Top ten most anticipated films of 2014

With 2013 almost coming to a close I thought now would be a great time to look ahead to 2014 at some of the films which have peaked my interest and excitement.

10: Grand Piano
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Release Date: Unknown
Plot: Described as Keanu Reeves classic Speed but with a piano, the film takes place at a concert pianists comeback performance. Suffering from stage fright, he soon discovers a note on his music sheet saying that if he plays one wrong note, he will be killed as a sniper hides in wait.
This is my wildcard of the year as it really looks like it could go either way. However as it’s already been released in Spain and has been screened in a number of festivals, word of mouth has been very positive. As a John Cusack fan, I’m also looking forward to seeing him in this kind of role.
9: Transcendence
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Release Date: 25th April
Plot: Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. 
The main reason I am looking forward to this is that it’s longtime Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister’s first feature film. Some of the imagery in the trailer looks as stunning as you would expect from Pfister and the cast that includes Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy looks fantastic. Hopefully this will be an original piece of sci-fi.
8:Godzilla
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Release Date: 16th May
Plot: A giant radioactive monster, Godzilla, wreaks havoc and destruction on a city.
Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla has a lot of haters and while I am not it’s biggest fan, I could still sit down on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy the mayhem that it is. That being said, this version, directed by Gareth Edwards looks to be more in keeping with the original Godzilla films. What is even more exciting is that this time around we get to see him go head to head with other monsters, something I can not wait to see on the big screen.
7: Fury
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Release Date: 24th October

Plot: Set toward the end of World War II, Fury focuses on tank warfare as a crew of American troops set out on one final mission.
No trailers for this yet but I love the concept of this and am always happy to sit through a film about the war. Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf star.
6:Interstellar
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Release Date: 7th November
Plot: A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. 
Being a Christopher Nolan film, not much is actually known about Interstellar other than the plot synopsis above.The teaser trailer hardly gave anything away but the fact that Nolan is one of the best directors around at the minute is enough for it to warrant a place in this list.
5: Inside Llewyn Davies
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Release Date: 24th January
Plot: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
A big contender in next years awards season, the Coen brothers latest has been hailed as their best yet. With a cast that includes Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman who appears to be on top form and supported by a soundtrack part written by Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford, this could quite easily turn out to be one of the best films of next year.
4: How To Train Your Dragon 2
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Release Date: 4th July
Plot:  It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. The now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. 
I absolutely love the first How To Train Your Dragon and consider it to be one of the best family films made in years. It’s sequel looks bigger and bolder and in a year with no Pixar releases, this should quite easily fill that gap.
3: The Monuments Men
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Release Date: 21st February
Plot: An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. 
With one of the most interesting casts I’ve seen in a long time that includes George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin, The Monuments Men should make for an entertaining watch. The main thing that has me excited though is the films plot which looks to focus on a different aspect of Nazi Germany and the War we rarely get to see.
2: Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
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Release Date:17th July
Plot: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. 
 
Rise of The Planet of The Apes was a big surprise when it was released in 2011. What I was expecting to be a flop actually proved to be one of the most exciting films of that year. I loved how the film makers began to introduce the famous Planet of The Apes imagery and am looking forward to seeing how this story progresses. What’s also great is that in place of a wooden James Franco, this time around we have Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke to name a few.
1: The Hobbit: There and Back Again
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Release Date: 19th December
Plot: The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug’s lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

So I may have had a few issues with The Desolation of Smaug and I still think An Unexpected Journey is a better film but I am none the less looking forward to the concluding chapter in The Hobbit trilogy,in particularly the battle of the five armies which I’m hoping will be as astounding and as beautifully shot as the ones in The Return of The King.

So that’s my list but what films are you looking forward to next year? Be sure to leave your comments below and check back on New Years eve for my best of 2013.

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