Top 30 Best New Movies Of 20141.12.13 # Top Ten # 17 Comments
Let’s take a look at the top 30 best new movies of 2014. This year sees the return of the biblical epic, highly talented directors turning to detective mysteries, and some comic book movies potentially falling back into camp. What do you think will end up being 2014’s best movies? Let us know in the comments.
30th – Dumb And Dumber To
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Kathleen Turner
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Released: November 14th, 2014 (U.S. Release Dates)
Good-hearted yet dimwitted best friends, Harry and Lloyd, head out on a road trip to find one of their long lost children, in the hopes of gaining a new kidney. Directors the Farrelly brothers are back for this follow-up to the 1994 smash and, since Warners wouldn’t make it, have raised $35 million through an outside financer. Rob Riggle plays twins: a handyman named Travis and his unstable brother, Captain Lippencott. Laurie Holden (‘The Mist’) is a villain seeking to use the pair as scapegoats for her evil scheme. Kathleen Turner plays Fraida Felcher, the “babe who worked for the tractor company” that Harry and Lloyd both courted, and uber-fan Jennifer Laurence cameos as the younger Fraida. The leads are of course far too old to be doing this (Carrey is a 51 year old grandfather and Jeff Daniels is nearly 60) which means it could be a delight or a cripplingly embarrassing spectacle. There’s a lot of good will behind the project so I’m hoping for the former.
29th – Robocop
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Sam Jackson, Abbie Cornish
Director: José Padilha
Released: February 12th, 2014
Joel Kinnaman (TV’s ‘The Killing’) is the new Alex Murphy and the plot’s still about a crime-ridden city, this time in 2046, where a fatally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg, haunted by submerged memories. However Robocop himself will look and act very differently to the 1987 original – for one, there will be no twitchy robotic moves. This version focuses much more on the transitional phase, about a man becoming part-machine. Oldman plays the scientist overseeing the transformation, Michael Keaton is the possibly-villainous CEO, Jackson is a powerful TV mogul, Cornish is Murphy’s wife who’s led to believe her husband is dead. From the director of Brazil’s highest grossing movie of all time ‘Elite Squad’. It’s a solid effort made with the right intentions, and definitely more intelligent than it looks. Although it’s still not as satisfying as the original.
28th – Locke
Starring: Tom Hardy, (voices) Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland
Director: Steven Knight
Released: April 25th, 2014
A man’s life unravels in real-time over the course of a 90 minute car ride via a series of nail-biting phone calls. This is a highly experimental, minimalistic film that arrives with strong buzz. Hardy is the only actor on screen throughout. There are no car chases or crashes. It was shot in 5 days by the director of ‘Hummingbird’ (who also wrote ‘Eastern Promises’), with a script so organic that Hardy had to read it off autocues hidden around the car. Hardy’s performance is remarkable, a reminder of what a powerhouse presence he is. The premise won’t be for everyone, but expect a tense race against time and dramatic complexity around an ethical dilemma that resonates.
27th – Exodus
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul
Director: Ridley Scott
Released: December 12th, 2014
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic follows Moses (Christian Bale) leading the Israelites out of Egypt into the Sinai desert and eventually to their Promised Land. Joel Edgerton plays Ramses. John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver play Ramses’ parents, while Aaron Paul (‘Breaking Bad’) will play Hebrew slave Joshua. There’s something I never thought I’d write. Co-scripted by A-list writer Steven Zaillian (‘Moneyball’, ‘American Gangster’), Scott has been misjudging project after project in recent years, from ‘Robin Hood’ to ‘Prometheus’ to ‘The Counsellor’. He’s also been critical of religion in the past, and Bale says expect ‘Exodus’ to be “shocking”. This should be fascinating …however it turns out.
26th – Maleficent
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton
Director: Robert Stromberg
Released: May 30th, 2014
Prequel and remake of Disney’s 1959 ‘Sleeping Beauty’ re-telling the story from the perspective of the villain, the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil” (Jolie). Maleficent enjoys an idyllic early life, growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom as a beautiful young woman, until an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. She rises to be its fiercest protector, but suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realises that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well. The directorial debut of production designer Stromberg (‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Avatar’). Elle Fanning seems miscast as Sleeping Beauty, but Jolie should be memorable in the role.
25th – Edge Of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jeremy Piven
Director: Doug Liman
Released: June 6th, 2014
A conscript (Cruise) fighting in the United Defense Force against the mysterious ‘Mimic’ aliens laying siege to Earth, finds himself caught in a time loop of his last day of battle – becoming better skilled as he repeats it. He fights alongside a special forces solider (Blunt) who is highly decorated and peerless in battle, seen as a hero by the entire world, but is she hiding something? The script adapts the Japanese novella ‘All You Need Is Kill’ and was on the Black List (an industry rundown of the best unproduced screenplays). It’s a sci-fi ‘Groundhog Day’ (as was ‘Source Code’), with a touch of ‘Starship Troopers’. Director Doug Liman (‘The Bourne Identity’) is solid, and was unfairly bashed for his inventive ‘Jumper’. Cruise’s sci-fi effort last year, ‘Oblivion’, was very capable, expect him to be just as committed here.