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300: Rise of an Empire

20. The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Yeah, the first two Hobbit movies are both throwaway entertainment at best, and there’s no reason to expect anything different from the third and final entry, except that it is the third and final entry. And because the trilogy finally, finally has a climax. And because Smaug.

19. Sin City: A Dam to Kill For

I’ve put this long overdue sequel on my “movies to see this year” lists more times than I can count, and frankly I no longer really give a damn. But it sounds like 2014 may finally be the year, so I’ll leave Sin City on here one last time. But if it gets delayed again… it’s gone.

18. 300: Rise of an Empire

It’s almost guaranteed that this largely unnecessary action sequel will be nowhere as good as the Zack Snyder original, but I can’t deny that I’m looking forward to seeing more chiseled Spartans lay waste to hordes of Persian invaders.

17. Transcendence

Johnny Depp plays a terminally ill genius who transfers his brain into a computer, but once unrestricted by a human body he realizes he is practically unstoppable – and becomes Skynet, unleashed nuclear war upon the world and sends a cyborg back in time to kill the mother of John Conner.

16. The Monuments Men

This George Clooney-directed comedy-drama about World War II soldiers who travel around Europe attempting to rescue ancient artwork from the Nazis was originally expected to be award bait, but it was pushed from late 2013 into early 2014. Not a good sign. Still, the movie is directed by George Clooney and has a great cast – so maybe, hopefully, the release date push was purely for financial purposes.

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By Erik Samdahl
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  • Guest

    Guardians of the galaxy?

  • Terry Shannon

    A lot of negativity expressed for many of the films on this list to be supposedly “must see”. If you expect some of them to suck so badly, why do you rate them as “must see”?

  • eriksamdahl

    They look awesome, but after years of doing this, I have to temper my expectations. This is what happens when you see 200+ movies in a year. :(

  • eriksamdahl

    Eh… I’ll see it, but the teaser at the end of Thor 2 did not make me very excited for this movie.

  • Josh X

    So the author knows nothing about a movie yet makes it THE most anticipated movie of the year? And every entry sounds like a fanboy ranting about how such-and-such a movie is gonna suck. Yawn.

  • eriksamdahl

    Sounds like you expect too much from a “movies to see over the next 12 months” list. We are fanboys; that’s why this movie website exists.

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