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21 of 2013′s Most Anticipated Films

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There are lots of amazing new movies heading our way in 2013. Here are just a few of the most anticipated. All release dates are for the UK.

The Sessions      

 

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Due out on 18th January.

John Hawkes horribly snubbed in the 2013 Oscars for his fantastic performance, though some great recognition for Helen Hunt. A warm, funny and uplifting story; read the review from the London Film Festival here

Django Unchained

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Due out on 18th January.

It’s only been 4 years since Inglourious Basterds but the wait for the new Tarantino film has been quite excruciating, more so since he’s tackling the Western genre (snippets of that style seen throughout his filmography). The wait is finally over and already with the US reception being typically praise-worthy, Django Unchained should be terrific.

Lincoln

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Due out on 25th January

Steven Spielberg dabbles in various forms of entertainment but his main strengths lie in dramas. He’s picked up three Oscars for some heavy WW2 pictures and stands to win another golden statue for his biopic of the 16th President of the United States. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Jackie Earle Haley, John Hawkes and numerous other (Academy) award winners/nominees all showing off their acting chops, this has to be one of the most star-studded chronicles of a Commander in Chief.

Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Due out on 25th January.

Katheryn Bigelow’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker has already garnered a heap of acclaim. Focusing on the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty will be a tense drama, undoubtedly set to arouse discussion.

Wreck-It Ralph

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Due out on 15th February.

Disney’s latest looks to be one of the most fun kid’s films in animation history. Advertised for children, there will be a hoard of early 20s to mid-40s fanboys going along to see all their favourite video game heroes grouped together in this fantastical adventure about a game character looking for a world outside his 8-bit arcade platform.

Lore

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Due out on 22nd February.

A quiet success at the LFF, Lore is another German gem of cinema. Focusing on their country’s most tragic past – the Nazi regime – Lore is a bittersweet look at five children left alone after their Nazi parents flee. An incredibly beautiful film with amazing performances all-round.

To The Wonder

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Due out on 22nd February.

Terrence Malick has never been every cinema-goer’s cup of tea but for those interested in his philosophical, pictorial analyses of life, To The Wonder is his hotly-anticipated next film. Mixed reviews from the festivals it has screened at, the trailer still boasts some gorgeous cinematography and an acting ensemble that should make it a very powerful watch.

The Place Beyond The Pines

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Due out on 12th April.

Supposedly the end doesn’t tie up as neatly as one would expect but it still doesn’t detract from the general hype of Ryan Gosling and his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance re-teaming. Joining Gosling is Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta. Sounding slightly similar to Drive, it will focus on a stunt driver (Gosling) committing a crime in order to provide for his family. Plot, cast and director are reason enough to see this upon release.

Iron Man 3

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Due out 26th April.

The wit and style of Shane Black writing the script and calling the shots could make Iron Man 3 the best out of the Marvel lot. With a trailer showing a darker tone than we’re used to in this franchise, it could provide us with a little more psychology to the Stark character (drawing on his alcoholism, perhaps). Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall as further supporting characters, there is so far nothing negative to say about this third instalment.

Pain & Gain

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Due out on 3rd May.

Remember Michael Bay before Transformers? It’s difficult, I’ll admit that (especially for the teenagers who have only be versed in his robot action flicks). However, Bay wasn’t always polluting the cinema screens with occasional racist stereotypes and nauseating shaky-cam work (well, not on every film); at times he made incredibly entertaining films such as The Rock. Speaking of The Rock/Dwayne Johnson, that’s one his new leads in Pain & Gain, a body-building kidnap film with Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie. The trailer makes it look like delirious fun, not taking itself too seriously and out to purely entertain audiences.

 Star Trek Into Darkness

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Due out on 17th May.

Looking like he’s toned down the lens flare, Star Trek Into Darkness boasts less style and more story (not that the 2009 film lacked a decent narrative but by god that lens-flare got distracting). Still steeped in a lot of mystery, all we know is that the villain (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) has a weapon of mass destruction and it’s up to the crew of the Enterprise to stop him.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Due out 17th May.

Up against Star Trek is a risky mood, but for all the boyfriends wanting to see a space adventure, the girlfriends will be keen on seeing Leonardo DiCaprio in the screen next door. DiCaprio plays the eponymous Gatsby, a man of wealth, beauty and power with his real-life best friend Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a man who becomes fascinated by Gatsby. With Baz “Moulin Rouge!/Romeo + Juliet” Luhrmann directing, this will be a glitzy, flashy film (hopefully, in the best sense).

Man of Steel

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Due out on 14th June.

With Christopher Nolan finished on one of the greatest trilogies of all time, he’s dabbling in another DC hero – Superman. Only with Producer and Writing credits, it is up to Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to direct this film up to par with the current superhero films. British actor Henry Cavill with be our Man of Steel whilst his fathers with be Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner, respectively. Michael Shannon is the one to look out for – a tremendous character actor who hasn’t had huge commercial success as yet (it won’t be long until he gets the worldwide recognition he deserves) – playing the evil General Zod.

Monsters University

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Due out on 13th July.

A Pixar favourite with a select few, Monsters, Inc did not need a sequel but a prequel was never out of the question. This story will focus on Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) meeting each other for the first time in Monsters University – the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The Lone Ranger

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Due out on 9th August.

Before you see this film you have to watch the Oscar-winning Rango, a strikingly stunning CGI film of 2011. After one mediocre sequel – and a third awful instalment – of Pirates of the Caribbean, Gore Verbinski’s name may not hold the same connotations that they did with Curse of the Black Pearl. Rango completely restores your faith in the man and from the two trailers of The Lone Ranger it looks as though he is still on top-form. With Armie Hammer ready to yell “Hi-yo Silver!” and Johnny Depp as the sidekick Tonto, this will be a perfect Autumn treat.

The World’s End

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Due out on 14th August.

Sadly this will be the final part of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s “Blood and Ice-Cream” trilogy. All about a pub crawl, this will be a British belter of a comedy and hopefully a fitting end to a beloved set of movies.

Twelve Years a Slave

Due out in September.

Steve McQueen (not that one!) has made two near-perfect films since becoming a big-time director. Continuing his work with Michael Fassbender, Twelve Years a Slave will explore the slave-trade of mid-1800s New York. Due to his achievements actors are lining up to work with McQueen and for this film he’s got Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Chiwetel Ejiofor..Not bad, eh?

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

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Due out on 25th October.

The first film was a pure delight and a sequel was always expected/required. Not with the same directors but the return of the voice cast, let’s hope they can bottle lightning twice for this high-spirited, silly sequel.

The Counselor

Due out in the US on 15th November.

Ridley Scott as director may not mean much these days but having Cormac McCarthy as the screenwriter sure does. The Pulitzer Prize winning author of the Borders Trilogy, The Road and No Country for Old Men has a fascinatingly unique voice and is one of the contemporary literature heavyweights. Having Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz in the film surely means awards glory and some powerhouse performances. It’s bound to be bloody and brooding, and hopefully earning McCarthy an Oscar win.

Anchorman 2

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Due out on 20th December.

This needs no description; it’s the Channel 4 news team back again, what more do you want?

The Wolf of Wall Street

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Release date TBA.

Martin Scorsese back with Leonardo DiCaprio for a dramatic look at the stock trade. With Boardwalk Empire and Sopranos writer Terence Winter adapting the screenplay from Jordan Belfort’s book this will surely be an acerbic analysis of the banking environment and the dangers amongst the stockbrokers’ ranks.

 

By Piers McCarthy