AEOS Must-See Movies for the Rest of 2014

Over at Flixchatter, Ruth recently posted what films she was most interested in seeing for the remainder of the year, which got me thinking . . . what do I really want to see this year? So I had the difficult task of selecting two films (sometimes three!) for each month that I most definitely plan on seeing.

August

August is right around the corner, and there are two movies I’m really looking forward to. About a month and a half ago, I read The Giver series. Each book is a very thoughtful and easy read that I’m recommend to just about anyone. I’m looking forward to starting a new review section for book adaptations called “Pages to Screen.” But until then, enjoy the latest trailer of The Giver.

The Giver

 

Guardians of the Galaxy is the other movie I’m looking forward to in August. I don’t know much about the comics behind the characters and stories, but my husband has gotten me excited about this movie. I’m particularly looking forward to Brad Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon, and seeing Chris Pratt as the lead character. I’m also looking forward to seeing The Walking Dead‘s Michael Rooker in full costume and blue paint.

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

September

The month of September also includes another book-to-film adaptation that I’m really looking forward to: The Maze Runner. While I didn’t find it to be the best written book, I thought the story was intriguing. And based off the trailer, I think it’s going to make a potentially great film. If you’re interested in seeing the latest trailer, go on over to Yahoo! Movies or click here.

The Maze Runner

 

I’m excited to see both Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy act against each other in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Chastain seems to know how to pick her projects. It’s one of two mystery movies that are coming out near the end of 2014 that I’m looking forward to.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

 

This Is Where I Leave You could likely be one of those large cast movies that falls flat on its face. But the trailer interested me enough that I’m putting it on this list. Plus, I have a soft spot for Jason Bateman, and I felt like the beginning of it could be similar to Elizabethtown.

This Is Where I Leave You

 

October

Gone Girl is the other mystery movie I’ve been looking forward to ever since I first saw the poster several months ago. The book the movie is based off of, written by Gillian Flynn, was published only two years ago – so it’s definitely making the jump from book to film pretty quickly. I’m interested in reading the book before this movie comes out, because like the book’s chapters are named after journal entries by Amy Elliott Dune, the murder victim of the story, the trailer reveals how much those journal entries will be featured in the film, and how they might affect the outcome of her widowed husband Nick Dunne.

Gone Girl

 

We haven’t seen Robert Downy Jr. play a character aside from Iron Man for a while. Now The Judge is coming out, and I think it could be good. I’m not overly excited for this movie, but it looks like it has potential.

The Judge

 

The one and only reason I’m particularly interested in Horns is Daniel Radcliffe. He’s been in a string of films since his Harry Potter days, most of which have been well-received. Horns, while yet another mystery film, seems to remind me of Hellboy. I have no idea how this film will do, but I was really impressed with Radcliffe’s American accent.

Horns

 

November

Being the next Christopher Nolan offering alone makes Interstellar high on my list to see for 2014. Nolan has released information only in small increments since The Dark Knight Rises premiered in 2012. Now with Matthew McConaughey fresh off a Best Actor win at the Academy Awards, he, too, now might be entering into Nolan’s regulars that he features in his films. While Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, two actors who have already joined the ranks (or been part of it for years) are in Interstellar, the film boasts a heavy cast including Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, and Wes Bentley.

Interstellar

 

The Imitation Game stars one of my favorite actors right now, Benedict Cumberbatch. But it looks like he’ll be acting alongside many of Britain’s big actors, including Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, and Kiera Knightly. I think this movie could likely get nominated for several awards at the Oscars. IMDB’s summary of the film is “English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.”

The Imitation Game

 

The newest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1) was released only yesterday to a huge buzz. We’re finally getting to see a little more footage from the film. While I’m excited about this movie considering that I’m a fan of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire was one of my favorite movies of 2013, I’m a little wary since they divided the third book into two films, following the trend of both Harry Potter and Twilight. Part 1 usually leaves you wanting more, and having to wait another year just so the box office can make more money is disappointing. I hope this movie is better than previous Part 1’s in other movie series.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1)

 

December

Surprisingly, the month of December includes movies I’m not overly excited to see. I was doubly disappointed by the previous Hobbit films because of their overly long running time, and the major inclusion of material from The Silmarillion, making the films far less about the actual book The Hobbit and far more about trying to recreate the incredible Lord of the Rings trilogy. Despite my complaints, I do still have a little excitement leftover for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. Each of the previous movies had good moments and scenes, and some great acting. I’m hoping this conclusion is worth the wait.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

 

Into the Woods makes the list for lack of other better movies to add. The trailer is only a teaser for now, but I’m curious to see how the musical will unfold on screen. Meryl Streep is no stranger to musicals, although I probably wouldn’t say she’s the best singer. There is a huge cast involved, and I’m looking forward to seeing a more involved trailer in the next few months.

