Sports dramas, biblical dramas, animated comedies, dark fairy tales, Kate Upton on the beach and Liam Neeson kicking butt at 30,000 feet! We've gathered the nearly 100 must-see movies coming to theaters this year. Which ones are you most excited to see?
Kicking off the year of movies is a feat not many humans could take on. Good thing then that Kellan Lutz is starring as Hercules in this epic origin story from Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin. In the film, Hercules is exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love and must fight his way back into his kingdom.
The new year presents a busy slate of family films. First up will be The Nut Job, a nutty comedy about a grumpy squirrel who is banished from his park and is forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles upon a nut shop and with some help, plans a heist that will save his life.
Aaron Eckhart's abs. That should be reason enough for you to check out this adaptation of the Darkstorm Comics re-imagination of the Frankenstein mythos. If that's not enough, how about Yvonne Strahovski co-starring as the female lead? Bill Nighy is the film's villain.
Someone finally made a feature-length movie using Legos and voiced the characters with an all-star cast because why not? The film centers on a ordinary Lego mini-figure who is recruited to stop Lord Business from gluing the universe together. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell are among the voices cast in what promises to be an early 2014 hit.
Game of Thrones fans will get to see Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the first of two big-budget movies in 2014. In this film, Harington plays a slave turned gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love (Emily Browning) all while Mount Vesuvius is erupting and the city of Pompeii is crumbling around him.
Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki bids farewell to the movie world with this somber historical drama tinged with a tragic love story. While it's certainly not the fantastical films that made him an icon, it's a fitting farewell to an accomplished career. The dubbed voice cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Elijah Wood and Stanley Tucci.
Liam Neeson is back solving a mystery and kicking butt... on a plane! Neeson plays an air marshal who must jump into action when a mysterious terrorists starts to wreak havoc on an international flight. He may not know who you are, but Neeson will find you and unleash his special set of skills from 30,000 feet up in the air.
Time travel is one of Hollywood's go-to plot devices and the latest to use it will find a group of friends who find a blueprint to build a time machine and, once constructed, realize that things have gotten out of control. Now it's a race against time to fix things back to their original state.
Wes Anderson films certainly have their audience, and his fans are no doubt frenzied in anticipation for this offbeat and yes, we'll say it, quirky dramedy involving murder, theft and intrigue at a 1920s European hotel. Ralph Fiennes stars as a famed concierge in the middle of the mayhem.
It has been eight years since the first 300 movie wowed movie fans with its hyper-stylized action sequences. This year, the sequel finally arrives in theaters with a pair of strong ladies facing off against one another. Eva Green leads her Persian army to war against Lena Headey and the Greeks in Rise of an Empire.
What started out as a segment of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show has now been expanded into a standalone CG movie. Mr. Peabody and his pet human Sherman are on a mission to restore history after an accident sends things spiraling out of control.
Nicole Kidman portrays the late actress turned princess Grace Kelly in this biopic based on true events. Centering on a pending French invasion of Monaco in the 1960s, this film was bumped out of awards contention in mid-2013 and given a mid-March release. Tim Roth and Parker Posey co-star.
Rev those engines! Jesse Pinkman is on the run! Ok, so Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul may not be bringing his TV character to the big screen, but you try watching this movie without thinking he's got a trunk full of blue meth. With Fast & Furious 7 bumped to 2015, this film will be your crazy car chase action movie of the year. Could be worse *cough* Getaway *cough*.
What's springtime at the cinemas without a Tyler Perry movie? His latest film is about a group of single moms dealing with raising kids and navigating the dating scene. Perry's films consistently open to $20+ million and with an eclectic cast that includes Regina Hall, Amy Smart, Zulay Henao and Loretta Devine, this film looks to continue that streak.
What started out as a wishful Kickstarter proposal has come full circle as Kristen Bell and the Veronica Mars cast make the jump from TV to film. To date, not much is known about the plot, but we do know the cast will include James Franco, Jamie Lee Curtis and Justin Long.
The latest YA franchise to jump from page to screen brings us to another post-apocalyptic world where people are divided into five groups. And then there's Shailene Woodley's Tris, who doesn't belong to any of them, is labeled Divergent and poses a threat to the system. Kate Winslet, Theo James and Maggie Q co-star.
The Muppets are back and this time, they need to rescue Kermit who has been mistaken for a notorious criminal and imprisoned. Joining the Muppets are Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and a host of other celebrity cameos.
