On the surface, the 2014 film year looks very promising. We have some World War II epics (Fury, Unbroken, Suite francaise), musicals (Jersey Boys, Into the Woods, Can a Song Save Your Life?, maybe Get on Up), what looks to be interesting dramedies (The Judge, Birdman, Men, Women, & Children), biblical epics (Noah, Exodus), sleuth/mystery tales (Inherent Vice, Gone Girl, Kill the Messenger), science fiction epics (Interstellar, Snowpiercer, Guardians of the Galaxy), coming of age stories (Boyhood, Trash), and good ol’ fashion drama (Big Eyes, The Homesman, Foxcatcher). There’s also enigmas in the equation that don’t quite fit anywhere yet (The Imitation Game, Mojave, Squirrel to the Nuts). Can’t wait to see what the year has in store. Of course some of these, if not many, could fail but I remain optimistic after coming off a banner year for cinema.
Inherent Vice (Warner Bros.) – December 12, 2014 Private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in Los Angeles.
Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) – No U.S. Release Date Scheduled The story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz and how paranoid schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.
Gone Girl (20th Century Fox) – October 3, 2014 A woman mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary. Based on the novel, “Gone Girl.”
Fury (Sony Pictures) – November 14, 2014 April, 1945. A battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Wardaddy and his men face odds in their attempts to strike at Nazi Germany.
Interstellar (Paramount Pictures) – November 7, 2014 A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Big Eyes (The Weinstein Company) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – September 11, 2014 A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Trash (Universal Pictures) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled Set in an unnamed Third World country, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Into the Woods (Walt Disney Pictures) – December 25, 2014 A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.
Unbroken (Universal Pictures) – December 25, 2014 A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Suite française (The Weinstein Company) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled During the early years of German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier.
Boyhood (IFC Films) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (The Weinstein Company) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled A New York couple’s relationship.
The Judge (Warner Bros.) – October 10, 2014 A successful lawyer returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder.
Men, Women, & Children (Paramount Pictures) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled A look at the sexual frustrations that young teenagers and adults face in today’s world.
Exodus (20th Century Fox) – December 12, 2014 An account of Moses’ hand in leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt.
Pawn Sacrifice (No U.S. Distribution) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
The Homesman (No U.S. Distribution) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled A claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.
Map to the Stars (No U.S. Distribution) - No U.S. Release Date Scheduled Complex look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture.
Kill the Messenger (Roadside Attractions) – October 10, 2014 A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
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