2014 Winter Movie Preview: The Movies, Trailers & Release Dates

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The holidays tend to light the cold, snow-covered nights with a warm and hearty glow, but after New Year’s, it’s pretty much cold, dark, days ahead until the spring thaw comes. Ironically enough, it’s during the light, fun, days of summer that we feel most compelled to crowd into dark chilly rooms for movie escapism; the doldrums of winter tend offer very little in the way of quality theatrical entertainment – and the first quarter box office often reflects that reality.

However, more and more we’re seeing the winter movie season transform before our eyes; instead of being a dumping ground for studios’ failed attempts at filmmaking, now the early portions of the year are being filled with what could best be described as “blockbuster-lite” films – movies that may be big in scope and production, but don’t carry the studio confidence to be contenders in the heavily-occupied late-April – September blockbuster prime time, or the new October – December second wave.

This year we’ll be getting a Paranormal Activity spinoff, a new sword-and-sandals epicHercules prequel story, and Robocop remake – all within the first eight weeks of 2014. Winter may not bring the best films of the year, but it will certainly offer a few gems, this year.

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January 2014 Movies

 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

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Jan 3rd

The writer of Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2 – 4 attempts to take the franchise in a semi-different direction by tacking-on opening up the convoluted franchise mythos to a side chapter about a Latino boy named Jesse who is inflicted with a supernatural curse. This is basically an attempt to market PA to the Latin demographic, while attempting to snare followers of the franchise further into this web of found-footage jump-scares and mysteries with no real explanations. By now you view at your own risk.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box

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Jan 10th

Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth – but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box! Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd and Sam Neill star, Jonathan Newman directs.

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Her

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Jan 10th

In a near-feature Los Angeles, a writer in the middle of heartbreak (Joaquin Phoenix) starts to fall in love with his new A.I. operating system (voice of Scarlett Johansson). This new film from Being John Malkovich and Where The Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze is yet another offbeat-yet-insightful look at that which makes us human, and the nature of love. Sure to be a 2014 awards contender.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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The Legend of Hercules

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Jan 10th

In this “Hercules Begins” origin tale, Kellan Lutz (Twilight) plays the titular demigod in his formative years, when he is exiled by his stepfather the king (Scott Adkins) and sold into slavery. Of course, when his godly powers begin to emerge, Hercules goes from slave to hero. Directed by Die Hard 2 helmer Renny Harlin with a 3D design, Hercules may draw Lutz’ fangirl base, but Brett Ratner’s Hercules movie with Dwayne Johnson may be the one to wait for.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Lone Survivor

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Jan 10th

Based on the real-life 2005 military op gone bad, Lone Survivor follows four Navy SEAL team members (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch) as they venture into Afghanistan to capture a high-value Taliban leader. The title of the film should pretty much tell you that things ultimately go bad. Directed by The Kingdom‘s Peter Berg, this looks like an unflinching (read: brutal) look at four of US military’s finest making their last stand.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Devil’s Due

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Jan 17th

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. It’s January, so that means time for another intriguing-but-probably-hollow found-footage horror film.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Jan 17th

In this reboot, Chris Pine (Star Trek) takes over the Jack Ryan role for an updated origin story about how Ryan the CIA numbers analyst became Ryan the punching-shooting field operative. The plot revolves around the threat of economic terrorism, with director Kenneth Branagh serving as the villain, too, and Kevin Costner serving as Jack’s mentor in the field. Brainy action thrills ensue – and from what we’ve already seen, this could be a definite step up from Sum of All Fears. A solid bet for the early new year.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Reasonable Doubt

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Jan 17th

When up-and-coming District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominick Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, he feels compelled to manipulate the case to acquit the accused criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) who was found with the body and blamed for the crime. Following the trial, Mitch’s worst fears come true when he realizes that his actions freed a guilty man, and he soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer before more victims pile up.

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Ride Along

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Jan 17th

Kevin Hart plays a man trying to win approval from his fiancee’s tough-as-nail cop brother (Ice Cube). The brother decides that it’s time for Hart to prove his manhood, by taking a 24-hour ride along through the streets of Atlanta. Hilarity and action ensues – and with the odd-man pairing of Hart and Cube, we’re hoping that both the action and the comedy sides of the equation are strong in this “The Heat with black guys” comedy flick.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Gimmie Shelter

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Jan 24th

A teenager (Vanessa Hudgens) sets out to find her Wall Street father (Brendan Fraser) and is forced into the streets in a desperate journey of survival. Based on a true story. Hudgens (Spring Breakers) is almost unrecognizable in the central role, with Rosario Dawson also getting gritty to play her drug addict mother. I’ll go out on a limb and say that Hudgens has been quietly proving herself in the roles she plays, and this could be serious indie-cred for the former High School Musical star. 

