Best Fantasy Films of 2014: Now Featuring A Preview for the Monkey King

Introduction

Another year of movies has almost past, and it's time to publish my preview hubs for the following year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with how I do things here, I'll gladly give you the rundown.

Basically, I make a list of previews for each of the main genres for next year; which includes their release dates, casting information, trailers and etc. Unfortunately though, not all these movies have trailers or movie posters available yet, but I will be updating these hubs throughout next year as well.

Another thing I should point out to my readers is that I won't be featuring as many independent films as I usually do on here for my preview hubs as before. Don't get me wrong, I'll still try to list a few here and there that I think will definitely come out next year.

However, like most readers, I too have to go through various sources to find out which movies are coming out next year, and even though sites like "movie web", "comingsoon.net", "imdb" and etc might say "Movie x" is coming out for next year. Sadly, that often doesn't turn out to be the case, as even films on those sites that have confirmed release dates don't often make their promise dates. In other words, I've been burned way too many times on movies that are allegedly supposed to come out, but they keep getting pushed back.

Therefore, I've decided to be a lot more selective when it comes to these previews. Most readers won't notice this, but it's just a little something I'm doing to improve the quality of these preview hubs for my readers.

Anyways, without further delay, lets get on with the previews. Also, I would like to remind readers that release dates are subject to change, so please be sure to check your local listings.

Maleficent

Director:

Robert Stromberg

Writers:

Paul Dini, Linda Woolverton, John Lee Hancock

Cast:

Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Peter Capaldi, Brenton Thwaites, Ella Purnell, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley, Hannah New, Jamie Sives, Lesley Manville, Kenneth Cranham, Jo Osmond

Synopsis:

This "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.

Release Date: May 30, 2014

Vampire Academy

Director:

Mark Waters

Writers:

Richelle Mead, Daniel Waters

Cast:

Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Sarah Hyland, Olga Kurylenko, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Claire Foy, Sami Gayle, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic Sherwood, Ashley Charles, Will Tudor, Ben Peel, Dominique Tipper

Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

Release Date: February 14, 2014

Noah

Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Writers:

Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel

Cast:

Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Douglas Booth, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Barry Sloane, Mark Margolis, Marton Csokas, Madison Davenport, Ray Winstone, Sami Gayle, Anne Bergstedt Jordanova

Synopsis:

The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.

Release Date: March 28, 2014

Seventh Son

Director:

Sergey Bodrov

Writers:

Joseph Delaney, Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt, Steven Knight, Max Borenstein

Cast:

Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Antje Traue, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Jason Scott Lee, Djimon Hounsou, Loyd Catlett, Sean Carey, Thai-Hoa Le, Fraser Aitcheson, Faustino Di Bauda, Eric Keenleyside

Synopsis:

A 18th century adventure story centered on young Thomas, who is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.

Release Date: January 17, 2014

Into the Woods

Director:

Rob Marshall

Writer:

James Lapine

Cast:

Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, Lucy PUnch, James Corden, Frances de la Tour, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lilla Crawford, Mackenzie Mauzy

Synopsis:

A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Release Date: December 25, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Director:

Dean DeBlois

Writers:

Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell

Voice Cast:

Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kit Harington, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson

Synopsis:

It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

Release Date: June 13, 2014

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh, J.R.R. Tolkien

Cast:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Manu Bennett, Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Aidan Turner, Christopher Lee, Billy Connolly, Graham McTavish

Synopsis:

Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves are in Smaug's lair, but will they get their gold and return home safely?

Release Date: December 17, 2014

Winter's Tale

Director:

Akiva Goldsman

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman, Mark Helprin

Cast:

Will Smith, Matt Bomer, Jennifer Connelly, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, Jessica Brown Findlay, William Hurt, Kevin Corrigan, Lucy Griffiths, Eva Marie Saint, Graham Greene, Finn Wittrock, Rob Campbell, Norm Lewis

Synopsis:

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Release Date: February 14, 2014

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

Director:

Jonathan Newman

Writers:

Christian Taylor, Matthew Huffman, G.P. Taylor

Cast:

Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, Aneurin Barnard, Keeley Hawes, Tristan Gemmill, Daniel Wilde, Mella Carron, Xavier Atkins, Will Payne, Oliver Stark, Sule Rimi, Arthur Byrne, Simon Blood DeVay

Synopsis:

Mariah Mundi's world is torn apart when his brother Felix gets kidnapped from the streets of Victorian London. Mariah unites with the strange adventurer Captain Charity and takes off in pursuit. The trail leads to the Prince Regent, a majestic hotel filled with sinister villains, child-catching creatures, and an extraordinary box that turns everything to gold. Mariah, with the help of the illusive Charity, must discover the secrets of the hotel, save his brother, and unravel the truth behind his parents' disappearance.

Release Date: January 10, 2014

Night at the Museum

Director:

Shawn Levy

Writers:

Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon

Cast:

Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens

Synopsis:

Ben Stiller returns as the night guard of a popular historical museum. However, unlike most museums, the artifacts and displays come to life each night via magic. Unfortunately, a new threat emerges.

Release Date: December 25, 2014

The Monkey King

Director:

Pou-Soi Cheang

Writers:

Kam-Yuen Szeto, Edmond Wong

Cast:

Donnie Yen, Yun-Fat Chow, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen, Kelly Chen, Gigi Leung, Zilin Zhang, Siu-Wong Fan, Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing, Peter Ho, Siu-Fai Cheung, Chung Him Law, Irene Wang, Hua Liu, Jing Li

Synopsis:

The story of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India to collect religious texts.

Release Date: September 14, 2014

© 2013 Steven Escareno

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