TrulyLuminary Exclusive – Movies to Look Forward to in 2014

Although 2013 has been an amazing year for the world of movies, 2014 is promising to be yet another amazing year. Here is a list of the films that we are looking forward to here at TrulyLuminary:

1) Her

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Spike Jonze

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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2) August: Osage County

Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, Dermot Mulroney

Director: John Wells

Release Date: Friday, January 10th

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3) Gimme Shelter 

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd, Dascha Polanco

Director: Ron Krauss

Release Date: Friday, January 24th

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4) That Awkward Moment

Cast: Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, Jessica Lucas

Director: Tom Gormican

Release Date: Friday, January 31st

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5) The Lego Movie

Cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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6) The Monuments Men 

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman

Director: George Clooney

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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7) One Chance

Cast: James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper

Director: David Frankel

Release Date: Friday, February 7th

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8) Winter’s Tale

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe, Ripley Sobo, Mckayla Twiggs

Director: Akiva Goldsman

Release Date: Friday, February 14th

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9) Pompeii

Cast: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Release Date: Friday, February 21st

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10) The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Finnes, Lea Seydoux, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Wes Anderson

Release Date: Friday, March 7th

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11) Divergent

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet

Director: Neil Burger

Release Date: Friday, March 21st

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12) Noah

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: Friday, March 28th

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13) Neighbors

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Release Date: Friday, May 9th

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14) Godzilla

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathaim, Victor Rasuk, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones

Director: Gareth Edwards

Released Date: Friday, May 16th

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15) X-Men: Days of Future Past 

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: Friday, May 23rd

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16) Maleficent

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville

Director: Robert Stromberg

Release Date: Friday, May 30th

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17) The Fault in Our Stars

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, David Whalen

Director: Josh Boone

Release Date: Friday, June 6th

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18) How to Train Your Dragon 2

Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig

Director: Dean DeBlois

Release Date: Friday, June 13th

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19) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 

Cast: Gary Oldman, Angela Kerecz, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Toby Kebbell, Kevin Rankin

Director: Matt Reeves

Release Date: Friday, July 11th

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20) The Giver

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Tremblay

Director: Philip Noyce

Release Date: Friday, August 15th

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21) The Maze Runner

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Aml Ameen, Jacob Latimore, Ki Hong Lee, Don McManus, Chris Sheffield, Blake Cooper, Joe Adler, Dexter Darden

Director: Wes Ball

Release Date: Friday, September 19th

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22) The Boxtrolls

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg

Directors: Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

Release Date: Friday, September 26th

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23) Gone Girl

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Missi Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Casey Wilson, Patrick Fugit

Director: David Fincher

Release Date: Friday, October 3rd

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24) Interstellar 

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Wes Bentley, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, David Oyelowo

Director: Christopher Nolan

Release Date: Friday, November 7th

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25) Fury

Cast: Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Michael Pena, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel, Brad William Henke, Jim Parrack

Director: David Ayer

Release Date: Wednesday, November 12th

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26) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Lily Rabe, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert Knepper, Stef Dawson, Elden Henson, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Patina Miller

Director: Francis Lawrence

Release Date: Friday, November 21st

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27) Exodus

Cast: Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, John Tuturro, Indira Vama, Maria Valverde, Emun Elliott

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: Friday, December 12th

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28) Annie 

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhane Wallis, Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas

Director: Will Gluck

Release Date: Friday, December 19th

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29) The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Luke Evans, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Nesbitt

Director: Peter Jackson

Release Date: Wednesday, December 17th

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30) Into the Woods

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone

Director: Rob Marshall

Release Date: Thursday, December 25th

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Are you looking forward to any of the movies on this list? Are there any movies that aren’t on this list that you want to see? Do you think 2014 will be a strong year for movies?

Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Movie Exclusive – Official Trailer for “August: Osage County”

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County, is being made into a major motion picture and is being distributed by The Weinstein Company. In 2007, Letts’ play debuted in Chicago at the famous Steppenwolf Theatre and later made a Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater.  In 2008, the show went on to win five Tony Awards, including best play.

This critically acclaimed play is finally getting the big screen treatment and has an amazing team behind it.  John Wells is directing the film and Letts actually wrote the screenplay. The cast involved in this film is phenomenal and includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nichols, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigal Breslin, and Dermot Mulroney.

Watch the wonderful first trailer for the film here. For those unfamiliar with the play, here is an official synopsis for August: Osage County (via Apple Movie Trailers):

August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

What did you think of this trailer? Would you be interested in seeing this film when it hits theaters November 8, 2013? Do you think August: Osage County could be a contender come award season?

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Sources: Apple Movie Trailers and IMDbPro