Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: Part One - #31-40

Top 40 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014: Part One - #31-40

Last year I made a list of my 50 most anticipated movies of 2013, but this year I struggled putting together a list of 40. The kind of movies I used to anticipate don't get me brimming with excitement as much as they saturate the market and we can fully expect to see one nearly every weekend and this year it starts early with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on January 17. So no need to anticipate them, they'll be here soon enough, but I've already discussed all this, no need to trod the same path over again.

My list would have also been easier to make had I not already seen six films you may want to add to your list of most anticipated:

In fact, two of those films are already on my list of possible contenders for the Best Films of 2014.

And this leads us to the rest of the year, a year where a few sequels make my list of most anticipated as well as a reboot, but for the most part I feel like the closer I got to #1 the more the list was made up of my favorite directors and storytellers. As much as I may not be able to anticipate so many of the big studio offerings each year there are still more than enough films to look forward to each and every month.

For today we'll take a look at the films I rank from #31-40 and see where this thing takes us throughout the week.

Just below is a navigation that will update as each list is posted throughout the week.

Most Anticipated 2014 Navigation

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

Let's get underway...

The Loft
August 29

The Loft
Karl Urban and Wentworth Miller in The Loft
Photo: Universal Pictures

As far as I can tell, The Loft seems to have that B-movie thriller vibe going for it and with a cast as large as this one there has to be at least a few solid moments worth showing up to see.

I have no real clue who director Eric Van Looy is, but the Belgian director managed to land a satisfying cast that includes Karl Urban, James Marsden, Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts as he is remaking his 2008 film of the same name, which also starred Schoenaerts.

A couple trailers came online in the past, but it seems they have all been removed since then so we'll have to wait until August to see how this one turns out. At best I'm expecting another film along the same lines as Dead Man Down, which I enjoyed more than others.

Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the body of an unknown woman is found in the property.

The Maze Runner
September 19

The Maze Runner
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Can you believe it? 2014 will feature more young adult adaptations brought to the big screen. So why am I "anticipating" this adaptation of the first novel in James Dashner's book series? To be honest, I'm not all that sure, but something has to be good right?

Fox handed the directorial reins over to first-time feature director Wes Ball, hailing from his days as a graphics and visual effects artist. The concept sounds interesting enough as long as they can pull it off and I know a few RopeofSilicon readers are looking forward to it, which, I guess, slightly ups my interest as well. We'll see.

Based on the novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a sci-fi film set in a post-apocalyptic world centered on Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) who is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Edge of Tomorrow
June 6

Edge of Tomorrow trailer
Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
Photo: Warner Bros.

Tom Cruise has always been one of my favorite actors, most likely because he's probably the biggest movie star I grew up watching from an early age. However, even I recognize he's given few opportunities, such as Magnolia and Collateral, to break out of the stereotypical Cruise performance and from what I can tell, Edge of Tomorrow (based on the graphic novel, "All You Need is Kill") is no different. That said, if Cruise has a movie coming to theaters, I want to see it, even if it's directed by Doug Liman who really can't seem to find his stride as of late after directing some notable titles in the early part of this career.

Oh, and this one has Emily Blunt, which isn't a bad thing at all.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped into combat. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an alpha alien down with him. But he awakens back at the beginning of the same day and is forced to fight and die again... and again - as physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop.

  • robotsrule

    I know for a fact that Mr. Peabody and Sherman is your #1 most anticipated 2014 film.

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    • Elizabeth Randy


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  • Hudsucker

    Loved your entry for Guardians of the Galaxy. Here are a few films that I'm anticipating:

    The Lego Movie
    Monuments Men
    Life Itself (Roger Ebert doc)

    The Zero Theorem
    A Most Wanted Man
    Unbroken (it is written by the Coens, so that's it's main draw for me)
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Calvary (from the director of The Guard, which was hilarious)
    Frank (some indie Irish movie with Fassbender in it)
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    Mockingjay Part 1
    Magic in the Moonlight

    And my number one most anticipated is probably Knight of Cups, since I absolutely adore Terrence Malick. I'm also hoping Carruth gets A Modern Ocean released this year.

