20. Edge of Tomorrow
Directed by: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise
Release Date: June 6, 2014
I like Tom Cruise and think that he is a likeable action star and any time he’s in something it will ultimately pick my curiosity. However, I’m not sure if he has my attention yet, since the trailers have kind of looked like an Oblivion rip-off. I am really hoping that this movie is going a bit better since Oblivion was a disappointing and predictable film. Let’s hope that this is going to be an entertaining and fun action movie that will won’t be too “seen there done that” type of movie.
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Brian Cranston, Aaron Taylor Johnson
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Why I’m excited: Like Need for Speed, I’m excited to see this because of Breaking Bad star Brian Cranston and also to see how they’re going to make this new reboot of Godzilla. I never expected this movie to be in my most anticipated list, but the trailer won me over. It’s looks more character driven and has a realistic tone which I’m all for it. And a lot of people complain about the fact that we don’t get to see a lot of Godzilla in that first trailer but that’s what I like most about it.
18. The Raid 2
Directed by: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais
Release Date: Mars 28, 2014
Why I’m excited: The Raid 1 was one of the best action films of the decade, and the trailers for The Raid 2 we’re incredible, so I’m hoping that the action sequences will be just as good if not better. Here’s to hiping that the film will be fantastic.
17. 300: Rise of an Empire
Directed by: Noam Murro
Starring: Lena Headey, Eva Green
Release Date: Mar 7, 2014
Why I’m excited: 300 was a really entertaining and well-made action movie that had a few supernatural elements mixed with real historical elements that I liked and felt that Gerarld Butler was great as Leonidas. I am a bit sceptical that he is not in this film and that it is not directed by Zack Snyder, but at least Lena Headey is returning from the original cast. So we’ll see how it goes, and hope that it’s at least a fun and exciting action film.
16. The Monuments Men
Directed by: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett
Release Date: Feb 7, 2014
Why I’m excited: The cast of this movie is amazing and the trailers have been great. I think that this movie looks a lot more like a comedy than a serious war drama and I think that’s perfectly fine considering a lot of these actors have had comedic roles before especially Bill Murray. Even though the movie had changed its release date (it was supposed to come out last year) I have a good feeling that this movie will be entertaining and a pleasant time and that it will not take itself to seriously kind of like Inglorious Basterds did except a lot less violent.
Directed by: Darren Aranofski
Starring: Russell Crowe, Emma Watson
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014
Why I’m excited: Darren Aranofski is truly an amazing filmmaking and Noah seems to be a really fantastic movie based on the trailers alone. Russel Crowe is amazing in anything he is in and Emma Watson is really starting to become a world-class actress. She was great in Perks of Being Wallflower, This is the end, and now this. It will also be interesting to see how the religious committee reacts.
14. Dumb and Dumber To
Directed by: The Farrelly Brothers
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Release Date: Nov 14, 2014
Why I’m excited: I have really mixed feelings about how I feel about this movie. Dumb and Dumber is one of the best comedies of all time without a doubt, but The Farrelly Brothers also directed Movie 43, which was one of the worst comedies of all time, so now, I have no idea what to think. Still, it’s great that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are coming back and it has the potential to be really awesome. Let’s hope that it can live up to that potential.
13. The Amazing Spiderman 2
Directed by: Marc Web
Starring: Andrew Garfeild, Emma Stone
Release date: May 2, 2014
Why I’m excited: I really wasn’t a fan of the first amazing Spiderman. It wasn’t a terrible movie, there we’re some pretty decent elements that saved the movie for like Andrew Garfeild as Spiderman and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey and they’re chemistry is in every way shape or form better than the chemistry between Tobey Mcguire and Kristen Dunst. Having said that, I thought that Tobey Mcguire was a better Spiderman than Andrew Garfield. The story really felt like a rehash of the first Spiderman movie and didn’t have one ounce of surprise or danger because I felt like I already knew that was going to happen. Now, having said that, I am still looking forward to this movie because it’s a Spiderman movie, first of all and I will always be there opening night to see it, and it’s a brand new story and they’re not retelling the origin story again so it has a shot at being a pretty decent superhero movie from what I’ve seen from the trailers. Let’s just hope that there are not too many villains crammed in there.
12. A million Ways to Die in the West
Directed by: Seth Mcfarlane
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Why I’m excited: I was a big fan of Family Guy when the show first aired, but now I’ve stopped watching because I feel like the show has run its course and it goes more for a shock value than for laughs. But then along came Ted, and it easily became one of my favorite comedies of all time. Ted was hilarious, and to me it felt like the old days of Family Guy back when the show was funny. Now, I can’t wait for this movie and much of that anticipation has got to do with the all-star cast.
11. 22 Jump Street
Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Johan Hill, Channing Tatum
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Why I’m excited: 21 Jump Street was a big surprise for mostly everyone. No one expected that movie to be good, but it was one of the best comedies out that year and it proved that Channing Tatum was actually a pretty decent actor. The chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was what made the movie as funny as it was, and I’m hoping that the sequel will recapture that.
