Well 2012 was a great year of movies don’t you think? Well 2013 seems to be another great year too. As you can tell from the title, this is going to be a list of my anticipated movies of 2013. Of course to spare you from reading a long list I’m going to separate it months at a time. Remember this is my list so don’t think that all of these movies are going to be a home run.
4th: Zero Dark Thirty
Although it gets a wide release the following week, here in Chicago it comes out a little earlier. Nonetheless, Kathryn Bigelow did an amazing job with her first war film The Hurt Locker that sprung the careers of Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Now, she comes back with yet another war movie about the biggest manhunt of Osama bin Laden with an already star studded cast of Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and Mark Strong.
11th: Gangster Squad
Just look at the cast and you can see why everybody is excited for this. Add in newcomer director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and the gangsters and you got me hooked.
18th: The Last Stand, Broken City, Mama
The first stacked weekend of the year with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leading role, a political thriller with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and a Guillermo del Toro produced horror movie based on a creepy short film.
25th: Movie 43, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker, John Dies at the End
Another stacked week with a comedy of different stories with different actors and directors, a twist on a well known fairy tale and another Jason Statham movie with Michael Chiklis and JLO (besides her I’m actually looking forward to the movie). Finally John Dies at the End has been making waves at film festivals and sometimes with good buzz comes a good movie (talking film festival wise)
1st: Bullet to the Head
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the movie looks pretty cool. Add in Sylvester Stallone’s “sense of humor” and the movie’s look of action then am in.
8th: Side Effects
Directed by Steven Soderbergh and what looks like a great thriller I can’t wait for it. Even if it has Channing Tatum.
15th: A Good Day to Die Hard
While some think that the Die Hard franchise has past its “prime” or welcome point. I still find them highly entertaining and great fun. Now this adds John McClane’s son into the mix.
Based on what is said to be a true story of a father going undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal. The movie stars The Rock, I mean Dwayne Johnson as the father and it stars some other heavy hitters like Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon and Michael Kenneth Williams.
Directed by the awesome Chan-wook Park (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst) the trailers make the movie look like a crazy psychological thriller.
8th: Dead Man Down, The ABCs of Death
The first American movie directed by Niels Arden Oplev who did the fantastic Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and even stars original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace. Then there’s a 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in “all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.”
Although many are against the remake, I was at first too but being against remakes nowadays isn’t really the worst thing, after seeing the teaser, the impressive cast of Julianne Moore and Chole Grace Mortez, and the fact that they are going to stick closer to the Stephen King book then De Palma 76’ film, (although that is really good) really makes me excited for this.
29th: G.I Joe: Retaliation, The Place Beyond the Pines
Although the first Rise of Cobra was more a dumb fun summer popcorn movie, it had its small moments. But even then the movie was not really good. So how do you make a sequel that makes you forget about the first one? Reboot of course, well a sort of reboot anyway. With a brand new cast of characters and more realistic looking action sequences I am highly excited for this. As you some of you know I was not happy with the year long delay either. Place Beyond the Pines looks pretty interesting with a respectful cast with Ryan Gosling leading the charge.
5th: Jurassic Park 3D Re-Release
I mean come on lets face it. It’s a chance to see Jurassic Park again on the big screen.
12th: Evil Dead
Yet another remake of a classic horror movie I know but what does this have going for it? Well, first Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are producing. Raimi hand picked the young new director Fede Alvarez to redo this. Also, the red-band trailer that came out in the summer really helped put me (and maybe others) at ease that the movie was not going to disappoint.
By new visionary director Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) the movie looks pretty good with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman leading the cast. Set in the future where humans managed to win a war against aliens but Earth was destroyed in the process seems pretty cool.
26th: Pain and Gain
Many of you know about my feelings for Michael Bay but after seeing the trailer for this and the cast of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie, I’m kind of excited.