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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Movies to look out for in 2014

Animal Rescue - American feature film debut by Belgium's Michaël Roskam, who gave us the fantastic Bullhead. This will be another crime flick and it stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late great James Gandolfini.
Birdman - A comedy from Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director who gave us Amores Perros and Biutiful. And it has a killer cast too.
Boyhood - Richard Linklater's latest in which he followed a boy and his family for a period of 12 years.
Calvary - The new comedy/drama from John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleeson. Previously they made The Guard together so they have my attention.
Captain America - The Winter Soldier - Still riding on the fact that I really enjoyed The Avengers. And the first Captain America is probably my second favourite Marvel Studios flick.
Child 44 - A crime procedural set in the Soviet Union of the 1950's. This one is on the list for the cast alone: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassell, and Paddy Considine. Amazing.
Cobbler, The - New film by Tom McCarthy, who's three previous films are were great. And it stars Adam Sandler who proved in Punch-Drunk Love that he can impress with the right director.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - The first one was a mixed bag but the teaser trailer for this one sold me.
Cold in July - New Jim Mickle movie. His last two films were the most interesting horror films to come out of the states so I'm dying to see what he'll do with a crime flick.
Dom Hemingway - Latest movie from Richard Shepard, who's previous two movies were both interesting. And Jude Law seems to go all out in this one based on trailer.
Double, The - New film by Richard Ayoade, who made Submarine, after a story by Dostoyevsky. Jesse Eisenberg stars as the guy who sees his life invaded by a far more confident doppelgänger.
Enemy - Another doppelgänger film. This one by Denis Villeneuve, who has been on fire with Polytechnique, Incendies and last year's Prisoners. This time Jake Gyllenhaal gets in trouble with his double. Looks amazing.
Foxcatcher - Latest from Bennett Miller, the director of Capote and Moneyball.
Godzilla - The teaser was dope and I just want to have a big monster movie I actually will like. So far the teaser was cool. Fingers crossed.
Gone Girl - New David Fincher. The man never makes a bad movie and some of his films are great. I'm hoping for one of the latter again.
Grand Budapest Hotel, The - New Wes Anderson with possibly his biggest cast yet. Everybody seems to be in this.
Guardians of the Galaxy - A new Marvel and a space adventure. God I hope this will be good. More Avengers goodwill...
Hobbit, The - There and Back Again - I don't care what the haters say. These movies are truly epic and in a league of their own. And this will be the grand finale. Can't wait.
How To Catch a Monster - Ryan Gosling's Directorial debut. No idea how this will turn out but the plot synopsis is interesting at the very least.
Immigrant, The - New film by James Gray starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner about a Polish immigrant and her relationship with two men in 1920's America.
Inherent Vice - New Paul Thomas Anderson. Nuff said.
Interstellar - New Chris Nolan SF flick. This one could be truly awesome.
Locke - Real-time drama starring Tom Hardy who's life comes to pieces as he drives his BMW with a cell phone for the duration of the movie. If anyone can pull it off, it's Hardy.
Midnight Special - New Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon is in it once again. Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud were all great, so bring it on.
Monuments Men, The - George Clooney directed film with a great cast and great premise (WW2 platoon saving art from the Nazis). The reviews aren't that great but I just want it too be good.
Most Wanted Man, A - John le Carré adaptation by Anton Corbijn, who did the excellent Control. Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this spy tale.
Mr. Turner - New Mike Leigh, which is good enough for me. A biopic on British artist J.M.W Turner with Leigh regular Timothy Spall in the title role.
Noah - I can't say I'm excited about a film about Noah but it's Darren Aronofsky directing so I will just have faith in that.
Raid 2, The - The most bonkers action movie of 2012 gets a sequel and it's looking to be even bigger. God help us.
Rosewater - A film directed by John Stewart about an Iranian journalist who was tortured and imprisoned for over 100 days as a result of a mock interview he conducted with the Daily Show.
Sin City - A Dame To Kill For - I absolutely love the original so I can't wait for this one. Gordon-Levitt, Willis, Rourke, Liotta, Brolin and many, many more star.
Serena - New Susanne Bier but set in depression-era North Carolina, which is quite a change.
Snowpiercer - Looks like we will finally get to see Bong Joon-Ho's SF American feature debut. And word is it will be uncut. Can't wait...
Transcendence - Another potentially big SF flick by Christopher Nolan's cinematographer. Johnny Depp & Rebecca Hall star. The trailers do make me worry however and he has never directed before.
Trip to Italy - Michael Winterbottom's follow up to the excellent The Trip. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan are on a culinary road trip through Italy this time around. Should be good.
Under the Skin - Latest from Jonathan Glazer, who did Sexy Beast, looks like a giant trip. Sort of like Kubrick directing Beyond the Black Rainbow. And Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien who captures humans.
And maybe:
Fury - WW2 movie about a bunch of dudes in tank. I love a good movie set in a tank. Let's hope this will be one of them.
Jupiter Ascending - New SF by the by Wachowskis. They haven't made a great one since the first Matrix but they do their own thing and I'm always curious to see how their next movie turns out.
Imitation Game, The - Biopic about Alan Turing by the guy who's last movie was the fantastic Headhunters. Benedict Cumberbatch stars.
Big Eyes - New Tim Burton. I don't like Tim Burton films but the one exception was his biopic Ed Wood. This is another biography and an oddball subject. Fingers crossed.
Tom Yum Goong 2 - The first Tom Yum Goong was a truly horrendous film but it has some of the most amazing action sequences ever. Probably the same for this one.