Attention Movie Lovers: Here Are 40 Anticipated Movies of 2014 (Release Dates and Trailers)

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It’s the beginning of another year and as always every movie lover out there is bound to have a number of movies he/she would like to watch upon their release this year.

For 2014, we’ve picked out 40 of the highly anticipated movie titles (listed alphabetically) along with their release dates and trailers (where available) starting from Ride Along opening on the 3rd of January and ending at Night at the Museum 3 opening on Christmas day.

Ride Along
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, David Banner, Bryan Callen, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Gary Owen
Release Date: January 3

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Nonso Anozie
Release Date:January 17

I, Frankenstein
Director: Stuart Beattie
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Aden Young, Kevin Grevioux, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey
Release Date: January 24

The Monuments Men
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Cate Blanchett
Release Date: February 7

The LEGO Movie
Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell
Release Date: February 7

RoboCop
Director: José Padilha
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Earle Haley, Jay Baruchel, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Kenneth Williams, Aimee Garcia, John Paul Ruttan, Miguel Ferrer, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Release Date: February 12

300: Rise of an Empire
Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton, David Wenham, Lena Headey, Jack O’Connell, Andrew Tiernan, Callan Mulvey, Yigal Naor, Hans Matheson
Release Date: March 7

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson
Release Date: March 7

Need for Speed
Director: Scott Waugh
Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton
Release Date: March 14

Divergent
Director: Neil Burger
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Theo James, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd
Release Date: March 21

Muppets Most Wanted
Director: James Bobin
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman, Louise Gold
Release Date: March 21

Noah
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Marton Csokas, Mark Margolis
Release Date: March 28

The Raid 2: Berandal
Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Donny Alamsyah, Iko Uwais, Raiden Integra, Yayan Ruhian
Release Date: March 28

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
Release Date: April 4

Rio 2
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jemaine Clement, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, Rodrigo Santoro, Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars
Release Date: April 11

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Transcendence
Director: Wally Pfister
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall
Release Date: April 18

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field
Release Date: May 2

Chef
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, Garry Shandling, Oliver Platt, Amy Sedaris
Release Date: May 9

The movie (official trailer yet to be released) follows a chef (Jon Favreau) who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Godzilla
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins
Release Date: May 16

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage
Release Date: May 23

Maleficent
Director: Robert Stromberg
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley, Peter Capaldi, Kenneth Cranham, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Angus Wright
Release Date: May 30

Edge of Tomorrow
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise
Release Date: June 6

22 Jump Street
Directors: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Starring: Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill
Release Date: June 13

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig
Release Date: June 13

Think Like a Man Too
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Adam Brody,  Kelsey Grammer
Release Date: June 20

Following the huge success of the firs movie, the cast of the first movie will reprise their role with Tim Story also returning to direct this sequel. Plot details are yet to be revealed at this time.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci
Release Date: June 27

The plot is yet to be revealed and same goes for the trailer. All that has been revealed at this point is that the movie is set four years after the events depicted in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell
Release Date: July 11

Jupiter Ascending
Director: The Wachowskis
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith
Release Date: July 18

Hercules: The Thracian Wars
Director: Brett Ratner
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Aksel Hennie, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Reece Ritchie, Tobias Santelmann, Steve Peacocke, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
Release Date: July 25

Dwayne Johnson takes on the role of Hercules, the son of Zeus, in this big budget action adventure movie ($110 million) directed by Brett Ratner.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana
Release Date: August 1

In this highly anticipated movie from Marvel, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg
Release Date: August 8

Michael Bay is one of the producers of this modern adaptation of the Ninja Turtles for the big screen. After a number of animations and video games, people will get to see the Ninja Turtles once again and most people cannot wait to see what will happen this time around.

The Expendables 3
Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
Release Date: August 15

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green, Ray Liotta, Lady Gaga, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jaime King, Jeremy Piven, James Marsden
Release Date: August 22

In this comic book adaptation, Josh Brolin plays Dwight McCarthy, a guy minding his business, who is summoned by his former lover, Ava Lord (Eva Green), who wants his help to escape her abusive husband, billionaire Damien Lord (Marton Csokas). However, Dwight soon learns that Ava’s true intentions are more sinister than they appear.

The Equalizer
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, David Meunier, Haley Bennett
Release Date: September 26

Denzel Washington plays retired intelligence officer Robert McCall who turns into a vigilante for the helpless. When he decides to help a young hooker Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he gets heat from the Russian mafia, and in particular a brutal fixer (Marton Csokas).

Fury
Director: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood, Jason Isaacs
Release Date: November 7

Fury follows a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank called “Fury” and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany

Interstellar
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, Topher Grace, Wes Bentley
Release Date: November 7

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson
Release Date: November 21

Continuing from where 2013’s movie ended, Katniss Everdeen reluctantly leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol.

Exodus
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul
Release Date: December 12

Exodus stars Christian Bale as the prophet Moses in this retelling of the events before an after the Israelites were released from Egypt.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage
Release Date: December 17

Peter Jackson’s final installment to The Hobbit series is one of those movies you cannot afford to miss if you’ve been following the movie franchise or you simply love fantasy movies.

Night at the Museum 3
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Skyler Gisondo
Release Date: December 25

Just when we thought it was all over, Ben Stiller and some of the key acts of the previous movie were announced to be reuniting for one more movie. Now let’s see what they have to offer this time around.

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Mistah Cole

Mistah Cole

is a Nigerian-born Music critic and movie blogger

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