2014 will prove to be a pretty big year for movies. It's pretty clear the sequels, reboots, superhero films, and movies based on young-adult dystopian novels will dominate, as well as a handful of kid movies. There are some I'm pretty excited for ("They Came Together") and others I could leave at the door ("Transformers"). Here's a peek at the upcoming movies for 2014, including their release dates.
- RoboCop: Just before Valentine's Day, "Robocop" will be rebooted from its 1987 version. The basic story is still the same: a terminally wounded cop is able to return to his job when he becomes part-cyborg. Release date: February 12, 2014.
- Godzilla: This rendition of "Godzilla" will probably be slightly more interesting than previous ones given that it stars Bryan Cranston. Otherwise, it's all about that giant, radioactive monster destroying mankind. You know, same ol' same ol. Release date: May 16, 2014.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This reboot has been tried previously, but maybe this time with Michael Bay, Megan Fox, and Will Arnett involved, it'll stick. If this reimagining of a film about those beloved crime-fighting turtles does well, there are two sequels we could experience, too. Release date: August 8, 2014.
Sequels, Threequels, and other Follow-Ups
- 22 Jump Street: To be fair, "22 Jump Street" is a follow-up to the film "21 Jump Street," which is a reboot of the original television series of the same name. But given that "22 Jump Street" looks exactly like "21 Jump Street," I'm categorizing this as a reboot. A reboot of the television series and a reboot of the previous film, except in a college setting. I will totally see this. Release date: June 13, 2014.
- Veronica Mars: The highly-anticipated follow-up to the "Veronica Mars" television series debuts in March, thanks in large part to its successful Kickstarter last year. Kristen Bell stars, naturally. Release date: March 14, 2014.
- Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Nearly 10 years later, "A Dame to Kill For" is a follow-up to Frank Miller's "Sin City." It features a slew of actors and actresses, like the first one, and features four major plot arcs. Release date: August 22, 2014.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A follow-up to the 2021's "Captain America: The First Avenger," this Marvel film stars Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky/The Winter Soldier, and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon.Release date: April 4, 2014.
Guardians of the Galaxy: An ensemble cast marks this latest Marvel film, including: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro. Release date: August 1, 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past: As the seventh "X-Men" film in the franchise, "Days of Future Past" is a follow-up to "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006); "X-Men: First Class" (2011); and "The Wolverine" (2013). Release date: May 23, 2014.
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: The dystopian franchise winds to a close with the first of two "Mockingjay" films. "Mockingjay — Part 1" will launch Katniss into a mass rebellion against the Capitol. Release date: November 21, 2014.
- Divergent: Based on a young adult series of the same name, "Divergent" is another dystopian series, similar to "The Hunger Games." Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet are among its stars. Release date: March 21, 2014.
- The Maze Runner: You know Tina Fey's joke about how once Hollywood finds something it likes, it keeps it going until everyone hates it? While that's already happening with superhero movies, I'm gonna go ahead and say young adult dystopian films might be next. It stars Dylan O'Brian of "Teen Wolf." Release date: September 19, 2014.
- Muppets Most Wanted: Tina Fey! Ricky Gervais! Ty Burrell! Stanley Tucci! Jemaine Clement! ...Lady Gaga? Yep! This follow-up to "The Muppets" will be adorable, funny, and evil, as The Muppets find themselves going head-to-head against a European jewel thief... who looks mysteriously like Kermit the Frog. Release date: March 21, 2014.
- Maleficent: It's a live action, dark version of Disney's already most terrifying villain, Maleficent. (When I was little, I hid the VHS of "Sleeping Beauty" under our couch because Maleficent was just too scary to me.) Angelina Jolie looks perfect(ly horrifying) in the role. Release date: May 30, 2014.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2: Hiccup and Toothless are back with their friends on the island of Berk. While the vikings and dragons now live in peace, Hiccup is in for a surprise when he meets someone he never thought he'd see again: his mom. Release date: June 13, 2014.
NOT a Reboot or Sequel (AKA "everything else")
- They Came Together: This is a Sundance film so it may or may not have a wide release. However, it stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, and therefore it is a movie to be pumped about. The film is categorized as a "romantic comedy" (or romcom) and will probably be adorable. Friendly reminder that these two go all the way back to "Wet Hot American Summer." Release date: January 24, 2014.
- Wish I Was Here: Another Sundance pick, this film is that movie Zach Braff funded using Kickstarter and annoying the crap out of everyone. Now's your chance to see what he did with your money! Release date: September 2014.
- Interstellar: This film will is Christopher Nolan's follow-up to the "Batman" trilogy. it focuses on alternate dimensions and time travel. It also features a pretty star-studded cast, including: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Cain, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Wes Bentley. Release date: September 2014.
Other notable movies:
- That Awkward Moment: Release date: January 31, 2014.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Release date: May 2, 2014.
- Transformers: Age of Extinction: Release date: June 27, 2014.
- Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: Release date: July 11, 2014.
- The Hobbit: There And Back Again: Release date: December 17, 2014.