20 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 (Part 1 of 3)

20. The Monuments Men 19. The Grand Budapest Hotel 18. 300 Rise On An Empire 17. Captain America The Winter Soldier 16. Noah 15. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 14. Transcendence

Most times I end up watching films of directors I have come to admire or those with a certain subject matter that adds excitement. However, big movies draw big crowds and they cost whopping buckets of cash. The last thing a major studio wants is a dud on their hands. Nonetheless, an unusual movie does manage to slip into production.

Last year we had a variety of hits and misses and if you had told me in the beginning of 2013 that Gravity (a film about two astronauts desperately trying to return home after some debris destroys their space shuttle) was going to be a hit I would have been really surprised. This year I have decided to stay ahead of the game and make some thoughtful choices for myself.

Of course I cannot predict the future but I can speculate. I have perused through all of the films that shall be debuting at the cinema in 2014 and narrowed it down to a modest list of the 20 that I am most anticipating to watch. With familiar franchises, a few adaptations and large-scale comic book ventures, all in all 2014 is looking pretty promising for movie geeks.

20. The Monuments Men | Release date: 14 February

When you pair writers from Good Night and Good Luck and Argo, with a cast including Bill Murray, George Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, then drop them into a genuinely compelling true World War II, I think I will be surprised if anything goes wrong.

19. The Grand Budapest Hotel | Release date: 7 March

I loved The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson sure has a knack for gathering some pretty good actors and tap into their quirkiness. This film revolves around the many adventures of Gustave H, a concierge at the time when the European continent was changing: World War II, a theft, a bell boy and Zero Mustafa. With Ralph Fieness in the lead among many A-listers, I am really looking forward to this.

18. 300: Rise Of An Empire | Release date: 7 March

When the 300 died, a war began… and revenge. The action packed trailer looks enticing and I’m curious how Zack Snyder will handle this new chapter.

17. Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Release date: 28 March

After watching the trailer for The Winter Soldier I couldn’t believe how impressive the action sequences, characters and visuals looked. I am excited to get back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

16. Noah | Release date: 8 March

The biblical epic film is directed by Darren Aronofsky with Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson among the stellar cast. Enough said.

15. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | Release date: 18 April

With the set-up out of the way in the first one, the second installment has high expectations and an array of cast from the comics all carefully placed for the future series. A lot is riding on the next Peter Parker adventure; I can’t help but get excited about the potential of another Marvel Cinematic Universe.

14. Transcendence | Release date: 25 April

A science-fiction thriller that is set to mark the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister, who is best known for his work with Chris Nolan. The synopsis is titillating: a terminally ill scientist who downloads his mind into a computer, granting imaginable power rending him unstoppable.

Parts 2 and 3 of the article. Release dates for films are subject to change.