If you though Patrick Wilson was being pigeonholed as a go-to horror movie actor, think again. In Stretch he teams up with director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, The Grey) for this action flick about a limo chauffeur who agrees to do a job for a billionaire only for his life to become a living hell. Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Ed Helms and Brooklyn Decker co-star.
The first Haunted House proved to be such a hit ($60 million against a $3 million budget) that Open Road couldn't resist running to the Marlon Wayans horror-comedy well a second time. Here we find Marlon living with his new girlfriend and her two kids in his dream house. Sounds great. Only problem is he's once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
Darren Aronofsky's Noah is a real curiosity. How biblical will it be? How silly will it look? What about these pre-evolved CG creatures the film is supposed to feature? This could be incredible, but it could just as easily be too serious for its own good. We have faith in Aronofsky, though, to pull it off.
If, like us, you enjoyed to relentless slam-bang action of the first Raid movie then chances are you've been anxiously waiting for this sequel to hit theaters. Picking up immediately after the ending of the first film, this sequel finds star Iko Uwais going undercover to take down a Jakarta crime syndicate and uncover corruption in his police force.
Marvel's first big film of the year finds Capt. America facing a new yet familiar adversary. We'll meet Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow will feature heavily in the film as Cap's partner.
We all know Kevin Costner for his sports dramas. This time around he's tackling pro football, playing the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns being the Browns, Costner is struggling to secure the number one draft pick for his team. Will they tank the season to secure the pick or will they play for pride and unleash a miracle?
Three years ago, Rio was somewhat of an under-the-radar hit. So much so that Fox commissioned a sequel that finds Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway's Blu and Jewel now happily married and parents. Jewel decides to take the kids back to the Amazon so they can experience their roots while Blu goes beak-to-beak with a vengeful Nigel.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shows no signs of slowing down no matter what. In Schwarzenegger's latest attempt to kick-start a comeback, he plays a DEA agent whose team is being picked off after they've robbed a drug cartel safe house. One of these co-stars will turn out to be a bad guy: Sam Worthington, Joe Manginello, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway and/or Mireille Enos.
Disney celebrates Earth Day (or is it Earth Week now?) with their latest DisneyNature release. This time the focus is on bears (as if the title wasn't a dead giveaway) living in Alaska's coastal mountains and shores. Man-bear John C. Reilly narrates.
Spiritually themed movies seem to be a trend this year. Greg Kinnear stars in this adaptation of Todd Burpo's hit book that chronicles the supposedly true story of his son's near-death experience that took him to heaven and back.
Evil Dead tested the waters of April last year and given its relative success, this year we find Katee Sackhoff and Karen Gillan (pre-shaved head) giving sci-fi geeks a reason to hit the theaters this spring. The film centers on a young woman who tries to exonerate her brother of murder by proving that the killing was done by a supernatural phenomenon.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Rebecca Hall star in this mind-bending sci-fi action movie about a terminally ill scientist who downloads his body into a computer, making him more powerful than his wildest dreams and ultimately, unstoppable.
Early trailers have made this look like a remake of Super 8 and while there are some similarities, this film finds a group of friends investigating a bizarre series of text messages that get sent out when a construction project begins in their neighborhood.
This film may contain one of the most Googled GIFs of the year. While this romantic comedy features a gratuitous slow-mo shot of the buxom Kate Upton running along the beach, there IS a plot. Three women team up to turn the tables on their cheating boyfriend/husband. Fandango fans selected Upton as the breakout star of 2014. We'll have to see if your pick holds true.
In Steven Brill's latest, Elizabeth Banks' dream of becoming a news anchor is put in jeopardy following a one-night stand that leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money and 8 hours to make it to a job interview. Brill previously directed Drillbit Taylor and Little Nicky. Here's hoping he learned something.
There's plenty of speculation as to what we'll see in this second installment of Marc Webb's Spidey universe, but we do know the film serves as a bridge to two more Spider-Man movies and will be crammed with at least three new villains - Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper).
Jon Favreau brings us this comedy about a chef who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck gig. Meanwhile, he's slowly piecing together his estranged family. Co-stars include Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, Dustin Hoffman and a host of other famous names that reads like a swanky summer party none of us would be invited to.
Up for a little fish-out-of-water comedy? Then this Seth Rogen vs. Zac Efron comedy might just be the ticket. On one side, there's Rogen and wife Rose Byrne raising their newborn child. On the other side is Efron and his frat house that includes Dave Franco, Craig Roberts and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Who's going to win this domestic war?
