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PHOTOS: 14 films to look forward to in 2014

10:49 AM, Jan 1, 2014   |    comments
  • "Divergent" (March 21). This adaptation of the popular dystopian novel finds the people of Chicago divided into factions based on their human virtues. Teenager Tris (Shailene Woodley, left,) learns she has three qualities instead of just one – meaning she's "divergent" – and discovers dark forces are afoot in the city during her initiation process. Jaap Buitendijk, Summit Entertainment
  • "Dom Hemingway" (April 4). A loose-cannon safecracker (Jude Law, pictured), is released from jail after 12 years and, with a partner (Richard E. Grant) in tow, seeks out his old boss (Demian Bichir) for payment for staying quiet. He also tries to reconnect with his daughter (Emilia Clarke). Nick Wall, Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • "Transcendence" (April 18). After being shot, a dying scientist (Johnny Depp, pictured), working to create a machine with human emotions has his mind uploaded into a computer by his wife (Rebecca Hall) and best friend (Paul Bettany). He then becomes a nearly unstoppable sentience hungry for power. Peter Mountain, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • "Muppets Most Wanted" (March 21). Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the gang go global when they run afoul of Kermit's criminal-mastermind doppelganger, Constantine, his henchman Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais, pictured), a French Interpol operative (Ty Burrell) and a Russian Gulag officer (Tiny Fey). Jay Maidment, Disney Enterprises
  • From literary adaptations to time-traveling superheroes, here are 14 movies to look out for in 2014 (release dates are subject to change). "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (Jan. 17). Chris Pine is the latest actor to take on the role of Tom Clancy's literary character, a CIA analyst who this time is sent to Russia to investigate a businessman (Kenneth Branagh, who also directs) thought to be heading up an attack on the world's economy. Larry Horricks, Paramount Pictures
  • "Winter's Tale" (Feb. 14). Set in 1916 as well as modern day, Akiva Goldsman's feature directorial debut is a supernatural drama about thief Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), who's on the run from an Irish gangster (Russell Crowe); the dying girl (Jessica Brown Findlay) with whom Peter falls in love; and his equine guardian, a white horse named Athansor. Warner Bros. Pictures
  • "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (March 7). The classic cartoon characters of Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell), a talking dog who happens to be the smartest thing on the planet, and his adopted human son, Sherman (Max Charles), are back in this adventure, where the pair has to hop in the WABAC machine and fix the time-space continuum. DreamWorks Animation
  • "Think Like a Man Too" (June 20). The cast of director Tim Story's ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man" – including Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy – returns for the sequel, which finds the various couples in Las Vegas and getting into trouble during a wedding weekend. Matt Kennedy, Screen Gems
  • "Gone Girl" (Oct. 3). Director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel stars Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne, who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary. Husband Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect after he's found to have used his wife's trust fund to open a bar and increased her life insurance. Merrick Morton, 20th Century Fox
  • "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (May 23). In the latest X-Men adventure, clawed mutant mainstay Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time by Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) to change the past and save their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, pictured) and the future. Alan Markfield, 20th Century Fox
  • "The Fault in Our Stars"(June 6). John Green's popular novel comes alive with the tale of Hazel (Shailene Woodley, right), a 16-year-old living with cancer. She's forced by her parents into a support group, where she meets and falls in love with a former basketball player, amputee Gus (Ansel Elgort). James Bridges 20th Century Fox
  • "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (May 2). Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) continues his superhero education as Spider-Man but stumbles across nefarious secrets of the organization Oscorp and how it connects to new villains, including Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). Columbia Pictures
  • "Maleficent" (May 30). A prequel of sorts to Disney classic"Sleeping Beauty,"this live-action tale shows the early days of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie, pictured), her connection to the cursed Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), and how she's betrayed and put on a path to becoming one of fantasy's most evil femme fatales. Disney Enterprises
  • "A Million Ways to Die in the West" (May 30). Seth MacFarlane's latest directorial effort is a Western comedy starring MacFarlane as a timid sheep farmer who is dumped by his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) after backing out of a duel. He finds another love interest (Charlize Theron), though she's married to a wanted outlaw (Liam Neeson). Lorey Sebastian, Universal Pictures
    
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Unlike the rest of us, Hollywood studio chiefs haven't resolved to wipe the slate clean for 2014. Instead, multiplexes will host plenty of well-established characters and cinematic themes in the months ahead.

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