So here’s the list of movies I’m looking forward to in 2014. As usual, there’s plenty of sequels and remakes, but there’s a decent number of original properties on this year’s list. Previous lists are here: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.
January 10th – The Legend of Hercules – To be fair, this looks terrible, but it might be fun on DVD.
January 17th – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – Not a fan of rebooting Jack Ryan as a generic action hero (he’s supposed to be the brains behind the action), but I’ll probably see it anyway because I like the book series.
January 17th – Like Father, Like Son – This one is a little outside my usual wheelhouse of boom, but the trailer intrigued me, and the subject matter has potential.
January 24th – I, Frankenstein – Aaaaaand back to the idiotic action films. I really like the style of the Underworld series, so I have high hopes for the entertainment factor of this Aaron Eckhart film.
January 24th – Knights of Badassdom – The concept sounds hilarious: LARPers have to deal with a real threat. Plus, Peter Dinklage. ‘Nuff said.
February 7th – The Lego Movie – The trailer alone had me in stitches. I think this is going to be great!
February 7th – The Monuments Men – The cast is amazing, and I’m a sucker for war movies based on real stories. The only caveat: it got dumped out of awards season for some reason…
February 14th – Robocop – There is no way I will not see this movie. I just hope it keeps the political commentary of its predecessors.
February 14th – Winter’s Tale – Intriguing premise, reasonable cast. Could be okay.
February 21st – Pompeii – Looks like a good disaster-type movie. I like the idea of choosing a known disaster as a story frame.
February 21st – 3 Days to Kill – A McG action-comedy(?) about a trained assassin that has to work in one last assignment around taking care of his estranged daughter. Could be fun.
February 28th – Non-Stop – Liam Neeson, Neesoning on a plane.
February 28th – Welcome to Yesterday – A new take on A Sound of Thunder. Could be good on DVD.
March 7th – 300: Rise of an Empire – Sequel? Prequel? Who knows… more hyper-color Greek myth slo-mo craziness!
March 7th – Mr. Peabody & Sherman – The trailer looks hilarious, and I have a lot of faith in Dreamworks’ animation studio.
March 14th – Need for Speed – I remember playing the original video game for the 3DO back in the day. Looks like a slightly different spin on the Fast & Furious franchise.
March 21st – Muppets Most Wanted – SEQUEL! This looks amazing!
March 21st – Divergent – The next teen drama to step up to bat in the attempt-to-kick-off-a-franchise game.
March 28th – Noah – A Biblical epic from Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe? Sign me up!
April 4th – Captain America: The Winter Soldier – The First Avenger returns in a modern setting. Looks good.
April 11th – Sabotage – So glad Ahnold came back to acting… this looks great!
April 18th – Transcendence – Hopefully this film lives up to its intriguing premise.
May 2nd – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – I’m a little apprehensive that this sequel is going to suffer from the over-villainy that brought down the Tobey Maguire movies, but we’ll see.
May 16th – Godzilla – The trailer looks amazing for this reboot!
May 23rd – X-Men: Days of Future Past – Brian Singer returns to helm this huge ensemble cast in a time-traveling adventure that manages to be a sequel to a prequel while also being a sequel to the original trilogy.
June 6th – Edge of Tomorrow – I’ve been excited for this since it was called All You Need Is Kill – Tom Cruise in another blockbuster sci-fi action. I’ll be there!
June 13th – How to Train Your Dragon 2 – While the trailer doesn’t give away much (or anything, really), I am looking forward to this, based on the first one and the intervening TV series.
June 27th – Transformers: Age of Extinction – No trailers have been shown yet for this installment, which is supposed to kick off a new trilogy, but it’s Michael Bay and giant robots, so I’ll go see it in theatres!
July 18th – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Another sequel to a prequel. I liked Rise, so I’ll probably check this one out.
July 25th – Jupiter Ascending – The trailer looks amazing, and I’m a sucker for pretty much anything the Wachowskis put out.
July 25th – Hercules – Yes, there are two Hercules movies this year, but this one stars Dwayne Johnson and Ian McShane, so I have higher hopes for it.
August 1st – Guardians of the Galaxy – Space opera set in the Marvel universe? I’m there!
August 8th – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – I’m pretty sure the aliens script has been ditched, but no trailers have been shown for this Michael Bay-produced remake.
August 15th – The Expendables 3 – With something resembling an actual story, this one might be better than the last.
November 7th – Interstellar – Virtually nothing is known about this latest Chris Nolan film, but with Inception and Memento behind him as original properties, I’m in.
November 21st – Mockingjay Part 1 – So they pulled a Harry Potter and split the last book into two movies… seems unnecessary in this case, but I’ll probably see them both anyway.
December 12th – Exodus – A Biblical epic from Ridley Scott starring Christian Bale? Sign me up! (Wait, where have I heard that before?)
December 17th – The Hobbit: There and Back Again – AKA: Shut up and take my money… again…
December 19th – Night at the Museum 3 – I enjoyed the previous three outings, so I’ll probably see this one.
December 25th – Into the Woods – Fairytale mashup with a pretty decent cast.
Of course, all of this is just a lead-in to the year of movie madness which is 2015…