2014 #savethedate: Local release dates for 47 Ronin, Noah, Transformers 4, and more from Solar-UIP

"47 Ronin" opens in Philippine cinemas Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“47 Ronin” opens in Philippine cinemas Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Yesterday, we featured the 2014 movies from Warner Bros. This time, the spotlight is on Solar-UIP (Universal Pictures, Paramount, Solar). And just like with the Warner releases, we have synopses, trailers, and release dates.

But before the complete list, here are our top picks, in order of release date.


Genre: Comedy
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, Jake Johnson
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. (Official synopsis)

Why we’re excited: Any movie with Dave Franco and Rose Byrne is a must-see for us.


THE PURGE 2 – June 11

Genre: Horror, suspense
Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Carmen Ejogo
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Why we’re excited: The first one felt like such a missed opportunity, but for its uniqueness, we’d like to give the Purge idea another chance. Plus, there isn’t a kid in the announced cast list so far, i.e. no stupid and annoying characters like in the first one.

Not too many details, including the synopsis and trailer, yet. ("The Purge" photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Not too many details, including the synopsis and trailer, yet. Here is a movie still from the first one. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)



Genre: Comedy, Western
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Cast: Liam Neeson, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Bill Maher
Distributor: Universal Pictures

After a cowardly sheep farmer backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. (Official synopsis)

Why we’re excited: Seth. MacFarlane.

No trailer yet. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

No trailer yet, but here is a production/movie still. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)


ENEMY – Aug. 20

Genre: Erotic thriller
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Stephen R. Hart, Jane Moffat, Joshua Peace, Tim Post
Distributor: Solar Films

There is no official synopsis from Solar Films/A24 Films yet, but the Toronto International Film Festival, which screened the film to rave reviews, released this late last year: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago‘s 2002 novel The Double, the latest from the Academy Award-nominated Denis Villeneuve breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, haunting, surreal approach that reaffirms the Quebec director as one of our generation’s most skilled storytellers. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in sex with his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Mélanie Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, an actor named Anthony Clair, in a bit role, and decides to track him down–an adventure he quite relishes. The identical men meet, and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. (Synopsis courtesy of the TIFF)

Why we’re excited: The many, many great reviews have been encouraging.

The official "Enemy" teaser trailer, released in September last year, has been pulled from YouTube. (Photo courtesy of A24 Films.)

The official “Enemy” teaser trailer, released in September last year, has been pulled from YouTube. Here is the poster instead. (Photo courtesy of A24 Films.)



Genre: Adventure, family, comedy
Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Voice cast: Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Focus Features

The new 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least, that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kindhearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and adventurous rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change–and cheese. (Official synopsis)

Why we’re excited: That baby is so cute. Oh, and this one has Simon Pegg.



47 RONIN – Jan. 8

Genre: Action, adventure
Director: Carl Rinsch
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jin Akanishi, Rick Genest
Distributor: Universal Pictures

After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Keanu Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft, and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. (Official synopsis)



Genre: Action, adventure
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Summit Entertainment

In the epic origin story The Legend of Hercules, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero–the son of Zeus, a half-God, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, The King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the king and restore peace to the land. (Official synopsis)



Genre: Action thriller
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Colm Feore, David Paymer
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan is a global action thriller set in the present day. This original story follows a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows Jack Ryan from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner). When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley). (Official synopsis)



Genre: Romantic comedy
Director: Benito Bautista
Cast: Solenn Heussaff, Jayson Gainza, Kiko Matos, Martin Escudero, Raymond Bagatsing, Jun Sabayton, Romy Daryani, Ronnie Lazaro, Angelina Kanapi, Jhiz Deocareza
Distributor: Solar Films

A young but already self-made Indian-Filipino named Nandi knows in his heart that he will find his soul mate in time and through destiny. However, his parents insist that tradition is tradition and that they know who will be best suited for their only son. As much as he loves his parents, Nandi cannot simply comply with this tradition. For him, love is not to be arranged but to be found through the intercession of fate. And fate indeed comes a-knocking when he meets a beautiful free- spirited Filipina in the heart of Mumbai, India, by the name of Ella. (Official synopsis)



Genre: Horror
Director: Christopher B. Landon
Cast: Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Gabrielle Walsh, George Diaz, Catherine Toribio, Noemi Gonzales
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

A spinoff of the popular Paranormal Activity movie series.


