2014 Winter and Spring Movie Preview

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The first part of 2014 actually has quite a bit to look forward to. Usually a desolate time of year for the cinema, these first four months have plenty to see. Between blockbusters and a few artsy films, the year may be off to a strong start. Here are ten films not to miss in the early months of 2014.



Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2473682/Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The first weekend of the year brings a horror spinoff that belongs to one of the stronger franchises in recent memory: Paranormal Activity. While the fourth entry in the series was a bit of a letdown, it took four movies to get there(in a horror franchise no less!). This series deserves at least one more shot. (Jan. 3)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1490017/?ref_=nv_sr_1The LEGO Movie

With all the LEGO video games and their various successes, it was only a matter of time before the popular blocks made it to the big screen. Sporting a voice cast including Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Will Arnett, The LEGO Movie could be an early animated hit. It’s also the next place you can see Batman on the big screen. (Feb. 7)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2177771/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Monuments Men

Delayed from late 2013 to an odd February release date, George Clooney’s next film as director is an Oceans Eleven style caper set in World War II as a group of American soldiers embark to steal Nazi artwork. The film stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Bill Murray. (Feb. 7)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2013293/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Wind Rises

The final film of the great Miyazaki. The man behind a number of animated classics has chosen a more serious topic than many expected for his last entry in an unbelievable library of cinema. The World War II set film follows Jiro Horikoshi, the man behind the Japanese fighter planes of the era. Don’t expect anything like Howl’s Moving Castle. (Feb. 21)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1253863/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1300: Rise of an Empire

The long awaited sequel to 300 is finally here and has quite the cast. Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro reprise their roles as Queen Gorgo and Xerxes, respectively. But they are joined by the great Eva Green, taking on a villainous role for the epic sequel. The action in the trailers looks just as good as the original, making this a sequel to keep an eye on. (Mar. 7)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2278388/?ref_=nv_sr_1The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson is back with another quirky comedy with an unbeatable cast. To name a few, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, and Tom Wilkinson. Not one of them is the lead character (an unknown teen actor). Wes Anderson everybody. (Mar. 7)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1840309/?ref_=nv_sr_1Divergent

Can this Shailene Woodley starring action-adventure be the successor to The Hunger Games? Will Kate Winslet succeed in her first commercial role as a villain? Divergent is one of the most hyped movies of the spring and could start a new wave of fandom for a new audience. (Mar. 21)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2281587/?ref_=nv_sr_1Muppets Most Wanted

You know you can’t wait for this one. The Muppets are one of Hollywoods most beloved properties. With the success of the 2011 reboot, Kermit, Piggy, and friends are back from a sequel that also stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell. The story sees Kermit the Frog replaces by a criminal mastermind that looks just like him. (Mar. 21)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1959490/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1Noah

Darren Aronosfky seems to be attempting to redeem his ill-fated (although beloved, in certain circles) flop The Fountain with a Biblical epic with a titanic-sized budget. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson, this could be another winner for the Black Swan director. (Mar. 28)


Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1843866/?ref_=nv_sr_2Captain American: The Winter Solider

Marvel is releasing a movie before May? What calls for this? Well, May is already packed with superheroes, as The Amazing Spider-man 2 and X-men: Days of Future Past bookend that month. Marvel seems to want to sneak another entry out for their cinematic universe. This Captain America sequel promises a ton of action and a ton of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Apr. 4)


What movies are you excited to see in the first parts of 2014? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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