Top 10 Movies to Watch this 2014

Have you experienced feeling energized, positive and inspired after watching a movie? According to research, Cinematherapy or watching a movie can improve the mental health.

Maleficent
I am not afraid. – Maleficent Photo from: http://movies.disney.com/

Just like reading a book or listening to music, movies relax the mind and take it to a different place. This place allows us to feel a wide range of emotions and connect with the characters. That is why we react by laughing, crying or screaming on a certain scene.

However, one must choose the perfect movie to stimulate the right attitude. But if you just want to stop and smell the popcorn, then here are my top 10 movies to watch this 2014.

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director: Bryan Singer | Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender

Photo from: http://x-menmovies.com/
Photo from: http://x-menmovies.com/

I am looking forward on the latest X-Men adventure because I love them and we will be seeing the cast from the old and new X-Men. The film features Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) going back in time to join the young Professor X and Magneto. Together they stop Sentinels, one of the greatest threats that the X-Men faced. X-Men: Days of Future Past coming in theatres on May 23.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy
Director: James Gunn | Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel

Photo from: http://marvel.com/
Photo from: http://marvel.com/

I am not that familiar with all the characters of Marvel Comics. But Guardians of the Galaxy is worth a try. Besides, Marvel always brings an action-packed adventure and great actors to portray the roles. The film features Zoë Saldana as the green Gamora, Chris Pratt as leader of the Guardians Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Bradley Cooper voices Rocket, Wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Vin Diesel as Groot. In theaters on August 1

8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie

On April 4, the First Avenger will be back in theaters. We get to see Steve Rogers in the modern day and adapting with modern society. Also back with him is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury along with Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb | Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx

Finally, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theatres on May 2. It’s sad that Toby isn’t Spider Man anymore but I personally prefer this version. It gives a whole new path and more information about his parents. Moreover, it gives us Gwen Stacy, the Rhino and Electro.

6. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
Director: Peter Jackson | Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Poster Photo from: http://www.thehobbit.com/
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Poster
Photo from: http://www.thehobbit.com/

“What have we done?,” were the last words of Bilbo Baggins at the recent The Hobbit film. On December 17th, The Hobbit film will come to an end and will definitely contain an epic battle just like in the “Lord of the Rings”.

5. Transformers: Age of Extinction
Director: Michael Bay | Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci

Michael Bay returns without Shia Saide LaBeouf but brings in Mark Wahlberg. Honestly. It feels weird but what the heck! Mark Wahlberg is a great actor. Plus, Optimus, the Autobots and the Decepticons are there. Transformers: Age of Extinction coming in theatres on June 27.

4. Godzilla
Director: Gareth Edwards | Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche

I enjoyed watching the 1998 Godzilla film because the effects and story were good. Plus, I just love this genre which reminds me of my favorite film, Pacific Rim and Japanese Tokusatsu television series, Ultraman. Godzilla wreaks havoc on May 16.

3. The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone | Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

Photo from: http://www.mtv.com/
Photo from: http://www.mtv.com/

John Green’s novel has a special place in my heart. Someone gave me the book on January 2013 but due some illness, I was able to read it on June. It is about young cancer patients finding love. It is a story that can touch anyone’s heart. I just hope the film has the same effect on its viewers. The Fault in Our Stars will be released on June 6.

2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
Director: Francis Lawrence | Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore

Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesMovie
Photo from: https://www.facebook.com/TheHungerGamesMovie

I read all three books. Honestly, this is the first time I was not affected to why this scene was not shown in the movie or why did they do this. I am happy with how The Hunger Games trilogy is going. Same as you, I am also not surprised with splitting the book into two movies. We have seen that in Harry Potter and the Twilight Saga. Plus, Francis Lawrence is returning to direct Mockingjay. I am definitely looking forward for its release on November 21.

1. Maleficent
Director: Robert Stromberg | Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple

Maleficent, one of the most sinister Disney villains is played by Angelina Jolie. I must say, she is indeed the perfect actress to portray the self-proclaimed ‘Mistress of All Evil’. I want to see how Jolie turns into an evil fairy and into a massive, black-and-purple, fire-breathing dragon. The evil sorceress will be in theaters on May 30.

Did any of these films made your list?

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