    • GregDinskisk

      I'm excited about Foxcatcher, sounds great!

      Is Life Itself coming out this year already?? Hooo man, add that to my list too...

      I'm excited for A Modern Ocean quite a bit, but that'll probably be 2015 Sundance...

      Nice list!

    • robotsrule

      Any year with a Wes Anderson film it's automatically my #1 most anticipated. Also looking forward to Godzilla, Mockingjay Part 1, Gone Girl, Muppets, Noah, Exodus, and Foxcatcher.

      • Hudsucker

        I totally forgot about Noah, Exodus, and Muppets. I edited them and some others into the list.

  • GregDinskisk

    Whoa. Already quite negative. Hopefully the low bar you're holding increases your enjoyment of these...?

    I thought you were a fan of Cloud Atlas...

    Also, your blurb for Guardians of the Galaxy was pretty great!

    Nice write-up so far, hoping 21-30 are more positive...

    My top ten most anticipated:

    1. Maps to the Stars

    2. Gone Girl

    3. Enemy

    4. Inherent Vice

    5. Under the Skin

    6. Tusk

    7. Boyhood

    8. The Grand Budapest Hotel

    9. Nymphomaniac

    10. Tom a la Ferme

    (Only Lovers Left Alive comes close)

    • Hudsucker

      I think Boyhood is reported to b a 2015 film. Is it me or does it feel like a lot of indy movies I'm looking forward to are ending up in 2015? Counter programming?

      • GregDinskisk

        Eh I dunno. It could be either. Premiere at TIFF, maybe?

  • Adu

    Nice, been waiting for this count-down...the real suspense of checking it everyday is to see whether the final Hobbit movie will show up ;)

    My most anticipated are:
    Gone Girl
    The Hobbit: There and Back Again
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1
    Edge of Tomorrow

  • GothamCity151

    I couldn't possibly come up with 40, mainly because that's too much effort I don't want to exert, so here is 10.

    1. The Last 5 Years - One of my favorite musicals, two terrific leads (Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan), and I am interested to see how they adapt a show which is basically alternating soliloquies to the screen.

    2. Interstellar - It's Nolan. Of course I am excited.

    3. Into The Woods - Would be #1 if Rob Marshall was not directing, which has me worried. But it's one of Sondheim's best shows, and I hope it is done justice.

    4. Inherent Vice - It's PTA. Of course I am excited.

    5. Nymphomaniac - It's Von Trier. Of course I am excited.

    6. The Grand Budapest Hotel - It's Wes. Of course I am excited.

    7. Noah - It's Aronofsky. Of course I am excited.

    8. Transcendence - Is Wally Pfister as good a director as he is a DP? Can Johnny Depp still act? Questions will be answered.

    9. Hellion - Writer/director Kat Candler is a friend and mentor of mine. I am excited to see how she has expanded her great short film with a great cast (including Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis)

    10. Whoop Dreams - Hey, Laremy. Whoop, whoop!

    • The Dude

      Depps performance seems great in the trailer. He can still act but it's just that his performance in The Lone Ranger was so freaking over the top.

  • Ian

    The most interesting films of this group are the ones you've already seen. I'm looking forward to Dom Hemingway and Only Lovers Left Alive for sure, and I guess Venus in Fur based on what I remember of your review, though tbh I have no memory what the film itself is about.

    As far as the actual list, Unbroken seems like it could be interesting if only to see how Jolie does in her sophomore effort. I'd echo what others have said about Blood and's certainly a competent film, but not one I ever need to revisit. Moses is a minor curiosity for me, but that first still is awful. And while I appreciated the sheer effort and score of Cloud Atlas, it's worth noting that it was actually an expensive independently produced film that WB bought for $20 million. I doubt that's the case with Jupiter, especially given the summer release, the guaranteed associated PG-13, and the LIE-MAX shitovision conversion.

  • TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    I saw In The Land of Blood and Honey, and my lasting impression is exactly like the vibe you've gotten Brad. My dad was actually deployed in Sarajevo as a peacekeeper for awhile, so maybe I could get him to watch it and ask if it's true to what he witnessed there.

  • G-Man

    Surprised "Unbroken" isn't higher on your list. Seems very Oscary with the December release. I too put The Loft on my most anticipated list.

    While I am curious about Guardians of the Galaxy, I can't say I'm anticipating it following that awful Thor 2 after credits sequence.

    Godzilla seems like it could be fun. I enjoyed Cloverfield and Super 8, so who knows? Maybe they'll do something even better.

  • Mikey

    I'll post my top 10 on Thursday with yours, but of the films you mentioned today, I’d say I’m most anticipating Enemy, Exodus, Jupiter Ascending, Guardians of the Galaxy, and most of all Unbroken (Coen brothers script with Deakins cinematography). Can’t wait for the rest of the list, and here’s hoping for a great 2014!

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I can't wait to see Aaron Paul in EXODUS.

    MOSES: I saw a burning bush.
    JOSHUA: Yo, man, what are you talking about?

    Does it annoy anybody else whenever Hollywood A-listers decide to direct? I'm not talking about their talents behind the camera; I just find it strangely irritating. Especially given that people like Clooney, Jolie, Eastwood, and (lately) Affleck choose to focus mainly on ordinary-people-overcoming-tremendous-odds-and-proving-that-humanity-can-accomplish-anything story threads. I just feel that they can't make something truly esoteric, strange, or mystifying.

  • zm

    If only The Loft was directed by Billy Wilder...

  • Winchester

    'Only Lovers Left Alive' and 'Under The Skin' are of interest.
    Of the actual ones up there today I'd have interest in 'The Loft', 'Edge of Tomorrow', 'Jupiter Ascending' and 'Unbroken', 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Exodus' (yeah, the still was lousy but it's still Scott in epic mode so it's likely to be worth a look on the big screen) and 'Godzilla' had a good trailer but I'm not really connected to the character so I'm really just looking for destruction.
    I've never seen 'In The Land of Blood and Honey' but I would like to out of curiosity before 'Unbroken' rolls around. I remember a generally mixed response from those who did see it based on recollections.

  • Stringer Bell

    The only movies I'm actually looking forward to are Foxcatcher, Grand Budapest Hotel, Muppets Most Wanted, Gone Girl and probably Interstellar. Otherwise, there really isn't that much grabbing my attention. I hope it turns around by the end of the year though.

  • Guthrie

    I'm pretty excited for The Monuments Men, Unbroken, Fury, and Gone Girl. My guilty pleasure will be Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

  • Hudsucker

    Brad, I'm a bit surprised about your inclusion Quiet Ones, since you weren't a fan of The Woman in Black. Are you hoping they've learned from their past mistakes? (Not saying your opinion is wrong, just curious)

  • topyxyz

    How To Train's my #1 pick so far, followed by Interstellar and Guardians

  • Chris Hawkes

    so will the rest be posted later?

  • the dude-o

    I loved the entries. I was going to make a list and because of this list I had some more titles to anticipate. So here are my Top 40 Anticipated Films of 2014. 22 Jump Street would have made it, but sadly and surprisingly I still haven't seen the first one. I made some comments on most of them, so here the titles are:

