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The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2013 - Part 1

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by The Playlist Staff
January 2, 2013 11:58 AM
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“Under The Skin”
Synopsis: Based on Michel Faber's novel of the same name, the plot concerns an extraterrestrial in voluptuous female form making her way through rural Scotland.
What You Need To Know: "Sexy Beast" auteur Jonathan Glazer hasn’t made a film since his overlooked 2004 feature "Birth," and “Under The Skin,” some two years in the making, will finally rectify this unfortunate stat. While the synopsis may make it sound like a slightly more highbrow version of Roger Donaldson's "Species," the source material is altogether more existential and satirical, tackling everything from the nature of existence to the ethics of farming. Featuring a creepy and eerie tone, at least what we can tell from the screenplay written years ago, the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the lead -- a black widow-like alien who lures prey in with her sexual charms -- seems like an inspired choice. Filming began in the fall of 2011, but ambitious post-production effects must have delayed it. Reshoots took place in the fall of 2012, so maybe the picture needed just a bit of fine-tuning.
Release Date:  TBD. We’re personally hoping for a Cannes 2013 bow, which hopefully puts Glazer back on the map.

"Untitled David O. Russell Project"
Synopsis: When a cocky con man is caught by a less-than-competent FBI mastermind agent, he agrees to become an informant and help with several other white collar busts.
What You Need To Know: Set in a seedy New York City, this fast-paced drama is an unbelievable, funny story centering around the famous 1980 Abscam sting operation, which used a fake Arab sheik and a host of other cunning tricks to bring down corrupt public officials and members of Congress. The picture features a crazy good cast in Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams. Bale plays the con artist, Adams his mistress/partner in crime, Cooper plays the out-of-control federal agent, and at the epicenter of the entire tale is Renner as the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly, who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. Russell recently told us it should be hilarious, insane and intense. With his penchant for blending drama, action and comedy so fully realized of late, we're inclined to believe him.
Release Date: Starts shooting in early 2013, and given this cast, material and Russell's recent awards season heat, a release later this year seems likely.

"Untitled WikiLeaks Project"
Synopsis: Going behind the scenes of the controversial whistleblowing site and the rift that developed between its founders, Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
What You Need To Know: Bill Condon's work is not the most consistent around; sometimes strong ("Gods and Monsters," "Kinsey"), sometimes...not ("Dreamgirls," "Twilight: Breaking Dawn"). But now that he's free of his sparkly vampire obligations, he's got some enticing material to work with in the shape of the first of the multiple Julian Assange-related projects that have been in development. The script, penned by former "West Wing" writer Josh Singer, seems like it has a "Social Network" feel to it, and with fast-rising stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, both set to have breakout years in 2013 with "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Rush," in the leads, there's plenty of reason to want to check this out, especially with Alicia Vikander and Dan Stevens in support too. It's thin ice that they're walking on to be sure, but Condon does his best work with material like this, and we'd certainly turn up to see that cast at work.
Release Date: The film is shooting soon, and we won't be surprised if DreamWorks is planning a big awards push for Cumberbatch (at least), so we'd expect to see it before the year is out.

"Untitled Woody Allen 2013"
Synopsis: A once-wealthy woman loses everything and goes to live with her sister in San Francisco, only to encounter a man who may be able to solve her financial problems.
What You Need To Know: Ah, the annual lottery of whether Woody Allen's latest will be the much-vaunted return to form or another near-disaster. The last few years have seen a few of the former ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "Midnight In Paris"), and plenty of the latter ("Cassandra's Dream," "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger," "To Rome With Love"), but his first U.S.-set picture since "Whatever Works" (and his first set in the Bay Area) seems to be pretty timely, at least. And as ever, there's an outstanding cast in place, with Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin (now virtually a regular, replacing Bradley Cooper on this) and Sally Hawkins taking the lead roles, with Peter Sarsgaard, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Emerson and Andrew Dice Clay joining them. Most exciting of all, it sees the Allen-debut of the director's heir apparent, Louis C.K. As ever, the film, including the title, is top secret, and there's little real indication of whether it'll be a gem or a disappointment. But we always live in hope...
Release Date: TBD: A Cannes premiere has become increasingly standard, but it could always show up elsewhere.

