Most exciting films of 2014 yet to come


Promotional illustratioin created by Tanner Streicher. Photos contributed by Internet Movie Database.

Promotional illustration created by Tanner Streicher. Photos contributed by Internet Movie Database.

By Chris Mudd, Staff Writer

With only months left in the year, the time for top 10 and ‘best of 2014’ lists is inevitable. Yet that doesn’t mean there are not any good films set to be released this year that are worth getting excited about.

November 7th brings us the latest from Christopher Nolan, director of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” and “Inception.” “Interstellar” is a science-fiction film Nolan based on actual theoretical physics by Kip Thorne that discuss the potential of faster-than-light travel. The story takes on a human edge when the main character is forced to be separated from his family to go on a mission to save what’s left of mankind.

Despite the somewhat disappointing “Dark Knight Rises” – which only really looks bad when comparing to “The Dark Knight” – Nolan has continually shown that he is a master of the movie-making craft, so I can’t think of any film I’m more excited to see this year.

Next up is “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” the latest from Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. It follows a washed-up actor ‒ played by Michael Keaton ‒ known for playing an iconic superhero as he attempts to put on a play on Broadway, all while jumping in and out of some kind of hallucinogenic psychosis. With an all-star cast and a truly talented director, “Birdman” is looking to be a hit.

Again, it seems as if 2014 is going to be the year of physics movies, as my next choice is “The Theory of Everything,” a somewhat biographical film based on the life of renowned- physicist Stephen Hawking. The Director, James Marsh is known most for his 2008 documentary “Man on Wire.” If anything, I’m extremely curious to see how Eddie Redmayne, the actor playing Stephen Hawking, will portray a man whose body is beginning to fall apart due to  a motor neuron disease. That’s one to watch for an acting Oscar.

“Inherent Vice” is Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film and of all the directors that folks should keep an eye on for somewhat under-the-radar films, this is the man to watch. The man knows how to tell a compelling character drama, having made films like “The Master” and “There Will Be Blood,” two of my favorite movies from recent years. Despite a vague trailer, armed with a completely star-studded cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro, “Inherent Vice” is lining up to be one amazing flick.

Ridley Scott is releasing another epic-scale film in the form of “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” which stars Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton playing out the biblical tale of Moses. It’s a story we’ve seen in films over and over, but Scott is likely to bring his usual flare and grit to an already gritty story. I’m certainly getting a “Gladiator” vibe from the trailers, and I’m excited to see what he can do.

With only months left in 2014, there are plenty of films to get excited about, film fan or not, and there are certainly some awesome experiences in store for us before the year comes to a close.