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9 Upcoming 2014 Movies to Watch

August 12, 2014
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Because I don’t watch TV series at all, I am more invested in watching films – whether they are blockbuster hits or indie flicks, in theaters or on my trusty laptop (but I always prefer the former). If you share my affinity with romantic films, coming-of-age stories, movies based on books, sci-fi and fantasy movies – this list is for you!

This post is a short roundup of movies I’m most excited about this year. I’m still on the lookout for more films, especially foreign indie movies that don’t reach the theaters here. This post shall be updated whenever I come across an upcoming film that I like!

 

1. WHAT IF

What if you met the right one at the wrong time? Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan’s latest movie, premiered in the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, explores the intertwining qualities of love and friendship.

Starring:  Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park
Release Date: August 20, 2014

 

 

2. IF I STAY

Gayle Forman’s bestselling young adult novel revolves around the themes of young love, holding on, and the power of music. I’m always hesitant about reading young adult novels because at my age, I feel that couldn’t relate to a YA novel’s characters anymore. And yet, reading Forman’s book has been captivating and moving for me, and I’m as excited about the movie as much as the next adolescent. Read the book if you haven’t yet!

Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Jamie Blackley
Release Date: August 20, 2014

 

 

2. THE GIVER

Lois Lowry’s award-winning 1993 sci-fi novel is finally getting its deserved silver screen adaptation, and it’s featuring no-less a star-studded cast. Taylor Swift is part of the cast, too!

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift
Release Date: August 20, 2014

 

 

3. GOD HELP THE GIRL

Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian’s lead singer Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed God Help the Girl, a musical feature film. It was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year, and also at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Murdoch says, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realized what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”

Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
Release Date: September 5, 2014

 

4. LAGGIES

Premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Laggies tells the story of 28-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) who refuses to grow up. She crosses paths 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Moretz) after her boyfriend proposes to her. It’s a very promising coming-of-age movie, starring two of my favorite female actresses.

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell
Release Date: September 26, 2014

 

5. LOVE, ROSIE

After P.S. I Love, You, another Cecilia Ahern book is being turned into a movie – her 2004 novel entitled Love, Rosie/Where Rainbows End. It’s one of the most unforgettable books I’ve read many years ago. With beautiful Lily Collins starring as Rosie and charming Sam Claflin as Alex, Love, Rosie is a British romantic comedy about love, and how life gets in the way.

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton, Suki Waterhouse
Release Date: October 22, 2014

 

6. THE BEST OF ME

When Nicholas Sparks writes a book, he simultaneously envisions it as a movie screenplay. But what makes his books so successful is how his stories are always relatable to ordinary people. I’ve read and seen Nicholas Sparks’ books and movies over the years, and as a self-confessed hopeless romantic, I will never get tired of watching movies like this. Plus, the fact that James Marsden/Cyclops and the lovely Michelle Monaghan and Liana Liberato (If I Stay) are part of the film’s main cast might just entice those who are skeptic a little bit more.

Starring: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato
Release Date: November 7, 2014

 

7. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Reknowned and revered theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author Stephen Hawking will come to life on the big screen, played by no less than Les Mis cutie Eddie Redmayne. The Theory of Everything is a biopic about Hawking’s early life and his relationship with his first love and wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). It is based on Jane Hawking’s 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. I will definitely be one of the first to watch it when it comes out cinemas.

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson
Release Date: November 7, 2014

 

8. INTO THE WOODS

What do you do when Brother’s Grimm meets Disney? Squeal! The Disney-lover in me is so thrilled to see a wonderful cast playing some of my childhood’s favorite characters, including Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Starring:  Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp
Release date: December 25, 2014

 

 

This next movie was released early this year, but hasn’t reached Philippine theaters. I’m including it in this list as I haven’t seen it yet and the trailer is mesmerizing.

*BRIGHTEST STAR

“I hate that I’m good at the things I don’t care about, and terrible at the things that I do.”

Starring: Chris Lowell, Rose McIver, Jessica Szohr
Release Date: January 31, 2014

 

Are there other upcoming 2014 movies you’re excited about that are not on this list? Comment below and if I personally like the film, I’ll add it to this post!

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  • Katrina G.

    I’m excited for all of these as well! Let’s try to watch one together, please? ♥

    P.S. Into the Woods is a musical!! Ahhhh!

    • http://www.fearlessprincess/ Desiree Grace Tan

      Yes please! I’d love to watch a movie with you! I realize we haven’t done that yet, heehee.

      I’m most excited about Into the Woods! And The Theory of Everything ♡

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