Similar to 2013, the movie industry seems to prefer the probably-more-profitable sequels over new and original work, because there is a lot of them this year. I'll try to keep it to just my most-anticipated 6 though.
It's a bit late, I know, but fortunately most of these still haven't come out yet... or I haven't seen them yet. I'll start with the one movie that has come out that I have seen. Here we go:
Ride Along 2
This one was a major disappointment. The Cube + Hart combination was so perfect in the first, but here they just seem stuck. Their relationship since the last movie seems to have devolved more than anything else, and Kevin Hart never shuts up.
I mean sure, it wouldn't be funny without the dialog, but there is such a thing as too much. The endless bickering and Hart's eternal goal to prove himself gets in the way of the entertainment, and they went through all of that in the first movie too.
Though these movies might not become more than a duology, I do hope they get their shit together and make a third. A good third. It can still be great. Review here.
John Wick 2
I watched the first John Wick only recently, but it instantly became one of my favorite action movies in a long time past, with its creative action choreography and wicked style. I'm not expecting this one to be as great as the former, but I am looking forward to it! You can read a review on the first one here.
Now You See Me 2
An aggravatingly small number of people (at least among critics) liked the first movie, but I loved it! Can't wait to see what magic they'll have in store for us this time, though this is one of those movies I wasn't expecting a sequel for. It didn't really need one, so I hope they don't ruin what they had with the first. You can read a review on that one here.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
16 years after the original a sequel is finally due! I did feel the hype around the first was too high, considering that kind of love-story + action combination with a speck of tragedy and sacrifice and focus on the beauty and sadness is a common thing in Asian cinema, and there are plenty of similar movies who would've done just as well in the spotlight, but didn't star as famous actors, or somehow evaded their potential Western audience.
The first wasn't bad though, and considering how acclaimed it's become since then, the pressure must be high to make something fantastic out of this one. I'm looking forward to seeing what they might achieve!
Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen are in it too, so that's something to look forward to.
Ice Age: Collision Course
The first Ice Age was awesome, the second was good, the third was not bad, the fourth was OK. The fifth? I hope it exceeds all expectations! And since that is my expectation, that might be hard to accomplish. I am looking forward to it regardless.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda is just such a charismatic character. Who doesn't like him? And Jackie Chan's a voice actor, so what could you possibly not like with this series? The combination of modern animation and Asian myth is a perfect combo too.
I'm not expecting as much from this sequel as from the first, or second (which I barely remember... did I even see it?) but no doubt it'll be entertaining.