The Imitation Game is one of the most talked about films of 2014. There has been Oscar buzz regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Alan Turing, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. The story of the famed mathematician and his team at Bletchley Park during World War II is one of adventure, emotional trauma, and what it’s like to be an outsider. While the movie can technically be classified as a biopic, it is so much more than that—it portrays an important message about how we choose to treat our fellow human beings.

**If you don’t know the historical facts about Alan Turing, I suggest you skip this review as it contains minor spoilers.**

I always keep a weather eye open for films being released near holidays (namely Thanksgiving and Christmas), and this year will not be a disappointment. Here are seven movies coming out before 2015 that look terribly promising (and I wish I had the money to go see them all).

*Please note that the release dates listed are for the US. If you live elsewhere, please click on the title to see IMDB’s listing of other dates.

Big Hero 6 | November 7, 2014

Ever since I saw the teaser trailer for Big Hero 6, I’ve known it was something I had to see. Not only does it look entertaining, but it’s the first animated film from Disney that is based on their recently acquired ownership of Marvel Comics. If you haven’t heard of the Big Hero 6 team before, don’t worry—it’s one of the more obscure comics, out-shined by the heroics of the big guys (Thor, Iron Man, that whole gang).

This came out just a few days ago in the US, so you can still be among the first to see the Disney/Marvel fusion. If you need motivation, just watch the teaser. Seriously, it’s the cutest thing.

I don’t talk about music often. I listen to it constantly, and my tastes are eclectic, but there is something very personal about the melodies that speak to me. Music is vital to my creative process, and as a writer, I find it invaluable. Film and television scores are a particular weakness of mine, and sometimes I have to watch a movie more than once simply because the first time all I did was lose myself in the composer’s creation. That being said, I’ve been writing a lot of fanfiction recently, and have opened up to my fellow writers about the kind of music that helps me immerse myself in the story.

Here are my top twenty-five scores to write to, in a very vague sort of order. Please note that I have combined certain series to save room on the list (it’s not cheating if the movies in a trilogy have the same composer!). Enjoy!

25.) Gone with the Wind by Max Steiner

24.) Meet Joe Black by Thomas Newman

Happy 4th of July to our American readers and sorry about the mess, to our Brits! Today, the States celebrates our Independence from England by drinking lots of beer, barbecuing and lighting things on fire. Here are some of my favorite films that make me proud to be an American.


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1) Captain America: The First Avenger

I basically started this list so I could share this clip. Fourth of July is Steve Rogers’ birthday and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING says America more than a good looking man in red, white and blue tights with his best friend by his side.

I’m not obsessed, you’re obsessed. 

2) Full Metal Jacket

One of Stanley Kubrick’s finest, this film is a poignant and raw look at the Vietnam War with a stellar cast and some very memorable moments. If you’ve never seen this movie, watch it so you can finally get some of those FMJ references.

3) Forrest Gump

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great soundtrack and 90s CGI. Forrest meets so many amazing people and experiences so much of Americana, this movie has to be on the list.