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Movies to Get Excited for in 2013

2012 ended with some great films (Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook) and while we may be caught up in the awards season for the previous year, we are in 2013 now and need to remember all the films that will be released this year.  This past year will be hard to top, but I have a great feeling about this coming year.  So without any more fluff, let me get started with my countdown of my picks for the top movies to look forward to this year.

Here we go:

25. After Earth

You may roll your eyes at the idea of a new M. Night Shyamalan movie, but this one looks a little different from his past few projects.  He’s got Will Smith starring and co-wrote the script with Stephen Gaghan (Traffic).  Things could turn around him, and maybe he’ll revert to his old ways and turn out hits like The Village and The Sixth Sense. 

US Release Date: June 7th.

24. Frozen

Disney always seems to come second to Pixar with their films of late, but with the excellence of Wreck-It Ralph, things may be looking up for their animation studios.  They look to keep the magic going by bringing the legend of the Snow Queen to the big screen later this year.

US Release Date: November 27th.

23. Pacific Rim

An interesting project for Mr. Guillermo del Toro that may not turn out so well.  The cast is filled with lesser known (but wonderful) actors such as Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi, but a movie like this is less acting and more action.  As of right now, the special effects look iffy, but the film still looks like one of the most ambitious of the year.

US Release Date: July 12th.

22. Machete Kills

Machete is back for now!  Robert Rodriguez loves his violence and beauty women, hence the film is starring Jessica Alba, Amber Heard (above), Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Alex Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, and even Lady Gaga.  Of course, Danny Trejo will be up to his usual antics and that is reason enough for me to buy a ticket.

US Release Date: TBD.

21. Carrie

Yes, we have all had enough of horror movie remakes, but this one looks too good to pass up.  Chloe Grace Moretz takes on the role of Carrie White, but the performance I’m looking for to most is Julianne Moore as the mentally unstable, obsessively religious Margaret White.  The fights in this one will sure be juicy!

US Release Date: March 15th.

20. This Is the End

Here’s to the first comedy on the list!  An overstuffed cast with Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Emma Watson, and plenty more!  All of them must deal with the threat of the apocalypse while partying it up, so let’s be ready for some ridiculousness.

While not quite a trailer, it gets the job done:

US Release Date: June 14th.

19. Gravity

This was high up on my list last year, but after going through the disappointment of the release getting delayed I bumped it down a couple of pegs.  Alfonso Curaón hasn’t had a feature film since Children of Men (one of the greatest films of the past decade) so as you can the anticipation for this one is high.  Then with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock starring, it’s hard to have to wait on this one!

US Release Date: October 18th (hopefully).

18. Ender’s Game


Centered around a training center that takes kids at a young age and trains them to kill.  A Hunger Games knockoff?  Not quite.  Ender’s Game is based off the 1985 novel of the same name so technically Hungers Games is the knockoff, but, either way, this film look very promising.  It will star Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, and Hailee Steinfeld in her first role since her Oscar-nominated performance in True Grit (2010).

US Release Date: November 1st.

17. Saving Mr. Banks

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and a biopic about Walt Disney.  Sure sounds like Oscar-bait, but it is Oscar-bait at its finest.  John Lee Hancock directs this picture and will attempt to repeat his unprecedented success from his previous feature, The Blind Side. 

US Release Date: December 20th.

16. Monsters University

Pixar saved itself with Brave this past year, but a prequel does not bode well for their studio.  An original idea would be best, however, taking a step back in time and showing our favorite monsters during their college years looks genius.  I hope for Pixar’s sake that this one takes us back to golden days of Pixar!

US Release Date: June 21st.

15. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Releasing a sequel eight years after the original.  What could go wrong?  A lot, but that doesn’t make this film any less exciting!  Sin City was extremely divisive at the time of its release, with its graphic violence and endless characters/subplots, but while A Dame to Kill For should be just as bloody, the cast list is significantly smaller and should bode better for mass audiences.  Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Jamie King reprise their roles, as Jamie Chung replaces Devon Aoki as Miho.

US Release Date: October 4th.

14. The Place Beyond the Pines

The second Ryan Gosling film to be pushed back to 2013 (the first being Gangster Squad).  This film is Derek Cianfrance’s followup project to 2010’s Blue Valentine.  Cianfrance stunned audiences the first time around, and by the looks of it he will do the same again.  Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, and Rose Byrne costar.

US Release Date: March 20th.

13. Stoker


Chan-wook Park’s English language film debut is most definitely something to cause a stir.  After his film Oldboy, all eyes have been on him.  Now that he has a film starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode, it seems he’s been welcomed graciously to the English language film world.

US Release Date: February 28th.

12. Can a Song Save Your Life?

keirae8976546768John Carney had us balling during the lovely, music romance film, Once, and now he’s back at it again, but this time in New York.  Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Hailee Steinfeld star in this film centered around an up-and-coming singer who forms a relationship with an off-collar music executive.  Can Knightley sing?  I guess we’ll find out!