Jon Hamm trades in the Don Draper business suit for a casual dress shirt and baseball cap in yet another sports drama to hit theaters this year. But just like Draper, Hamm's sports agent character is thinking outside of the box when he recruits Asian cricket players to play major league baseball. Will the gamble pay off?
For those who wanted Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore to reunite, your wish has been granted. The couple secure their rom-com hat trick with this African safari themed story that finds them falling in love after a credit card mix-up lands them and their families on a wild adventure. And no, Chris Rock isn't voicing the zebra in this movie.
The classic movie monster gets a remake in his return to the big screen. Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are the human stars in this sci-fi disaster flick which finds Godzilla taking on M.U.T.O., a monstrous creation which threatens our very existence.
Much like Sony continues to milk their Spider-Man movie rights, Fox keeps pumping out X-Men movies and making fanboys happy. The latest is a time-traveling action adventure that finds Wolverine (of course) meeting the original X-Men cast along with the younger First Class crew.
Seth McFarlane goes Western in his latest big-screen comedy adventure. We can't help but envision shades of Blazing Saddles in this Old West tale of a cowardly farmer who seeks the help of a gunslinger's wife in order to win back the woman he loves. Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron co-star.
Calling all little princesses! Disney's highly anticipated live action adaptation of
the Sleeping Beauty villain, Maleficent brilliantly cast Angelina Jolie as the titlular sorceress. It explores the dark side of the fairy tale to find out what caused Maleficent's ice-cold heart to curse Princess Aurora.
There are very few actors who are bigger, more bankable stars around the world than Tom Cruise. He stars in this adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka's All You Need Is Kill (which thankfully didn't end up as the movie's title) as a soldier who keeps living his last day over and over again. Yes, it's like Groundhog Day set in a mech-warrior universe. Emily Blunt co-stars.
Last year, Shailene Woodley wowed us in the romantic drama The Spectacular Now. This year, she returns to the romantic drama genre in this adaptation of John Green's best-selling novel. The story centers on two teens who fall in love at a cancer support group. Ansel Elgort and Willem Dafoe co-star.
Dreamworks Animation's sequel to the 2010 hit finds Hiccup and Toothless living peacefully on the island of Berk. When dragons are discovered in an ice cave, the two must team up to help preserve the peace between humans and dragons. Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill and Kit Harington voice.
While the jokes in 21 Jump Street were great, the movie's real magic came from Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's charming chemistry. So if nothing else, 22 Jump Street promises another healthy dose of that. This time the storied bromance must survive college life.
You thought The Purge was only going to be a one-time thing? Think again. Universal returns to this profitable horror-thriller once again, this time with Frank Grillo taking the lead role fending off a murderous mob. The first film made a killing but will fans be anxious to sit through another Purge?
Showbiz can be a strange place. After all, who would have pegged Clint Eastwood of all people to direct a big screen adaptation of this hit Broadway musical? Nonetheless, Christopher Walken headlines this tale about the rise of The Four Seasons music group. Walken singing and dancing? Count us in!
The smash hit romantic comedy from 2012 based on Steve Harvey's best-selling book returns to theaters with more relationship drama, silly antics and more Kevin Hart. This time, the action goes down in Las Vegas during a romantic weekend where things go awry and various misadventures begin to put the big event in jeopardy.
Three years removed from Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay reboots the multi-billion dollar franchise with a new cast (Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor) and new Transformers, including the much-buzzed-about Dinobots. Plus explosions. Lots of explosions.
The occult and demons are going strong in theaters this year. In this film, a New York City cop is investigating a series of brutal murders that hint at demonic possession. Eric Bana, Olivia Munn and Joel McHale headline this action horror movie.
A potty-mouthed Susan Sarandon teamed with Melissa McCarthy? No this isn't a sequel to The Heat (although one is currently in development). In Tammy, McCarthy plays a woman who has just been laid off and found out that her husband is sleeping around behind her back. She hits the road with her cursing, hard-drinking grandmother and hilarity ensues.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes helped resurrect the Apes franchise three years ago and this latest installment looks to pick up where that film left off, both in story and buzz. Andy Serkis returns to play Apes leader Caesar who, along with his other genetically engineered apes have brokered a fragile peace with surviving humans.
