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The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

40. The Fault in Our Stars

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When You Can See It: June 6th

The Hook: Featuring a standout from 2013 in Shailene Woodley, this drama focuses on two teens who meet and fall in love in a cancer support group. It’s based on the novel by John Green and was adapted by the screenwriters behind (500) Days of Summer. Naturally, we’re expecting equal doses of sarcasm and warmth.

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39. Blood Ties

Blood Ties

When You Can See It: March 21st

The Hook: Check out that barn-burner of a trailer. Guillame Canet is following up Tell No One and Little White Lies with this 1970s-set story about two brothers on either side of the law, and he’s got a hell of a cast to do it with: Clive Owen, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, James Caan, Billy Crudup and many more.

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38. Maleficent

Anglina Jolie Maleficent

When You Can See It: May 30th

The Hook: The “Wicked”-ing of the Sleeping Beauty witch, Angelina Jolie plays the title sorceress as we get to know what drove her to such despicable evil. All of that sounds fantastic, and with Linda Woolverton, Paul Dini and John Lee Hancock, it’s clear Disney pulled out the big writing guns for it.

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37. Open Grave

Open Grave

When You Can See It: January 3rd

The Hook: Imagine waking up in a giant hole with a bunch of dead bodies. Now stop thinking about it. It’s weird. Fortunately, it’s what Sharlto Copley’s character is dealing with as he attempts to unravel the mystery of who killed all those people. Is it one of his rescuers, or is it him?

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36. The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

When You Can See It: February 21st

The Hook: Presumably the only reason Hiyao Miyazaki’s final film isn’t higher up on the list is that it’s been in the public eye for so long. We’ve certainly dissected it completely following its Summer 2013 Japanese release and a brief stint in NYC. It finally comes to the US in February, so that a wider audience can see what everyone else has marveled at.

Read our review

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35. Under the Skin

Under the Skin

When You Can See It: April 4th

The Hook: Another fest favorite, you had the date circled on your calendar the moment you heard it featured Scarlett Johansson as an alien seducing Scotsmen. Admit it.

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34. Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil

When You Can See It: July 2nd

The Hook: Originally called Beware the Night, this story of occult murders and the New York City cop investigating them is the next thriller from Sinister director Scott Derrickson.

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33. Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway

When You Can See It: April 4th

The Hook: A while back, a poster emerged featured Jude Law slumped into a bright red chair below a giant print of a Macaque. If that encapsulates the tone of this crime comedy about a safe cracker busting heads around town to collect what he’s owed, then we’ve already bought our tickets.

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32. Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

When You Can See It: March 21st

The Hook: Okay, so the trailers have been fairly lame so far, but in Kermit we trust. It was a thrill to see the band get back together with Jason Segel’s help, and being able to see them on a new adventure makes life a filet of fish.

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31. Jodorowsky’s Dune

Jodorowsky's Dune

When You Can See It: March 7th

The Hook: The “Dune” adaptation went through development hell for years before David Lynch eventually made it. A decade earlier, Alejandro Jodorowsky was set to bring the sandy universe to life, and this doc digs deep into what he had planned. In an alternative reality, the man behind El Topo made Dune. Try not to lose your head over that.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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