“A Winter's Tale”
Synopsis:  A fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan, revolving around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.
What You Need To Know: The directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the screenwriter/producer behind not-so-good films like “Batman & Robin,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “I Am Legend,” normally you might see a Goldsman project on our least anticipated list. And it is with some trepidation that we include it here, but the cast of Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Matt Bomer and “Downton Abbey” standout Jessica Brown-Findlay, to name a few, is certainly a super intriguing prospect. A lot of talent is surrounding the picture, including DoP Caleb Deschanel and composer Hans Zimmer. If the story sounds a little “Cloud Atlas”-y, that’s because it also has a similar sprawling scope to it. The big difference though it that “A Winter’s Tale” is said be working with reportedly half the budget.
Release Date: TBD. We’ll admit while the film shot in October of 2012 and should be easily finished for 2013, it’s a crowded year and it won’t completely surprise us if the filmmakers wait until the following calendar year to give it its fair due.

The Wolf Of Wall Street
Synopsis: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
What You Need To Know: This is collaboration number five for Martin Scorsese and his muse Leonardo DiCaprio, but marks his first feature shot digitally. Based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort, ‘Wolf’ was written by Terence Winter who made a name for himself on “The Sopranos,” and has since made an even larger footprint for himself by creating “Boardwalk Empire” for HBO (of which Scorsese directed the pilot episode). As usual, the cast is terrific and includes Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, “The Artist” star Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie and even directors Rob Reiner and Spike Jonze in small parts.
Release Date: Fall 2013 via Paramount.

“The World's End”
Synopsis: A group of old friends reunite for an epic pub crawl at the dawn of the apocalypse.
What You Need To Know: Director Edgar Wright ends the so-called Cornetto trilogy with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost again placed in a fantastical situation. Though Hollywood has come calling for the multi-talented filmmaker several times in the last few years, he’s remained dedicated to pals Pegg and Frost, as well as the considerable ensemble of “Shaun Of The Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and the television series “Spaced.” There’s a bit of spillover between this and “This Is The End,” perhaps suggesting eccentric comic personalities fascinated with the idea of the apocalypse. But Wright is a filmmaker in the vein of early John Landis in his balance of story and gags, both cheap and elaborate, and it’s extremely difficult to doubt him, particularly with a cast that includes Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike and Paddy Considine and a score by Steven Price (“Attack The Block”).
Release Date: October 25th, a few months after an August bow in the U.K.

"You Are Here"
Synopsis: Two roommates in their thirties attempt to cope when one of them becomes a sudden millionaire after the death of his father.
What You Need To Know: You may know writer-director Matthew Weiner from the immaculate suits and smoky boardrooms of “Mad Men,” but he’s striking out on his own this time, carrying with him a cast of considerable talent, including Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. The story deals with the co-dependence between friends and how that disintegrates with the tensions of class and lineage – note how this topic seems fairly similar to another debut film from a famous television impresario who revealed himself to be completely tone deaf to cinematic storytelling. That was “Not Fade Away” from David Chase, and Chase’s “The Sopranos” was a far better show than “Mad Men,” leading one to imagine just exactly how this story could get away from Weiner. That being said, the framework is strong and the central trio more than capable, so it’s hard to not consider Weiner well ahead of the game here.
Release Date: TBD, but TIFF could be a good bet.

"The Young & Prodigious Spivet"
Synopsis: A 12-year-old mapmaking enthusiast from an eccentric family goes on an extraordinary cross-country journey after being invited to the Smithsonian Institute.
What You Need To Know: The last time French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amelie") came to the U.S., it was for "Alien: Resurrection," and as such, that didn't work out well for him, the studio or the audience. But all being well, his second English-language feature, "The Young & Prodigious Spivet," should be a significant step up. Based on Reif Larsen's cult novel "The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet," the film, which seems to be right in Jeunet's quirky wheelhouse, is toplined by young newcomer Kyle Catlett, with Helena Bonham-Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, Kathy Bates and Judy Davis also on board, and marks the Gallic helmer's first time shooting in 3D, which, as with Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee in recent years, is surely worth the price of admission alone. While we, along with most people, weren't especially enamored of his last film, "MicMacs," we're always interested in what Jeunet has to offer, and this could well be a return to form.
Release Date: When announced, it was said they were targeting an October release, so we could well be looking at a premiere at Venice, TIFF or the NYFF.

