20 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

Happy New Year film lovers.
Film schedules can change, and often films that are due for release in the United States late in the year do not get released in Australia until the following year.
Nonetheless, here is my list of the 20 most anticipated films of 2014:
1) The Wolf of Wall Street
If you have read the book, you know just how crazy Jordan Belfort's
corrupt life has been. In the reliable hands of director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead, I have high hopes for this film. It is three hours long and has had mixed reviews in the US, but I cannot wait to see it for myself.
2) 12 Years A Slave
This film has become beloved in other parts of the world and will soon
be released in Australia. It has a strong cast and seems to have a very powerful message about American history and slavery. It will probably make you cry.
3) Her
Another film getting a lot of buzz. The idea of a man seemingly falling
in love with a computer is peculiar, but with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead, it is likely to be compelling viewing.
4) X:Men Days of Future Past
I will never give up on the X-Men franchise. The prequel reboot was a
five-star film for me and the filmmakers have found a way to link the old cast with the new through Wolverine and some time travel. I think a lot of comic book fans will be excited for this film.
5) Interstellar
Christopher Nolan is back again. He is probably one of the most
reliable directors to come out of Hollywood and he has assembled a fantastic cast including Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and John Lithgow.
6) Inside Llewyn Davis
I love just about everything the Coen brothers do so I have high expectations for this film. It chronicles a week in the life of a young singer in 1961. Oscar Isaac may finally have his big break after a string of small supporting roles.
7) Dallas Buyer's Club
Matthew McConaughey has been on quite a roll in recent years. He lost a
lot of weight for this role and Jared Leto has also had a lot of praise for his work in the film. It is set in 1985 and deals with AIDS medication.
8) Gone Girl
Based on a novel, it is about a woman who mysteriously disappears on
her wedding anniversary. David Fincher and Ben Affleck have teamed up for this intriguing tale that promises to be full of thrills.
9) The Monuments Men
It basically looks like Ocean's 11 set during World War II with
artwork. Of course that sounds like fun. George Clooney has directed, co-written and starred in the film based on a book. He has also enlisted the help of his buddies including Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.
10) Fury
Brad Pitt. Do we need another reason to see this film? It is about a
crew of Americans in Nazi Germany who embark on a mission towards the end of World War II.
11) Unbroken
Angelina Jolie has been filming this in Australia. The film co-stars my
favourite young actor, Garrett Hedlund, and looks like a fascinating true story about an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Jolie is proving to be a passionate director so I am keen to see what she does with this film.
12) Blue Is The Warmest Colour
The story of a young lesbian couple's complicated relationship. The
film has had a lot of praise that has been slightly tarnished by some bizarre behind the scenes stories. It still looks like a fascinating film.
13) The Fault In Our Stars
We need at least one love story every year that will make us cry. A
lot. It looks like this film about two youngsters who find love in a cancer support group will be it. Shailene Woodley is a young actress we are sure to see more of in the next few years.
14) Into The Woods
An impressive cast who sing including Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Meryl
Streep, who plays the evil witch conspiring to teach a lesson to characters in childrens stories like Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. This is a Tony Award winning musical so the film has a lot to live up to.
15) Noah Russell Crowe has had some hits and misses recently but he has certainly been working hard. This film tells the Biblical story of Noah with a twist. Director Darren Aronofsky gave us films like Black Swan and The Fountain, so expect the unexpected.
16) Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
The story of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Idris Elba looks impressive in the trailers.
17) Exodus 
Ridley Scott directs Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul in this story of Moses leading the Jews from Egypt in the Bible's book of Exodus. I am intrigued with Bale's choice more than anything else.
18) 22 Jump Street
The original was such surprising fun, I cannot wait to see what they do
next. I pray to Korean Jesus that this is not a dud.
19) Transcendence
Johnny Depp plays a terminally ill scientist who downloads his body
into a computer. A fascinating concept for cinematographer Wally Pfister to take on in his directorial debut.
20) Sin City: A Dame To Die For
It has been almost 10 years since the original film. Have they waited 
too long for a sequel? I hope not.

What are you looking forward to seeing in 2014?