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Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

by The Playlist Staff
September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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Synopsis: A man is kidnapped and held captive for fifteen years, with no explanation. Once released, he must find out who imprisoned him, and why they have let him go.
What You Need To Know: A remake of the terrific Park Chan-wook hit from 2003, “Oldboy (2013)" should by rights be the sort of thing that we all disapprove of—a U.S. retread of a foreign-language original that is already so stylish and uniquely auteur-imprinted that there really seems no creative reason to remake it bar as a crutch for people too lazy to read subtitles. Yet the calibre and profile of the talent long attached to this project sets it apart from the standard remake schtick—for a while it was even a suggested vehicle for Will Smith and Steven Spielberg. Now that the chips have fallen Spike Lee's way, with Josh Brolin stepping into the lead role, and with Lee insisting that his film actually goes back to the manga upon which Park's film was based and not the resulting film (which differed from the manga in important ways, including one of the notorious twists), and with the initial materials from the film looking promising, our lingering doubts about this project are giving way to genuine anticipation. Besides which, even if Lee's version falls short of Park's, we have some exciting supporting performances to look forward to from Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, James Ransome and Samuel L. Jackson, and at least we won't have been forced to, like, read the dialogue. 
Release Date: November 27th

American Hustle Bradley Cooper Christian Bale

"American Hustle"
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the FBI Abscam sting operation of the late '70s/early '80s, which ended up ensnaring both criminals and politicians and charging them with a wide range of offenses.
What You Need To Know: After last year's triumphant, Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook," director David O. Russell could have done anything. The fact that he chose to do a sprawling, serio-comic crime epic, based on a 2010 Black List-ed script that reunites much of his 'Silver Linings' cast with a few of his favorites from "The Fighter" is awesome indeed. With Bradley Cooper as an FBI agent and Christian Bale as his criminal informant, Adam Adams as Bale's mistress and Jennifer Lawrence as his wife, plus Jeremy Renner as a "volatile" politician and Louis C.K., Robert De Niro, Michael Pena, Jack Huston and Colleen Camp rounding out the star-studded cast, the film boasts a lot of potential performance-wise—all of them decked out in fabulously awful '70s attire and highly questionable wigs. The teaser trailer certainly makes the film look like an embarrassment of riches, with the entire cast seemingly having the time (and hairstyles) of their lives, and if anyone can walk the fine line between serious drama and screwball comedy, and deliver something that audiences and critics alike will love, it's Russell.
Release Date: December 13th (limited); December 25th (wide)

Out Of The Furnace, Affleck, Bale

"Out of the Furnace"
Synopsis: A tale of two brothers living in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, one of whom is lured into one of the most violent crime rings in the Northeast before disappearing, prompting the other to go into the belly of the beast to get him back.
What You Need To Know: Director/writer Scott Cooper demonstrated he could handle gritty and soulful with the music drama "Crazy Heart," but “Out of the Furnace” should prove to be something tonally much darker and rawer—a story about cruel fate, justice, redemption and brotherly love. But the real reason we've reserved our seat up front (actually middle-middle) for this revenge thriller is the astounding cast—Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star as the two brothers, with (deep breath) Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe and Forest Whitaker in support. And the initial trailer looks like the film may indeed deliver some pretty powerhouse performances, even if the on-the-nose choice of track rather mars the effect—let's hope that the heavy signposting is only a factor in the promo, for a film which was kept on the down low until pretty late in the game. It's a story Bale called "uplifting and tragic at the same time" and Cooper certainly has the sensitivity, and the actors, to be able to deliver something well above the average revenge thriller.
Release Date: December 6th