“The Zero Theorem”
Synopsis: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management. This time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him
What You Need To Know: Director Terry Gilliam’s had it rough in the last decade with a mangled release (“The Brothers Grimm”), a forgotten release (“Tideland”) and a compromised release due to the death of a lead actor (Heath Ledger In “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”). And just as he was seemingly set to tilt at windmills again in “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” Gilliam pivoted and instead found funding and a cast for an old project called “The Zero Theorem.” Starring Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Tilda Swinton with appearances by Matt Damon, David Thewlis and Mélanie Thierry, this is a pretty impressive cast for a filmmaker who supposedly can’t ever catch a break.
Release Date: TBD, but perhaps we’ll see it during the fall film festival circuit.

Extra Credit, But 2014 Maybe?:

"Grand Budapest Hotel"
Synopsis: A comedy following concierge Mr. Gustave, who works in the titular hotel in the Hungarian capital in the 1910s.
What You Need To Know: Wes Anderson hasn't always been that prolific; the last decade saw only three films from the director in "The Life Aquatic," "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But presumably emboldened by the critical and commercial success of "Moonrise Kingdom," Anderson's getting right behind the camera again, and it's distinctly possible that 2013 will see his second film in two years. And it looks like it'll be a real doozy. Inspired by the 'European Hollywood' of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder (and with a title seemingly inspired by the 1932 Best Picture winner "Grand Hotel"), the film is toplined by Anderson first-timers Ralph Fiennes (stepping in for Johnny Depp as Mr. Gustave) and Saoirse Ronan, with Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham and Mathieu Amalric making their Wes World debuts, while Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum all come back for second, third or (in Wilson and Murray's case) sixth helpings. With "Moonrise Kingdom" proving to be the director's best since "Rushmore," expectations couldn't be much higher for this one.
Release Date: Shooting doesn't start until January, so it's possible it may be held for Cannes 2014, but if 'Moonrise' gets some Oscar love, we could see it being prepped for the awards season this fall.

Honorable Mentions: There are a few other films that are a little more under the radar at present, but could turn out to be treats down the line, all being well, and which didn't quite fit on our other lists. Perhaps first among them are a trio of biopics that could be big players come Oscar time. First, there's Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco," co-starring Tim Roth. Then, "Downfall" director Oliver Hirschbiegel takes on another of history's greatest monsters, Princess Diana (joke!), in "Caught In Flight," starring Naomi Watts as the tragic royal. And finally, and less iconically, there's "Dallas Buyer's Club," starring a dramatically-thinner Matthew McConaughey as an AIDS sufferer, with Jean-Marc Vallee ("C.R.A.Z.Y," "The Young Victoria") at the helm.

Also derived from non-fiction are Mike Newell's "Reykjavik" about the Cold War peace summit, starring Michael Douglas as Reagan and Christoph Waltz as Gorbachev; Ralph Fiennes' Dickens biopic "The Invisible Woman" with Felicity Jones; and Dito Montiel's "Empire State," a heist picture toplining Dwayne Johnson and Chris Hemsworth.

Elsewhere, big stars cropping up in potentially promising pictures include Liam Neeson in "Third Person," from "Crash" director Paul Haggis; James McAvoy and Jamie Bell in Irvine Welsh adaptation "Filth"; Jude Law in Brit-com "Dom Hemingway"; and Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan in rom-com "A Many Splintered Thing." While on the indie side of things, lo-fi horror auteur Ti West is back with "The Sacrament," Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan do the indie romantic comedy thing with "The F Word," and Joel Edgerton makes his debut as a screenwriter with "Felony," also starring Tom Wilkinson. And we're intrigued by "Hateship Friendship," which stars Kristen Wiig, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte and Guy Pearce, as well as the more imminent Tina Fey/Paul Rudd comedy "Admission."

That's all for now, and yes, we'll have another 50 films of the more escapist variety arriving tomorrow, so stay tuned. Thoughts so far? Sound off below. - Rodrigo Perez, Oliver Lyttelton, Gabe Toro.
 

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56 Comments

  • Tom | January 29, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    Surely Denzel will go for the hattrick and make a film about a boat that can't slow down?

