By Krista Murray
The Academy Awards are the equivalent of a breakup. It is the final celebration of a great year in film, and at its conclusion we reminisce about all the good times we shared with one hobbit and 13 dwarfs or 24 Hunger Games tributes. But once the credit for the awards show roll, we are so broken up with 2013. We are finally ready to move on from our past movie watching days and mingle with the other films in our future. There are so many eligible movies out there just waiting to capture our hearts in 2014 and here are just some of our options. So grab your tissues and popcorn and let’s find your perfect 2014 movie match.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)
Marvel Studios is showing no signs of slowing. With Thor: The Dark World successfully out of the way, it is time to move onto to another Avenger’s team member, Captain America. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) returns as America’s favorite red, white, and blue hero, only this time in the modern world, and this world is a whole lot darker. I’m sensing a dark sequel theme with Marvel here, but the sequel should have just the right amount of humor and action to make its Godfather (The Avengers) proud.
Maleficent (May 30)
The beloved tale of the 1959 classic Sleep Beauty is getting revamped and in an evil way. Rather than have the film be about the title character, this film, directed by Robert Stromberg, is a tale of the villainous Maleficent. Played by Angelina Jolie, Maleficent should get all of the positive attention the Disney villain deserves. The trailer is enough to send shivers down the spine, and the film itself is sure to be a hit.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)
The journey continues with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon companion Toothless in the sequel to the highly popular animated film, How to Train Your Dragon. The first film is hilarious, heartwarming and fun, and the sequel appears to have the same charms. Plus, wouldn’t we all want a pet dragon?
22 Jump Street (June 13)
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill team up again to kind-of, sort-of fight crime, only this time in college. Everyone who enjoyed the first hysterical movie will surely enjoy its sequel.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)
Mark Wahlberg takes over for Shia Labeouf in this highly anticipated fourth installment to the massively money hungry Transformers films. All of our favorite transformers return and with Wahlberg at the helm, the film should garner some moments to be taken seriously–you know, when alien robots are fighting each other of course.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11)
This sequel may be missing its past star power in James Franco, but the true talent on screen is the individual whose true face is never seen, the ape Caesar played by Andy Serkis (Gollum in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy). The film takes place a decade after the first installment and the humans have waged war on the increasingly powerful army of apes. If the surprisingly excellent first film, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), is any indication of how entertaining the sequel may be, then this will certainly be a fun ride.
Interstellar (Nov. 7)
This will be the best film of the year. I am calling it now. Never has so much attention been formed around a film that no one really knows about. Coming off of his massively popular Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan directs the sci-fi film starring the now Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey. Nolan creates thought provoking, beautiful films and Interstellar will certainly be a masterpiece.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (Nov. 21)
Do I have to say more? If you haven’t seen the first two films in the Hunger Games trilogy, you are truly missing out. The third installment is based on the first half of the final book, and it will no doubt be as incredible as its first two predecessors. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth return, along with some new character additions, in the darkest installment of the three films yet.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again (Dec. 17)
Though this trilogy should not have been a trilogy, there is no taking away from the charms that the films possess. The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy will be the best of the three with even more action and heart.
Into the Woods (Dec. 25)
In a year full of sequels and prequels, it’s nice to see a film that stands on its own. The film, based off of the popular stage musical by Stephen Sondheim, is about a witch (Meryl Streep) who wreaks havoc on beloved fairytale characters like Cinderella, Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood and so many more. This film will not only be a treat for children and musical lovers, but everyone else as well. With an incredible all-star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, and Anna Kendrick this will be one of the most entertaining films of the year.