Now that 2013 is over, we can stop arguing about movies that let us down and start looking forward to new movies that will let us down. There are hundreds of movies coming out, but here are some of the highlights for the year.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This is a reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character, previously played by Alex Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Now he’s being played by Chris Pine and the film is an original “origin story.” Could be fun.
The LEGO Movie
LEGO has been turning movies into toys for years now, so it’s about time they made a movie from their toys.
How can this possibly top the original? And what’s with the one human hand? This film is a curiosity. Will it be like the Total Recall reboot that was all style and little substance? Or will it be a clever new take on the idea?
300: Rise of an Empire
A prequel to 300, but without Zack Snyder. Could be an interesting diversion.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
It’s the next Wes Anderson movie. You already know whether or not you like it.
Need for Speed
It’s like Fast & Furious, but based on a video game. And since F&F is sadly delayed until 2015, this is your car movie for the year. Stars Breaking Bad’s Jesse. Hopefully at one point he’ll yell, “Cars, bitch!”
I pitched in on the Kickstarter for this reunion movie for the beloved, but little watched series. Regardless of how it turns out, fans are happy to see this world one more time. Let’s hope the millions raised online were enough to make a decent film.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A follow up to the first film, but also another Avengers sequel. A totally different type of movie from the first one, but one that looks just as interesting. The story is based on probably the best Captain America comic story, so there are huge expectations for this film. Plus, it’s got Robert Redford in it and huge helicarriers crashing into the Potomac.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Will this tell us more of the “secret origin” of Peter Parker or be another overstuffed mess? Hard to say, but the studio is playing a long game with this franchise. A third movie is planned as well as two spin offs.
Will this be the Godzilla film we want it to be or will it be another misfire like the 1998 film that was so hated that Japan’s Godzilla series had to kill the character off?
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Will this be as fun and fresh as First Class, or as dumb as The Last Stand? Is this destined to be overstuffed and cheap looking? Maybe Singer and friends can pull it off. Hopefully they can since they’re already working on the next film.
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Cruise in a mech suit? Cautiously optimistic on this one.
22 Jump Street
The first was a surprisingly good film and a good, respectful homage to the series. Here’s to hoping this is not a retread.
Transformers: Age of Extinction
More people running around cities while robots destroy them! You know what this will be like.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Now this is exciting. The last film, Rise was a very refreshing way to reboot a series and this looks like another exciting take on the material. And that CGI ape? Amazing.
Guardians of the Galaxy
This may be a tough sell, but I like living in a world where Rocket Raccoon gets to be a in a movie.
It’s from Christopher Nolan, so it should be very slick, but the trailer was pretty vague, so it may be better to go into this one knowing very little.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Hopefully this continues to build off the second film’s strengths. I hear the last book is the weakest and it’s been divided into two movies, so that is a bit worrisome. Maybe they’re making smart changes.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again
You already hate it or love it. The nine hour epic based on the tiny book comes to an end.