New Year, New Films: Upcoming Movies in 2014

As we begin this new year and finish off the end of the quarter, the Sentinel took a moment to look ahead to the future – the future of 2014 films, that is. In the upcoming months, new movies will be released, with some already generating buzz with longtime franchise fans, while others at film festivals:

Her (general release: January 10)

Nominated for the Golden Globes’ best picture and various critics’ association awards, Her will be released in select theaters for the general public to see this month. This original “science fiction romantic comedy-drama” film set in the near-future features Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twobly, an introverted middle-aged man finalizing his divorce from Catherine (Rooney Mara). He buys an advanced talking operating system, which has a female identity and is named “Samantha” (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The film chronicles the relationship that develops between Sam and Theodore. Although this odd relationship may have once seemed unrealistic, the story does not seem so bizarre in our day and age. For anyone willing to experience a new kind of modern romance or to watch Phoenix and Johansson’s acclaimed performances, this is your film.

The Imitation Game (release: mid-2014) and The Monuments Men (release: February 7)

Both of these World War II films feature star-studded casts and are based off of books. The Imitation Game is a historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a British mathematician and cryptographer who cracked the Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code. In 1952, Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality. Cumberbatch has been in two of 2013 biggest franchise films, Star Trek into Darkness and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, as well as August: Osage County. In this film, Cumberbatch will have a chance to be the leading actor, and if his previous performances are any indication, this film should be one to watch. On the other hand, The Monuments Men is a comedy-drama based on the true story of an Allied group’s mission to find, reclaim, and return artwork seized by the Nazis. The unlikely team of curators, museum directors, artists, and architects are sent into the warzone, behind enemy lines, to save cultural masterpieces. The film stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (release: April 4) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (release: May 2)

This year will also be a good one for fans of superhero action films. The Winter Soldier is the second movie starring Captain America (Chris Evans). It will deal with the Captain’s adjustment to living in modern times and the societal and ethical differences. However, when a fellow member of SHIELD (a secret law-enforcement agency) is attacked, he and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will become involved. Although this film will be darker that its prequel, fans of The Avengers will likely enjoy it. In another sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Andrew Garfield will reprise his role as Peter Parker. Parker will face two new villains in this film – Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). However, the film will continue to explore Peter’s father’s past, as well as the projects of OsCorp, a company that deals with experimental science and military research. Emma Stone will return as Gwen Stacy in this film.

— Khush Dhaliwal, Staff Writer

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