By Manila Bulletin | Wed, Jan 01, 2014
Movies? Planning what to do with the family on the (long or short) weekends ahead? I think most of us are excited to know what would be the next to watch out for. Here is a list of the new films that are getting released in 2014.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The X-Men films are making a swift comeback this year with the “Days of Future Past” story line. The movie sees a cast from the old and new X-Men. It will feature Hugh Jackman once again as the Wolverine going back in time to join the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto to stop the Sentinel threat. Oh, while at it, a sequel has already been announced, “X-Men: Apocalypse”. Maybe all that time-travel will just really mess things up even more?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The movie is set two years after The Avengers, with Steve Rogers trying to adapt to the modern society. The movie will feature the Winter Soldier and which the Falcon – the first ever African-American superhero. If you’re not that interested in the movie yet, well, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a Scarlett Johansson, will still be in it.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Yes! It’s coming really soon. Some of us are still quite disappointed that Sam Raimi and Toby couldn’t go on, but director Marc Webb showed us a different path to the Spider-Man movies, a bit more closer to Stan Lee’s vision with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) involved. The movie is focus on Peter Parker’s balancing on his normal life and his life as Spider-Man, and we might get hints at what really happened to his parents. It will also feature two of Spidey’s popular villains, the Rhino and Electro (played by Jamie Foxx), and their connections to OsCorp.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Michael Bay returns to direct the fourth Transformers film, with a whole new cast. No more Shia, and hello Mark Wahlberg! But who cares, Optimus will be in it, plus more Autobots and more Decepticons blowing things up. Yes, as a Michael Bay film we can expect lots and lots of explosions and metal banging. This will make Godzilla’s rampage look like child’s play. And speaking of that, this movie is confirmed to have Grimlock on it, the badass transformer that turns into a T-Rex!
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The books were meant to be a trilogy and it just seems the movie business is just milking the series, because anyone who have read the books, would surely agree that nothing much really happens in Mockingjay. Well, except of course the all-out war between the rebels and the Capitol. Oh well, so far, the last two movies haven’t disappointed us. Let’s cross our fingers that the next would still be a fantastic thrill ride.
Haven’t seen the trailer yet? Well, better stop reading this and watch it first on Youtube – like now-now… I’ll wait. Done? Doesn’t it look awesome! Forget the first American film that really sucked and think of the classic Japanese Godzilla with uber Pacific Rim graphics. It looks amazing! Definitely every Kaiju fan will adore this. The kids will love this too. Anyone who has a taste of destruction will marvel on this. This would seem to be Godzilla’s reclaim to the throne as the King of Monsters.
The Hobbit: There And Back Again
“What have we done?” is probably the most cliché line ever used for massive cliffhangers; but it still has its appeal. The final Hobbit film will be coming out in December finally concluding the new trilogy. Like all concluding movies, this one will contain a classic epic battle. We will most likely see how the “Necromancer” came to power.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Another Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The movie will feature cosmic superheroes from space and the highly speculated Avengers 3’s villain, Thanos, set to appear as a major character. Not only that, Dave Bautista, a.k.a. former WWE superstar, Dave Batista, has deep connections with Thanos.
300: Rise of An Empire
The first movie struck us with awe because of its brutality, cinematography, and a barrage of epic moments. We don’t know much details about the movie, except that it may focus on several historical battles (but not necessarily historically accurate) and about Xerxes’ rise as the “God King”. Based on the trailer, it’s an all-out war, and we can agree this won’t be a Citizen Kane, but this would deliver what film was originally intended for: entertainment.
This movie is being directed by Christopher Nolan. Need we say and know more about this film? Seriously though, nothing much is revealed except that it has Anne Hathaway in it and it’s about astronauts traveling into a wormhole. But do we actually need any more details than that? It’s a Nolan film! Nolan happens to be “the man” who gave us three critically acclaimed Batman movies, Inception, and other superb quality movies like Memento, Following, and The Prestige. With those credentials, I’ll take anything this guy throws at me.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
The first Paranormal movie was creepy. The second was downright scary. The third, well some of us may have wished it never existed. But let’s face it, the movies were scary because it lacked background music. It relied on the sound of a single loud bang to startle the audience. Sound reflex, if you will. But this movie is said to be different that will involve dark rituals and whatnots. It has been screened already, just not worldwide release yet, and reception has been most positive. They claime it would “reinvigorate” the movies.
There are other movies coming this year. Special commendations include Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Expendables 3 (which has Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Blade??? – no, no, we meant Wesley Snipes, as new characters), Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Robocop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, another Paranormal Acitivity, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.