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2014 Movie Guide: Drama

Miles Teller in "Whiplash".
Miles Teller in "Whiplash".
© Sony Pictures Classics

The final 2014 movie guide is here! This time we are taking a look at the notable drama movies that are coming out in 2014. Dramas can often have some comedy to them too, but the movies on this list are focused on drama more than anything else. There will be many more worthwhile movies in 2014 than are on these lists, but these are the ones that I am most looking forward to as of today. Click on the photo to the left to begin the look into the notable upcoming drama movie releases of 2014!

'Run & Jump' (On Video on Demand now)
'Run & Jump' (On Video on Demand now) © IFC Films

'Run & Jump' (On Video on Demand now)

"Run & Jump" features the next dramatic role for Will Forte after his turn in "Nebraska" last year. In this film, Will Forte plays an American doctor who travels to Ireland to study a family of which one of its members has just had a massive personality change after suffering a stroke. Sounds like a story that could be filled with good drama. It will be interesting to see if Will Forte continues down this dramatic path or if he will go back to roles more closely tied to his comedic roots. Click here to watch the trailer!

'Only Lovers Left Alive' (April 11)
'Only Lovers Left Alive' (April 11) © Sony Pictures Classics

'Only Lovers Left Alive' (April 11)

'Only Lovers Left Alive' is the new film from writer/director Jim Jarmusch. Jim Jarmusch has made some very good movies in his career such as "Down By Law", "Dead Man", and "Mystery Train". I haven't seen all of his more recent movies, but this one looks promising and if it is as good quality as the aforementioned films then it will be one to really look out for! The movie is a drama featuring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a longtime vampire couple growing tired of their lifestyle. Loki as a vampire. Need I say more? Click here to watch the trailer!

'Unbroken' (December 25)
'Unbroken' (December 25) © Universal Pictures

'Unbroken' (December 25)

'Unbroken' tells the true story of olympic athlete Louis Zamperini who was taken prisoner by Japanese soldiers during World War II. It is directed by Angelina Jolie which isn't much of a surprise. What is surprising, however, is that it is partially written by the Coen brothers who don't normally write movies like this. It will be interesting to see if any of their influence is apparent in the movie and also to see how Angelina Jolie fares as a director rather than an actress. Click here to watch the trailer!

'Mood Indigo' (No Release Date Set)
'Mood Indigo' (No Release Date Set) © Drafthouse Films

'Mood Indigo' (No Release Date Set)

"Mood Indigo" is the new film from Michel Gondry and looks to be in line with his earlier successes such as "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "The Science of Sleep". After those films, Michel Gondry did movies such as "The Green Hornet" and "Be Kind Rewind" which were not as much of a critical success as his earlier movies, but which I still enjoyed very much. "Mood Indigo" stars Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris who are both talented French actors. The movie is a whimsical romance that involves a woman who has a flower growing in her lungs. It is based on a novel by Boris Vian. It all sounds like something that Michel Gondry will excel at so count me in! Click here to watch the trailer!

'Laggies' (September 26)
'Laggies' (September 26) © A24

'Laggies' (September 26)

"Laggies" is a drama starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Moretz. It is about a woman who doesn't want to grow up. There are a lot of movies with characters like this and usually there is a lot of good drama to be gained from this kind of character. The supporting cast features Sam Rockwell, Ellie Kemper, and Gretchen Mol who are all talented actors. The movie is directed by Lynn Shelton whose films I've never seen, but are much talked about in the indie film community and seem to divide people over their quality. "Laggies" is written by Andrea Seigel who has no other film to her credit. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a strong new voice in film!

'Whiplash'
'Whiplash' © Sony Pictures Classics

'Whiplash'

Miles Teller made a big impact last year in the film "The Spectacular Now" (reviewed here) and "Whiplash" is his newest dramatic role. It will be interesting to see if he can continue the quality that he presented in "The Spectacular Now" in this film. This movie also features J.K. Simmons and that just makes the movie even stronger. The movie is directed by Damien Chazelle who usually writes horror movies and only has one feature length directorial credit which is for a dramatic musical called "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench". The story in "Whiplash" is about a young man and his struggle to become a successful jazz drummer. With the actors featured here as well as the director from an interesting background comes a movie I am very interested in. Aerosmith once said "music is the weapon" and I think that music may just be the weapon that will make this movie one of the stand-outs of 2014!

