You might be wondering why I need to write a summer and fall list of movies for teens and tweens when I have already written a yearly list. The reason is that movies and schedules change throughout the year, and many movies that premiere late in the year, weren’t even scheduled yet in January.
I tried to include MPAA ratings with this post. Wherever you don’t see them, it is because that film has not been rated.
Dolphin Tale 2 (9/12) – Sequel to the 2011 Dolphin Tale, also starring Harry Connick Jr. and Ashley Judd. PG
The Maze Runner (9/19) – 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. PG-13
The Box Trolls (9/26) – Based on the book, Here Be Monsters! , The Box Trolls is a 3D stop-motion film about an orphan boy raised by underground, cave-dwelling, trash-collecting trolls. With voices from actors such as Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette and Tracy Morgan, this movie looks fun for all ages. PG
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (10/10) – Based on the book of the same name, the movie follows 11-year old Alexander on his most terrible, horrible day. The movie stars Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as Alexander’s parents. PG
Whiplash (10/10) – A young musician, aspiring to become a great jazz drummer, begins getting lessons from a ruthless instructor. The film received great critical response at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Miles Teller (Divergent, Footloose) as the student and J.K. Simmons as the instructor. For older teens only. R
The Book of Life (10/17) – A 3D animated romantic comedy about a young man torn between his family’s expectations and following his heart. Voiced by Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum and Christina Applegate. PG
The Best of Me (10/17) – Based on the 2011 Nicholas Sparks book, The Best of Me is about former high school sweethearts who are reunited 20 years later. Starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as the 20 years older couple. Can this be the next “The Notebook”?
Dracula Untold (10/17) – The origin of Dracula starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Dominic Cooper. PG-13
Men, Women and Children (10/17) – Romantic comedy/drama by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) about the current world of dating and sex for both teens and parents. Great cast includes Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Ansel Elgort (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars), Emma Thompson, Dennis Haysbert and Kaitlyn Dever. Older Teens.
St. Vincent (10/24) – Comedy/Drama starring Bill Murray as a retired veteran, St. Vincent, with drinking and gambling problems. Melissa McCarthy is a neighbor of his, and also a single mom and she gets St. Vincent to watch her undersized 12-year old son. While things don’t run smoothly at first, they eventually form a bond and help each other. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd also star. PG-13
Interstellar (11/6) – Christopher Nolan directs this new science fiction movie about a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole. Based on the pedigree of the cast and director, I have a feeling that this will be one of the big hits of 2014. Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley and more.
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (11/7) – The last film that Robin Williams filmed. Joel McHale and Lauren Graham are Boyd and Luann Mitchler, and they have brought their family away for Christmas. When they realized they forgot all the presents at home, Boyd, and his father Mitch (Williams) must drive 8 hours to get the gifts and get back in time. Road trip movie with two extremely funny guys in the car.
Big Hero 6 (11/7) – Inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team, this 3D animated comedy is a Walt Disney film. A young robotics prodigy and his robot learn about a criminal plot and try to fight it with an inexperienced team of crime-fighters.
The Theory of Everything (11/7) – This film is a biopic about Stephen Hawking, inspired by the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking. I’m hoping that older teens will be interested in seeing it. I sure am. Looks like another Beautiful Mind. PG-13. See more on this film at Felicity Jones Speaks on The Theory of Everything.
Beyond the Lights (11/14) – A romantic drama about a young new singer who has just won a Grammy and is dealing with the pressures of success. PG-13
Dumb and Dumber To (11/14) – 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.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 (11/20) – 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).
Penguins of Madagascar (11/26) – This 3D animated comedy is a spin-off from the Dreamworks Madagascar film series and a sequel to Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12/17) – The third and final film in the series. The Company of Thorin has unleashed the dragon Smaug. A battle ensues between five armies that will change the face of Middle-earth forever.
Annie (12/19) – A contemporary adaptation of the musical starring Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks (Warbucks type) and Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan. PG
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (12/19) – The 3rd and final movie in the Night at the Museum trilogy. Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, Skyler Gisondo, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais.
Into the Woods (12/25) – 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.
Paddington (12/25) – A British comedy based on Paddington Bear. A young bear finds himself all alone at Paddington Station until the Brown family take him in. The film stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington.
I don’t know about the teens and tweens but I can’t wait to see many of these movies. Which of these fall 2014 movies are you looking forward to most?