The View From Here
10 Essential Films For 2014
2014 has already got off to a good start, I think, with American Hustle and Inside Llewyn Davis.
Beyond those, there’s some strong-looking films from a clutch of familiar Uncut names – George Clooney, Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan among them. 2014 also marks the release of Ken Loach’s last film before his retires. Incidentally, I’ve deliberately limited this selection to films which already have trailers or some kind of featurette; there’s obviously a considerable number of films we’re looking forward to that as yet don’t have trailers. So please bear in mind that, sadly, I wasn't able to include films like Peter Strickland's The Dukes Of Burgundy, Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, Bill Murray as St Vincent De Van Nuys and Anton Corbijn's John le Carre adaptation, A Most Wanted Man…
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Out Of The Furnace
Fresh off the brilliant American Hustle, Christian Bale toplines this blue collar crime drama with Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson.
OPENS JANUARY 29
Dallas Buyers Club
The Matthew McConaughey revival continues apace with the actor cast as an AIDS in mid-Eighties Texas who develops AIDS and – unable to access approved medication – explores inventive ways to extend his life.
OPENS FEBRUARY 7
The Monuments Men
George Clooney’s WW2 ensemble caper, about a squad assembled to retrieve art stolen by the Nazis on continental Europe. Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bill Murray join the fun.
OPENS FEBRUARY 21
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Typically droll-looking comedy from Wes Anderson, with Ralph Fiennes (replacing Johnny Depp) as the all-seeing concierge of the titular hotel. “Take your hands off my lobby boy!”
OPENS MARCH 7
Under The Skin
Scarlett Johansson is an alien in modern day Glasgow. Reportedly weird (in a good way) stuff from Sexy Beast director Jonathan Glazer.
OPENS MARCH 14
Adapted by Richard Ayoade from a novella by Dostoyevsky: Jesse Eisenberg finds his life taken over by a double. Chris Morris and Paddy Considine co-star.
OPENS APRIL 4
Newly weds Seth Rogan and Mila Kunis find their marital bliss rudely interrupted when the house next door becomes a frat house.
OPENS MAY 9
Ken Loach’s final film. 1930s set drama about Irish communist leader, James Gralton. Pixar came to the rescue when Loach needed a rare kind of camera stock.
RELEASE DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
The Guard team of John McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson reunite for dark comedy about a priest under threat of death from a mysterious hitman.
OPENS SEPTEMBER 19
Christoper Nolan’s first post-Batman movie. As a filmmaker, Nolan has often been compared to Kubrick: which sort of makes this his 2001. Scientists discover a wormhole. Matthew McConaughey provides voiceover.
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