Release Date: June 13, 2014
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig
One of the most fun and heartwarming animated films in recent memory, How to Train Your Dragon managed to offer the closest experience to actually flying while sitting in a theater seat ever – even more than James Cameron’s Avatar, arguably. The entire voice cast, and our favorite dragon Toothless return for the eagerly anticipated followup.
Release Date: July 11, 2014
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell
We’re still bitter about Andy Serkis not getting some sort of Academy Award nomination for his incredible motion-capture performance as Caeser in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In the followup, which takes place many years later after the catastrophic events of Rise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes introduces a new cast of human characters to surround the scene-stealing Serkis.
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Donny Alamsyah, Iko Uwais, Raiden Integra, Yayan Ruhian
Gareth Evans impressed us with The Raid: Redemption and its mindblowing action sequences, and the fact that its getting a sequel is reason enough to get excited about seeing more of Rama (Iko Uwais) kicking butt on screen. The Raid 2: Berandal sees Uwais (and director Evans) return for the main role in a story that takes place just hours after the original.
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field
While The Amazing Spider-Man brought us a wonderful cast, its story was lacking and in some respects, incomplete. With the ‘setup’ out of the way and plans for multiple sequels and spinoffs officially announced by Sony, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has high expectations and a cast array of characters from the comics all (seemingly) carefully placed for the future of the series. With so much riding in the next Peter Parker adventure, we can’t help but get excited about the potential of another Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci
Despite saying otherwise for quite sometime, Michael Bay decided to return to the director’s chair for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The franchise’s fourth live-action installment introduces new lead human characters led by Mark Wahlberg as well as plenty of new Cybertronian vehicles, including the fan-favorite Dinobots. After Bay improved upon the action sequences and visuals for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, we’re amped to see more of Optimus Prime and company destroying more villains in the followup. Maybe this time we’ll get to know some of the supporting bots?
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