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Andrew’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

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With the year in film that was 2013 now a thing of the past (my top ten and year-end awards are coming soon), it’s now time to look ahead to those films set for release over the course of the next twelve months. While a few of my most anticipated films from 2013 will show up here after being pushed back, there will also be many other films to highly anticipate, which include new efforts from some of Hollywood’s most sought-after auteurs. Although it’s safe to say the process of getting down to just ten films was difficult, these are without question the films I am most anticipating in the coming months. Here’s hoping, when all is said and done, that 2014 is even half as good as 2013 was to us film enthusiasts.

Note: I have not included those 2014 releases I was fortunate enough to catch early at this past year’s Toronto International Film Festival. So no JoeUnder the Skin or The Sacrament to be found here.

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, David Ayer’s Fury, Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s 22 Jump Street, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-man 2, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn 

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

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If shown a single frame from any one of his films, you’d probably instantly recognize the signature of its author, Wes Anderson. The Grand Budapest Hotel, his follow-up to 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom, is Anderson’s eighth feature-length outing as a director and once again sports an incredible ensemble cast featuring many of the usual suspects. Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman are all there, supported by Anderson newcomers that include Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan and Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Gustave H, a hotel concierge who becomes friends with a lobby boy, albeit while the theft of a priceless Renaissance painting sets chaotic events into motion. Using various aspect ratios and a truly Andersonian color palette, here’s hoping the overt quirkiness of the concept leaves enough room for the characters to breathe. I’ve been impressed with Anderson’s ability to really bring some really powerful human emotion to his last few films, so here’s hoping he brings more to The Grand Budapest Hotel. It hits theaters March 7th.

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Cars Go Boom! A Fast & Furious 6 Review

Hello. My name is Andrew and I have a problem. For as long I have lived, I haven’t given a damn about cars. I don’t care how fast they go. I don’t care how cool they look. For me, if a car runs, that’s good enough. Now when it comes to cars on the big-screen, they don’t get much faster or more visually stunning than in the Fast & Furious franchise. Now up until this point, I wouldn’t say any of the films inparticular have been any good. Well, that is until now. Yes. My name is Andrew and I liked Furious 6 (That’s the title in the credits. Yes, we’re going through this again).

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Furious 6 is Taiwanese filmmaker Justin Lin’s fourth straight directing gig in the franchise and although 2011’s Fast Five was the first to truly receive overall positive critical notice, it still left a lot to be desired. Sure the action sequences were spectacular, but it still lacked a compelling narrative nor did it provide anything by the way of an emotional connection. With Furious 6 however, it seems Lin along with his screenwriter Chris Morgan have finally cracked the code in making the Fast franchise more than just about things going boom.

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