Everything old is new again at this movies this year. And we’re not just talking about sequels.
Hollywood has taken its “rely on established ‘brand’ names” thing to the next level.
So we have a new Hercules (Kellan Lutz, “Legend of Hercules,” out since Jan. 10) and a new Jack Ryan (Chris Pine, “Shadow Recruit,” out last Friday). Aaron Eckhart is a new Frankenstein (“I, Frankenstein,” Jan. 24).
There’s a new “Godzilla” (May) and a new “Annie” (December) to go along with that rebooted “Spider-Man” (May) duking it out for box office supremacy with those new “X-Men” (May).
And if you think about it, “Divergent” (March) could be the new “Hunger Games,” with Shailene Woodley taking a sci-fi turn to match Jennifer Lawrence’s big bow-and-arrow payday.
Skipping past the almost Biblical deluge of sequels, from “Captain America” (“The Winter Soldier,” April) to “Madagascar” (“Island of Lemurs,” April), “The Hunger Games” (“Mockingjay, Part 1,” November) to “The Hobbit” (“There and Back Again,” December), ignoring even the last desperate gasp of Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers (“Dumb and Dumber To,” November), there’s still a lot to look forward to on the big screen.
The engaging documentaries and breakout foreign films will find their way to us more indirectly. But here are 14 titles with firmer release dates, films tempting enough to tease us through 2014.