While there will be several movies releasing this year. Priyanka Singh & Dev Goswami bring you the most promising movies which you must not miss
The award season — which will soon start — will tell you about the best movies of the year gone by. But, if you want to know what movies you can look forward to this year, this is the article you should be reading. From great directors marking their return to biopics and historical dramas, there’s a lot that 2014 has in store for you. So, without further ado, we present you our list of must-watch Hollywood and Bollywood movies of this year.
THE MONUMENTS MEN
This historical drama has George Clooney written all over it — literally. He directed the movie, co-authored the script and of course, is a part of the cast as well. But, it is not just Clooney that has us looking forward to this movie; he has managed to get the fascinating story of Roosevelt ordering a small platoon of soldiers to recover artistic masterpieces deep behind enemy lines in Germany during the World War II. Other cast members include Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Hugh Bonneville.
NEED FOR SPEED
Based on EA’s long-running, popular racing franchisee, Need for Speed will have the super-talented Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame) as a street racer who is on a mission to get vengeance after being released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s backed up by Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton. And it’s not just screaming tyres, crashes and bangs that you can look forward to. If the trailer is anything to go by, there is a bit of drama in the movie, which has been scripted by George Nolfi, who wrote Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve and wrote as well as directed Adjustment Bureau.
A decade after the hit The Passion of Christ, another Biblical epic is coming our way. Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) and is a movie that he gave up on The Wolverine for. With the brilliant Russel Crowe as the lead, along with Emma Watson, Jennifer Connely and Anthony Hopkins as co-stars, this tale about Noah’s Ark is something that we are eagerly waiting for.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Finding it hard to wait for the sequel to Avengers? Well, Marvel Studios is coming to your rescue with Captain America. The Winter Soldier marks the return of Bucky Barns — Steve Roger’s (for those who don’t know, Captain America) best friend who is brainwashed into becoming an assassin. The movie also features the drool-worthy Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and is a throwback to the ’70s era of spy thrillers. Other cast members include Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford. Oh, and who can forget Samuel L. Jackson as the super-leader Nick Furry?!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
Reactions to the Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield were mixed. But, we aren’t ready to give up on the series yet, with the sequel promising a mix of interesting villains. The movie will see the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx) as well as the return of Peter Parkar’s childhood friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan). The movie also has Emma Stone portraying Gwen Stacy — Spidey’s love interest.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
If you’re an X-Men fan, we don’t even have to explain why this movie is on our list of must-watch films. It has been labeled as the movie X-Men fans have always craved — the Days of Future Past marks the return of Bryan Singer (director of the first two still-loved
X-Men movies) as director along with a majority of the cast. If that hasn’t made you to take notice of the movie, then read this: the movie features time travel, meaning that Magneto will be portrayed by Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, while Charles Xavier will be played by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy. Mind already blown!
22 JUMP STREET
When 21 Jump Street released in 2012 we all knew it was going to be funny. But no one thought that it would be so funny! Featuring some amazing chemistry between the perfectly cast Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, the movie made for a great high school-cop parody. The sequel wasn’t totally unexpected — after all, 21 Jump Street ended with Captain Dickson (played by Ice Cube) sending his two bumbling but surprisingly, effective officers to college. We are just anticipating the number of college clichés that 22 Jump Street will take on.
We’ve seriously missed David Fincher. The man behind The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been concentrating on TV, with shows such as the gripping House of Cards. While we were waiting for him to come out with a sequel to the Millennium Girl series, what he is instead going to give us is Gone Girl — an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s book of the same name (she’s also written the screenplay). The movie stars Ben Affleck as the lead character of Nick Dunne, along with Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. While details on the film’s plot are still under wraps, based on the book, we can say that it promises to be a ‘did he?’ thriller.
Just two words — Christopher Nolan! The super-talented director who manages to mess around with our brains every single time and the man behind brilliant movies such as The Dark Knight and Inception is now going into outer space. The film is set in the future where overpopulation and climatic conditions have made earth inhabitable, leading to a set of scientists and explorers to embark on a mission to save humanity. The idea might not be the most original, but we are waiting to see what Mr. Nolan can do with it. Oh, and it features quite a cast too — Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Topher Grace, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, and Michael Caine. Yes, we can’t wait for it too!
