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Movies to anticipate in 2014 (part 1)…

Posted on January 24th, 2014
Posted on January 24th, 2014

by Coop Cooper

The slate of films releasing into theaters in 2014 is more crowded than ever. Here are the ones I think have most potential to either be critically-acclaimed blockbusters or disappointing flops…

“The Monuments Men” (Feb. 7) – With a stellar cast, this film about academics sent into Nazi Germany to save works of art from becoming casualties of war could be a big hit as long director George Clooney doesn’t drop the ball.

“RoboCop” (Feb. 12) – It was a bad idea in the first place to try to remake one of the most iconic and beloved sci-fi movies of the 1980’s but with this version jettisoning much of the source material and R-rated content, I predict this could be one of the worst remakes ever.

“300: Rise of an Empire” (March 7) – I’m not sure if anybody cares about a sequel to “300” eight years after the original. Its visual style has become cliché and the only characters anyone cared about are now dead. There better be something special in this sequel or fans of the first film will shun it.

“Divergent” (March 21) – This series of young adult novels aims to be the next “Hunger Games” series, but advanced word suggests that fans of the books aren’t happy with the look of the film trailer. A lack of fan acceptance could sink this one.

“Noah” (March 28) – Russell Crow stars as the legendary Biblical figure. It’s a tough story to film based on the special effects alone, but many liberties will be taken with the story to make it cinematic. Advance word on “Noah” is that the film disappoints but if anyone can pull it off, master director Darren Aronofsky can.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (April 4) – The first “Captain America” film was a pleasant surprise and this film looks to up the ante with a bigger storyline, more action and greater character development. The trailers have been been fantastic so far, so many comic book fans will have high hopes for this one.

“Transcendence” (April 17) – Johnny Depp plays a computer mogul who uploads his mind into the world wide web in order to cheat death, but his friends and colleagues fear he is losing his humanity the longer his soul remains digital. Expect shades of “Terminator” and “The Lawnmower Man” but with an updated storyline.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (May 2) – The 2012 reboot succeeded mostly due to Andrew Garfield’s magnetic acting as Peter Parker and his chemistry with love interest Emma Stone. This film will introduce a rogue’s-gallery of classic Spider-Man’s villains like The Rhino, Electro and the Green Goblin. It could work if the film follows the darker elements of the original comic series.

“Godzilla” (May 16) – Although most of the old “Godzilla” films are hokey, this one delivered a teaser trailer that was so chilling and effective, it got a lot of skeptics talking. With an impressive cast and a passionate director, “Godzilla” might end up being the surprise hit of the summer season.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23) – “X-Men: First Class” hit an inspired chord by taking the mutant struggle into the 1960’s Cuban Missile Crisis. This film attempts to capture the same magic by sending Wolverine back in time to prevent a disastrous future from happening. Alternate universe storylines are among the most beloved in comic books and this particular one is legendary.

“Maleficent” (May 30) – The reimagining of classic fairy tales continues with this untold story about the villain of “Sleeping Beauty” who might not be the evil witch she appears to be. Angelina Jolie stars and with “Wicked” becoming a big, broadway hit, this one will undoubtedly try to strike gold in the same territory.

“Edge of Tomorrow” (June 6) – This mix of “Groundhog Day” and “Starship Troopers” looks promising, especially with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring. Cruise makes some interesting choices when it comes to sci-fi (last years “Oblivion” was phenomenal) so I have great expectations for this one.

“22 Jump Street” (June 13) – The reboot of the 1980’s undercover cop show “21 Jump Street” was a surprise comedy hit in 2012. Channing Tatum and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill had such great chemistry and comedic timing, I’m actually looking forward to seeing them do it again.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (June 13) – The original 2010 film ranks among my favorite animated films of all time. The teaser trailer for the sequel was so impressive, I have tremendous confidence this sequel will more than do justice to the original.

(Part 2 coming in June!)

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