LABOR DAY – Jan. 29

Genre: Drama
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek, Maika Monroe, Alexei Gilmore
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives. (Official synopsis)



Genre: Drama, romance
Director: Shana Feste
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Robert Patrick, Bruce Greenwood, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Joely Richardson
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)


WELCOME TO YESTERDAY (f.k.a. Almanac) – Feb. 26

Genre: Sci-fi, adventure
Director: Dean Israelite
Cast: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Amy Landecker, Michelle DeFraites, Ginny Gardner, Sam Lerner
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

A group of teenagers travels to the past and manipulates their future–and everyone else’s.



Genre: Crime, drama
Director: Scott Frank
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Ruth Wilson, Sebastian Roche
Distributor: Solar Films

An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Astro.) Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself. (Official synopsis)

There are no movie stills and trailer yet for "A Walk Among Among the Tombstones." Here is star Liam Neeson in last year's "Taken 2." (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

There are no movie stills and trailer yet for “A Walk Among Among the Tombstones.” Here is star Liam Neeson in last year’s “Taken 2.” (Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox)


NOAH – April 2

Genre: Drama
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Kevin Durand, Dakota Goyo, Mark Margolis
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Noah is a close adaptation of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. (Official synopsis)



Genre: Action, sci-fi
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

There is no official synopsis yet, but when pressed by Entertainment Tonight, director Michael Bay said that in the movie, “The world has progressed and modernized to a point where it can almost cannibalize and kill itself.”

No trailer yet. (Poster courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

No trailer yet, but here is the poster. (Poster courtesy of Paramount Pictures)



Genre: Action, comedy
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Elliot
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Based on the popular TMNT franchise.

No trailer yet. (TV still courtesy of Nickelodeon)

No trailer yet, but here is a still from the Nickelodeon TV show. (TV still courtesy of Nickelodeon)



Genre: Action, fantasy
Director: Gary Shore
Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Charlie Cox, Sarah Gadon
Distributor: Universal Pictures

There is no official synopsis yet, but in an interview with ComingSoon.net, star Luke Evans said, “[Don’t think] of the Dracula that Bram Stoker created. The Dracula that I’m going to be portraying is the origin of Dracula. It’s about the man that became Dracula. Don’t be too quick to think he’s a bad guy. I’m just going to say that.”

There are no movie stills and official trailer yet. This is "Dracula Untold" star Luke Evans in last year's "Fast and Furious 6." (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

There are no movie stills and official trailer yet. This is “Dracula Untold” star Luke Evans in last year’s “Fast and Furious 6.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)



Genre: Horror
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

No official cast, synopsis, and trailer yet. Here is a movie still from "Paranormal Activity 4."  (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

No official cast, synopsis, and trailer yet. Here is a movie still from “Paranormal Activity 4.” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)



Genre: Romance, drama
Director: Joselito Altarejos
Cast: Sandino Martin
Distributor: Solar Films

Set in Manila and based on a recent news story, Unfriend tells the story of a socially isolated teen, David (Sandino Martin) coming to terms with his sexuality and dealing with the intense emotions of his first relationship. (Courtesy of Solar Films)



Genre: Comedy, drama, musical
Director: John Carney
Cast: Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Catherine Keener
Distributor: Solar Films/The Weinstein Company

About a has-been business executive who forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter.

There is no trailer yet, but here is a video of Keira Knightley on the TIFF red carpet for the film’s premiere.



Genre: Horror, thriller
Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira, Daryl Sabara, Nicolas Martinez
Distributor: Solar Films/Exclusive Media Group

A group of student activists from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved. (Official synopsis)

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.


One thought on “2014 #savethedate: Local release dates for 47 Ronin, Noah, Transformers 4, and more from Solar-UIP

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