10 Movies to Get Excited About in the Last Half of 2014
2014 is half over, and movies such as "The Lego Movie," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Fault in Our Stars" have proven that this year in film is one of the best. There are still plenty of outstanding films scheduled for release in the second half of 2014, including 10 movies that are bound to excite both audiences and critics.
"Jersey Boys," which was released on June 20, is a movie musical based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. The film tells the story of the band The Four Seasons, and John Lloyd Young reprises his Broadway role as lead singer Frankie Valli. Fans of Broadway musicals, movie musicals or The Four Seasons are likely to attend this movie and leave singing "Oh, What a Night!"
Chris Evans, famous for his role as Captain America, takes the lead again in "Snowpiercer," scheduled for release on June 27. In this film, scientists attempt to stop global warming but accidentally create an ice age. All of humanity is killed except for the people lucky enough to find passage on the Snowpiercer, a train that runs on a perpetual-motion engine and continuously circles the globe while keeping its inhabitants safe. A stratified class system soon springs up, and it is up to Evans' Curtis Everett to lead the train's passengers in rebellion. If this film follows the novel's plot closely, fans can expect a dark and violent movie with many unexpected plot twists.
Indie film "Wish I Was Here" opens on July 18. This film was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, and supporters are eagerly awaiting the chance to see the finished product. "Wish I Was Here" stars Zach Braff as Aidan Bloom and tells the story of a family trying to get by financially while having to recalibrate their hopes and dreams. It is a comedy, but it is also designed to get audiences thinking about their own circumstances and what they truly value in life.
"A Most Wanted Man," based on the John le Carre novel of the same name, tells the story of Issa Karpov, a half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant who travels to Hamburg and is immediately the subject of a covert investigation by a German anti-terrorism team. Grigoriy Dobrygin plays Issa Karpov, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Gunter Bachmann, the leader of the anti-terrorism team. This film, which opens on July 25, is the first of Hoffman's films to be released after his February 2014 death and is likely to be considered a tribute to the late actor.
Fans of Lois Lowry's dystopian novel "The Giver" are ready to line up for the film version, scheduled for release on August 15. This film is designed to appeal to the preteen audiences who are often assigned the novel in school, and it includes Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes in lead roles.
On September 26, "The Equalizer" gives Denzel Washington another chance to show off his acting skills. This time, he plays Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando who fakes his own death only to come out of hiding to save a teenage girl played by Chloe Grace Moretz. "The Equalizer" is based on a CBS television series that ran for four seasons in the 1980s, meaning that if the film version does well, there are plenty of opportunities for sequels.
Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" gets its film adaptation release on October 3. Although the film version of Flynn's story shares many elements with the bestselling novel, including the mystery surrounding the death of lead character Amy Dunne, Flynn states that the film treats the story and plot differently than the novel does. Even viewers who have read the book should expect some surprises.
Very little is currently known about "Interstellar," a science-fiction movie scheduled for release on November 6. The plot, which reportedly involves wormholes and time travel, is deliberately being kept hidden. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan of "Inception" and the "Dark Knight" trilogy fame and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
"Fury" opens on November 14 and stars Brad Pitt as Wardaddy, a U.S. Army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank named Fury. Little else is currently known about this World War II film, but it is likely to appeal to war movie buffs as well as people interested in World War II history.
The year closes with "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which opens on December 12. Following on the heels of the hugely popular "Noah," which was released in March of 2014, "Exodus: Gods and Kings" tells the story of Moses and re-imagines the Biblical book of Exodus. Christian Bale plays Moses while Joel Edgerton plays the pharaoh Rhamses, and the film is directed by Ridley Scott. "Noah" has already proven that Biblical films play well to a variety of demographics, and "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is likely to achieve the same success.
These films prove that the second half of 2014 is bound to be as exciting as the first half. Between political thrillers, murder mysteries, time travel movies and harsh dystopias, there is much for viewers to enjoy as summer turns to fall and the 2014 year comes to a close.