GIMME FIVE: Movies to watch in 2014

BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI

I’m calling it now: 2014 is going to be a big freaking year for movies. From huge-budget films, to remakes, to historical(ish) renditions and up-and-coming actors (not to mention a double whammy of Frank Miller), there’s going to be a lot to see come spring. This list was so difficult to narrow down since so many trailers are starting to be released and more movies are being announced. Just make sure you save some of your Christmas cash to catch them all in theatres, because I suspect some of these would be better on a big screen.

5) Noah

Noah-2014-Movie-PosterNoah recounts the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, where patriarch Noah saves himself, his family and a slew of animals from the flood that God creates in the Genesis story as a means of punishing humanity for its wrong-doings. Casting Russell Crowe as Noah (fille Erin’s favourite actor–eva–and probably her future husband), Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins, this flick is sure to have its fair share of over-the-top CGI and breath-holding moments.

4) 300: Rise of an Empire

hr_300-_Rise_of_an_Empire_17This flick is something I’ve been waiting for since 300 came out in 2006 and frankly this sequel looks ah-mazing. Avenging the death of King Leonidas and battling the Persians and Xerxes, the second installment has an abundance of ass-kicking females (in the form of Eva Green and the formidable Lena Headey who plays cutthroat queen all too well) and will certainly quench your thirst for fake blood splatter and gruesome action.

3) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

sin-city-a-dame-to-kill-for-posterIt’s been almost a decade since Frank Miller’s first Sin City hit the big screen, and finally a sequel is in sight for the near future. While the ins and outs of the plot are still unknown, a handful of characters from the first flick are returning for the sequel, which probably means old wounds will be opened and arguments rehashed alongside a new set of problems, though sadly, Tarantino is not on the bill for this next feature. (PS: If you’re a die-hard Eva Green fan, she’s in this too!)

2) Pompeii

pompeii_xlgWords truly cannot describe how excited I am for this movie. After studying the history of Pompeii after its destruction from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius for years during university, I’m pretty much obsessed about the topic. Add in an action-packed, Gladiator-esque feature that includes Kit Harrington (Jon Snow–squee!) and I’m pretty much already lining up at the theatre.

1) Maleficent

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Everyone, take a deep breath. This movie is finally (fiiiiinally) being released after two years of rumours and production. Sigh. While Angelina Jolie is debatably the most overrated actor in Hollywood, Disney cast her perfectly to play the evil Maleficent in the switched perspective tale of Sleeping Beauty. Add Elle Fanning to the mix as Princess Aurora and you’ve got yourself a winning flick.

Honourable mention goes to the following (see why it was so hard to narrow down this list?): 22 Jump Street, Entourage (note: this flick starts production in January, so no word on an exact release date, but if you were a fan of the show, I’d keep my eyes peeled), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fault in Our Stars, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Dumb and Dumber To and Veronica Mars.

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