2013 is now coming to a close, and what an exciting year it was. From Oscar baiters to popcorn movies, there was no shortage of good options to choose from this year. 2014 has a lot to live up, and based on what's coming out next year, it shouldn't be hard for it to match 2013's success.
Next year sees the likes of Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, and many, many other talented filmmakers back behind the camera, and the same goes for the talent in front of those cameras. Right now 2014 is looking pretty.
Here are 10 of the most exciting movies of 2014 that you're likely already excited for or, perhaps, need to keep an eye on:
10. Dom Hemingway
is a strangely underrated actor. He's one of today's greats, one of those actors that can walk into a bad movie and come away unscathed. With Richard Shepard's (The Matador) Dom Hemingway, Law doesn't have to worry about the final result not matching his performance. Ever since its premiere critics have been calling it a year's best comedy. Law plays the titular character, a man who gets out of jail and has to chase down the money he was promised, while also connecting to his kid and grandchild. It sounds trite, but Shepard is a pro at turning conventions on their head.
James Gray is one the best American filmmakers working today. All of his films -- Two Lovers, We Own the Night, and Little Odessa -- have taken place in New York. His new film, The Immigrant, is no different, showing an immigrant () turning to prostitution and a pimp played by , so she can stay in America. Based on early reviews, it's a powerful melodrama with great performances.
This a very, very under the radar independent film, but one you need to keep an eye on. It's directed by William Monahan, the screenwriter behind The Departed and Kingdom of Heaven. He wrote this revenge film about a mysterious man () taking revenge on the 1%, represented by . That's a slightly reductive description, but Mojave isn't an easy movie to describe. Having read the script, it's dark, funny, violent, and an over-the-top, and yet accurate, depiction of Los Angeles. It won't be for everyone, but it's intended target should eat it up.
The trailer for Jupiter Ascending was...underwhelming, to say the least. Something was missing. The effects are far from finished, so that trailer likely isn't a fair representation of the movie. Weak trailer or not, it's unlikely the Wachowskis (The Matrix) won't deliver the goods. When you have playing half-human and half-wolf, you'd have to go out of your way to screw that up.
Wally Pfister's directorial debut is a pricey sci-fi project. Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer is now taking a crack at directing, and it's doubtful Pfister's won't make for a helluva visual storyteller on his own. stars in this high-concept film, playing a man who uploads himself to a computer and attempts to take over the world.
Jonathan Glazer does not direct enough movies, but maybe that's a part of the reason why Under the Skin is so exciting. Glazer, who's directed two incredible films, Sexy Beast and Birth, has only made three films in 13 years. Under the Skin is that third movie. It stars as an alien luring men in for unspecified reasons.
4. A Marvel Double-Feature
Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy alone make this upcoming summer exciting. That shot of standing by a window in Cap 2 is all we need to get excited for this film, which, from what I've heard, matches the first movie's sense of fun. Guardians of the Galaxy should be just as entertaining, with James Gunn (Super) directing and that cast, which includes voicing a raccoon.
is either now working at a faster pace or people are starting to finally give him the financing he deserves. Inherent Vice sees Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix teaming up again, and after The Master, it's obvious the two were made for each other.
That trailer was stunning. Simply stunning. It only showed a few shots from the actual film, but that's all you need when you have giving an inspiring speech playing over even more inspiring images from history. Plot details are being kept under lock and key, but in we trust, even after The Dark Knight Rises...
This has been a major passion project for for a long, long time. Studios have always been hesitant in taking on projects, especially this pricey, that deal with religion. The story of Noah could easily make for a hokey disaster movie, but with a director as ambitious as Darren Aronofsky directing, we should expect a movie as ambitious as its flawed hero, played by .