25 Movies You Have to See in 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

5. Exodus

Bible-themed movies appear to be in fashion this year, with Son of God and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hitting theaters in 2014. But I’ll put my money on the Christian Bale-starring Exodus, if only because it is directed by Ridley Scott.

4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

After a mediocre first entry, new director Francis Lawrence notched things up significantly with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lawrence returns to direct the two-part finale, which has the revolution exploding into full-out war.

3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Featuring one of the best early movie trailer of the year, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is set several years after the original reboot, after a crippling virus and subsequent civil war have turned the United States into a nearly lawless society. Enter Caesar, who sees the opportunity to take control for himself.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer returns to the franchise he started to direct one of the most popular and epic Marvel storylines, about the government’s decision to outlaw mutants, giant Sentinel robots to enforce the law and time travel to save the world from misery. The film’s biggest risk is an overabundance of characters and actors (the movie combines the casts from the original X-Men movies as well as First Class), but Singer knows what he is doing.

1. Interstellar

Little is known about this science fiction thriller other than it stars Matthew McConaughey (its captivating teaser trailer does little to explain details), but the movie is directed by Christopher Nolan – and that’s enough to make it our most anticipated movie of 2014.

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By Erik Samdahl
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