Film & TV

35 Movies You’ll Probably Want to See in 2013

Film & TV

35 Movies You’ll Probably Want to See in 2013


Warning: we are by no means promising that the films below will be any good. We’re just assuming that based on their casts, directors, plots, and in some cases, trailers, that they’ll at least be interesting. We’ve done our best to list them in order of release date, but because most are still seeking distribution, our vague classification by season or festival will have to do. So after you’ve spent all your lunch money on Iron man 3, Catching Fire, and Pacific Rim, below you’ll find 35 movies that you should probably, maybe, most likely will see in 2013.

Breathe In
Professional Sundance darlings Drake Doremus and his muse, Felicity Jones, graduate from the exploration of first love in Like Crazy, to forbidden love in this drama about a married music teacher (Guy Pearce) drawn to a foreign exchange student (Jones).
release date: Premieres at Sundance

Don Jon’s Addiction
It’s about time Hollywood’s newest renaissance man steps behind the camera. And what better way for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to start a directorial career, than by casting himself as a sex addict opposite Scarlett Johansson.
release date: Premieres at Sundance

The East
Brit Marling describes her latest collaboration with Zal Batmanglij as a film that explores themes of  “espionage and infiltration.” Sound familiar? That’s because their first feature together, Sound of My Voice, dealt with a pair of outsiders investigating a cult. This time around, the cult in question is an anarchist environmental group, with Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, and Julia Ormand tagging along for what should be an unnerving ride.
release date: Premieres at Sundance

Side Effects
Though its February release date worries us, this thriller about the unexpected side effects (get it?) of an anti-anxiety drug has on a loaded New York City couple is Rooney Mara’s first role since last year’s inky breakout (Channing Tatum plays her husband), and Steven Soderbergh’s last theatrical release before his planned retirement. If anything, we’ll go to say goodbye.
release date: February 11th

Spring Breakers
We caught Harmony Korine’s neon parable about girls-gone-bad at TIFF, and if two hours of a bikini-clad, shot gun-toting Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson is what you want, then trust us, that’s what you’ll get. Likely to be one of the most talked about films of the year.
release date: March 22nd

How does Danny Boyle follow-up the sheer spectacle of last summer’s opening ceremonies? By getting back to basics with this bare-knuckle thriller about an art auctioneer (James McAvoy) who teams with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to recover a stolen painting from a band of thugs. The Queen unfortunately, does not make a cameo.
release date: March 27th, in the UK

The Place Beyond the Pines
No one does the emo stuntman-turned-bank robber quite like The Gos, whose face-tatted biker must outfox Bradley Cooper’s rookie lawman in writer/director Derek Cianfrance’s long-awaited Blue Valentine follow-up. Real life Gosling GF Eva Mendes also stars.
release date: March 29th

The Bling Ring
Nobody does disaffected youth quite like Sofia Coppola, which makes this crime caper about the real-life posse who burglarized the homes of the rich and famous the perfect rebound after the mostly impenetrable Somewhere.
release date: A Cannes premiere is possible

Inside Llewyn Davis
Hollywood It Boys Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and Adam Driver are set for a major cred-injection when they topline the Coen Bros. latest, about a wandering troubadour (Isaac) navigating his way through the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s. Here’s hoping JT brings along Timbaland to help with the film’s soundtrack.
release date: A Cannes premiere is possible

Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling reteams with Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn in another ultra-violent fairy tale about a vigilante out for justice, this time set in the shadowy underworld of Thai kickboxing. And if this poster is to be believed, Gosling is the one getting his ass kicked for a change.
release date: A Cannes premiere is likely

The Nymphomaniac
Shia LaBeouf has said that when he signed on to appear in Lars Von Trier’s self-described porn film, the contract specifically stated that instead of simulating sex, the actors will perform the real thing. Charlotte Gainsbourg, we feel for ya.
release date: A possible Cannes premiere