5 Best Spoiled Cameos & Ridiculous Set Photos From 'Anchorman 2'

"Anchorman: The Legend Continues"
Synopsis: Times have changed in the tv news game, and the Channel Four News Team moves to adapt to the 24-hour news cycle that the brave new decade, the '80s, heralds.
What You Need To Know: In the years following the 2004 release of the gritty, hard-hitting "Anchorman," which shockingly exposed the nefarious behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing at tv news station in the '70s, and made an instant hero/icon out of tough, uncompromising newsman Ron Burgundy, the public clamor for a sequel only grew louder. Initially it looked like "Anchorman 2" was going to have life as a Broadway musical (though quite how anyone thought they were going to make a glitzy stage show about the cutthroat rough-and-tumble of television news and the sobering questions of journalistic ethics the original film raised is beyond us), but thankfully sanity prevailed and we get to revisit the Channel Four News team nearly one decade on, as they face the challenges of a new era with hope, integrity and, probably, scotch. It's a testament to the sequel's quality that legendary tragedians Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate and Steve Carell are all undergoing the requisite draconian weight loss/gain necessary to reprise their roles, while being joined this time out by thespians James Marsden and Kristen Wiig. Per the film's trailer, it appears this time returning auteur Adam McKay will be fearlessly tackling the period's race politics with a similarly incisive eye to that he previously brought to bear on gender perception in the 1970s, and with a laundry list of Hollywood power players lining up for cameo roles like this is goddamn Altman or something, suffice to say that it's going to be an effort to stay classy till Christmas, but we're going to have to try.
Release Date: December 20th

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  • ANNIE | September 15, 2013 11:47 AMReply

    The Immigrant is a better film with a superb performance of Marion Cotillard. Weinstein must be realise it.

  • Haha | September 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    So that's where 'Only God Forgives went' lmao. Gray is so overrated

  • The Ugly Truth | September 15, 2013 1:07 PM

    Here's a tip. The Weinsteins are releasing the Immigrant in the spring of 2014 on TWC Radius, their OnDemand channel. It's not going to be up for any Oscar awards or even part of that conversation. You fangirls need to stop.

  • marc | September 14, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    I want to bugger Jennifer Lawrence.

  • Marc | September 14, 2013 7:34 PMReply

    I think it's actually Amy Adams, though Adam Adams sounds like a cool name.

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  • Ryan | September 10, 2013 4:30 AMReply

    Just a heads up, Daniel Craig isn't in The Monuments Men he had to drop out and Matt Damon took on his role.

  • reTina | September 6, 2013 2:42 PMReply

    A big error not including Chandor's All is Lost. Redford is back and bringing it with that performance.

  • Jack | September 6, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    "Out of the Furnace" Was not written by Scott Copper, it was written by new comer Brad Ingelsby and Scott Copper took over as director and made a few changes to the script....dropping knowledge. I am excited for it though

  • DG | September 6, 2013 12:32 AMReply

    I've talked to people who've been to test screenings and said it was awful and kind of unintentionally funny in a lot of parts. Hope that's not true tho. American Hustle and Lwelyn look awesome tho

  • DG | September 6, 2013 12:33 AM

    Test screenings of The Counselor I mean

  • The Josh | September 6, 2013 12:12 AMReply

    Hmmm. The fall belongs to white men!

  • Kate | September 5, 2013 8:26 PMReply

    Oldboy and The Counselor are going to be complete failures.

  • Peacenik | September 5, 2013 9:46 PM

    How do you know? Have you seen either one of the films?

  • cirkusfolk | September 5, 2013 5:20 PMReply

    You include Hunger Games but not Jack Ryan? And what about Dallas Buyers Club? My top five are: The Counseler, Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and Oldboy. Although Captain Phillips is getting tremendous buzz right now despite not showing up at festivals yet. And of course Gravity has gotten raves too. Prisoners and Rush could be good too.

  • Chris | September 5, 2013 1:47 PMReply

    This is NOT Scorsese's first feature shot digitally. He shot "Hugo" digitally.

  • JA | September 5, 2013 6:27 PM

    Not to mention a large portion of this is still shot on 35mm (Hawk Scope).

  • Jess | September 5, 2013 5:06 PM

    You're right, thanks. Corrected in text.

  • The_Fez | September 5, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    No love for Calvary? After The Guard, I'm really excited to see what John Michael McDonagh can do next and I'm waiting anxiously for a trailer, or posters, or any sort of promotional material. With the cast and the premise that the film has, it's been on my 'must see' list all year, and I'm surprised it's not in this list as well.

  • Jess | September 5, 2013 5:16 PM

    Thanks for the kind words, Fez, we do it all for readers like you.

    And incidentally we're big fans of McDonagh, with The Guard making several of our "most underrated" 2011 lists (ok, fine, mine), but Calvary has no 2013 U.S. release date set yet, and that's the calendar we were going by.

  • The_Fez | September 5, 2013 2:42 PM

    P.S. Despite the lack of Calvary, still liking this list, I'll definitely be checking a few of these out - The Counsellor looks pretty impressive from the trailer.
    I'm a massive fan of this site - always the first place I look for news and features because it normally has all of the big stories in one place and it introduces me to more cool films I wouldn't have seen, so keep up the great work.

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