Halfway Through 2014: What Films Are We Most Looking Forward To?

We are just past the first half of the year of 2014 in film; here is our outlook for the second half

July 20 2014

By Tyler Hall

Tyler Hall:

Gaurdians of the Galaxy

Directed by James Gunn, Gaurdians come out very soon and seems poised to be the best superhero movie of the year. Honestly, 2014 has been pretty "ehh" as far as superhero movies are concerned. X-Men: Days of Future Past was disappointing and Amazing Spiderman 2 was decent at best. Gaurdians looks to shake things up riding the coattails of Marvels glistening track record.  

Gone Girl

After recently finishing Gillian Flynn's third novel I have been eagerly awaiting this adaptation. The trailer did not really do it for me, but the book was absolutely fantastic. It is the dark, eerie, and twisty film I need this fall.

Big Hero 6

I am a sucker for superhero movies and animation. This film is the only one that is filling both of my needs. A marvel comic set in the world of Disney animation? Sign me up.

Interstellar 

Chris Nolan. Duh.

Boyhood

Seeing as it actually opened up this weekend, this one hardly counts. But seeing as it will not premiere in Columbia, MO until August I feel as if it deserves a mention. Directed by Reichard Linklater, Boyhood has garnered amazing critical reviews and looks as good as it is visionary.

Honorable mention: Unbroken, Horrible Bosses 2, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Fury, The Judge, Exodus

What surprised me most after making this list is just how many good movies are still to come in 2014. Unbroken, a Christmas Day release, is directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen Bros.. Horrible Bosses 2 looks to be as good as its surprisingly well received predecessor. While much of the appeal of Lord of the Rings was lost on myself growing up, I have quite enjoyed the Hobbit movies and look forward to seeing the upcoming installment. The Judge has Robert Downey Jr. which is more than enough for me nowadays. Any big budget biblical epic will at least make my honorable mention list and Exodus, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale looks intriguing.