Our Guide To The Best New Film Releases In 2014

Our Guide To The Best New Film Releases In 2014

Fear Not, Followers! Your One-Stop Guide to 2014s New Film Releases Is Here!

We’ve hand-picked a selection of the new film releases that we can’t wait for this year – and we’ve got everything covered, from drama, romance and poetic philosophising, to action, sci-fi, comedy and epic historical budget-splurgers!

Read on, square-eyed readers, and behold 2014 – the year you lived in the cinema…

Our Pick of the New Film Releases in 2014

herHer | February 14

Dir: Spike Jonze | Running Time: 125mins | Certificate: 15

If you’re trying to track the To Do List team down on Valentine’s Day, chances are we’ll be in a cinema somewhere catching this Oscar-nominated film about a man who falls in love with an operating system. If you’ve ever felt forbidden feelings towards Siri, this one is for you.

onlyloversleftaliveOnly Lovers Left Alive | February 21

Dir: Jim Jarmusch | Running Time: 123mins | Certificate: 15

A 2013 Palme d’Or nominee starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires struggling to come to terms with loving in the modern world. A romantic, poetic, darkly funny and deeply… deep vampire film.

Those Oscar Things

Of the films we’ve seen that are nominated for Academy Awards, here’s what we thought:

Gravity – 
Captain Phillips – ½
Inside Llewyn Davis – ½
12 Years a Slave – 
Blue Jasmine – 
Philomena – 
Star Trek Into Darkness – 
Her – ½
American Hustle – 
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – ½

nymphomaniacNymphomaniac: Volume I | February 22

Dir: Lars von Trier | Running Time: 118mins | Certificate: 18

You’ll have heard about this one, although Shia LaBeouf is having a good go at overshadowing it by being a complete idiot. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Jamie Bell and Christian Slater also star in this film following the life of a nymphomaniac (Gainsbourg) from birth to middle-age. Volume II arrives later in the year.

grandbudapesthotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel | March 7

Dir: Wes Anderson | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Ralph Fiennes leads as a concierge at the eponymous hotel, in the latest quirky, offbeat comedy-drama from the director of Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom. Familiar faces pop up, including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman & Owen Wilson.

thezerotheoremThe Zero Theorem | March 13

Dir: Terry Gilliam | Running Time: 106mins | Certificate: 15

Christoph Waltz stars as a reclusive computer genius searching for the meaning of life, or if there even is one. The third of Gilliam’s dystopian satire trilogy, following Brazil & 12 Monkeys.

muppetsmostwantedMuppets Most Wanted | March 21

Dir: James Bobin | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

After the comeback success of 2011’s The Muppets, the furry puppets return for a global tour, only to become embroiled in an international crime caper. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo et al are joined by the living, breathing Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and a ton of famous cameos.

noahNoah | March 28

Dir: Darren Aronofsky | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Russel Crowe is the animal-bothering ship-builder who, at the behest of the all-knowing one, constructs a huge boat, fills it with livestock, and escapes the rising floodwaters. Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman & Anthony Hopkins also get a bit damp.

amazingspiderman2The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | April 18

Dir: Marc Webb | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

We officially loved the Spider Man reboot, mainly because we fancy Andrew Garfield far more than Tobey Maguire. The web by one is back for more daredevil superhero antics, this time battling Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino.

godzillaGodzilla | May 16

Dir: Gareth Edwards | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Everyone thought the Matthew Broderick Godzilla was kinda MEH, but we have a soft spot for it. Nevertheless, we’re excited to see this reboot starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen & Bryan Cranston, which promises to “pit the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence”.

faultinourstarsThe Fault in Our Stars | June 20

Dir: Josh Boone | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

A real side-splitting laugh-a-thon this one. Hazel has terminal cancer, but finds happiness and fulfilment in her final chapter when she meets Augustus Waters at her Cancer Kid Support Group. Based on the John Green novel of the same name, if this doesn’t make you cry, you’re dead inside.

maleficentMaleficent | July 4

Dir: Robert Stromberg | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Angelina Jolie is the greatest Disney villain of them all, in this live action part-reimagining, part-prequel to Sleeping Beauty. Elle Fanning is the snoozy one, a host of Brits fill the supporting roles, and Lana Del Ray sings the haunting title song, “Once Upon A Dream”.

inbetweeners2The Inbetweeners Movie 2 | August 8

Dir: Damon Beesley and Iain Morris | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Will, Jay, Neil & Simon return pretty much by overwhelming public demand, in an Australian adventure that could well and truly put an end to Anglo-Kangaroo goodwill.

gonegirlGone Girl | October 3

Dir: David Fincher | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Before he dons the Bat-suit, Ben Affleck stars with Rosamund Pike in adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel from 2012.  Already a favourite for the 2015 awards season, as Fincher looks to bounce back from the comparative disappointment of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (although we loved that film, so…)

interstellarInterstellar | November 7

Dir: Christopher Nolan | Running Time: TBC | Certificate: TBC

Rejoice, for it is a Nolan year (he averages a film every two years), and this one looks truly epic.  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Jessica Chastain are on-board as a team of explorers who venture through a wormhole to discover… well, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Stuart Wilson

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