    This mock on the Irish porn industry's the best thing I've seen so far this year;

    youtube.com/watch?v=oTvCp88IQ_c

  • Marko | January 17, 2013 3:10 PMReply

    Great list. My 50+ picks: http://recordinglivefromsomewhere.com/2013/01/17/recording-live-from-somewheres-most-anticipated-films-of-2013/

  • Vanessa | January 10, 2013 10:29 AMReply

    No love for The Falling a.k.a Serena starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, it should be impressive, it is also directed by Susanne Biers. It has oscars written all over it!

  • The Playlist | January 10, 2013 11:16 AM

    Serena can be found here:
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/30-indie-foreign-films-were-looking-forward-to-in-2013-20130107

    2o films from 2013 we've already seen are here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/20-films-coming-out-in-2013-that-weve-already-seen-20130108

  • RoyalTenenbaum | January 8, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    "True-life stories are the bread and butter of director Paul Greengrass (the second and third ‘Bourne’ films)" - These aren't examples of true-life stories he's directed.

  • Sketch | January 7, 2013 4:08 PMReply

    If 3 of these movies are - finally - worth seeing, I'll be surprised. And grateful.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | January 7, 2013 4:38 PM

    What a joyless life you lead.

  • Demme | January 7, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    I disagree "The Life Aquatic" was much better than "The Darjeeling Limited" TDL was very slow at times, as TLA with Bill Murray I couldn't take my eyes off of it, one of my favs.

  • Matt | January 5, 2013 5:24 AMReply

    Reading that the writer of this article thinks that "Moonrise Kingdom" was Wes Anderson's best since "Rushmore" made me about spit my soda all over my laptop. Moonrise Kingdom is Wes Anderson's best since "Fantastic Mr. Fox," as far as I'm concerned, which was the best since "Darjeeling Limited." Frankly, the only film of Anderson's career that "Moonrise Kingdom" is actually better than is "The Life Aquatic."

  • wes | January 4, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Post Tenenbras Lux by Carlos Reygadas?

  • Roger | January 4, 2013 12:41 PMReply

    Wow, you were truly fast with that (fixed). Thanks

  • Roger | January 4, 2013 12:33 PMReply

    You provided a link for part 2, but it redirects to part 1. Where is the second part?

  • Drian | January 4, 2013 11:56 AMReply

    Tim Burton is said to release the sequel of Beetlejuice (1988) in 2013, according to Wikipedia. To me, easily one of the most anticipated films this year.

  • Nick | January 3, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    Where is Zal Batmanglij's "The East"? Didn't you guys give "Sound of My Voice" an "A"?

  • Kris | January 3, 2013 11:03 PM

    I was wondering the same thing? Where is East?

  • Connor | January 3, 2013 1:39 PMReply

    So glad this is finally out as I have been anticipating this feature for a while now. Thanks Playlist.

  • t-rex | January 3, 2013 12:09 PMReply

    wolf of wall street , foxcatcher, nebraska should all be oscar contenders but i bet that o'rusell's abscam project will be the showstoper

  • Nadir Ahmed | January 3, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    Im also looking forward to Louis Letteriers "Now You See Me" about a group of magicians who rob banks during there show. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffulo, Michael Caine and Woody Harrelson. Great Cast, Great Premise, looking forward to it

  • james | January 3, 2013 8:03 AMReply

    Great article. It always seems that there's going to be far too many exciting and brilliant films to see... never quite works out that way. Excellent overview though.

  • Cruella | January 3, 2013 7:09 AMReply

    many films sound great on paper. But whether they turnout good on film is a whole different matter. All the stars need to align.

  • Aix | January 3, 2013 6:14 AMReply

    To be fair to Condon, no-one can save that Twilight sh*t!

  • concerned citizen kane | January 2, 2013 10:52 PMReply

    what about They Came Together? David Wain's spoof of a rom-com with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. Spiritual sequel to Wet Hot American Summer?

  • JOHN | January 2, 2013 10:30 PMReply

    I dig the under-the-radar stuff (you know, the films that should actually be playing in "independent" film festivals and reviewed by "indie"wire) and this micro-indie feature called "There Are No Goodbyes" looks ambitious and beautiful: http://ThereAreNoGoodbyes.com

  • Harris | January 2, 2013 7:44 PMReply

    How about Frances Ha and jOBS?

  • The Playlist | January 3, 2013 2:54 AM

    There's even an indie section coming. You'll have to look for it soon.

  • BD | January 2, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    The closest Ridley Scott might come to an Oscar nod since Gladiator?

