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Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard of, but should have

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Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.

What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.

So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.

Golden Globes: Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

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J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Robert Duvall, The Judge

Film Trailer: The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

International Trailer


Film Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

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Film: Inside Llewyn Davis

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(Dec 20 2013; CBS Films)

Summary: A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound Mixing

Runner Up: Best Supporting ActressBest Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

Long Shots: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing


Early Word: After being shown at Cannes, “Inside Llewyn Davis” received, pretty much, universal praise. The only difference in opinion being just how good it is. Currently has a perfect 100 score on Metacritic with 8 reviews, it certainly won’t maintain this high of success, but overall this film will likely land well critically. That being said, Oscar chances could be hit or miss. With comparisons to the success of “A Serious Man” it’ll likely have a strong chance to show up in major categories. It’s just about seeing how hard CBS Films pushes it.

MetaCritic: 88

The Players

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund
Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel
Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
Editor: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Original Music: Not Available

Film Trailer: The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

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Last Updated: 08/09/13

One thing that has jumped out at me is the production design. This looks like a film that could easily be technically excellent, and with a perfect cast (and a showy role for Blanchett); we will just have to see how the film is executed and the story is told.

Film: The Monuments Men

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(Dec. 20 2013; Warner Bros.)

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.

Oscar Prospects: Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Runner Up: Best PictureBest Director, Best Adapted ScreenplayBest Makeup and Hairstyling

Long Shots: Best Supporting ActorBest CinematographyBest Film Editing,


Early Word: The film just looks fantastic, with an all-star cast/crew along with a very helpful Mid-December release. Not to mention its theme of art preservation will play well with the Academy. It’ll be difficult for this film to miss  even if it is critically average.

Projected Metacritic: 83

The Players

Director: George Clooney
Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel
Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin
Cinematographer: Phendon Papamichael
Production Designer: James D. Bissell
Editor: Ruy Diaz, Stephen Mirrione
Original Music: Alexandre Desplat

Oscar: “Best Supporting Actor” Predictions

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Edward Norton, Birdman
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Tom Wilkinson, Selma