43 Movies To Watch This Year

Mark down these movie dates on your planner!
by Dyan Zarzuela   |  Jan 6, 2014
PHOTOS 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, Star Cinema, Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros.
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1. Walking with Dinosaurs – January 8

If you liked the earnest, throwback vibe of Land Before Time, you'll enjoy Walking with Dinosaurs. Justin Long fans, listen up: He voices main dino Patchi.

2. 47 Ronin – January 8

Keanu Reeves has conquered all of time and space, so why not 18th century Japan, as a former slave who joins a group of revenge-seeking samurai?

3. Bride for Rent – January 15

The story has been done a gazillion times already, but it's Kim Chiu and Xian Lim so of course I'm game!

4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – January 15

Chris Pine + Keira Knightley + Tom Clancy action = boyfriend-friendly movie you'll also like.

5. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones – January 29

2014 is the year of Paranormal Activity: this is just the first of two films from the franchise coming out this year.

6. Saving Mr. Banks – January 29

Walt Disney and P. L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, make for a doubly magical time at the movies.


7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – January 29

Be warned: You'll get a serious case of wanderlust just from watching the trailer.

8. Hotel Transylvania – January 31, 6:30 pm on HBO

Remember when Selena Gomez was a teenage vampire?

9. Rise of the Guardians – January 31, 8 pm on HBO

Between Rise of the Guardians and Hotel Transylvania, better round up the girls for a movie marathon on this Friday night!

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10. The LEGO Movie – February 6

How have we survived this long without a LEGO movie?

11. Fun Size – February 9, 1pm on HBO Family

Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, and Thomas McDonell? Fun, fun, fun.

12. Vampire Academy – February 14 in the US, probably around the same time here

So, um, campy, it just might be the best teen vampire movie of the year.

13. Les Miserables – February 15, 10 pm on HBO

I think it's safe to say that everyone wanted to sing along with the cast, but it was too weird, not to mention rude, to do it in the theater. Here’s our chance. P.S. I’m still not over Trip van der Bilt, the singing revolutionary.


14. Winter’s Tale – February 19

Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey (Jessica Brown Findlay) is back from the dead and she's dying again. But this line gives me hope: "Is it possible to love someone so completely, they simply can't die?"

15. The Book Thief - February 19

How precious is Sophie Nélisse? Whether you’re a bookworm or not, this movie will hit you right in the feels.

16. Argo – February 22, 10 pm on HBO

Watch Ben Affleck in all his bearded, pre-Baffman glory.


17.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman – March 6

It's a Modern Family party: Ty Burrell (Phil) is Mr. Peabody, while Ariel Winter (Alex) voices Sherman’s competitive classmate.

18. The Matrix Trilogy - March 7, 7:45 pm onwards on HBO

Can you just imagine what you’ll dream about after watching the movies back to back to back?

19. Veronica Mars – March 14 in the US, hopefully it'll be shown here too!

Seven years after the TV series ended, the movie is finally happening! After all this time, LoVe still makes the world go round.


20. Gangster Squad – March 15, 10 pm on HBO

Gangster Squad

How can you miss Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's second movie together?

21. Muppets Most Wanted – March 21

Muppets Most Wanted


The gang meets Kermit's evil doppelganger, Constantine.

22. Divergent – March 21 in the US, most likely the same date here

Fun fact: Pretending to be Dauntless is a pretty good way to drag yourself out of bed in the morning to work out.

23. Noah – March 26

Emma Watson and Logan Lerman’s new film: The Perks of Surviving the Apocalypse.

24. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – March 26

The summer superhero buffet starts with Captain America.


25. Rio 2 – April 9

The one where Blu meets the dad and the ex-boyfriend.

26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – April 30

"Sorry, I love you, don't hate me!" Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are TOO. CUTE. 


27. Neighbors – May 7

It's post-rehab Zac Efron. Give the guy some love, won’t you?

28. Godzilla – May 15

With Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the lead guy, it's Kick-Ass vs. Godzilla.

29. X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 22

Everyone's back! Except Rogue, whose one and only scene got cut.

30. Maleficent – May 30


How perfectly cast are Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Angelina Jolie as Maleficent?


31. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – June 11

Look who's all grown up!

32. Transformers: Age of Extinction – June 25

Shia LaBeouf is out, Mark Wahlberg is in.


33. Hercules – July 23


The Rock as Hercules makes perfect sense.


34. Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1


Guardians of the Galaxy


Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan’s first big Hollywood movie. Amelia Pond is all grown up and bald!

35. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – August 6

Seems like Megan Fox and Transformers director Michael Bay have patched things up!

36. The Fault in Our Stars – August 20

It's an ugly cry date!


37. The Maze Runner – September 18

Maze Runner


Attention: Teen Wolf and Skins fans! Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario star in this new dystopian movie.


38. Boxtrolls – October 22

It’s from the makers of Coraline and it stars Elle Fanning, so it’s bound to be good.

39. Paranormal Activity 5 – October 22

Just in time for Halloween.

40. The Book of Life – stay tuned for the exact date!

The Book of Life 


Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana's animated movie is, according to IMDb, "a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story set during a Day of the Dead celebration." Sounds innneresting!


41. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – November 21 in the US, most likely the same date here

The beginning of the end. I do hope they tweak the iffy epilogue in the final film next year.


42. The Hobbit: There and Back Again - December 17 in the US, most likely the same date here

The last of the geek Christmas tradition.

43. Annie – December 19 in the US, most likely the same date here

Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest Oscar nominee for Best Actress, and with music supervised by Jay-Z!

Which of these movies are YOU excited to see?

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Dyan Zarzuela
Council of Cool 9, Managing Editor, Columnist
Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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