    He was nominated the following year for Black Hawk Down!

  • Genadijus | January 2, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    My TOP10 of the most anticipated movies:
    1. Lowlife
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. Only Lovers Left Alive
    4. The Place Beyond the Pines
    5. Only God Forgives
    6. Twelve Years a Slave
    7. Gravity
    8. The Grandmasters
    9. The Wolf of Wall Street
    10. Oldboy

  • Darvy Joe | January 2, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    "With "Moonrise Kingdom" proving to be the director's best since "Rushmore," expectations couldn't be much higher for this one." Huh? Cuz it's not like The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic weren't better than Rushmore, or that Moonrise Kingdom wasn't as good as either...

  • Will John | January 3, 2013 5:48 PM

    Life Aquatic is my favorite of his movies.......

  • oh hell no | January 3, 2013 2:53 AM

    Life Aquatic better than Rushmore? Laughable.

  • John | January 2, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    "...note how [You Are Here's topic] seems fairly similar to another debut film from a famous television impresario who revealed himself to be COMPLETELY TONE DEAF to cinematic storytelling. That was “Not Fade Away” from David Chase, and Chase’s “The Sopranos” was a FAR BETTER show than “Mad Men,” leading one to imagine just exactly how this story could get away from Weiner." Fixed your typography

  • 4567 | January 2, 2013 3:53 PMReply

    "[James Grey] should be considered among the contemporary greats, but has failed to be completely recognized among the PTAs and Finchers" I have a bone to pick with that. There's a reason he isn't considered among the contemporary greats: his films aren't as good. I have immense respect for him, he's clearly talented and sharp, but I don't know by what measure he can be called a great filmmaker. Little Odessa was a decent debut, but far from Reservoir Dogs or Hard Eight as far as masterful debuts go. The Yards was fine, but when compared -- as a sophomore feature -- to Boogie Nights or Pulp Fiction or Seven, it doesn't mark an increase in ambition and skill in the same way. Especially after 5 years, it left something to be desired. We Own the Night was ambitious and well intentioned, but ultimately failed to achieve the Godfather-like epic tone and scale it strove for. Compare to Magnolia or Zodiac or Inglourious Basterds (I'm using PTA, Fincher, and Tarantino as roughly contemporaneous exemplary peers) as a historical/criminal panorama, and can you honestly say it doesn't fall far short? Two Lovers is his most thoroughly successful, but it's a minor film, small scale. It feels like a great, gorgeous debut from a youngish filmmaker, or a great entry in a film-a-year style filmography like Woody Allen's, or a victory lap (like Punch-Drunk Love) after nailing it back to back a few times. I'm honestly curious how The Playlist staff feels that Grey, after having had 15+ years to prove himself, and only emerging with four interesting but non-masterpiece pictures, deserves the same status as PTA, who's never made anything close to middling movie, has made from two to four masterpieces, depending on your perspective, and, at 27, made one of the best movies of the 90s? Even if, reasonably, you think Two Lovers was one of the best movies of the 2000s, better than There Will Be Blood (insane, but surely some think so), by what measure, considering his entire filmography, does he even come close to approaching his peers (PTA, Fincher, Tarantino, etc) in accomplishment? You'd have to contend that The Yards is as good as Pulp Fiction and Boogie Nights and Seven and The Game (it may be as good as the latter two, just not as impressive), that Little Odessa is great, on par or better than Hard Eight and Reservoir Dogs and other great 90s debuts, and that We Own the Night is as exceptional as Magnolia or Zodiac. And, really, you're really stretching it if you're making those contentions. And don't give me "You can't compare" because you can and you have to if you're going to contend that he's as good as these guys

  • Joey C | January 3, 2013 5:47 PM

    Wasn't We Own the Night Coppola/Mann lite, and The Yards and Little Odessa just 'eh' early-Scorsese? Two Lovers is pretty 'original,' if we're seriously going to pretend that means something or matters, and I'm looking forward to Nightingale, but honestly? You think LO, TY, and WOTN are better than Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia? Little Odessa? Really? I can understand liking the 'idea' of the man better than PTA (if you just aren't into PTA, sure, that's fair), but do you really think those first two movies are anything but 'pretty good'? It's all subjective, but to say LO and TY aren't just barely above average moody crime pics (ie neither original or self-consciously unoriginal) while PTA's heavy referentiality equates to a 'bad' unoriginality is beyond me. At least be honest and just say you don't like PTA. Because original isn't really a superlative that makes sense when talking about Grey's work

  • Rodrigo | January 3, 2013 2:56 AM

    It's all subjective isn't it cause he's better than those guys in my mind. Certainly more original than the first half of PTA's career that's for sure.

