Update: 9/2/2014: Important – The schedule for September through December is completely outdated. Please see 23 Movies For Teens and Tweens Fall and Holidays 2014, for the new end of year schedule.
Now available: 36 Movies For Teens, Tweens and Parents 2015
With a new year comes a new crop of movies to get excited about. 2014 includes the usual sequels and remakes, but also what looks like some very interesting films for teens. There are at least a few new movies based on popular YA books. As there will be changes in movie schedules later in the year, make sure you check out my Summer Movies for Teens 2014 and Fall Movies for Teens 2014 when they appear.
40 Movies for Teens 2014
1/24 I, Frankenstein – Based on the graphic novel, Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), still walks the earth now, 200 years later. Also starring Bill Nighy and Yvonne Strahovski.
1/31 That Awkward Moment – A romantic comedy starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan as three best friends who vow to remain single after one of them goes through a bad breakup. For older teens.
2/7 The Lego Movie – Computer-animated comedy musical for all ages. Voices by Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman and more of my favorite actors.
2/12 Robo Cop – Remake of 1987 film about an injured cop becoming part robot, part police officer.
2/14 Vampire Academy – Based on the Vampire Academy Book series, this fantasy adventure is about one guardian in training trying to protect the good vampires from the bad.
2/14 Endless Love – Remake of the 1981 Brooke Shields film, now starring Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer as the star-crossed lovers.
2/28 Welcome to Yesterday – Sci-fi movie about a group of teenage friends that find plans to build a time machine. They build it and see what happens.
3/14 Bad Words – Black comedy directed by and starring Jason Bateman as a high-school dropout who enters a national spelling bee.
3/14 Veronica Mars – The Kickstarter funded film based on the cult CW TV series about a high school sleuth, starring Kristen Bell. The film takes place nine years later in NYC.
3/21 Divergent– Based on the first book of the hugely popular YA Divergent series about a futuristic dystopia. Starring Shailene Woodley, who seems to be the new go-to girl for YA roles. Loved the book, can’t wait to see this.
3/21 Muppets Most Wanted – The Muppets go to Europe and get involved in a jewel heist caper. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey.
3/28 A Haunted House 2 – Sequel to A Haunted House from 2013 starring Marlon Wayans.
4/4 Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Sequel to the 2011 Captain America film. Two years later, Steve Rogers now becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the world. Starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.
5/2 Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Sequel to the 2012 film starring ] Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. Also starring in this sequel are Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field. Will be shown in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
5/9 Neighbors – Comedy starring Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a couple with a baby who move next to frat house and have big problems with the residents. Also starring Zac Efron and Dave Franco. For older teens.
5/23 X-Men: Days of Future Past – In the 7th film in the X-Men series, they must now fight a war for survival across two time periods. “The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future.” Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
5/23 Blended – Romantic comedy re-teaming Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. After a bad blind date they find themselves stuck at a family resort together.
5/30 Maleficent – Angelina Jolie stars as the villain from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. This Disney live action film is a prequel to sleeping beauty and is from Maleficent’s point of view (ala Wicked). Elle Fanning stars as Princess Aurora/Briar Rose.
6/6 The Fault in Our Stars – Based on the best-selling YA novel The Fault in Our Stars (one of my favorites), this heartbreaking romantic drama stars Shailene Woodley (see Divergent above) and Ansel Elgort.
6/6 Edge of Tomorrow – Sci-fi 3D film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt fighting a hostile alien race. Cruises character dies but gets thrown in a time loop where he comes back to Earth and this happens over and over and each time he becomes more skilled at fighting the aliens.
6/13 22 Jump Street – Sequel to the 2012 film, 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The officers go undercover at a local college to crack a crime ring within a fraternity.
6/13 How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Second in the trilogy, this 3D computer animated film takes place 5 years after the first film and the group are in their late teens.
6/27 Transformers: Age of Extinction – 4th Transformers movie, but only an indirect sequel. Directed by Michael Bay, this film features an entirely new cast, starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.
7/11 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Sequel to the 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it takes place 8 years later. The battle between a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar and a band of human survivors. Starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, and Keri Russell.
7/18 Jupiter Ascending – This could be huge. A science fiction film written, produced and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Mila Kunis and Tatum Channing. Mila Kunis is Jupiter, a lowly janitor who learns that she has a great genetic destiny.
8/1 Guardians of the Galaxy – A new Marvel Superhero film starring Chris Pratt(Peter Quill, the leader of the Guardians), Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro.
8/8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – A reboot of the TMNT film series, this action film stars Megan Fox, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg.
8/8 Lucy – Scarlett Johansson is Lucy. When working as a drug mule, the drug accidentally goes into her system and changes her so that she can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts. Also starring Morgan Freeman.
8/15 The Giver – Based on the award-winning YA book The Giver, by Lois Lowry, about a 12-year-old boy’s gradual disillusionment with an outwardly utopian futuristic society. Starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep and Odeya Rush.
8/22 If I Stay – Also based on a best-selling YA novel, If I Stay is about a happy 17 year-old girl who has everything until she is in a car accident and winds up in a coma. She watches her friends and family visit and has to decide whether or not to fight for a not so perfect life or give up.
9/7 Begin Again – Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo star in a small romantic musical comedy/drama that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. With Hailee Steinfeld and Ceelo Green.
9/19 The Maze Runner – Based on the book The Maze Runner, this Sci-fi mystery thriller is about people who wind up in a maze with no memory of anything before.
10/17 Dracula Untold – The origin of Dracula starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper.
11/14 Dumb and Dumber To – Sequel to the 1994 film, again written by the Farrelly brothers and starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Harry and Lloyd, head out in search for one of their long-lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.
11/21 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Based on the 1st half of the 3rd book Mockingjay, this is the 3rd film in a 4 part series. The rebellion against Panem begins, led by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence).
11/21 McFarland – Sports drama starring Keven Costner as the coach of a Latino high school track team in California.
12/17 The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The last of the series.
12/19 Annie – A contemporary adaptation of the musical starring Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (Warbucks type) and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan.
12/19 Night at the Museum 3 – Ben Stiller returns
12/25 Into the Woods – Adaptation of the Sondheim Broadway musical that is a modern twist on Grimm’s fairy tales. Directed by Rob Marshall, starring Meryl Streep. Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Tracey Ullman and many others.