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY — PART I
Okay, this one movie which might not be a default choice for everyone. If you haven’t liked the previous ones, you can probably give this one a skip. But, if you’re a fan, then this movie will be perfect to end your year with. In Mockingjay Part I, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself at the forefront of the rebellion against the Capitol setting the stage for the end of the series.
Highway has a very interesting combination of Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda and is being directed by Imtiaz Ali. If one is to judge by the trailers of the movie, this romantic drama has already built up some high expectations. Alia Bhat, after playing a typical teenager in her debut movie Student of the Year, is seen taking on a rather serious role along with the grossly underrated Randeep Hooda. Another highlight of the movie is the music composed by A. R. Rahman.
Gunday stars Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan in lead roles, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (previously directed Mere Brother Ki Dulhan). Based in Calcutta during its most unsettled times in the ’70s, the film deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala, who grew from being small time, inconsequential coal thieves, to becoming the most powerful black marketing mafia-men. Looking at their chemistry and bromance on this season of Koffee with Karan, it’ll be interesting to see how that equation pans out on celluloid.
SHAADI KE SIDE EFFECTS
A sequel to the 2006 hit Pyaar Ke Side Effects that starred Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat, Shaadi Ke Side Effects has Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan. It is a continuation of the previous film that explores the life now that they are married. The sequel is being directed by Saket Chowdhary who also manned the previous installment.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, 2 States: The Story Of My Marriage and jointly written for the screen by Bhagat and Sreerag Nambiar, this movie is being produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala. The cast includes a fresh pairing of Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. While not many details are out there, we only know that it’ll be directed by Abhishek Varman for whom this will be a debut outing.
When March/April (tentatively)
Another chance to see Madhuri Dixit on big screen after Dedh Ishqiya that releases today, Gulaab Gang is based on a faction of women activists, all donned in pink saris, fighting against social injustices meted out to women. With Dixit playing the head of the gang, this film revolves around the story of Gulabi Gang which is active in the Bundelkhand region of India.
UNTITLED FILM ON MARY KOM
Considered to be a biopic on Indian boxer Mary Kom, this untitled film is being produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Omung Kumar. With the previous successes of biopics such as Paan Singh Tomar and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, we are expecting this one to be a path-breaking movie as well.
2013 ended with Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3 and it is surprising that we’ll be seeing the super-picky star on the big screen again this year. He has teamed up with his 3 Idiots director Raj Kumar Hirani for P.K. While the story of the film has been kept under wraps, it seems that Hirani, who has had a terrific record so far with Munnabhai films and 3 Idiots, is taking on godmen in his next. Other cast members are Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Ram Sethi and Boman Irani.
Krrish 3 did deliver at the box office, but 2013 was certainly a mixed bag for Hrithik Roshan personally due to his separation from wife Suzanne and a bout of ill-health. However, Bang Bang is a much awaited one with the sizzling Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara pairing of Roshan with Katrina Kaif. It is being directed by Siddharth Anand (Anjaana Anjaani, Salaam Namaste), produced by Fox Star Studios and is an official remake of the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz starrer, Knight & Day.
After entertaining one and all in Barfi, the mind blowing combination of Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor is back with Jagga Jasoos. The movie is a comedy-mystery film directed by Anurag Basu and produced under the banner of Picture Shuru Productions, a joint production company by Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu. It features Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in leading roles and also features Govinda as Ranbir Kapoor’s step-father.
The first film of a trilogy, as planned by Anurag Kashyap, Bombay Velvet is the story of how the city became a metropolis, set against the backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz. Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma come together to share screen space as lovers whose lives intermingle with the evolution of the city of Bombay, through the ’50s to early ’70s. Just the pairing of Kashyap and Kapoor has got our cinematic tongues salivating. December never seemed so far away.