  • cory everett | January 2, 2013 5:16 PM

    I'm looking forward to "Lowlife" but this is true.

  • bohmer | January 2, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    "Chase’s "The Sopranos" was a far better show than "Mad Men"; that's like your opinion man. (edit)

  • bohmer | January 2, 2013 3:31 PMReply

    "Chase’s “The Sopranos” was a far better show than “Mad Men”; that's like your opinion man.

  • Alex | January 2, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    Great list but you forgot Untitled Terrence Malick Project, The Two Faces of January and Upstream Color!

  • The Playlist | January 2, 2013 4:32 PM

    It's doubtful that both Malick films will arrive this year. Upstream Color... look for it in another anticipated list.

  • bohmer | January 2, 2013 3:35 PM

    I agree for Upstream Color.

  • bohmer | January 2, 2013 3:34 PM

    I agree for Upstream Color.

  • S | January 2, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Empire State is starring Liam Hemsworth and not his brother Chris...

  • cirkusfolk | January 2, 2013 2:15 PMReply

    Seeing as Mary Poppins is in my top five fav films of all time I am looking forward to Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks (Dec. 20). Not on list.

  • cirkusfolk | January 2, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    So you have a couple films on the list by foreign directors making their first English language films (Snowpiercer, Stoker)...so my question is, how many English debuts by respected foreigners have been let downs? I know there's a bunch but can't think of them all.

    Mimic - Guillermo Del Toro
    Alien Resurrection - Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    Once Around - Lasse Hallstrom
    Hard Target - John Woo

    Then of course The Last Stand by Jee-woon Kim is about to be released and looks horrible.

  • Liz | January 2, 2013 3:56 PM

    It has its defenders, but Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights" wasn't exactly a critical favorite upon release.

  • Lucas | January 2, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    No Farhadi's The Past? Or are you doing a separate entry for foreign films?

  • emma | January 2, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    I can't wait to see Low Life, The Place behond the pines, Only God Forgives

  • TB | January 2, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Quick fact-fixes: 'Wolf of Wall Street' isn't Scorsese's first time shooting digital (Hugo was digital 3D), and Wes Anderson had 4 movies in 00s (you forgot The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001). Incredible write-up. These are my favorite features

  • Michelle | January 2, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Kill your Darlings is my most anticipated film of 2013, but that does not appear to be on the list. I also want to see stoker, Place beyond the pines, Gravity, the great Gastby and a few others..

  • Glass | January 2, 2013 1:26 PMReply

    Nebraska gets +1000 Tumblr points for also starring Devin Ratray - Buzz from Home Alone

  • Candid | January 2, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    Super excited for The Double, Her, I'm So Excited, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Only God Forgives, The Place Beyond The Pines, Side Effects, and Stoker... But thought Like Crazy was one of the most overrated, self-indulgent dull films I have ever seen and understand why his next feature is on this list (since playlist was one of the raters) but disappointed it is! Also would have been nice to see Caught In Flight or Filth actually included instead of just mentioned.

  • DG | January 2, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    Goog god that's a lot of good movies. I don't even know where to start but only God Forgives, Her, Place Beyond the Pines, Only Lovers Left Alive, Under the Skin, Gravity, Lowlife, all have caught my eye. Honestly almost every one on this list looks good tho

  • Ade | January 2, 2013 12:39 PMReply

    Nice overview, I'm particulary excited about Trance, Under the Skin, Only God Forgives, The Counselor, To the Wonder, Her.

  • Piotr | January 2, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    The graphic novel has been described as efejreosrekore. WTF does that mean?

  • The Playlist | January 2, 2013 1:11 PM

    Writer drunk. Editors still hung over. We're launching a full-blown investigation, but knowing [redacted writer's name] it has something to do with cocaine (fixed. seriously, not sure what he was going for there other than TK).

  • Seanna | January 2, 2013 12:17 PMReply

    Killer. Definitive as usual. I can't wait to sink my teeth into this. Nice work as always, Playlist.

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