The anticipation is building for the New Year's movies, and we've already got our calendars marked for the most exciting ones. We've narrowed down the large list of films opening in the next 12 months to a handful of the most compelling sequels, adaptations, and more. Take a look at our picks, and let us know what you're looking forward to!
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's latest film features his usual colorful cast of characters, plus one palatial, pink hotel. Ralph Fiennes  stars as M. Gustave, a famed hotel concierge who is suddenly under suspicion when a longtime guest (Tilda Swinton) turns up dead. Jude Law , Edward Norton , Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray , and Jason Schwartzman , among others, are all adding to the fun on March 7.
Come March 14, we — along with an entire army of Marshmallows — will finally get to catch up with Veronica Mars. The sleuth is making the move from TV to the big screen to solve yet another mystery and to reunite with her old pals from Neptune. Don't forget to bring your own binoculars, and prepare for a theater stakeout.
We're suckers for YA adaptations, but this one is particularly exciting. Shailene Woodley is Tris, a girl attempting to fit in with a dangerous new crew in the futuristic thriller. She catches the eye of one of her trainers (Theo James), and just as sparks fly, their world begins to change. The movie opens March 21, but see if you can finish the addictive book trilogy before you hit up the theater!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
On April 4, Captain America (Chris Evans) is back in action after the events of The Avengers. He's struggling to fit in the modern world, but luckily he's got the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson ) and Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) by his side. We can't wait to see this new combination in a Captain America movie, and we're already in a tizzy about the steamy Sebastian Stan playing the Winter Soldier.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spidey returns! Andrew Garfield will again star as the web-happy superhero, as will Emma Stone  as Gwen Stacey, his love interest. This time, he's battling Electro (Jamie Foxx ), and though we're intrigued by the villain's glowing blue skin, we're even more excited to see Dane DeHaan playing Harry Osborn. The movie opens on May 2!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class is so good that of course we're dying with anticipation over the sequel, opening May 23. Peter Dinklage is joining Jennifer Lawrence , Hugh Jackman , Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page , and Ian McKellan for the latest time-bending chapter. Even Halle Berry  is coming back for the occasion! This is about to be epic.
Is there a more intoxicating actress out there to perfectly capture Maleficent than Angelina Jolie ? The actress will take on the role of Sleeping Beauty's arch-nemesis come May 30, and we've been on pins and needles since the trailer was released . Don't cross this witch; she
could be is definitely dangerous.
The Fault in Our Stars
It's hard to imagine the big-screen version of John Green's bestselling YA romance will be anything but beautiful. Shailene Woodley takes on the lead role of a teen recovering from terminal cancer opposite the similarly sick Ansel Elgort. Who's looking forward to crying their way through this with us on June 6?
22 Jump Street
Don't even try to pretend 21 Jump Street didn't make you laugh. The trailer alone for 22 Jump Street  had us giggling and making sure we were free for the movie's June 13 release. This time around, Schmidt and Jenko are going to college, and we can't wait to enroll with them.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Chris Pratt joins the Marvel hero-verse as the leader of a rag-tag group of aliens who must save the universe. Even if you haven't seen the perpetually endearing Pratt in his other big-screen roles, the idea of watching Andy from Parks and Recreation as a badass jet pilot has to pique your curiosity. We can't wait until Aug. 1!
We've just gotten the very first look at Ben Affleck  in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's runaway mystery hit, and we're champing at the bit for more. David Fincher is at the helm of the film, which means the electrifying story is in good hands. The movie is scheduled for an Oct. 3 release, so stay tuned for the trailer!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
The conclusion is finally upon us! Er, part one of the conclusion, anyway. The idea of The Hunger Games coming to an end is a little depressing, but because the final book has been divided into two films, we get to hang with Katniss and co. until 2015. Mockingjay — Part 1 hits theaters on Nov. 21, so you know where to find us.
Into the Woods
With an all-star cast of Meryl Streep , Johnny Depp , Emily Blunt , Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick , how could you not be excited about Into the Woods? The musical doesn't open until Christmas 2014, but we're already anticipating it'll be one of the year's best presents.