Hello everyone! With a new year comes a new slate of movies for audiences to enjoy. They will thrill us, make us cheer with excitement, and possibly make us shed a few tears.
Whether you are looking for a sequel that continues the adventures of established heroes or that rare original film that we have been waiting for Hollywood to release, this year has something for everyone.
10) Divergent – March 21
Unless you have been living under a rock or haven’t been by a bookstore lately, this young adult book adaptation has the potential to reach the heights set by The Hunger Games film series. Based on the first book of this bestselling series, this sci-fi film, people are divided into five distinct factions based on their personalities in a futuristic Chicago. Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers that she is Divergent, meaning that she does not fit into any faction, which is dangerous as she soon discovers a sinister plot brewing in her “perfect” society. With a strong following, Hollywood might have found another potential successful young adult franchise.
9) Transformers: Age of Extinction – June 27
Before you start to wonder, no; this is not a reboot. Now that I’ve gotten that out the way, this sequel is the fourth installment in the Transformers film series. Taking place four years after the invasion of Chicago, this film stars an entire new cast with Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor and newcomer Nicola Peltz as his daughter. It will be nice to see the return of Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to the silver screen but little is known about this film. With Michael Bay directing, you could be sure there will be a lot of action and explosions. A lot of explosions.
8) The Fault in Our Stars – June 6
I had the pleasure of reading this young adult novel this past summer and was thoroughly impressed by John Green’s heartbreaking novel. This romantic adaptation tells the story of sixteen-year-old cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), who meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), an ex-basketball player and amputee, at a cancer support group. If you don’t go see this movie, you should definitely read the novel but I hope everyone will get to do both.
7) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – August 22
After the success of the 2005 neo-noir classic Sin City, it feels like we have waited an eternity for this sequel to finally come to fruition. This film is based on the second book in the Sin City graphic novel series, titled “A Dame to Kill For.” Featuring an all-star cast with the likes of returning original stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Bruce Willis teaming up with new comers Josh Brolin, Eva Green, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, fans of the original graphic novels, the first film, and myself hope that this long delayed film is worth the wait.
7) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – July 18
This sequel of the surprisingly successful reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one of the most anticipated films of this year. Taking place eight years after the events of the first film, a growing nation of apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis) is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus that was released during the first film. They have reached a fragile peace, but it is short lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of war to determine Earth’s dominant species. Co-starring Gary Oldman and Keri Russell, this film could break the records set by its predecessor.
6) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – May 2
This superhero sequel features the return of the world’s favorite wall-crawler. In this adventure set two years after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues to struggle with balancing his life as a high school student and his responsibilities as Spider-Man. As Peter begins to investigate into his parents’ past and their accident, thanks to the help of his friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), he discovers that his new threats Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) all have one thing in common: OsCorp. Co-starring Emma Stone as the beautiful Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn, this film is set to break records and expand the Spider-Man universe.
5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4
The ninth installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe features the All-American Avenger in his second solo film. Set two years after the events of The Avengers, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is living in Washington, D.C. and working with S.H.I.E.L.D. while trying to adjust to contemporary society. After a S.H.I.E.L.D. comrade is assaulted, Captain America teams with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) to uncover the mystery hidden in the nation’s capital while fending off hit men and the very dangerous Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Co-starring returning franchise stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and newcomers Robert Redford, Emily VanCamp, and Anthony Mackie playing The Falcon. This film is a perfect way to continue the success of the MCU and setting up the return of the Avengers in next year’s Age of Ultron.
4) X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23
Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men film franchise brings together his original cast of heroes with the young team that was established in 2011’s First Class. The X-men are fighting a war for survival across two time periods when Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to the past to team up with their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to stop the events of the past to save the future. Featuring an all-star cast of past and present X-Men film stars like Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Jennifer Lawrence, Shawn Ashmore, and newcomers like Peter Dinklage, this film is set to be the biggest film of the franchise to date.