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Movies to look forward to in 2014!

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There’s lots of things to look forward to in the new year, and one of them that we’re definitely excited about are movies! Some movies have been so heavily promoted since last year that we’re almost tired of anticipating them. So here’s a list of movies that you  may not have heard of but we think are deserving of attention!

 

Maleficient

Don’t worry, this is the only Disney movie you’ll see on this list. Starring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, the age-old “Sleeping Beauty” tale is told from her perspective and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora. Maleficient is a dark fantasy movie, quite a change from their recent movies Frozen and Tangled, both musical fantasy movies which had their characters breaking out into songs throughout the film. Judging from the trailer, there’s no singing in this one, but we could be wrong. It is, afterall, a Disney production. Nevertheless, we are intrigued to find out how they’ll pull this one off.

 

The Amazing Spiderman 2

A hit that we feel is being overshadowed by the constant promotion of other hit movies like Robocop, ETC and ETC. We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro and the return of his old friend, Harry Osborn, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

 

Neighbours

It’s no surprise that a couple with a newborn baby experiences difficulties. But when a fraternity moves in next to them, they’re in for a tough time in ways that were different from those typical of new parents. The juxtaposition of a sweet bouncing baby with hormonal youths results in a war between the neighbours. Think fireworks, baby chewing on condoms on the lawn and stolen airbags. We’re waiting, not so patiently, for Neighbours to hit the big screen so we can have a good time. But to be honest, us girls at ActuallyMAG are just swooning over blue-eyed heartthrob Zac Efron.

 

Life After Beth

“Not another zombie movie!,” you groan. Yes, zombies seem to get all the limelight these days, but we still think Life After Beth is worth a watch, mostly because of the cast. Life After Beth has a cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza and  Matthew Gray Gubler. Life After Beth is not one of the usual gory movies that surged in popularity after the series Walking Dead – it’s a comedy horror about a young man grieving over the death of his girlfriend, only for her to return from the grave as a zombie.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

When we heard that The Grand Budapest Hotel was directed by Wes Anderson, we knew it was something we couldn’t let slip between our fingers. The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of lobby boy Zero Moustafa learning the ropes from Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous interwar European hotel. When a former guest of the hotel turns up dead and a valuable painting of hers is surprisingly bequeathed to Gustave, questions are raised and the police, led by Edward Norton’s Henckels, get involved.

 

Old Goats

Here’s a change – a movie without any young actors or actresses. But don’t be put off by that! Old Goats takes you on the journey of 3 men, well past their prime years yet still having an eventful life! Friends Bob, Britt, and Dave are each confronting aging in his own unique fashion: straight-laced Dave rebels against his wife’s plans for their new retirement, hoarder Britt struggles with online dating after decades alone on his houseboat, and lively ladies man Bob juggles a hyperactive social schedule and a fanciful memoir about his adventurous past. Rife with equal doses of attitude and charm, Old Goats finds offbeat humor in the everyday life after retirement, and provides a refreshing perspective on “the golden years,” proving it’s never too late to chase your dreams.

 

 

Text by: Arynah Aminuddin

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