It wouldn't be summer without more Channing Tatum. In the Wachowski siblings' latest sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending he's an interplanetary killer sent by the Queen of the Universe to assassinate Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis). Of course he doesn't; a love story blossoms and sci-fi action sequences hurtle us to an ultimate confrontation with the Queen.
Disney wasted little time to commission a sequel to their Planes movie. This sequel pays homage to the men and women who help protect our national parks. Dane Cook returns to voice Dusty with Julie Bowen voices Lil Dipper along with other soon to be announced additions.
It's the second Hercules movie and the first (requisite) summer movie with The Rock. Adapted from Steve Moore's comic book Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the film finds Hercules as a sword-for-hire sent to battle a tyrannical warlord. John Hurt and Ian McShane co-star. Brett Ratner directs.
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz made a sex tape and it's hitting theaters this summer. OK, so it sounds a lot more sleazy than the actual plot -- a married couple wakes up to discover that a sex tape they made the night before has gone missing. Jack Black, Rob Lowe and Rob Corddry co-star.
The Step Up franchise is alive and kicking with this fifth movie in the franchise that will blend together the casts from the previous four movies. Only thing wrong with this is no Channing Tatum, who began his cinematic ascent in the first film of the franchise.
Marvel's second big movie is a huge gamble that's had fanboys buzzing for months. Guardians of the Galaxy takes Marvel Studios in a much more niche direction while also setting up the events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and David Bautista make up the principle Guardians cast.
Chadwick Boseman goes from playing Jackie Robinson in 42 to a music legend James Brown in this biopic that chronicles the soul singer's rise from extreme poverty to become a music icon. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer co-star.
Helen Mirren headlines this adaptation of Richard Morais' best-selling novel about an Indian family who moves to France and opens up a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Oprah Winfrey produces and Safe Haven director Lasse Hallström directs.
Tornadoes are a way of life in the Midwest and in this latest thriller from Final Destination 5 director Steven Quale, a group of high school students capture the destruction and aftermath of a deadly tornado. Richard Armitage and former Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies co-star.
Scarlett Johansson in a Luc Besson action movie? Co-starring Morgan Freeman? Score! Though Angelina Jolie was originally cast in the lead role, Johansson took over when Jolie dropped out. No word on the plot just yet, but expect the usual frenetic Besson-style action chaos to explode on-screen.
All those months of fanboy grumbling about Michael Bay's reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will reach a fever pitch when this CG action adventure hits screens. Megan Fox, William Fichtner and Will Arnett will co-star in this latest Turtle-powered adventure.
The testosterone will be flowing in theaters this summer as Sylvester Stallone gets the band back together for a third go-around in this aging action franchise. New faces include Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and UFC female champ Ronda Rousey.
Cross your fingers and hope this sequel actually makes its 2014 release date. Having been delayed for several times, the sequel directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller is primarily based on the second volume of Miller's comic series. The film stars Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as original Sin City stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Rosario Dawson.
As the summer winds down and a new football season getting underway, sports fans might want to check out this "based on a true story" drama of about a high school football coach who took a losing program and went on to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons. Jim Caviezel and Alexander Ludwig co-star.
Stars and directors may have come and gone in this Western drama, but Natalie Portman has held on to her gun the entire time. The film finds Portman seeking help from her ex-lover to save her outlaw husband who is being tracked down by a gang out to kill him. Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro co-star.
Torture-porn auteur Eli Roth's homage to Italian horror about a group of students crash-landed in the Amazon and taken by cannibals opened to good reviews at the Toronto Fest. After six years this marks Roth's much-anticipated return to directing...will he usher in a new Age of Cannibals? Gorehounds hope so.
Idris Elba takes a villain role here, terrorizing a mother of two after pretending to need help after a car crash. The movie was bumped three times out of a release date, finally landing in September -- which could be a good or bad thing. We love Elba though, so we're counting on the former.
An all-star cast (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, more) stars in Shawn Levy's adaptation of Jonathan Tropper's popular book about a quarreling family who reunites to sit shiva after their patriarch dies. With quotes like this, you gotta love it:
“How’s Mom doing?”
“She’s Mom, you know? She wanted to know how much to tip the coroner.”
You'll be pleased to know that the tail-less star of the first film, Winter, returns for this sequel that promises even more warm fuzzies when the Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescues the baby dolphin Hope. We'll guess there won't be a subplot involving puffer fish, howevs.
A dystopian sci-fi adventure involving teenagers forced into a strange place they have to figure out how to escape? You don't say! This one involves a maze called the Glade and a bunch of kids in peril (called Gladers, natch) who have to solve the maze to go home. Oh but wait, hold on to your hats--did we mention it's also a trilogy based on a book series?
Training Day's dream team of Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington reunite on this film based on the '80s TV show about a former covert operative turned vigilante to atone for his own sins. It's been in the works since 2010 when Russell Crowe was attached; Chloe Grace Moretz plays a teenage prostitute (!) whom Washington decides to help.
From "the hands that made" Coraline and ParaNorman comes yet another quirky stop-motion animation feature film. This time, the focus is on a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors. The film is an adaptation of Alan Snow's children's novel, Here Be Monsters.
Ben Affleck will make his awards run this year with this David Fincher adaptation of Gillian Lynch's novel about a woman who mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry (!) co-star.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
This family comedy's ridiculously verbose title pretty much tells you all you need to know. Steve Carell stars in his only film this year (pending a release date for Foxcatcher) alongside Jennifer Garner in this adaptation of the best-selling '70s children's book series.
Robert Downey Jr. starring in Oscar bait? Here the A-list actor sets aside his Iron Man suit for a drama about a successful lawyer who returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder. Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) departs from his usual comedy.
Guillermo del Toro producing an animated Romeo and Juliet type romantic drama set during a Day of the Dead celebration sounds great. Add in the voices of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman and many more and you have yourself a potential Halloween season hit.
The grainy camcorder horror franchise continues its franchise with its fifth movie. As with the previous films, plot details are kept under wraps but you can bet there will be weird shadows and camera signal interference at some point in the film.
Marvel comics and Disney animation collide in this comic book adaptation that finds six superheroes recruited by the government to help disarm a threat on the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. OK, so it's not a Pixar version of The Avengers but it's a start.
Christopher Nolan is great, but when engaged in an original story he's excited about, he gets REALLY great. We still don't know much about Interstellar, but with Nolan in full sci-fi mode and directing a cast that includes Matthew McConaughy, Anne Hathaway, and many others, this one's a must-see.
The two lovable lugheads from the mid-'90s Farrelly brothers hit comedy are back for another wacky adventure, searching for one of their long-lost children in hopes of finding a match for a kidney transplant. We can only imagine what kind of nonsense these two guys get into this time. Joining them will be Rob Riggle, Kathleen Turner and Laurie Holden.
A rebellion continues to rise in the next installment of The Hunger Games franchise. Picked as Fandango fans' most anticipated movie of the year, this sequel is the first of the final two films. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and the rest of the Hunger Games cast return.
Here's hoping Tim Johnson's fifth animated film is a hit. The director of such movies as Over the Hedge, Antz and Kung Fu Panda Holiday returns with an out of this world comedy about a group of aliens seeking shelter from their enemies on Earth. Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Steve Martin are among the voice cast for this Thanksgiving weekend offering.
Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to be grateful that you don't have one of these bosses looking over your shoulders. This sequel to the 2012 hit comedy finds Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day dealing with a new batch of horrible bosses - Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz - and a familiar, sexy nuisance in Jennifer Aniston.
Christian Bale resurfaces on the big screen this year as Moses - a young, dashingly handsome Moses at that. The Ridley Scott epic co-stars Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro and will likely be the subject of awards contention as we round out the year.
Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman lend their voices to this animated adaptation about a Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Along the way, he encounters one misadventure after another and finds himself lost in Paddington Station, realizing that city life isn't what he thought it would be.
The sun may come out tomorrow, but you'll have to wait until Christmas Day for this remake of the '80s musical classic. Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout star Quvenzhane Wallis stars in the title role with Jamie Foxx, Rose Bryne and Cameron Diaz rounding out the cast of characters.
Yes, that is Meryl Streep as an evil witch in Rob Marshall's fantasy musical in theaters this Christmas. Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and host of other stars appear in this film about a witch who attempts to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel.
Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy return to the museum for a third time in this Christmas Day comedy. The first two films were worldwide hits cashing in around $500 million. The location of this third Museum film has not been revealed yet, but we do know Robin Williams' Teddy Roosevelt will be part of the cast.
Angelina Jolie directs this adaptation of the best-selling novel about Olympic track runner Louis Zamperini who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. The book is a harrowing account of POW abuse and survival in the worst possible conditions. Will Jolie do the book justice and will this film be a breakout Oscar contender? Find out during Christmas.