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More Films to Look Forward to in 2014

January 2, 2014

From literary adaptations to time-traveling superheroes, here are 14 movies to look out for in 2014 (release dates are subject to change).

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

(Jan. 17)

Chris Pine is the latest actor to take on the role of Ryan, the Tom Clancy literary character and CIA analyst who's sent to Russia to investigate a businessman (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) thought to be heading up an attack on the world's economy.

Winter's Tale

(Feb. 14)

Set in 1916 as well as modern day, Akiva Goldsman's feature directorial debut is a supernatural drama about the thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who's on the run from an Irish gangster (Russell Crowe); the dying girl (Jessica Brown Findlay) with whom Peter falls in love; and his equine guardian, a white horse named Athansor.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

(March 7)

The classic cartoon characters Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a talking dog who happens to be the smartest thing on the planet, and his adopted son Sherman (Max Charles) are back. In this adventure, the pair have to hop in the WABAC machine and fix the time-space continuum.

Muppets Most Wanted

(March 21)

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the gang go global when they run afoul of Kermit's criminal-mastermind doppelganger Constantine, his henchman Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), a French Interpol operative (Ty Burrell) and a Russian gulag officer (Tiny Fey).


(March 21)

This adaptation of the popular dystopian novel finds the people of Chicago divided into factions based on their human virtues. Teen girl Tris (Shailene Woodley) learns she has three qualities instead of just one -- meaning she's "divergent" -- and discovers dark forces are afoot in the city during her initiation process.

Dom Hemingway

(April 4)

A loose-cannon safecracker (Jude Law) is released from jail after 12 years and, with a partner (Richard E. Grant) in tow, seeks out his old boss (Demian Bichir) for payment to stay quiet, while he also tries to reconnect with his daughter (Emilia Clarke).


(April 18)

After being shot, a dying scientist (Johnny Depp) working to create a machine with human emotions has his mind uploaded into a computer by his wife (Rebecca Hall) and best friend (Paul Bettany). He then becomes a nearly unstoppable sentient hungry for power.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

(May 2)

Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues his superhero education as Spider-Man but stumbles across nefarious secrets of the organization Oscorp and how it connects to new villains including Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx).

X-Men: Days of Future Past

(May 23)

In the latest X-Men adventure, clawed mutant mainstay Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time by Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) to change the past and save their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) and the future.


(May 30)

A prequel of sorts to Disney's classic 'Sleeping Beauty,' this live-action tale shows the early days of the Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), her connection to the cursed Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), and how she's betrayed and put on a path to becoming perhaps fantasy's most evil femme fatale.

A Million Ways to Die in the West

(May 30)

Seth MacFarlane's latest directorial effort is a Western comedy starring MacFarlane as a timid sheep farmer who's dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) after backing out of a duel. He finds another love interest (Charlize Theron), though she's married to a wanted outlaw (Liam Neeson).

The Fault in Our Stars

(June 6)

John Green's popular novel comes alive with the tale of Hazel (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old living with cancer. She's forced by her parents into a support group where she meets and falls in love with amputee and former basketball player Gus (Ansel Elgort).

Think Like a Man Too

(June 20)

The cast of director Tim Story's ensemble comedy 'Think Like a Man' -- including Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy -- returns for the sequel, which finds the various couples in Las Vegas and getting into trouble during a wedding weekend.

Gone Girl

(Oct. 3)

Director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel stars Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne, who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. Husband Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after he's found to have used his wife's trust fund to open a bar and increased her life insurance.

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