot: After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
Release Date: July 11
Plot: Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces.

Jupiter Ascending
Director: The Wackowski’s
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum
Release Date: July 18
Plot: In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen’s reign.

Hercules
Director: Brett Ratner
Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Hurt
Release Date: July 25
Plot: Having enduring his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace
Release Date: August 1
Plot: A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats.

Lucy
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Release Date: August 8
Plot: Lucy, a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, and working as a drug mule accidently ingests one of the drugs. By doing so she transforms into a metahuman able to absorb knowledge instantaneously, move objects with her mind and not feel pain.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Director: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jeremy Piven
Release Date: August 22
Plot: The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Jane Got a Gun
Director: Gavin O’Conner
Cast: Natalie Portman
Release Date: August 29
Plot: After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn’t seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.

Dark Places
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Cast: Charlize Theron, Corey Stoll, Tye Sheridan, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks
Release Date: September 5, 2014
Plot: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

The Equalizer
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo
Release Date: September 26
Plot: Feature film based on the television series. A veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer”

Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Release Date: October 3
Plot: A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.”

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Director: Miguel Arteta
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Megan Mullally, Ed Oxenbould
Release Date: October 10
Plot: Based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 childrens book, 11-year old Alexander has the worst day of his life. However when he tells his family about the day he finds little sympathy and learns they’ve all have their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

The Interview
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Lizzy Caplan
Release Date: October 10
Plot: An attractive talk show host and his producer unwittingly get caught up in an international assassination plot.

The Judge
Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Leighton Meester
Release Date: October 10
Plot: A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.

Interstellar
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine
Release Date: November 7
Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Fury
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood
Release Date: November 14
Plot: Set in the waning days of World War II’s European theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army tank commander Sergeant who goes by the nickname Wardaddy leads a unit of five soldiers on his final mission behind enemy lines in April 1945 as Nazi Germany collapses. The M4 Sherman tank unit consists of Norman Ellison, an Army typist and the youngest and most inexperienced member of the crew who is thrust into being a tank gunner; the cunning, vicious, world-wise Arkansas native Grady Travis; a brave young military officer; and an always “tanked” driver.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Woodley Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore
Release Date: November 21
Plot: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

Exodus
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver
Release Date: December 12
Plot: The story of Moses leading the Jewish people to freedom

Child 44
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Dev Patel
Release Date: TBD
Plot: Set in Stalin-era Soviet Union, a disgraced MGB agent is dispatched to investigate a series of child murders — a case that begins to connect with the very top of party leadership.

How to Catch a Monster
Director: Ryan Gosling
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn.
Release Date: TBD
Plot: A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.

Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benecio Del Toro
Release Date: TBD
Plot: In Los Angeles in 1970, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Serena
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
Release Date: TBD
Plot: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

Birdman
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Andrea Risenborough
Release Date: TBD
Plot: A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Snowpiercer
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Cast: Chris Evans
Release Date: TBD
Plot: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

Foxcatcher
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Release Date: TBD
Plot: The story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.

Big Eyes
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams
Release Date: TBD
Plot: A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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