CU&O Top 10 List Must See Movies 2013
If you haven’t already seen Man of Steel, World War Z or Now You See Me , I suggest you do so this upcoming ‘Cheap Tuesday’ at your local Cineplex and have yourself a big movie sandwich (as for The Great Gatsby-the internet is your best friend). With those films out of the way, here is a Top 10 list of anticipated movies for the remainder of 2013.
In Movie Theaters: July 19th, 2013
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying Rhatha
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rundown: Julian (Gosling), an American fugitive from justice, runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business.
His mother, the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the US to collect the body of her favorite son, Billy. Julian’s brother has just been killed after having savagely murdered a young prostitute. Crazy with rage and thirsty for vengeance she demands the heads of the murderers from Julian.
But first, Julian must confront Chang, a mysterious retired policeman – and figurehead of a divine justice – who has resolved to scourge the corrupt underworld of brothels and fight clubs.
Thoughts: After seeing what director Nicolas Winding Refn gave us in Drive, his latest work with Gosling is our #1 must see/highly anticipated film of the year. I am looking forward to seeing what type of atmosphere and pace is established for this film (We can hope to expect some sort of epic climatic “Skull Crush” scene a la Drive). From the plotline given, and the Grand Theft Auto vibe that Refn gave to Drive, it seems like we will be seeing Gosling kicking Bangkok’s a*ss in Only God Forgives.
In Movie Theaters: December 20th, 2013
Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd
Rundown: With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) — all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy, while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
Thoughts: It’s been nearly a decade since Anchorman first broadcasted its satire on the 1970’s work environment. Finally, Paramount Pictures has released the official trailers for Anchorman 2, which has Ron Burgundy and the gang adjusting to life in the 24-hour news cycle that started in the 1980s. There are race jokes, hair jokes and a pretty funny glimpse of Kristen Wiig’s character (hint: she probably loves lamp, too), which should please both fans of the original and those hoping things would be a little different this time around (unlike, you know, The Hangover).
In Movie Theaters: November 22nd , 2013
Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rundown: Follows Katniss Everdeen who has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell); a competition that could change Panem forever.
Thoughts: There has been some concern that the sequel film would seem a bit off because the production changed directors (Gary Ross to Francis Lawrence) between films. At least from the brief glimpse of the trailers, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire atmosphere looks the same to me. However, I am eager to see if this film still keeps to the more conservative side on the level of violence with the change in directors (Lawrence directed I am Legend) or if we will see a more ramped up closer to true life survival of the people of Panem.
In Movie Theaters: November 15th , 2013
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill & Jon Favreau
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Rundown: Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), a Long Island penny stockbroker, served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration.
Thoughts: Can’t get enough of Leo? Nope. The Wolf of Wall Street is the fifth collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo plays an ambitious guy with an eye for millions and a penchant for partying. So, we can expect to see him hanging out on a yacht, and throwing lavish parties surrounded by models (sound familiar?). After seeing The Great Gatsby, I am all for another round of Leo for the year. This time though we get to see him play the charming a**hole instead of the pure gentlemen; which will be boat loads of fun.
In Movie Theaters: July 26th, 2013
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Rundown: Based on the renowned comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unforeseen and lethal opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.
Side note: In a recent interview with Empire magazine, The Wolverine director James Mangold said the film is actually a sequel to the last ensemble X-Men film. As Mangold said, “Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”
In Movie Theaters: July 12th, 2013
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Rundown: Set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A team of scientists must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.
Thoughts: Prepare yourself for a CGI party. Honestly though, this film looks like it has the potential to make some good connections(They may be hidden In the movie- so put on your thinking caps) to our modern world, its practices, and impending path we are taking as a species.
In Movie Theaters: September 20th, 2013
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Biography, Action, Drama
Rundown: Set against the sexy and alluring golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush portrays the invigorating true story of two of the greatest rivals the race world has ever witnessed—fetching English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his meticulous, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Taking us into their private lives on and off the track, Rush tailgates the two drivers as they push themselves towards the breaking point of physical and psychological fortitude.
Thoughts: The last serious film about the world of professional race car driving (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby doesn’t count for obvious reasons) was Driven back in 2001; which starred Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, and Kip Pardue. This film was one of the biggest flops in 2001 not just on a financial level, but in quality as well. With that said, I am eager to see how Ron Howard and company can revive this genre with Rush.
In Movie Theaters: July 19th, 2013
Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren
Genre: Action,Comedy, Thriller
Rundown: In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon.
Thoughts: Sleeper hit indeed. To be honest, back when Red first came out I didn’t pay much attention to it; much like how the CIA and Pentagon doesn’t pay much attention to Kim Jung-un’s war drumming and little-man syndrome antics. However, Kim Jung-un is worth keeping an eye on due to his country being a proxy to that of Russia and China; plus he is insane. Red, conversely, was an insane movie. With that being said, I will be keeping my eye out for Red 2.
In Movie Theaters: July 19th, 2013
Director: James Wan
Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Rundown: Before Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Thoughts: If you have seen Vera Farmiga in the recent A&E series Bates Motel, then your expectations should be as high as mine. Her performance in the pilot season for that series was top notch (especially and surprisingly for A&E). The film is also based on a true story, so you can be sure I will be seeing this one and going over the history and facts like a lunatic (the review will probably be a long one). All in all, looks like it will be worth seeing and spending the cheddar on.
In Movie Theaters: August 9th, 2013
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Rundown: In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium.
Thoughts: As an avid movie goer you are probably no stranger to this type of plot line. However, if you have seen the recent film In Time starring Justine Timberlake and enjoyed it, and its messages about our societal structure, you probably won’t be disappointed with what this film is aiming to do also.
With this list being a Top 10, there are still other potential gems to come out later this year. With that said, if you were a bit bearish on the first half of the year as far as the quality of films, this second half looks to be packed with some show stoppers.
See you at the cinema!