Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: Part Three - #11-20

Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: Part Three - #11-20

Tomorrow will bring us my top ten most anticipated movies of 2014, but we must first look at the ten films that fell just out of reach, though I must say this is a rather impressive grouping and it's rather obvious how much more excited I am about each one of these lists the closer we get to the top.

Today's list includes a couple of comedies, my highest ranking studio franchise feature, a directorial debut we've all been looking forward to, an On Demand release and more than a few directors whose names alone get us into the theater. Check it out and if you missed either of my two previous installments there is a navigation directly below and on the final page of this post.

Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation

#1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40

Knights of Badassdom
January 21

Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten in Knights of Badassdom
Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten in Knights of Badassdom
Photo: eOne Films

Knights of Badassdom appears to be this year's Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, although this one never had a festival run as much as it has the appearance of being a damned funny film that studios shied away from. Now, eOne is set to release it domestically, but it's skipping the theater outright and going straight to On Demand and digital formats on February 11. I guess we'll take it however we can get it as Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage star in this LARPing epic.

In this comedic fantasy adventure, Joe (Ryan Kwanten) is a heavy metal rocker who's just gone through a painful breakup with his girlfriend, Beth (Margarita Levieva). His concerned roommates (Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage) kidnap him to their LARP (Live Action Role Playing) gathering, where he enters a realm of fantasy escapism in which pretend knights, elves, and barbarians clash with foam weaponry on a mock battlefield. When Joe's "sorcerer" roommate (Zahn) inadvertently summons a deadly succubus that takes Beth's seductive form, bloody reality crashes down upon their fantasy world. Once LARPers start to turn up dead, the make-believe wizards and warriors must join forces with other adventurers (Summer Glau, Danny Pudi) to become the real life heroes they have been pretending to be and conquer the unleashed evil.

22 Jump Street
June 13

22 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street
Photo: Columbia Pictures

I thought the first 21 Jump Street was hilarious until a rather lackluster finale that sort of flipped the trigger and turned it into nothing more than just another R-rated comedy, but everything that came before it was a lot of fun and I'm hoping 22 Jump Street is able to keep that alive. Not to mention, word is Richard Greico and Brad Pitt have already filmed cameos, keeping the tradition started with Johnny Depp in the first one alive and I'd be shocked if Depp didn't once again make an appearance.

After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

  • Beautifulm

    Out of these, I'm only anticipating Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I do find it weird that people complain about so many films about slavery (there are less than 20 seriously). Yet there are hundreds of films about WWII and we have quite a few coming out this year.

  • Aidan Khan

    Nice list! 2014 is looking pretty amazing so far. Im expecting to see Noah and Interstellar is ur top ten.

  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    McDonagh movie = happy me :)

  • Silga

    From this block of films, my most anticipated are Calvary and The Monuments Men.
    I don't feel any interest in Knights of Badassdom. Just looks bad.

  • Ryguy815

    22 Jump Street is easily my most anticipated film of the year.

  • Adu

    The final 5 have me quite excited and I'm really looking forward to what you offer in the last 10...will Smaug & Back Again make it!?...dhun dhun dhun!

  • andyluvsfilms

    Transcendence and Monuments Men for me, both look solid.

  • G-Man

    Good list, Brad. We have a decent amount of carryover. Wasn't aware of Knights of Badassdom until now haha.

  • Israel Valencia

    Really excited for Transcendence, the cast looks great.

  • Winchester

    What have we today...............

    I think 'Dawn of The Planet of The Apes', then maybe to various degrees 'Calvary', 'Maps to the Stars', 'The Monuments Men' and 'Transcendence'.

  • Ian

    Animal Rescue sounds interesting. Fury sounds like a rewrite of Inglourious Basterds and not just because Pitt is in it. Maps to the Stars sounds intriguing but Cronenberg hasn't done much worthwhile lately. I would say I'm anticipating both The Monuments Men and Transcendence though.

    • Adnan Ahmed

      Yup, Cronenberg has definitely fallen off my list of directors I kept track of. Very poor run lately for me.

  • Joyce Tyler

    No "Miss Julie?" No "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (Him and Her)?" No "I, Origins?" No "MacBeth?" No "Magic in the Moonlight?" No "Inherent Vice?" Presumably "Interstellar" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will be in your top ten?

  • Disco Paco

    By any chance will your top 40 be available in single list form at any point?

  • JAB

    Anything Cronenberg does will pique my interest. He had been a hot streak until "Cosmopolis". The last "Apes" movie was a very nice surprise. "Transcendence" may sound like a remake of "The Lawnmower Man" but that's not necessarily a bad thing (I really liked that movie). That cast is top notch & it should fascinating to see how much of Nolan's influence finds its way into Pfister's direction. The trailer looks great.

  • zak

    i reccomend all to watch this movies :D