Film Preview: 14 to watch in 2014

Tom Hiddlestone in Only Lovers Left Alive

Tom Hiddlestone in Only Lovers Left Alive

We’re about to hit awards season, which means we in the UK will soon be getting all those great films that our U.S. counterparts enjoyed at the end of 2013 (The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis). However, aside from the awards fodder, we have lots to look forward to at the cinema over the next 12 months. Here are some of my top picks…




Spike Jonze’ new film probably falls under the category of “potential award fodder”, but it looks too interesting not to include. Joaquin Phoenix plays the wonderfully named writer Theodore Twombly, who finds himself falling in love with his computer operating system, as voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Out on Valentine’s Day.



Yes, the Frank of the title is indeed Frank Sidebottom, who is played here by the wonderous Michael Fassbender. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) the film also stars Maggie Gyllenhall and Domhnall Gleeson. Out in May.


The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson is back with this tale of a hotel concierge (Ralph Fiennes) who finds himself accused of murder. Many of Anderson’s recurring cast are in situ, including Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray. Expect beautiful sets and witty dialogue. Opens in the UK in March.



Darren Aronofsky directs this take on the biblical tale of Noah and his ark. Russell Crowe plays Noah, so there will doubtless be a lot of shouting with sincerity over scenes of destruction. Out in March.



Steve Carrell dons his serious-acting hat for this film based on the real-life murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by eccentric millionaire John DuPont (Carrell). The cast also includes Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.



Disney’s animated Sleeping Beauty was my favourite film as a child, so this reworking of the tale from the point of view of “evil” Queen Maleficent looks to be very interesting. Angelina Jolie takes on the witchy title role, with Elle Fanning playing Aurora, the sleeping beauty herself.



The plot needs no introduction, but Monsters director Gareth Edwards has managed to secure a cast including Walter White himself, Bryan Cranston, Kick-Ass’ own Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Juliette Binoche. Out in the UK 16th May.


The Double

Richard Ayoade takes the directorial chair again for this tale based on Dostoyevsky’s novella about a man whose double appears and takes over his life, seemingly being more successful at it than he is. Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star. Out on April 4th.


The Edge of  Tomorrow

Based on the Japanese novel ‘All you need is kill’, Tom Cruise battles yet more aliens in another sci-fi film, but this time finds himself in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop. Expect guns, explosions and lots of Cruise-isms. It should be out in the UK over the summer.


They Came Together

A film with Paul Rudd AND Amy Poehler? You shouldn’t need to know any more than that, but in case you do, this is apparently a riff on You’ve Got Mail, with Amy Poehler’s small candy store facing ruin from a big corporation. Sweets for a sweet romantic-comedy.


Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch presents a vampire love story with a stellar cast- Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikoska and John Hurt all get their fangs out for the film which will be with us in the UK in February.



Lars Von Trier’s four-hour “sex epic” will be hitting our screens in two parts in February and will doubtless ruffle a few feathers when it does. Despite featuring penetrative sex, fellatio and bondage, none of the stars actually show their junk on film, leaving that job for the body doubles. At least that’s one thing Shia LeBouef won’t have to apologise for.


X-Men: Days of Future Past

Jackman! McAvoy! Fassbender! Lawrence! McKellan! Yes, Bryan Singer is back at the helm of what promises to be an intriguing jaunt into the X-Men universe as Wolverine gets sent back in time to try and change events which spell potential doom for humans and mutants. Out May 23rd.


Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on her wedding anniversary. Cue her husband Nick, played by Ben Affleck, being implicated in her murder. Out in October.

Overall it looks like I am going to have to learn how to spell Mia Wasikowska’s name correctly as she, Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton are in several great films due to come out this year.

Plus of course there will be the next installments in several big franchises…

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy 

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One


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