Valdosta Daily Times

January 6, 2014

2014 Early Movies

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

- — In movies, there’s some time now between the recently released holiday epics and the summer blockbusters. But there are some interesting things coming between now and the summer movies, and in some ways, this may be the year when the summer blockbuster tries edging its way earlier onto the calendar ... yes, we’re looking at you “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opening in early April.



JANUARY

3: “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” more of the PA horror series. “Open Grave” another horror movie about a man waking up with no memory in a pit of dead bodies.  “The Best Offer” stars Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland, etc., in a movie about an auctioneer obsessed with a reclusive art collector.

10: “Lone Survivor” stars Taylor Kitsch, Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch in this true-life tale of Navy SEALS on a doomed mission in Afghanistan. “The Legend of Hercules” a new take on the Greek strongman – the one before the summer Hercules movie starring The Rock. “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box” is based on the first of G.P. Taylor’s novels and is about a teen whose parents vanish and his little brother is kidnapped by mystical beings. “Her” features Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with the voice on his phone’s operational system. “The Banshee Chapter,” horror, the consequences of a government experiment gone awry. “Raze,” kidnapped women must fight for their lives. “Black Coffee,” fired by his father, a young man seeks a new life in this romantic comedy. “Dumbbells,” comedy about a former athlete participating in a reality show about his gym.

17: “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Chris Pine, best known for playing the new Capt. Kirk in the “Star Trek” films, now plays the Tom Clancy character that has also been portrayed by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck. “The Nut Job,” animated comedy about squirrels planning the robbery of a nut shop. “Devil’s Due,” horror movie, newlywed husband becomes concerned about his wife’s “possessed” pregnancy. “Ride Along,” comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, about a man attempting to bond with his fiancee’s cop brother. “GBF,” two gay high-schoolers seek the school’s most popular girls to improve their social status. “Reasonable Doubt,” involved in a fatal hit-and-run, a DA tries covering his tracks, featuring Samuel L. Jackson.  

24: “I, Frankenstein,” latest retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale has Aaron Eckhart playing the creature 200 years after his creation. “Run & Jump,” a woman tries keeping her family centered after her young husband suffers a stroke. “Gimme Shelter,” coming-of-age tale of a teen seeking her biological father.

31: “That Awkward Moment,” Zac Efron stars in this move about the moment when two people must decide where their dating relationship is going. “Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage,” the legendary sailor sails again. “Brightest Star,” young man seeks to win back his dream girl only to discover more to life. “At Middleton,” single parents fall for one another while touring their teenage kids’ college.



FEBRUARY

7: “The LEGO Movie,” animated feature built around the playing blocks’ popular video games. “The Monument’s Men,” George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, etc., in this World War II film about the platoon assigned to save priceless art from the Nazis. “Cavemen,” a playboy tired of one-night stands seeks love. “A Fantastic Fear of Everything,” comic Simon Pegg plays a crime novelist paranoid from his books' plots. “One Chance,” based on the true story of a salesman who becomes famous upon singing an operatic aria on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

12: “Robocop,” remake of the film about a man who becomes a cyborg law-enforcement officer.

14: “Vampire Academy,” a girls school for vampires. “Winter’s Tale” stars Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly set in a magical New York spanning a century. “About Last Night,” starring Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, etc., remake of the 1980s comedy of the same name. “Endless Love,” remake of the 1980s love story of the same name. “Date and Switch,” high school seniors vow to “score” before the prom. “Adult World,” woman dreams of becoming a poet but works in an adult bookstore. “Three Days to Kill,” Kevin Costner is a dying Secret Service agent given a chance to have it all in an action comedy. “Jimmy P.” Benicio del Toro as a Native American World War II vet with a strange affliction.

21: “Pompeii,” epic tale of the fall of the Roman city and the people who lived in the shadow of the volcano. “Barefoot,” an outcast son of a rich family brings home a gal who enchants the entire family. “In Secret,” Elizabeth Olsen stars in this 1860s Parisian tale of “love, adultery and revenge.”

28: “The Son of God,” the producers, who made the popular television show “The Bible" last year, return with a big-screen production about the life of Jesus. “Non-Stop,” Liam Neeson action thriller, playing an air marshal who must thwart a threat to an international flight. “Repentance,” a man overcomes his past but remains haunted by its consequences.



MARCH

7: “300: Rise of an Empire,” sequel to “300” ... Greeks and Persians still battle, this time at sea. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” animated feature based on the 1960s TV cartoon shorts that take a dog and his boy on adventures through time.

14: “Need for Speed,” a desperate cross-country race of revenge and redemption. “Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club,” an incident at their children’s school brings together a group of single moms. “Bad Words,” an adult attempts to win the national spelling bee through a l-o-o-p-h-o-l-e. “Veronica Mars,” Kristen Bell reprises her title role from the TV show that continues on the big screen. “Enemy,” Jake Gyllenhaal plays two roles in this dramatic tale of dysfunctional discovery of two men who look alike. “Grace of Monaco,” Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly, the American movie star who became a real-life princess. “Le Week-End,” aging Brit couple hope to rekindle romance by returning to their honeymoon spot in Paris.

21: “Divergent,” story set in a world where people are quartered together based on their personalities. “Muppets Most Wanted,” the Muppets travel the world. “Stretch,” limo driver hopes to score a big pay-off but first he must survive the ride. “Blood Ties,” two brothers find themselves on opposing sides of the law. “50 to 1,” a group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the unexpected road to the Kentucky Derby.

28: “Noah,” movie version of the biblical flood, with Russell Crowe in the title role. “A Haunted House 2,” a Wayans comedy sequel. “Cesar Chavez,” biopic of the famed civil rights leader, played by Michael Pena.



APRIL

4: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel superhero returns in this sequel to “Captain America” and “The Avengers.” “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” nature film narrated by Morgan Freeman. “Under the Skin,” Scarlett Johansson stars in this movie about an alien seductress in Scotland. “Dom Hemingway,” stars Jude Law as a paroled safecracker.

11: “Rio 2,” animated sequel. “Draft Day,” Kevin Costner in his third role for 2013, plays an NFL owner wanting the top draft. “Sabotage,” Arnold Schwarzenegger leads a DEA task force. “Only Lovers Left Alive,” immortal lovers reunite. “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray stars in this film of a reprobate veteran who becomes a boy’s unlikely mentor.

18: “Transcendence,” Johnny Depp is an artificial intelligence researcher whose work inadvertently has a chance to succeed ... will it transcend or corrupt? “Bears,” Disney nature film.

25: “The Other Woman,” Cameron Diaz stars in the story of a woman who teams with her boyfriend’s wife to destroy him. “Walk of Shame,” a news anchor is locked out of her apartment, etc., after a wild night on the town. “Earth to Echo,” ETs phone Earth?