The start of a new year means we are one step closer to all of the exciting films that are coming our way. 2013 was packed with sci-fi films such as Man of Steel, Elysium, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Pacific Rim and World War Z just to name a few. But what can we expect in 2014? Here are my top picks of what’s on my list to see this year…
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Due to land in cinemas: 4th April US/ 28th March UK
Many people think the first outing of Captain America wasn’t that great. To be fair, the film needed to show the man before the captain, how he became him, how he learnt his skills, cover WWII and get him to modern day America. It was a lot to get in one film. Perhaps in an ideal world they would have liked to cover his story across two before he joined the Avengers. But time was not on Marvel’s side. I guess its the same as the next Man of Steel movie will see both Batman and Wonder Woman make an appearance. Anyway, in the second film, Captain is working with fellow Avenger Black Widow (Maria Hill is also in the film) and fighting a blast from his past whilst trying to cope with his new modern surroundings.
Due to land in cinemas: 2nd May US/ 18th April UK
Only two films in to the list and another Marvel film. Marvel is indeed keeping us busy this year, possibly at a risk of cannibalising its own ticket sales with all its films (although both Spider-Man and X-Men are not produced by Marvel Studios so they probably didn’t get much say on the release dates). Spider-Man is by far the most popular Marvel character (even with no film out it is still Marvel’s biggest seller for merchandise), and I thought it was too soon for a reboot, but the first film was brilliant. This time round we have Jamie Foxx as a electric-fuelled blue baddie. According to the poster, it’s Spidey’s greatest battle.
Due to land in cinemas: 12th February US/ 7th February UK
Because we were due another 80s remake right? Total Recall was actually a really good remake, so I have high hopes for this too. I don’t know too much about it, and can’t say I’ve overly looked into it. But from the trailer and pictures that have been released so far it looks good.
Due to land in cinemas: 21st March US/ 4th April UK
From the sound of this film it seems a bit of a Hunger Games type film (without the killing games), from the look of the trailer it has the look of Aeon Flux. I like both films so will be checking this one out. Based on the book of the same name, the film is set in the future where people are divided based on their personalities, a teenager with a special mind who doesn’t fit into any category finds herself in a fight to stop her and others like her being destroyed.
Due to land in cinemas: 18th April US/ 25th April UK
Johnny Depp and sci-fi what is not to like? And what else makes this a must see? It’s a directorial debut from Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister that’s what. Depp plays a scientist who was shot with a radio active bullet. On his death bed his wife and science partner finds a way to download his brain to a computer so he can continue his work. However, she has granted him with incredible power and he becomes unstoppable.
Due to land in cinemas: 23rd May US/ 22nd May UK
We all knew this was going to be good for several reasons. One—Bryan Singer is back, two—an all star cast and three—those teaser posters. Possibly some of the best posters ever. Using the X to show the faces of the actors of the past and present. I would say these are better than the Ides of March poster which has Ryan Gosling hold up Time magazine over half of his face showing half of George Clooney’s face. Those that have seen The Wolverine would have seen an end credits easter egg of Xavier and Magneto cornering Wolverine at an airport to call him in for the next X-Men outing.
Due to land in cinemas: 11th July US/ 17th July UK
Andy Serkis is doing amazing in Hollywood, sadly his face doesn’t actually get to be on screen. If anyone needs a man in a CGI suit to create a character, Serkis is officially the go-to guy. I really enjoyed the first film in this reboot with James Franco, it really was one of those films that took me by surprise, so I have high hopes for this sequel.
Due to land in cinemas: 23rd May US/ 25 July UK
I think the Wachowski siblings are back with this film. This is no Matrix for breaking all the rules and bringing us new techniques in filming, but the trailer is incredible. It is based in a universe where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, but the queen of the universe wants to kill a human woman, because her existence threatens the end of her reign.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Due to land in cinemas: 1st August US and UK
Ok, messing up my nice and neat layout with a landscape poster, but you need to see the line-up of characters. Marvel is doing its best to keep us busy with an average of three movies a year and this time it is stepping into its wider collection, beyond its X Men and Avengers characters. I don’t know much about this arm of Marvel, but I do know that the easter egg at the end of Iron Man 3 is connected to this film (and I don’t mean the Bruce Banner bit).
Due to land in cinemas: 21st August US and UK
And the time has come to start the road to the end of the Hunger Games saga. I absolutely loved the books, couldn’t put them down, and I’m not much of a reader. The first film disappointed me, it took a second watch for me to appreciate it a bit more, but I still wasn’t sold on it. The second film did a lot better for me. I found myself jumping with fright and crying at various points in the film. So, here’s hoping that it continues to impress me.
Due to land in cinemas: 17th December US / 19th December UK
No poster yet for the third installment in The Hobbit trilogy so I’m settling for one from the beginning of the series. Benedict Cumberbatch signs on this time round as the Necromancer and you just know he is going to add a bit of frightful drama to this film.
There are so many to mention. The above are my top picks, but others I will be probably be watching include: Edge of Tomorrow, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Maleficent, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Tomorrowland.
And there are a few that I’m not sure about… I, Frankenstein (mostly because I’m not a fan of Aaron Eckhart), Vampire Academy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
What are you most looking forward to seeing this year?