7 Movies You Must See in 2014


March is almost over, people—which, for film buffs, means the good stuff (you know, releases you’d actually get out of your house and pay money to see) will soon start hitting theaters. The cinematic calendar for the next 9 months promises sex addicts, sexy vampires, sexy co-eds—not to mention the indies that made a splash earlier this month at Sundance and artfully concocted big-budget fare

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Only Lovers Left Alive (April 11)

Laconic, ever-cool director Jim Jarmusch is probably the last person we’d expect to tackle the whole vampire phenom. And that’s a good thing. (By the way, is vamps’ pop-cultural moment over yet? And if not, can it be?Please?) Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as a hip, shades-wearing centuries-old couple, promises retro soundtrack picks, nudity, dry humor and desolate urban landscapes—in other words, pretty awesomely left-field ingredients for a vampire flick.

22 Jump Street (June 13)
The boys are back, brah! Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reconvene for more mismatched-cop antics, wherein the 21 duo graduates to go undercover at a college. Keg parties, frat dudes, spring breakers and sundry co-ed wildness should ensue. For our money, it’s pretty commendable that co-writer Hill, even after his Best Supporting Actor nom in The Wolf of Wall Street, is going full-on-goofball again.

Gone Girl (October 3)
Gillian Flynn’s New York Times bestseller—about a writer (in the film, played by Ben Affleck) coping with the suspicions surrounding of his wife’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance—is right in director David Fincher’s gripping, dimly-lit wheelhouse. We’re not expecting another Zodiac or anything, but—assuming it’s granted an R rating—we’re optimistic, as the guy can whip up one helluva psychological thriller.

Interstellar (November 7)

From the teaser, it’s tough to tell just what Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic is about. (Matthew McConaughey’s narration, mixed with the retro space program footage, has the stately feel of an ad for NASA.) But with this filmmaker at the helm, we’re pretty jazzed about this big-budget telling of a wormhole exploration.

Big Eyes (TBD)

The writers of Ed Wood, to us Tim Burton’s last bona fide masterpiece (and last biopic, for that matter), team up again with the director for this true tale of coupled artists Margaret and Walter Keane (Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz), the latter a popular “painter” in the ’50s and ’60s who took credit for his wife’s creations. Burton is an avid collector of her work (famous for their “big-eyed” depictions), so this has all the signs of a personal passion project from a filmmaker who could desperately use one.

Birdman (TBD)
Keaton. The dude’s one-two punch in Beetlejuice and Batman give him a lifetime pass in the acting department, as far as we’re concerned. And we’re absolutely smitten with the meta premise of the latest from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros), in which the not-so-hot actor who used to be a big-screen superhero plays … a not-so-hot actor who used to be a big-screen superhero attempting a Broadway comeback.

Boyhood (TBD)
Talk about a novel—if ridiculously time-consuming—approach: For this coming-of-age drama, Richard Linklater spent a whopping twelve years intermittently capturing actor Ellar Coltrane between ages six and 18 to concoct this coming-of-age flick about a boy settling into the world while dealing with divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette).