Last year, I wrote up my top 5 most anticipated movies of 2013 (on a different website). They were...Only God Forgives (good), This Is The End (hilarious), Despicable Me 2 (amazing), Pacific Rim (pretty good) and Elysium (non-sensical). These are the movies I'm most looking forward to in 2014.
5. X-Men - Days of Future Past
Directed by Bryan Singer, Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence
After the abomination that was X-Men 3, I was very happy to see Matthew Vaughn take the reigns and make the X-Men reboot (which I originally had no faith in) worthwhile. Now he's back at the pen with Bryan Singer behind the camera, which should be awesome. All of the X-Men are back, in one form or another. PS, can we all just pretend that X-Men 3 never happened?
4. The Raid 2
Directed by Gareth Evans, Starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Raiden Integra
No action movie was better in 2012 than The Raid. It was basically 90 minutes of straight ass kicking, with inventive scenarios and insane characters. If you've seen Dredd and liked it, you'll love The Raid. Don't get caught up in it's subtitles, because if that sort of thing bothers you, there's barely any dialogue. Now the crew is back and is using a bigger scope than before.
3. 22 Jump Street
Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill & Ice Cube
When I first heard that they were making a 21 Jump Street movie, I was offended. "These remakes all suck, Hollywood is out of original ideas, blah blah blah". However, 21 Jump Street shocked me with how funny it was. It's slowly become one of the 'go-to' comedy movies in my collection, right next to Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Old School. It's definitely the funniest movie of this decade. 22 Jump Street looks to expand on that formula, taking Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to college. This is the only movie on my list without a trailer.
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Directed by Matt Reeves, Starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell & Andy Serkis
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was another movie that really surprised me. I had no intention of seeing it, but when it started gaining very good word of mouth, I jumped on board and loved every minute of it. Caesar really stole the show. Now, watching the Dawn trailer, I get chills when Caesar shows up on screen with the warpaint on. Plus, Gary Oldman has been added to the mix? Cannot wait.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain
The only one that's not a sequel that's on my list, sadly. In my eyes, everything that Christopher Nolan has done to this point has been great, so I don't expect Interstellar to be any different. Also, Matthew McConaughey stars, and he is fast becoming one of the best actors of our generation. Odd, considering that in the early/mid-2000's, he was simply a 'rom-com' guy. However, within the last two years, he's cemented himself as an actor, kicking ass in roles like Mud, Wolf of Wall Street, and the upcoming HBO show True Detective.
Almost making the list: Inherent Vice, Ride Along, The Monuments Men.
It was really hard narrowing this list down to just five, which means it could be a great year for movies.