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Our most anticipated films of 2014


Oscar, shmoscar.

We know the Motion Picture Academy is unveiling its nominees this week to honor 2013's best films, but that's so last year.

We're more inclined to look forward to some of this year's more intriguing titles. So, here is one of our New Year's resolutions: to watch every entry on this roster of 2014 films that we're overly anxious to see.

Topping our must-see list is Unbroken (sadly, not due out until December), a film adaptation of the almost-too-harrowing-to-believe true story of Louis Zamparini, a U.S. Olympian who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in World War II, only to be sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Serena is another literary adaptation, this time from Ron Rash's bestselling novel of the same name, and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as a Depression-era couple who build a timber empire in the mountains of North Carolina. It's slated for an April release.

Even the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's newest madcap menagerie, is an instant classic. We'll be first in line when it opens Friday, March 7.

Exodus (opening in December) isn't a remake of the 1960 film. Instead, this Ridley Scott-directed take is based on something a bit more mature: The Old Testament. It stars Christian Bale as Moses, and co-stars Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver.

There are, in fact, several biblical blockbusters set for this year, including Noah, starring Russell Crowe as history's first accurate weatherman. The rain starts falling Friday, March 28.

Inherent Vice once again teams the mad genius of Joaquin Phoenix and director Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master). Their latest film is based on Thomas Pynchon's classic detective yarn and co-stars Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Maya Rudolph.

Hearing we get to see Robert Downey Jr. not suited up as Ironman or Sherlock Holmes is welcome news. In The Judge (opening in October), Downey keeps his street clothes on as a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home, where his estranged father, the town's judge, (Robert Duvall) is suspected of murder.

Our apologies, but we can't wait to see Dumb and Dumber To (sic), opening in November. We won't be surprised to see Jim Carrey return as Lloyd Christmas, but the very thought of Jeff Daniels, who has gone all straight-laced in HBO's The Newsroom, returning to his flatulent portrayal of Harry Dunne is like asking an 8-year-old to wait for Christmas.

And finally, we're pretty pumped to see Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who discover a wormhole that blasts open the limitations of human space travel. It opens Friday, Nov. 7.

At least on paper, 2014 promises to be a pretty wonderful year for the big screen, so let's go to the movies.