10. Horrible Bosses 2
Directed by: Sean Anders, Seth Gordon
Starring: Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Jason Seduikes
Release Date: Nov 26, 2014
Why I’m excited: I wasn’t expecting much from the first Horrible Bosses. The trailers weren’t all that funny and they didn’t spark much interest for the film, for me anyways. But I gave it a shot, and it was a pleasant and wonderful surprise. Was it original? No. Was it perfect? Not at all. But the chemistry between the three lead actors and how they plaid of off each other is what made the movie hilarious and I can’t wait to see the sequel, even if I am a little skeptical since comedy sequels tend to not be as fresh or as funny as the original (The Hangover) but Anchorman 2 changed the game and I really hope that the movie is as funny as the first.
Directed by: Wally Pfiester
Starring: Johnny Depp, Rebeca Hall
Release: April 17, 2014
Why I’m excited: The concept looks intriguing from what I saw in the trailer and Johnny Depp seems to do something different than his usual roles which I appreciate because I really think that Johnny Depp can be a great actor when he’s not doing another Jack Sparrow which he tends to do a lot lately. The director is also a first time director who used to be Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer and all Christopher Nolan’s films have looked great. Let’s hope that he can combine the look and the storytelling of the movie and make it great.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Zaldana, Bradley Cooper
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014
Why I’m excited: Guardians of the Galaxy is one of those movies that nobody knows what it’s really about. We know that there are the cosmic Avengers, and that they have something to do with Thanos, but that’s about it. The characters seem strange and original and their story sounds intriguing. Marvel has really taken a big risk by adapting a practically unknown property and I respect that very much. The fact that it is so clouded in mystery makes me want to see it.
7. Captain America: The winter Soldier
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Luke Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: Apr 4, 2014
Why I’m excited: I’m a fan of comic book movies, so why on earth would this movie not be on this list? Luke Evens is perfect as Captain American and he brings a sense to humanity to his character. The first Captain America was a really well-made superhero movie that captured the area of world war 2 rather quite well. Since Steve Rogers is now in modern day it will have a very different feel from the first and I cannot wait to see how it ties in to Marvel’s cinematic universe.
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Mathew McConohey, Anne Hatheway
Release date: Nov 7, 2014
Why I’m excited: There is one simple reason why I’m excited to see this movie: Christopher Nolan. He has not yet made one bad movie and he is one of my favorite directors in Hollywood right now and even though the first teaser trailer wasn’t all that great and barely showed us anything, I just know that this movie involves time-travel and wormholes and I’m already sold. I am sure that this movie is going to be awesome.
5. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Why I’m excited: The first Sin City is one of my favorite movies of all time, so naturally I’m excited for the sequel. However I’m a little sceptical since the movie has been pushed back so many times that I feel like it’s never gonna happen and for some reason a few months back they changed the title to “A dame to die for” and then changed it again to its original title to “A dame to kill for” which is what it’s supposed to be called. It’s been a long wait and I hope that it pays off.
4. Mockingjay Part 1
Directed by: Nov 21, 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson
Why I’m excited: Catching was a big improvement over the first instalment this coming from a guy who liked the first movie more than the average viewer. It was one of my favorite movies of 2013 and I thought that everything was a step up from the previous film and the cliff-hanger ending was perfect in order to lead into the next film. Having said that, I am a little hesitant to know that the final film will be split into two movies from a book of three hundred pages. You could say the argument that Peter Jackson did the same thing by splitting the Hobbit into three movies but Middle Earth is huge and has a vast history. Plus, the third book is the weakest of the trilogy I felt. Nevertheless, I am still excited to see this movie and I will be there on opening day no matter what and I hope that it will be awesome.
3. Dawn of The Planet of the Apes
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
Why I’m excited: Rise of the planet of the apes was a total surprise for everybody. Nobody expected that movie to be good and not only was it good but it was awesome. It even made you root for the apes. Andy Serkis deserved an Oscar nomination as his role that was completely done in motion capture which was so well done. I was a little sceptical that both the director from the first film and James Franco weren’t coming back but the first trailer was incredible and Gary Oldman looks like he’s going to be a great addition to the cast. Can’t wait for this movie.
2. X-men Days of Future Past
Directed by: Brian Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian Mcellen, Hugh Jackmann, Halle Berry, James Mcvoy, Michael Fassbander, Jennifer Lawrence
Release Date: May 23, 2014
Why I’m excited: X-Men First Class was a great return to for the X-Men cinematic universe, and X-Men Days of Future Past looks just awesome. The trailer was one of the best trailers I had ever seen and it pumped me up so much to see both the original cast and the new cast in the same film. And it gives more confidence in the movie that Fox has already ordered X-men: Apocalypse which shows that they have faith in Brian Singer which means that they are happy with their product. Really couldn’t be more excited to this movie.
1. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian Mcellen, Richard Armitrage
Release Date: Dec 17 2014
Why I’m excited: The hobbit: The desolation of Smaug was my favorite movie of 2013. I absolutely loved it. It had a great epic almost Empire Strikes Back feel to it and I love how they did the cliff-hanger ending which is one of the best cliff-hanger ending in film I have ever witnessed and made me instantly begging to see the third and final film of the trilogy.