Coming soon, 2014 movies we can’t wait to see
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson (March 7)
Though Anderson’s 8th feature looks to be a bit more frivolous and candy coated than he’s ever been before, the trailer is hilarious and wondrous and filled with basically everyone who has ever been in a Wes Anderson film previously.
Nymphomaniac – Lars von Trier (Part One: March 6 VOD, Part Two: April 13 VOD)
The notoriously shy and pious von Trier returns from his persona non grata status incident at Cannes with what appears to be basically a porno about a series of sex addicts, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LeBeouf (but with the private bits digitally inserted over the actors bits). Possibly the world’s most provocative director, von Trier films have become must see for anyone who wants to participate in society, where opinion on his films are demanded. But thank God it’s making its bow on VOD.
Under The Skin – Jonathan Glazer (April 4, limited)
The Sexy Beast director is slow working and divisive, and that’ll be sure to continue in Under the Skin, where Scarlett Johansson plays an alien tooling around Glasgow. If nothing else, the visuals look to be worth watching for.
The Fault in Our Stars – Josh Boone (June 6)
The long-awaited adaptation of John Green’s best selling book about Hazel, a sixteen year old girl living with thyroid cancer, and a boy she meets at a support group who is in remission. Its pedigree is a bit higher than the similar Now is Good, which starred Dakota Fanning, and could be this year’s Perks of Being a Wallflower (for more than the short hair transformation, even). The film also reunites Divergent co-stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort after so many years weeks of being apart on the big screen.
The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable (Sept. 26)
If you’ve been following the animation studio LAIKA on Twitter, you’ve been treated to an exciting, seemingly ceaseless photo stream of the extremely detailed miniatures and models that they’ve been using to animate The Boxtrolls, about underground trash hoarding creatures who are under threat of extermination. Like Pixar, you can feel the care and love that LAIKA makes their films with leaping off the screen when you watch them. There is no point trying to fight it, they’ve already won.
Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams (Nov. 7)
Based on an obscure Marvel superhero team that I’ve never read, Big Hero 6 seems to be sort of Japan’s answer to the Avengers (but created by a bunch of white guys). The teaser trailer released last year piqued our attention, and with Disney Animation’s track record in the last few years, we have big hopes for this.
Interstellar – Chris Nolan (Nov. 7)
All I know about this is it has something to do with a wormhole and that’s all I want to know. I do struggle somewhat with getting into Chris Nolan films, and especially with rewatching them, but I always hope the next one will be the one where I finally see what everyone else sees.
Magic in the Moonlight – Woody Allen (unknown date, probably summer)
Woody Allen and Emma Stone? Sold, sight unseen.
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson – (unknown date, probably winter)
PTA adapts Thomas Pynchon’s 60s rock obsessed detective tale. I suppose if anyone could make Pynchon work on-screen, it’s Anderson. And really, who wouldn’t want to see the movie that this 67,000 yard dolly track was constructed for?
Animal Rescue – Michael Roskam (unknown date, possibly summer/fall)
On one hand, you have Tom Hardy rescuing puppies. On the other hand, you have James Gandolifini’s last feature film role. On the third hand, you’ve got the Bullhead director and Roskam and Matthias Schoenaerts reuniting. Three hands means go see this movie. (Update 1/21: the film is now known as The Drop, and will be released limited on Sept. 19.)