Blue Jasmine
A Woody Allen movie is becoming less of an event thanks to their increasing frequency and their overall inconsistency. But his next effort, which stars Cate Blanchett as a down-on-her-luck woman forced to move in with her sister, also marks the arrival of the inevitable collaboration of everyone’s dreams: Woody Allen, meet Louis CK. Louis CK, this is Woody Allen.
release date: A Cannes premiere is possible

The Internship
2013 is the year of the comedy reunion, with sequels to The Hangover and Anchorman both slated for release. But none have us more pumped than The Internship, which reunites our favorite wedding crashers Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan as out-of-work mooks who intern at a tech company. Motorboating we’re assured, ensues.
release date: June 7th

This Is the End
It’s the apocalypse, and Seth Rogen, James Franco, and the their druggy crew of millionaires are having a house party, and we’re all on the guest list.
release date: June 14th

World War Z
The bad news: Postponements, reshoots, and reports of onset drama have plagued the production of this Brad Pitt-starring zombie-pocalypse thriller from the get-go. The good news: Can you remember the last time Mr. Pitt made a shitty movie? Neither can we.
release date: June 21st

If wunderkind director Neil Blomkamp was able to make the seminal District 9 with just $30 million, imagine what he’ll do with the $120 million he was given to make his second feature, about class warfare set in a distant, dystopian future. Matt Damon stars in what should be a palette-cleanser for sci-fi fans who still can’t shake last summer’s Prometheus-y aftertaste.
release date: August 9th

August: Osage County
We’re not exactly  sure why small screen vet John Wells was handed the keys to this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a family forced to confront its checkered past. But whatever Wells lacks in experience, a dream cast made up of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts,  Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sam Shepard, and Juliette Lewis should more than make up for it.
release date: Fall, most likely

12 Years a Slave
Don’t expect hyper-realist Steve McQueen’s upcoming slavery saga to be anything like Quentin Tarantino’s most recent bold vision, as the director of Hunger and Shame is known more for his bleak, penetrating depictions of the world. Here to help tell the true story of a slave who is tricked back into slavery are Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, who we assume keeps in his pants on this time around. Sorry ladies.
release date: September 26th

Captain Phillips
We can’t think of a more ideal candidate to direct the true story of the 2009 hijacking of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, than Mr. Verite himself, Paul Greengrass. But unlike his starless Flight 93,  here Greengrass enlists the brightest of them all, Mr. Tom Hanks, in the title role, to ensure we’ll be hearing about this one come awards season.
release date: October 11th

Watered down American remakes of South Korean bloodbaths are rarely a good thing, but with his adaptation of Park chan-Wook’s revenge tale about an ad exec out for blood after a 20-year confinement, Spike Lee and a cast that includes Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copely and Samuel L. Jackson are hoping to change all that.
release date: October 11th

Devil’s Knot
How much more celluloid can possibly be unspooled over the murder trial of the West Memphis Three? Canada’s Atom Egoyan and a superb cast that includes Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, and Dane DeHaan intend on finding out.  
release date: Fall, most likely

Who better to guide Steve Carell through his first purely dramatic turn than Bennett Miller, whose steady hand earned Jonah Hill an Oscar nod for Moneyball, and who should hit it out of the park again with this biopic about a wealthy schizo (Carrell) charged with murdering an Olympic wrestler (Channing Tatum). Mental illness, obsession, murder, and tragedy:  Despicable Me fans, you’ve been warned.
release date: Fall, most likely

After more delays than a launch at Cape Canaveral, we’re finally getting the follow-up to Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 masterpiece Children of Men. This slow-burning space odyssey stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as lost-in-space lovers, and should be far more memorable than Clooney’s previous foray into the final frontier, Solaris.  
release date: Fall, most likely

Who better to tell the story of a lonely writer and the operating system he falls for—yes, you read that right—than Spike Jonze, who wrote and directed this unconventional romance, featuring a mouth-watering cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix as the writer, and Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde in still undisclosed roles.
release date: Fall, most likely