    1.Don Hemingway- I had no idea what this film was until you reviewed it last year at the Toronto Film Festival, and when I saw what looked like a badass picture of Jude Law, I knew instantly that I was going to aniticipate this film. Now that it's release date is coming up, I am patiently waiting despite my extremely strong anticipation.
    2.Only Lovers Left Alive- Another one that you saw that raised my hopes and ambitions, this one looks great and I can't wait to see it.
    3.The Grand Budapest Hotel- Wes Anderson doing work with what seems to be a “full house” kind of cast, ambitions and anticipation is super high on this one.
    4.Bad Words- Being a huge fan of Arrested Developement, knowing this is Bateman's directial debut and also hearing that it got pretty good reception at the Toronto Film Festival, I cannot wait to see this one.
    5.The Hobbit: There and Back Again- I guess its just because I'm one of the few people who has thought these films have gone good right now, or maybe its my beloving of Desolation's cliffhanger, whatever the case, I couldn't help but to put this on my list, though I under in every way why you aren't anticipating this one.
    6.Fury- The description of the film, the director, and the premise are just calling my name on this one.
    7.Boyhood- I never knew about this one until today, and I'd be damned to say that this premise does not sound good. I love Linklater and I'm not doubting this one for a second, can't wait to see it.
    8.Enemy- You also already saw this this year and the pictures caught my interest
    9.Foxcatcher- This movie already looks like its going to deliver both impressive scenes and performances, I'm already rooting for it to roll into the winning circle at the 2015 Oscars. Looks phenomenol.
    10.Interstellar- McConaughey presumbably in space + Nolan directing=Have To See it
    12.A Most Wanted Man- A strong cast and an intriguing premise, I'm dying to see how this one turns out.
    12.Inherent Vice- P.T. Anderson. Without a doubt. Plus, Benicio del Toro is back after what seemed to be a long hiatus, not counting The Wolfman. Or maybe I just didn't know what films he had starred in since Traffic.
    13.Gone Girl- Fincher. Need I say more. Okay, Ben Affleck too.
    14.The Monuments Men-Clooney is directing again, and he just so happened to have a supporting cast full of some of my favorite stars(Goodman and Murray above all). Can't wait to see the apparent “historical smoking”
    15.Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- After the shocker Rise of the Planet of the Apes was, I almost feel like this one is half as ambitious so that means my wanting to see it scale is sky-rocketing on this one.
    16.The Judge- I can't wait to see were this film will go. Hopefully to the Oscars.
    18.Exodus- Bale playing Moses and another(though arguably not a great) famous director creating a Bible story. Looks Great.
    19.Cesar Chavez- Like you, I love Michael Pena. He has such unseen talent on the screen, so my anticipation is running on hope that the bio-pic will bring power. Can't wait.
    20.Grace of Monaco- I mostly want to see where Kidman's showcase will go on this one.
    21.Maps To The Stars- Cusack and Cronenberg. Hell Yes!
    22.The Giver- Same as The Maze Runner, I don't love the book but the power the source material brought, I can't wait to see what it'll be like on the big screen. Then there's Streep, but I could care lees about her.
    23.The Maze Runner- I fall into the category of Love the frick out of this book, so I can't wait to see where this one goes.
    24.Noah- I'm pretty religious, so I hope this movie doesn't squander it's potential and make the famous Bible story a dull action movie. However, it's Aronofsky. That being said, I can't wait.
    27.Nyphomaniac- Looks intriguing.
    28.A Million Ways To Die Out West- I know you didn't like Ted, but I love MacFarlane so my anticipation is pretty high for this one
    29.Muppets Most Wanted- 2011 we had Segel and Adams, this year we have Gervais, Fey, and Waltz, how would I not anticipate this?
    30.Dumb and Dumber To- The dumbasses are back!
    32.Sin City:A Dame To Kill For- All I can say is its a second Sin City.
    33.How To Train Your Dragon 2- Loved the first one so wanting to see this one is pretty high, even if it's more than likely not going to be superior.
    34.Jupiter Ascending- The trailer caught me by surprise, and Tatum and Kunis are watchable.
    35.The Loft
    36.Edge of Tomorrow- Tom Cruise in another sci-fi actioner, of course I can't wait.
    37.The Interview- Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, please. Rogen is co-directing this one and he's once again starring along side Franco, way more anticipation out of that.
    38.X-Men: Days of the Future Past- Not a big fan of X-Men but I'm really wanting to see this one for some reason.
    39.Mr. Peabody & Sherman- Sadly, I'm not joking around about this one...(grew up with Rocky & Bullwinkle is probably why)
    40.The Equalizer- Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua are teaming up for the first time since Training Day, and now Chloe Grace Moretz is along for the ride, I can't resist.