Our list of the “30 Most Anticipated Movies of [The Upcoming Year]” is hands-down one of our favorite annual features we publish. Why? Two reasons. One, because it’s always interesting to go back to this post from a year before and see whether or not the hype surrounding a film reflected on how good the actual movie was.
Take our 2013 list. Were audiences really looking forward to flicks like Kick-Ass 2 and Elysium? Absolutely. Unfortunately those two left a lot on the table when it came to box-office performance and critical reviews.
The other reason we always look forward to the “Most Anticipated Movies” list is more selfish than anything. Writing this post takes a lot time and effort, but the reward is that we shift through the hundreds of movies that (should be) coming out in the next year and bring the creme de la creme to the top.
Picking a finite number (30) of movies you should be excited for isn’t the easiest thing in the world, so don’t forget to peep the section at the bottom where we give both honorable mentions and dishonorable mentions (you might be surprised to see where Fast and Furious 7 and Need For Speed wind up).
• Tomorrowland: Anything Pixar-related definitely deserves our attention and truthfully if we knew more about the movie we’d have included it on our list. All that’s known right now is that the plot revolves around a has-been scientist and a young apprentice of his.
• Horrible Bosses 2: If it weren’t for Christopher Waltz playing one of the new horrible bosses, there’s a good chance that this wouldn’t have made the list. But that dude is just flat-out delightful.
• How To Catch A Monster: Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. Could be good, could be bad. We’re just excited to see it.
• Draft Day: This movie hinges around the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns who’s jockeying to acquire the number one draft pick for his team. With a serious lack of sports movies coming out this year, Draft Day seems like a good one to keep an eye on.
• The Expendables 3: Just a bunch of action heros doing their thing. We’d be lying if we didn’t say we were more than a little excited.
• Fast and Furious 7: Yes we know it’s a little embarassing but we’re just being honest with you. This is still the tree of trust, right?
• The Creed of Violence: Christian Bale plays a criminal named Rawbone who tries to transport a cache of weapons into Mexico as part of the country’s revolution. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he grows a disgustingly great moustache.
• Birdman: Like Kick-Ass, Birdman will have a completely different take on the whole superhero theme. Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. The fact that they’re going with this as a comedy has us excited.
• Child 44: Tom Hardy can be in pretty much anything right now and we’d go see it. He’ll play a Russian policeman who tries to uncover the mystery behind a series of gruesome child murders.
• Need For Speed
• Resident Evil 6 (still going to watch it)
• Gotti: Shadow Of My Father
• I, Frankenstein
• Winter’s Tale
• The Hobbit 3