Labour Day
Jason Reitman’s last effort Young Adult was sort of meh, so here’s hoping his latest, which he also wrote, about a mother (Kate Winslet) and her son who are held captive by an escaped convict (Josh Brolin), resurrects all that post-Up in The Air promise.
release date (Fall, most likely)

Joaquin Phoenix as an evil, Manhattan pimp. Marion Cotillard as the polish immigrant he seduces. Jeremy Renner as the mysterious magician hell-bent on saving her. A Taxi Driver remake as seen through the eyes of Terry Gilliam? No. James Gray’s first movie in five years? You bet. Either way, we’re sold.
release date: Fall, most likely

Alexander Payne can work with any actor in Hollywood. That he chose two non-stars—seventies screen icon Bruce Dern, and MacGruber himself Will Forte—to star as an estranged father and son who travel cross-country to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House prize, means the auteur had a very specific vision for this long-gestating passion project. That’s a good thing.
release date: Fall, most likely

Out of The Furnace
Christian Bale is once again out for revenge, but this time he ain’t hiding behind no mask. After the death of his brother (Casey Affleck), Bale’s violent ex-con sets off to hunt down his brother’s killers. Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper’s pedigree means expect more than your run-of-the-mill vigilante flick.
release date: Fall, most likely

Full disclosure: the writer of this piece is a (sometimes) proud Canadian. So Francophone helmer Denis Villeneuve’s considerable skills are of no surprise here. But the Incendies director is about to break out in a big way with his first English-language feature about a father who kidnaps the man he believes is behind his daughter’s disappearance. The stellar cast features Hugh Jackman in the lead (a role once circled by Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio), and Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard and Viola Davis in supporting roles. Not bad, eh?
release date: Fall, most likely

The Counselor
Of all the movies on this list, Ridley Scott’s latest might be the most anticipated of the bunch. And no, it’s not because Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz all star in this thriller about a lawyer who gets entangled in a drug trafficking ring, though that certainly helps. It’s because CORMAC F*%#ING McCarthy wrote the script!! Ok, just breathe…
release date: Fall, most likely

The Way, Way Back
When they’re not working their day jobs–Jim Rash plays the dean on Community, and Nat Faxon the titular idiot brother on Ben and Kate–the longtime collaborators are winning Oscars (for writing The Descendants), and directing features. This is their first, a coming-of-age comedy about a boy’s summer spent at a waterpark, starring Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Toni Colette. We’re guessing the word “charm” may apply here.
release date: Fall, most likely

The Wolf of Wall Street
A Scorsese picture is a major event no matter how you slice it. A Scorsese picture about nineties bank fraud, from a script by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Jean Dujardin, is downright seismic.
release date: Fall, most likely

Untitled Terrence Malick Project
The web is saturated with set photos from Terrence Malick’s mysterious film about two intersecting love triangles set in the Austin indie music scene. Why? Because the cast featuring Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett, Berenice Marlohe, and Benicio Del Toro may be the most photogenic group of stars ever assembled on film.
release date: Fall, most likely

Monuments Men
Boy, George Clooney sure does love his Oscars. That, or he’s just into making kick ass movies. How else can we explain his latest directorial effort, which features Clooney himself, along with a pinch-me cast that includes Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Jean Dujardin, in a story about a crew of debonair art nerds who join forces to recover renowned works of art lifted by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. This also means we get to look forward to a full awards season of Clooney charm, which is never a bad thing.
release date: December 20th

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Lately we’ve been apprehensive about any Ben Stiller-starring vehicle (thanks a lot, Tower Heist), but he just so happens to be directing this kaleidoscopic tale of a pedestrian man who gets lost in his own fantasies. The last time Stiller directed, he gave us Tropic Thunder, and before that Zoolander, and before that, the mother of all underrated comedies, Cable Guy. The added presence of Kristen Wiig makes this one basically unmissable.
release date: December 25th