US Release Date: TBD.

11. The Bling Ring 


Sofia Coppola is here once again to make female directors’ presence known!  This marks her fifth feature film, yet already she has established herself as one of the most innovative directors in the business.  With this film, Coppola delves into the story based upon a group of teens that began to rob a number of high profile celebrities, including Paris Hilton.  Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, and Taissa Farmiga are set to star, with rumors of cameos from the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Ms. Hilton floating about.

US Release Date: TBD.

10. Elysium

This year has a lot of returns for up-and-coming artists, and the trend continues as Neill Blomkamp directs this followup project to 2009’s modern day classic, District 9.   This time he has a more star studded cast with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, but there is sure to be the same amount of sci-fi greatness again.

US Release Date: August 9th.

9. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy is back!  The rest of the cast returns, and Kristen Wiig as well as Luke Wilson are rumored to have roles!  I think it’s self-explanatory why this one cracked the top ten!

US Release Date: December 20th.

8. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and Hers


While this is a pair of films, His and Hers, I am counting this submission as one film since they are being released almost simultaneously.  James McAvoy, who has been flying under the radar for a while now, stars alongside Jessica Chastain, who seems to star in every movie of late, as a couple in New York.  Little is known about the plot, but the different films will tell his and her perspectives.  For ambition alone, I had to sneak this film into my top ten. 

US Release Date: TBD.

7. Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The sequel to one of the best films from 2012 is definitely one that should be on everyone’s radar.  This time Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) steps behind the camera as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone join the glamorous cast.  Having a different director behind this one could shake things up a bit but I am confident that this film will not only match, but surpass the greatness of the first film.

US Release Date: November 22nd.

6. Oldboy

I may get some crap for putting this so high on my list, but I cannot help but be excited about this project.  A remake of Chan-wook Park’s modern day classic, Spike Lee takes over and cast Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Christian Bale as the leads.  It will be nearly impossible to top the original, yet I am simply happy that this story will be introduced to many moviegoers who have yet to see the Korean film.  For too many Americans, Gangnam Style is the most they know of Korean culture so hopefully this can change that.

US Release Date: October 11th.

5. Inside Llewyn Davis

The Cohen Brothers take on something unlike anything they’ve dealt with before: the folk music scene of the 1960s.  These two always have high ambitions, and I am glad to say that it almost always works for them.  What they will explore in this music scene remains unclear, however with Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman at the helm of it, you know it will be worthwhile.

US Release Date: February 8th.

4. Labor Day

They are not for everyone, but Jason Reitman’s films have always connected with me and I highly anticipate each of his film’s releases.  This one is no different!  The story follows a mother (Kate Winslet) who offers a ride to a mysterious hitchiker as the local police are searching for a convict on the loose.  Reitman is known for his dramedy style, but this film seems to lack any sort of comedy therefore it will be interesting to see where he goes with it.  Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, and Jacki Weaver costar.

US Release Date: TBD.

3. The Wolf of Wall Street


Martin Scorsese is teaming up with righthand man, Leonardo DiCaprio, once again.  The two have put out some great hits together, The Departed and Shutter Island, and now they are back to do it again.  Scorsese takes us back to New York, where DiCaprio plays a stockbroker surrounded by major corruption.  DiCaprio seems to be playing a good guy, yet Scorsese always seems to take a trick up his sleeve and this film should be no different.

US Release Date: TBD.

2. Don Jon’s Addiction

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, and Julianne Moore!  Three of my favorite people collaborating on a film has my complete attention.  The film follows a Don Juan-type character as he attempts to change his self-centered ways.  This marks Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, and the first time starring opposite these lovely ladies.

US Release Date: TBD.

1. The Great Gatsby

Set for a 2012 December release, and then pushed back to 2013.  I was upset to hear this news, but now we are in 2013 and the days are numbered until this wondrous literary masterpiece finally gets the adaptation it deserves.  Baz Luhrmann is directing, and his eclectic style it should bring this nearly century old novel back to life in the 21st century.  The distinct style could fall flat, but I give an ‘A’ for effort and ambition.  Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire star.

US Release Date: May 10th.

There you have it!  2013, I’m loving you already.   Happy moviegoing!


4 comments on “Movies to Get Excited for in 2013

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  2. kevinsmovies
    January 6, 2013

    Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  3. nediunedited
    February 8, 2013

    I think you mentioned all the good ones!! Great list!

    I will keep my fingers crossed that it is as good as 2012–I am sure some will disappoint (like this past year), but then again…we can hope right?

    I am giddy over Pacific Rim and Elysium–can’t wait!

    • kevinsmovies
      February 8, 2013

      Could not agree more! This sure looks like an exciting year 🙂

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