Hellion (No Release Date Set)
Hellion (No Release Date Set) © Sundance Selects

Hellion (No Release Date Set)

"Hellion" is the next dramatic turn for Aaron Paul who was so great on the television show "Breaking Bad". Now that "Breaking Bad" is over it will be interesting to see where Aaron Paul ends up in his career and this movie should give us a glimpse into that. The story of "Hellion" is about a heavy metal obsessed teen and his distant father. My one worry is that this movie will stereotype all heavy metal listeners as delinquents, but other than that it looks like it could be a worthwhile drama.

'The Skeleton Twins' (No Release Date Set)
'The Skeleton Twins' (No Release Date Set) © Roadside Attractions

'The Skeleton Twins' (No Release Date Set)

"The Skeleton Twins" is another movie featuring comedians in dramatic roles. This time, the comedians are Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Ty Burrell. The story is about estranged twins who both cheat death on the same day. They then are reunited and there is no doubt that some drama will ensue. I am really curious to see how these comedians fare in dramatic roles and the plot seems very interesting. Count me in!

'God's Pocket' (No Release Date Set)
'God's Pocket' (No Release Date Set) © IFC Films

'God's Pocket' (No Release Date Set)

"God's Pocket" features one of the last roles of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and for that alone it is worth noting. It is also the first feature film directed by actor John Slattery of "Mad Men". It is based on a novel by Peter Dexter and the screenplay is co-written by John Slattery and Alex Metcalf. The plot is about a man named Mickey, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who gets into some trouble trying to cover up the accidental death of his stepson. The movie also features John Turturro and other "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks. For the quality of the acting and the arrival of a new director, I think this movie is worth watching out for!

'Life Itself' (No Release Date Set)
'Life Itself' (No Release Date Set) © Magnolia Pictures

'Life Itself' (No Release Date Set)

"Life Itself" is a documentary based on Roger Ebert's memoir of the same name. I didn't always agree with Roger Ebert about his opinions on movies, but I always found his expression of his thoughts on film to be fascinating. He was truly one of the best to ever discuss films. What is really interesting about this movie though is that it is directed by Steve James. Steve James is the director of "Hoop Dreams" which is a documentary that largely became known because Roger Ebert loved it so much. This movie is an example of how the good that you put out there can come back to you even after you're gone.

'Love Is Strange' (No Release Date Set)
'Love Is Strange' (No Release Date Set) © Sony Pictures Classics

'Love Is Strange' (No Release Date Set)

"Love Is Strange" is a drama about a married gay couple in New York who are forced to separate. The couple is played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina who are both great actors. The supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei who is also great. I don't know too much about this one, but I really like the actors and the premise seems like it could feature some solid drama.

'Boyhood' (No Release Date Set)
'Boyhood' (No Release Date Set) Directed by Richard Linklater

'Boyhood' (No Release Date Set)

Now this is a very unique and fascinating film. Richard Linklater and his crew filmed this movie from when the main actor was 7 years old until he was 18. Essentially, this should be the most accurate portrayal of a boy's life ever made. At least, in theory. This one is a definite must see!

'Low Down' (No Release Date Set)
'Low Down' (No Release Date Set) © Bona Fide Productions

'Low Down' (No Release Date Set)

"Low Down" is the real life story of Joe Albany, a drug addicted pianist involved in the jazz scene of the '60s and '70s. What makes this interesting is that the story is told from the perspective of his daughter. Joe Albany is played here by the great actor John Hawkes and his daughter is played by Elle Fanning. The cast also includes Lena Headey (in a non-sword-or-gun-wielding role for a change), Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, and the voice of Superman himself, Tim Daly! "Low Down" has a great cast for sure as well as a story that will no doubt be emotional and fascinating. I am always interested in how movies will make use of music and I think this one should do well on that front!

'Rudderless' (No Release Date Set)
'Rudderless' (No Release Date Set) © Unified Pictures

'Rudderless' (No Release Date Set)

"Rudderless" is a movie directed by the great actor William H. Macy. It tells the story of a man who is grieving after the loss of his son. He finds songs made by his son that he never knew existed and puts together a band to preserve his music and find some solace. It is a very intriguing premise and it will be interesting to see William H. Macy show his talents behind the camera as well as in front of the camera once again.

'Aloft' (No Release Date Set)
'Aloft' (No Release Date Set) © Sony Pictures Classics

'Aloft' (No Release Date Set)

"Aloft" is the story of a woman who is struggling to get by and what happens when she is reunited with the son she abandoned 20 years ago. The movie stars Jennifer Connelly, Mélanie Laurent, and Cillian Murphy. With a great cast like that and a premise that invites great drama there is no doubt that this movie is a 2014 drama to look out for!