Movies I am waiting to see… and so should you!

Posted: March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

I graduated out of Columbia College Chicago. BA Film/Video specializing in film producing. I love movies. Always have, even as a kid. It was a special treat in my family to go to see a movie opening weekend. I lost count how many Friday evenings were movie night with the family.

These are the films that I am *stoked* to see this year. Here’s the thing, I am rating these based on if you should spend your hard earned cash at the theater or wait till you can watch it on Netflix.

Rating System is as follows:

  • Opening Night Worthy: These are the films that I would (if I had the time and money) sit outside the theater until midnight to see the film.
  • 2nd Run Worthy: We have a couple of theaters in Chicago that play films in second run (usually a month or so after they are released, quicker if the movie is exceptionally bad).
  • Must Own on DVD: This should be part of any good fan’s collection.
  • Red Box Worthy: Worth checking out for a buck to see how good/bad it really is against the reviews that came out. Or to rip apart. 🙂

Anything else I wouldn’t even waste my time on. All release dates are for USA market.Muppets

Muppets Most Wanted

  • 2nd Run Worthy
  • Released: March 20th, 2014
  • Directed By:James Bobin
  • Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey

I was pleasantly surprised by the first film (especially during the “Man or Muppet” segment with the guest star). Initial reviews of the film are not so hot, however Tom Hiddleston makes a cameo and it deserves at least one viewing on the big screen.


Captain America: The Winter Solider

  • Opening Night WorthyCap2
  • Must own on DVD/Blu-Ray
  • Releases April 3rd/4th 2014
  • Directed By: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández

It’s Captain America! Come on! In this film we are supposedly going to see how Cap adapts to the real world (I am really hoping that one of the lines is “Whats an Ip-od?” which is right out of the comics). Also, another reason I want to see this is that supposedly they are going to expand the character of Black Widow. With the upcoming Marvel Knight’s Netflix shows (particularly Daredevil) I am hoping to see a reference there!




Only Lovers Left Alive

  • Opening Night
  • Releases April 11th, 2014
  • Limited Release, check your local listings.
  • Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
  • Starring:Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as Vampires against the world. Do I need to say anything else? Mucho props to filmmakers for filming in Detroit and helping the economy in the area. Plot Summary: set against the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, depressed by the direction the world is taking, reunites with his lover. Their love story has endured for centuries, but the woman’s uncontrollable sister disrupts their idyll. Can these wise outsiders continue to survive as the world collapses around them?

The Amazing Spider-man 2spidey2

  • 2nd Run/Red Box Worthy
  • Releases May 2nd, 2014
  • Directed By: Marc Webb
  • Starring:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field,
    B.J. Novak

I was really hoping that with the revamp to the franchise things would get better and they did. However I had a lot of problems with the first film and it seems as though they are carrying over into the second film. The two things are a) too many villains (really haven’t we learned this formula doesn’t work yet Hollywood?) and b) poor VFX work. I come from the school of thought that the best VFX work should be where you can’t tell its VFX work (ahem, I submit for example pretty much anything Marvel Studios has done). This still looks campy to me.


X-men: Days of Future’s Past

  • Opening Weekend/2nd Run Worthy
  • Releases May 23rd, 2014X-Men-_Days_of_Future_Past_134
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till, Evan Jonigkeit

I am having a love/hate with what I have seen thus far on the film. There’s a HUGE change to the original story (which in some ways makes sense, but I am still the producer type that says “Don’t change massive parts of the source material”). Then again, we get to see Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen on the screen together again.. hmmm. Then again, Bryan Singer returns to the franchise, hopefully to salvage what has been done with X3: X-men United, and the Cannon retconned in X-men: First Class.  This is an epic storyline from the comic book, and well known to readers and those of us who grew up on the cartoons back in the 90’s, so hopefully its handled with care.



Maleficent  Maleficent_13

  • Opening Weekend Worthy
  • Releases May 30th, 2014
  • Directed By:Robert Stromberg
  • Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Wow.. Just wow. My favorite Disney film of all time was Sleeping Beauty (because its the first movie I can ever remember watching. I fell asleep at one point and woke up to see Maleficent fighting the fairies… which scared the hell out of 4 year old me). The makeup and costuming for this, just based on the trailer, deserve Oscar nominations. Plus, Angelina Jolie just looks born to play the part. I’ve been watching the trailer over and over again. The last time I was this excited to see a new take on a B-list type of character was when Iron Man 1 was in production.



  • 2nd Run WorthyHercules_15
  • Releases July 25, 2014
  • Directed by: Brett Ratner
  • Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Aksel Hennie, Reece Ritchie

Another Love/Hate situation here. Love the story of Hercules, love Dwayne Johnson as an actor… but hate the VFX work. Needs to be watched on Big Screen at least once. I am praying that the VFX are solid enough that it holds through the movie. It seems as though lately with films that take place in the Greek/Roman Pantheons that the VFX are just… icky.  My big concern is that this is being directed by Ratner, who as a tendency to go off the reservations when adapting things and/or trying to squish 4 storylines into a film (I submit to the court for evidence: X-men 3)





Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Opening Night Worthy
  • Releases August 1, 2014
  • Directed By: James Gunn
  • Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro

Come on, have you seen the trailer for this yet? This looks like a load of laughs. 3 reasons to see this movie (in no order): A walking/talking tree named Groot, Glenn Close, and a Racoon with a bazooka. Who isn’t a racoon. But looks like a racoon. (It will make sense, I promise).I was worried at first when I heard that Gunn was directing this. Still slightly worried, but not nearly as much after I saw the trailer. This is a risk by Marvel to take, but I think they are at the point that *god forbid* this tanks at the box office (which I doubt it will) that it won’t effect the company too much (now Ant-Man is a different story).



Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForSin_City-_A_Dame_to_Kill_For_3

  • Opening Night Worthy
  • Releases August 22nd, 2014.
  • Directed By: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
  • Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Martin Csokas, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Chung, Jamie King, Alexa Vega, Julia Garner, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Juno Temple, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jude Ciccolella

All I can say is: FINALLY. Yeesh, 9 years after the first film comes out, we finally get the next one. As a huge fan of film noir, and comic book junkie, I have been waiting a long time for this.



Gone Girl

  • 2nd Run Worthy
  • Releases October 3rd 2014
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie CoonGone_Girl_1

I’ve always been a sucker for thrillers and espically if Affleck is in them (In my opinion he’s a better director than actor, but as far as acting, he needs to stick with dramas and thrillers).

Synopsis: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?


The JudgeThe_Judge_1

  • Opening Night Worthy
  • Releases October 10, 2014
  • Directed By: David Dobkin
  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vera Farmiga,

RDJ plays an attorney that comes back to his hometown for his mother’s funeral. Duvall is the town judge suspected in the murder (RDJ father). Come on. A mystery with the two greatest Roberts of acting? Could RDJ finally get the Oscar he deserved since Chaplin?


The Secret Service

  • 2nd Run Worthy
  • Releases October 24, 2014
  • Directed by Matthew Vaughn
  • Starring: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella

From the same team that brought us Kick-Ass, we get a story about ” … the ramifications of how America is struggling on the world stage,” Millar wrote of the series in its original solicitation. “Funding is being seriously undercut to balance the books and some people are trying their best to take advantage of the fragile global situation.”  Makes me want to pick up the comic and read it now 🙂


There are probably alot of films left off this list that you think I would be interested in. What are those? What are the films you are excited for? Speak your mind below!



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