Release Date: June 13, 2014
Directors: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill
An easily desired sequel to the hilarious and successful adaptation of 21 Jump Street sees the comedic re-teaming of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. This time moving across the street to a new HQ and again going undercover, the pair finally get to attend college – and again try to fit in.
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg
Although we’ve yet to see any official marketing materials on the latest live-action adaption of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the project which once dropped “teenage” and “mutant” from its title is seemingly back on track to deliver what fans love most about the green warriors.
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Director: Scott Waugh
Cast: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton
With Fast & Furious 7 delayed a year and the franchise’s last two installments favoring borderline-superhuman, over-the-top action sequences, Disney and Dreamworks attempt a risky video game adaptation of a property that generally doesn’t embrace story or characters but do so with a desire to deliver authentic, real-life stunts with supercars. Tapping Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul to lead the chase and having seen one of these action sequences shot up close and personal on set, we’re excited to see if Need For Speed can break the molds of both the racing and video game genres.
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson
Director Francis Lawrence managed to not only deliver a successful followup to the smash hit The Hunger Games, but managed to do so by improving upon nearly every aspect of the original film. Catching Fire knocked it out of the park and we’re dying to see where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes us next.
Release Date: February 7, 2014
Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Cast: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell
Who would have thought that a movie could be made based on LEGO toys and licensed properties? Phil Lord and Chris Miller blew us away at Comic-Con with footage from The LEGO Movie and again with its trailers. Combing Robot Chicken-esque stop-motion animation and a hilarious cast, concept and story, The LEGO Movie is one of the more unique and exciting new franchises to hit cinemas in 2014.
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