Jan. 3rd, 2014

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The last two movie guide entries tackled the action-packed first half of 2014. Now this entry deals with my choices of movies in the latter half of the year which already have a UK release scheduled for 2014.



Click the following two links for:
My Movie Guide: January 2014 - March 2014
My Movie Guide: April 2014 - June 2014


JULY

MY PICK:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Director: Dean DeBlois
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill
UK Release Date: 04/07/14

It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk...

I was not expecting much from "How To Train Your Dragon" when I saw the trailer. While not surpassing the Pixar movies of that year, I still had a great time. Dean DeBlois who directed the first movie (as well directing the Disney movie "Lilo and Stitch") is returning to direct the sequel and I'm very interested to see what he does this time around.


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AUGUST

MY PICKS:

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Lee Pace, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana
UK Release Date: 01/08/14

A jet pilot gets stranded in space, and must unite a diverse team of aliens to form a squad capable of defeating cosmic threats.

I've been regularly following the Avengers series and I'm becoming a bit of a fan. Sure, talking racoons and trees sounds like the most ridiculous thing ever, but then again, I'm keen for the filmmakers to surprise me. I was sceptical of "Avengers Assemble" when the marketing was in full force for that, so I may well find myself proven wrong here too. I'm invested enough in this series now that I'm keen to be proved wrong and I've no doubt I will be finding out whether this bizarre premise really works in a cinema rather than on a DVD.


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SEPTEMBER
No suggestions for September 2014



OCTOBER

MY PICK:

The Book of Life (2014)
Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez
Stars: Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Ron Perlman
UK Release Date: 24/10/14

An animated movie described as a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration.

A Pixar film set around the Day of the Dead celebrations. I can already imagine all sorts of possibilities for the imagery. I'm not entirely sure what to expect and that's part of the fun. Guillermo Del Toro's involvement as producer is an added bonus...

(No trailer yet - imdb page here)


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NOVEMBER

MY PICK:
Interstellar (2014)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine
UK Release Date: 07/11/14

A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Oddly enough I've generally been least impressed by Nolan's films with "Dark Knight" in the title. I'm a big fan of him as a director, I've seen every film he's directed and I'm hopeful that this will be on the same level as movies like "Memento" and "The Prestige" in the past. Plus it's sci-fi, yay!


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ANOTHER INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE:
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DECEMBER

MY PICK:

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch
UK Release Date: 19/12/14 (Now changed to 12th December)

The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

The finale of "The Desolation of Smaug" rather lost its way, but this is still a really fun series of films and, by my reckoning, much more enjoyable than the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I am keen to see what they do with the battle between Gandalf and the Necromancer (now revealed to be Sauron), since that was an event relegated to a few measly lines in the original book of "The Hobbit" while being nonetheless vital to the continuity between "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings". This story will be new to anyone who hasn't ploughed their way through Tolkein's appendices and I cannot wait to hear it.

(No trailer yet - imdb page here)

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