Better geek next year? Movies of 2014

Better geek next year? Movies of 2014

How like a geek of me…always looking to the future. 😉

Of course, there are  a lot of major geek movies yet to come out this year, but the 2014 slate is shaping up.

While release dates are always subject to change, here’s a look at some of the geek-friendly movies we’ll probably see in the USA in 2014:

Sequels/Prequels (continuing a movie series, with events taking place after or before early entries)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (July 18)

This is a sequel both to the original X-Men movies and to X-Men: First Class, and will bring together stars from both using a time travel plot (which may also serve to patch continuity). Hey, Bryan Singer…it’s not a competition with Joss Whedon to see how many stars you can put in one movie. 😉

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

Marc Webb again directs Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Jamie Foxx is Electro and Paul Giamatti is The Rhino. Dane DeHaan plays Harry Osborn

Transformers IV (June 27)

Michael Bay directs: Mark Wahlberg stars

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)

Robert Redford joins Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20)

A Haunted House 2 (March 28)

Marlon Wayans is back…the first one was quite profitable

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (May 23)

Andy Serkis returns as Caesar…also featuring Gary Oldman and Keri Russell

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (November 21)

Resident Evil 6 (September 12)

W.S. Anderson again directs Milla Jovovich

The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 17)

Rio 2 (April 11)

Jesse Eisenberg and Hathaway are back

The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes (January 3)

Night at the Museum 3 (December 25)

Shawn Levy again directs

Sidequels (movies set in the same universe as previous movies, but with events not in continuity with the others…may focus on other characters than the previous movies)

Minions (December 19)

The Minions from Despicable Me…voices include Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock.

Pedigeeked originals (original movies, but with some geek cred to them…director, actors, screenwriters, source)

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

From Marvel, featuring Zoe Saldana and Glenn Close. This one is definitely riskier for Marvel than some of their other recent movies: for one thing, a raccoon is a main character. 🙂

Divergent (March 21)

Based on the Veronica Roth novel, this young adult dystopia stars Shailene Woodley, and features Kate Winslet

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (February 14)

Based on the Richelle Mead novel, Sarah Hyland stars with Gabriel Byrne and Joely Richardson

Significance (November 18)

Based on the Shelly Crane novel

The Lego Movie (February 7)

Will Farrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman

Interstellar (November 7)

Christopher Nolan (which is likely to make this really original) directs Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway

Transcendence (April 18)

Speaking of Christopher Nolan, Wally Pfister has worked closely with Nolan as a cinematographer, and now directs a first feature with Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, and Cillian Murphy

The Maze Runner (February 14)

Young adult dystopia, based on the James Dashner novel

Noah (March 28)

Darren Aronofsky directs Russell Crowe in the Biblical epic

Jupiter Ascending (July 25)

The Wachowski siblings direct Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis…oh, you’re okay if I stop there? 😉 Terry Gilliam! Sorry, couldn’t resist…

All You Need Is Kill (June 6)

Based on the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel, Tom Cruise stars in Groundhog’s Day…with aliens!

Tomorrowland (December 19)

Disney is still trying to repeat the “movies based on the parks” success of Pirates. This one is directed by Brad Bird, co-written by Damon Lindelof, and starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie

Maleficent (July 2)

Angelina Jolie as Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s baddie; also stars Elle Fanning and Sharlto Copley.

The Good Dinosaur (May 30)

Pixar animation

I, Frankenstein (January 24)

Based on the Kevin Grevioux comics, and starring Aaron Eckhart

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (March 7)

Ty Burrell and Max Charles voice Mr. Peabody and Sherman…others include Mel Brooks and Stephen Colbert

Big Hero 6 (November 7)

Marvel/Disney animation

Happy Smekday! (November 26)

Animation, based on the Adam Rex book…voices by Jim Parsons and Rihanna

The Black Water Vampire (February 10)

Sounds like a “found footage” movie…with Dee Wallace

Midnight Show (December 25)

The Nut Job (January 7)

Animation with a squirrel. Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Katherine Heigl…and sure, why not Liam Neeson in this, too? 😉

Remakes/Reboots (based on previous movies or TV shows)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (June 6)

Megan Fox as April O’Neil…and Whoopi Goldberg

Godzilla (May 16)

The Big G is back…features Bryan Cranston (sure…isn’t he in everything?) 😉

RoboCop (February 7)

Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman…

Dracula (August 8)

Dominic Cooper and Luke Evans…

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (May 9)

Lea Michele voices Dorothy in this animated musical. James Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Kelsey Grammer are (respectively) The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, and The Tin Man

Popeye (September 26)

Genndy (Hotel Transylvania, Dexter’s Laboratory) Tartakovsky

The Canterville Ghost (December 25)

Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry voice

There’s a lot more than that, but that should get you into anticipation mode. 🙂

Dates subject to change…

For more information on upcoming events (movies, TV shows, cons, games, books), see

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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