Into the Woods

 

In Summary

To summarize, here are all the movies with their U.S. release dates included, in order from the movies I’m looking most forward to seeing, to least:

1) Interstellar (November 7)

2) The Maze Runner (September 19)

3) The Imitation Game (November 21)

4) Gone Girl (October 3)

5) The Giver (August 15)

6) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 21)

7) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (September 26)

8) Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

9) The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 17)

10) The Judge (October 10)

11) This Is Where I Leave You (September 19)

12) Horns (October 31)

13) Into the Woods (December 25)

What movies are you most looking forward to for the remainder of 2014? Feel free to join the discussion below.

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15 thoughts on “AEOS Must-See Movies for the Rest of 2014

  1. Great post, really looking forward to many of these, especially Interstellar, Gone Girl (I’m reading the book and loving it!), Horns, This is Where I Leave You, GOTG, Rigby, Mockingjay and Into the Woods (I think that teaser is a fake, and the poster most definitely is).

    I wasn’t very interested in The Giver after its first trailer, but am digging it now. I probably would’ve seen it anyway (Meryl) but now I’m genuinely interested. Looks like Hunger Games meets Pleasantville.

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    • Haha, thanks. And yeah, the trailer for Into the Woods definitely doesn’t look that great. Looking forward to real trailer soon! Ooo, what is Rigby? I’ll have to look into that.

      And as for The Giver . . . it’s totally worth a read if you have the time. Such a short book, and it was written in the early 90s. Definitely influenced books series like The Hunger Games. I agree – Meryl will make me watch just about anything! Ha.

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  2. Hey thanks for the link love Kris! Glad we share our anticipation for some of these. I have no interest in seeing The Giver at all, the trailer just looks so cheesy and cliched, it’s odd because the book’s been around for a long time but the film adaptation seems so redundant, y’know. I didn’t even go to the press interview w/ the two young cast, I just didn’t want to pretend I was interested, ahah.

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    • You bet! I thought it was a great post idea. Definitely still trying to revive All Eyes On Screen, so I’m constantly finding myself influenced and inspired by your site (and many other fellow movie bloggers’s sites).

      As for The Giver, I can see where you’re coming from in that the trailer does lead one to think it’s just another cliche teen-centered book-to-movie adaptation. I recently read the book series, and I would like to think otherwise, but it’s hard to tell until the movie comes out. Unfortunately, the trailer leads me to believe the film is definitely straying from the book, but I’m really hoping for a good movie out of it still. Plus, I’m definitely more interested in the story being good over getting to know the new actors.

      What do you think of The Maze Runner trailer?

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      • Oh I actually haven’t seen that one, but now that I’ve read what it’s about, I can’t say I’m anticipating it. I don’t read any YA books, I’m too old for that LOL!

        I did just see Into The Woods trailer and wow, now I’m intrigued. I love Disney fairy tale stuff, having grown up watching Cinderella, etc. I’m including that for Five for the Fifth, hope you’ll check that out Kris! 🙂

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        • I actually really enjoyed the book, although I think the film might be better! Hey, some of YA books are good to me 😉

          I know, I am too! Looking forward to it . . . will definitely check out your post tomorrow, Ruth. Thanks for the reply!

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  3. I’m trying to avoid trailers these days. Sometimes, most times, they give away far too much.

    Saying that, I am insanely excited about Interstellar. Anything from Nolan will excite me. Gone Girl is an interesting one. David Fincher! But the book was terrible! I hated it. It was written as if the author had the sole intent on getting it made into a film. Terrible writing and awful characters. Wondering how it will be adapted.

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    • Haha, I can understand that, although I guess my expectations are high enough to think that people should be able to cut good enough trailers that make the movie appealing and interesting without revealing the entire plot or all the good moments in it. That’s actually what I tend to like about trailers for Nolan movies. When I saw the Inception trailer, I remember feeling intrigued and excited, but I still wasn’t sure what the movie was all about. It’s similar to how I feel about Interstellar’s trailers too.

      As for Gone Girl … I actually just started the book today of all days! That’s interesting that you mention that. I’ll keep your thoughts in the back of my mind as a I read it. It was the trailer that made me want to read the book. I actually checked out the overview for the Amazon reviews for the book, and they’re all across the board. I’m looking forward to both the movie and the book now so we can discuss our takes on each. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    • So I just finished reading Gone Girl, and I had to tell you! I actually really enjoyed the book . . . for the most part. But there were two, maybe three huge turn-offs for me. I felt like the language was excessively vulgar, and I hated the ending. It also didn’t help that the characters were not redeemable at all.

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      • Ha! Interesting! Yeah, the language turned me off. Coming from someone who reads the A Song of Ice & Fire series, that’s something. It just didn’t fit at all. And yes, the characters were all just terrible people. By the end of the book I honestly didn’t care about what happened to any of them because they all deserve the worst!

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