It’s only two more weeks until 2014! Will the new year be a big one for movies?
This week, we’re doing a series of 2014 “previews,” featuring movies coming out next year–and so far confirmed for Philippine release–per distributor. Today, it’s all about Warner Bros. We included release dates, synopses, and trailers. Happy previewing!
THE 7 WE’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT (in order of release)
The LEGO Movie – Feb. 6
Genre: Animated Comedy
Directors: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller
Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Cobie Smulders
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. (Official synopsis)
Why we’re excited: That voice cast. Seriously. Awesome.
Blended – June 11
Director: Frank Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Lowe, Terry Crews
After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: They never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week. (Official synopsis)
Why we’re excited: To be quite honest, we’re not expecting a lot from this; neither Adam nor Drew has had any hits or quality films of late. But if we’re going to be completely honest, we’re big suckers for Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore team-ups. Plus, Terry Crews as a resort singer? Can’t it be June 11 already?!?
Edge of Tomorrow – June 5
Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, Franz Drameh
The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop–forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again… and again.
But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. (Official synopsis)
Why we’re excited: Why was Cage sent to the aliens to die? Will this finally be the reason to forgive Doug Liman for Mr. & Mrs. Smith?
The Judge – Oct. 22
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. (Official synopsis)
Why we’re excited: This doesn’t sound extraordinary, but the Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga of it all make it somewhat interesting.
Note: There is no trailer yet, but here’s a behind-the-scenes video from a guy who pretended to be part of the crew!
Interstellar – Nov. 6
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Matt Damon
Directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan, the production brings to the screen a script based on the combination of an original idea by Nolan and an existing script by Jonathan Nolan, originally developed for Paramount Pictures and producer Lynda Obst. The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who 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. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Why we’re excited: The way this film is being teased brings us back to the days of Inception. Will it be as good? Better? And did they say “wormhole”? It’s been used all over the pop culture landscape, but seeing that word again made us fondly look back on Fringe. We miss you, Walter Bishop et al, but this will have to do for now.
Horrible Bosses 2 – Nov. 26
Director: Sean Anders
Cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company. (Official synopsis)
Why we’re excited: Christoph Waltz is a bit like Hugh Laurie, isnt’ he? They’re both known for award-winning dramas, but deep down, they’re funny men dying to make people laugh.
Note: There’s no trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 yet, but here are some deleted scenes from the first movie.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again – Dec. 17
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final film in an epic trilogy adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Why we’re excited: Poor Dwarves having had to stretch their journey this long! They deserve to finally reclaim their kingdom.
Note: There is no trailer for There and Back Again yet, but here is a behind-the-scenes look at Ed Sheeran recording “I See Fire.”
THE REST OF WARNER BROS. IN 2014
Grudge Match – Jan. 15
Director: Peter Seagal
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal
Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) are two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart), seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
But they may not have to wait that long: On their first encounter in decades, their long festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again. (Official synopsis)
Winter’s Tale – Feb. 19
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Ripley Sobo, McKayla Twiggs
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’s Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. (Official synopsis)
300: Rise of an Empire – March 6
Director: Noam Murro
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Hans Matheson, David Wenham
Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield–on the sea–as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.
300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (Official synopsis)
Godzilla – May 15
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (Official synopsis)
Jupiter Ascending – July 24
Director: The Wachowkis
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along–her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. (Official synopsis)
Into the Storm – Aug. 20
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme. (Official synopsis)
Jersey Boys – August
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Christopher Walken, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda
Jersey Boys is the legendary story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. It tells the meteoric tale of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs (including beloved hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,”) invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide–all before they were 30. (Official synopsis)
Note: There is no trailer for Jersey Boys yet, but here is a clip of The Four Seasons singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”
Tammy – Sept. 3
Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon
Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option–with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs. (Official synopsis)
Note: There is no trailer for Tammy yet, but here is a clip showing Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph playing their drinking game at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Dolphin Tale 2 – Sept. 24
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Cast: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman
Dolphin Tale 2 will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter, but also involves a new baby dolphin named Hope, who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010. Both Winter and hope will star as themselves. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Note: There is no trailer yet for Dolphin Tale 2, but here is Winter again in the first movie.
Inherent Vice – September
Genre: Drama, Crime
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Eric Roberts
It’s been a while since Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Based on the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. (Official synopsis)
This is Where I Leave You – November
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Dax Shepard, Jane Fonda
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes, and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache, and redemption that only families can provide–driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves. (Official synopsis)
Live by Night – Dec. 3
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck writes, produces, and stars in this adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s sprawling crime novel centering on the prodigal son of a prominent police chief, and the son’s gradual descent into the criminal underworld. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
Note: We would’ve included this in our Top 7, but we don’t think this film really will come out next year. Many sources say that this film won’t be due for release until December 2015, what with Mr. Affleck’s very busy acting career at the moment (Batman vs. Superman, Gone Girl).
Note: There is no trailer for Live by Night yet, but here is a clip from Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, a movie adaptation of another Dennis Lehane novel.
All schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
All synopses are courtesy of Warner Bros.