With the year already a quarter of the way through, we look at some of the best new movies still to come in 2014. It’s the year of the sequel, but there looks to be plenty of gems around. Here’s our top 20 movies to look out for, with trailers as well (where available).
Release Date: 28th March 2014
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson
Darren Aronofsky takes on his biggest movie to date, retelling the biblical story of Noah and the great flood. The trailer looks pretty epic, with Russell Crowe bringing some gravitas to the role of the prophet Noah.
2. 22 Jump Street
Release Date: 13th June 2014
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman
Moving from high school to college, Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) find their relationship under strain as their Jock/Nerd status becomes more apparent. Hopefully this will live up to the first one.
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release Date: 4th April 2014
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie
Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers in what looks to be more of a thriller than the first one, with Roger’s hunting down an old soviet agent called the Winter Soldier and also struggling against 21st century corruption within the US system.
4. Jupiter Ascending
Release Date: 18th July 2014
Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
The Wachowski sibblings (you can’t call them brothers anymore as Larry had a sex change to become Lana) are back with a sci-fi epic involving a plot by the current Queen of the Universe to kill an unknown female human. It sounds a little lame but we hold out hope for another Matrix.
5. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Release Date: 23rd May 2014
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
The original X-Men director Bryan Singer returns to the fold to continue the prequel series that started with 2011’s ‘X-Men: First Class’. This time round there’s a twist, with the older (original) versions of Magneto and Xavier sending Wolverine back in time to change the past to stop a devastating event in the future.
6. How To Train Your Dragon 2
Release Date: 13th June 2014
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett
Set five years after the first movie, Hiccup and Toothless now explore the unmapped territories where they discover a secret cave which contains hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider.
7. Guardians Of The Galaxy
Release Date: 1st August 2014
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
Marvel’s expanding their cinematic universe with the adaptation of Guardians Of The Galaxy. This see’s slapdash explorer Peter Quill being the object of a relentless bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. This is one of their riskier projects, but with a more comedic edge than normal, this may just work.
8. The Raid 2: Berandal
Release Date: April 11th 2014
Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian
2011’s The Raid was a blast, and a commercial success, so director Gareth Evans is retuning to bring us a sequel. Set just after the original, Rama goes undercover with the Jakarta with hopes to bring down the synidicate and root out the corruption within the police department.
9. Bad Neighbors
Release Date: 9th May 2014
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
As huge fans of Seth Rogen, we’re looking forward to his new comedy which see’s a coupe with a new-born baby get new neighbors in the form of a new fraternity house moving in next door, with former teen heart-throb Zac Efron playing Teddy, the president of the frat house.
Release Date: 7th November 2014
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine
In Christopher Nolan’s first film since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises see’s him returning to the sci-fi genre. The film follows mankind’s discovery of a wormhole in space that allows for interstellar travel, with Matthew McConaughey playing the role of one of the pioneer’s who will travel through it for the first time.