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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I, Frankenstein

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Jan 24th

Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux. The trailer gives a Van Helsing vibe (not good), and Beattie’s writing on B-movies like Collateral and 30 Days of Night suggests this is NOT going to be a spectacular action vehicle for Eckhart.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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Best Night Ever

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Jan 31st

Claire is about to get married and she goes to Las Vegas with her sister and two friends for her bachelorette party. Things quickly spiral out of control. On the one hand, this is the new film from the guys who did those abysmal spoofs films like Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie and Vampires Suck; on the other hand, this will be their first Rated-R comedy venture. So hedge your bets accordingly.

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Labor Day

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Jan 31st

Depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Josh Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. The new film by Up In the Air and Juno director Jason Reitman may be his most serious effort yet. With a supporting cast that includes Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek and Clark Gregg, this one probably deserves a spot on your radar.

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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That Awkward Moment

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Jan 31st

Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?” Starring three of the biggest up-and-coming young leading men – Miles Teller (Spectacular Now), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Zac Efron, this film already has some clout behind it. 

(WATCH the TRAILER)

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TAGS: 3 days to kill, about last night, devil's due, her, i frankenstein, jack ryan, labor day, lego movie, lone survivor, Non-Stop, Paranormal Activity, pompeii, ride along, robocop, Son of God, that awkward moment, The Legend of Hercules, The Monuments Men, The Wind Rises, vampire academy, winter's tale

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  1. Wake me up when Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out.

    • Ha, my thoughts exactly.

    • I’ll wait for my Godzilla.

    • Try to be quiet when waking TID please, as I want to keep sleeping.

    • i think i’ll go find a bear to hibernate with. best case scenario: i sleep through the winter and wake up when the decent movies are out. worst case scenario: the bear mauls my face and renders me incapable of experiencing any of this crap.

  2. I will see “Her” and wait till the others show on netflicks.

  3. Really? A single mom picks up some guy off the road?? So this is a story of how stupid people die right??

  4. Ummmm, ‘Collateral’ wasn’t a B-movie, it was actually pretty great imo! That said, ‘I, Frankenstein’ looks pretty terrible… I could be wrong though.

    • That was what I was about to say, Collateral was very good. I, Frankenstein looks terrible though. I like Aaron Eckhart, but his action movies tend to be underwhelming (The Core, Battle LA), I haven’t seen Olympus has Fallen yet.

      • Van Helsing was pretty good I thought !

    • Agreed!

      That show was an awesome thriller, that shoot out scene in the night club is insane!! I watched it for the first time this summer and when I finished I went back to that scene and watched it again. Its hard to catch everything the first time through.

    • Me thinks you young people dont understand what a b-movie is.

  5. I will see “Her”, ‘the Lego movie and the monuments men. But everything else in winter’s dumping ground? *sighing*

  6. wait, no love for european or asian movies ?

    except from labor day, monuments men, winter’s tale and the wind rises (i guess the only asian movie) they all seem pretty lame movies. most of them are stupid predictable rom-coms, action movies (liam neeson and kevin costner) and found footage horror movies with everything we’ve all seen before. oh and ANOTHER freaking movie about jesus… but i guess there’s still plenty of people who like to see the same story all over again.

  7. Looks like we’re about to head into the post-Christmas funk…Sigh. I honestly couldn’t care less about any of these films. Guess I’ll just take these next few months to save up for 2015.

  8. i’ll see i’frankenstein even know trailer dont look too promising, and lone survivor in january. And in February robocop which i think looks really good, and pompeii non stop and welcome to yesterday, which all look not that bad. but its all about godzilla, dawn of the planet of the apes and the last hobbit for me

    • Good choices, I am inclined to agree that those three are my most ancipated (large budget) films of 2014.

      Secondary: (meaning want to see, but skeptical whether they will be good)
      300: Rise of an Empire, X-men, Spider-Man, Hercules: Thracian Wars, Gaurdians of the Galaxy, Sin City, Dracula Untold, and Captain Corny America.

      But what movie event I will be waiting for the MOST is…

      2015

  9. THE LEGO MOVIE!!! the movie on this list that I am most excited for. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (The 1st one only) is one of the most overlooked and downright hilarious animated films to date, with incredible directors like phil lord and Chris Miller I am expecting another great animated film with qwuirky moments. Outside of that, I will be seeing Her, Monuments Men and thats probably it. 2014 doesnt excite me very much but there is some under the radar films that interest me like Joe Carnahan’s Stretch.

