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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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…)
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!