  10. Well, those sure are a lot of movies being sent out to die.

    • @Brad
      LOL!

  11. am dieing to see about expendables 3 and avatar cant wait for those two

    • Are you eleven or something?

  12. There are quite a few high profile projects being released in January, which customarily doesn’t suggest studio confidence in the finished product. Are these going to be clunkers or is Hollywood trying to rejuvenate the winter season with some solid entertainment?

    Also, watching the Jack Ryan trailer again, I can’t help but wonder if Costner’s going to do a face-heel turn.

  13. Brendan Fraser in Gimme Shelter? Like THAT Brendan Fraser? Hasn’t been in a film in a while, has he?

  14. YAWN… None of those excite me at all, I’m just hanging out for Godzilla!!

  15. Remember that scene in Team America when Gary had to go down on Spottiswoode so he could be on Team America?

    Why do I get the feeling Chris Pine made that same deal, because he is the least convincing actor I’ve ever seen in a big budget movie. In fact, he should team up with Ryan Gosling for “World’s Phoniest: Phone It In”. They can even have a cat fight over who gets top billing, put that in the movie while they’re at it.

  16. January is where movies go to die.

    Except for the Oscars hopefuls.. well…. still.

    That being said I wanna see Her, then Lego and The Wind Rises in February. I’m a big Miyazaki fan.

  17. Wait, what about Seventh Son? Stars Jeff Bridges and comes out in January. I’m not super thrilled about any if these but that one I’m actually holding out some hope for, if only because there are so few actual fantasy movies anymore.

  18. Seventh Son has been pushed back again… to 2015… it’s just nuts. I was very much looking forward to it as well.

    “More eye-brow raising is the fact Universal has pushed Legendary’s “The Seventh Son” to Feb. 6, 2015. The fantasy adventure “Son” stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore. Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/awards-campaign/universal-moves-warcraft-to-2016-as-seventh-son-goes-on-the-shelf#RM9V0GTzaL2ELr46.99

  19. lol, guess this year is the silence before the storm that is 2015. From this list only the Sam Neill movie peeks my interest just because of Neill. Besides that it’ll be Guardians of the Galaxy and Cap. America.

  20. There aren’t really any movies I’m looking forward to seeing in Jan. or Feb., but come Mar; can’t wait.
    If you want to see what looks to be a really interesting story about some real ‘live’ cowboys and a horse, head to the theaters Mar. 21st. for ’50 to 1′, a ‘true story’ about a race horse; ‘Mine That Bird’. Starring; William Devane, Skeet Ulrich & Christian Kane

    ‘A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world’s racing elite.’ https://www.facebook.com/50to1themovie

    Listen to the HRRN Breeders’ Cup interview: http://bit.ly/50to1HRRNInterview

  21. I always end up seeing some bad flicks in Jan. It is like a tradition. What else is there to do?

    I, Frankie…. Robo-copper…..Liam “Taken on an airplane”…. Hunk-er-less, The Legendary Beginning to a failed franchise…. JUST CLASSIC SO-BAD-THEY-ARE G.I.M (GROAN INDUCING MOVIES)!!

    Come on gang!! Where is your sense of adventure?? Ya’ll scared of a little G.I.M???
    I am all in!!!

  22. Can’t wait for Lone Survivor!

  23. Bleh. I find it hard to believe this article is an accurate representation of what to look forward to. Collateral was a fantastic film, with excellent writing. How anyone could consider it a b movie with poor writing is beyond me. That alone throws off the reliability for me.

  24. The only one I’m KIND of interested in is Robocop only because I remember how great the first one was and how HORRIBLE it’s sequels where so it’d be nice to see the remake go back to the first ones style. Also is anyone else getting a…snakes on the plane vibe from Leim Neelsons new film Non stop?

  25. The Wind Rises, that’s pretty much it. I don’t know why I’m not too excited about the Lego Movie, I think I’m too old old, or maybe cynical, for the humor. Kinda want to see Robo-Cop. It looks ok. NonStop will be fun, I go with my mom to see all the Liam Neeson action flicks.

  26. I highly recommend Gimme Shelter. I never pay attention to former Disney stars, but the description of the film got my attention, so I gave it a shot. I hope Vanessa Hudgens is given some kind of acknowledgment at the Oscars for her riveting and emotionally charged performance in this film. It’s been a long time, since I’ve seen a movie where the lead actress is this engaged and involved in her role. I cried through the ending, which I won’t spoil. This movie should serve as an inspiration to the generation of today, which Hudgens represents, that anything can be overcome, if you stay strong and true to yourself. Bravo, to everyone who worked on this film.