By The Playlist Staff | The Playlist January 3, 2013 at 12:51PM
Yesterday, we unveiled our Most Anticipated Films Of 2013 - Part 1, and we think you'll agree there's a promising selection out there. But that's far from all that the next twelve months has to offer, and there's much more on the horizon.
We consider the first 50 that ran yesterday to be the A-list; the ones that we're really, really looking forward to. But below you'll find a further 50, generally made up of more escapist/popcorn-y blockbuster fare. Some of them are films we’re genuinely excited about, others we might be a little less confident of, and others might be nebulous question marks at the moment (you’ll just have to read on and see how we feel about each of them on a case by case basis). But hopefully, some of them will at least provide plenty of thrills, spectacle, laughs, and in some cases, hopefully a little substance as well. Check them out below, and let us know what you're looking forward to in the comments section below. BTW, here's all our Most Anticipated 2013 coverage with several features closely looking at several types of movies coming out this year.
Synopsis: A DEA agent and an undercover naval officer investigate each other as they both steal mob money.
What You Need To Know: Mark Wahlberg reunites with his “Contraband” director Baltasar Kormakur for this actioner, but the real draw is in the pairing of Marky Mark and Denzel Washington. The film's said to be a more comedic kind of picture than what we're used to from Mr. Washington (we've been dying to see him display his funny bones, especially with the gold-toothed get-up he seems to have going on here), and Wahlberg always fares well with that kind of dynamic, so this is potentially a pretty potent pairing. Kormakur's "Contraband" wasn't all that, but his foreign-language work (including the Oscar long-listed "The Deep") is much stronger, and the script comes from Blake Masters, creator of the undervalued TV show "Brotherhood," so there's some promise there. Bill Paxton, Paula Patton, James Marsden, Fred Ward and Edward James Olmos are among those supporting the central duo.
Release Date: August 16th
Synopsis: Prequel to the 2007 surprise hit, focusing on the rise of the Persian emperor Xerxes, and the naval Battle of Artemisia.
What You Need To Know: We may have had issues with much of the film, but one can't deny that Zack Snyder's "300" gave the swords-and-sandal genre something of a visual makeover, and became a huge hit in the process. Snyder's busy with Superman, but did co-write this prequel to the film that made his name, handing over directorial duties to commercials vet Noam Murro. Much of this is an unknown quantity -- even the cast, bar Eva Green and a returning Rodrigo Santoro, are mostly new faces, like lead Sullivan Stapleton ("Animal Kingdom,"), Callan Mulvey ("Underbelly") and Jack O'Connell ("Skins"). But that was the case with the original too, and there's no reason that we couldn't end up with a film more satisfying than the original here, if Murro can bring the goods.
Release Date: August 2nd
Synopsis: A young man discovers that the men in his family are able to travel through time, and sets out to use his gift to win the heart of his dream girl.
What You Need To Know: 2009's "The Boat That Rocked"/"Pirate Radio" was a rare commercial misfire for Richard Curtis, who practically invented an entire sub-genre with rom-com phenomena like "Four Weddings And A Funeral," "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually." His latest film, once again set up at Working Title, seems like it could be a bounce back though, with a time-travel conceit that owes as much to the excellent episode of "Doctor Who" he wrote as to his big-screen work. What we've heard suggests a more genuine, emotional backbone to the tale than was in "Love Actually," and the cast mixes Curtis vets like Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander with A-lister Rachel McAdams, and some of the other side of the Atlantic's best and brightest young acting talent, including Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson, Josh McGuire and, in the lead role, "Anna Karenina" breakout Domhnall Gleeson.
Release Date: May 10th in the U.S., March 22nd in the U.K.
Synopsis: The Channel Four News Team moves into the '80s to tackle the 24-hour news cycle.
What You Need To Know: Perhaps it was the deafening protest when Paramount originally turned down another “Anchorman.” Maybe they just loosened the purse strings after saying no to a few less-wise investments. Or maybe, just maybe, destiny allowed the continuation of “The Legend Of Ron Burgundy.” While the initial idea to take “Anchorman 2” to Broadway first was scrapped, some of the musical elements have seemingly survived in a film that reunites the entire cast of a minor comedic milestone -- to a certain generation of comedy geeks, the Murderer’s Row of Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell was like the ’27 Yankees, a reference they wouldn’t understand because they are comedy geeks. Regardless, co-writer and director Adam McKay has done nothing but direct massive comedy hits tweaking the concept of American exceptionalism since the first “Anchorman,” growing in leaps and bounds as a satirist. Could this be his finest achievement?
Release Date: December 20th
Synopsis: Constantly bullied at school by her peers and beaten at home by her religious extremist mother, a lonely and awkward high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.
What You Need To Know: Yes, it’s a remake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 psychological horror classic, this time directed by “Boys Don’t Cry” filmmaker Kimberly Peirce. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz in the Sissy Spacek role and Julianne Moore in the wretched mom role originally played by Piper Laurie, this updated version of the prom night from hell also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, "Chronicle" star Alex Russell and Gabriella Wilde ("The Three Musketeers"). Tackling a remake of a respected and beloved horror film sounds like a potentially dubious idea, but Peirce does have De Palma’s blessing for what it’s worth, and she's one of the few filmmakers who could come up with an interesting new take on the material. It just got delayed seven months though; is it a danger sign, or a distributor hoping to capitalize on the Halloween dollar? Time will tell...
Release Date: October 18th
Synopsis: A prehistoric family are thrown out into the world when their cave is destroyed.
What You Need To Know: Things were looking up at DreamWorks Animation for a while, but of late, their slate has been a little disappointing, with "Rise of the Guardians" marking the least successful film in the company's recent history. But with Pixar going down the sequel road again in 2013, their great rivals have another chance to prove their goods, and no film on their slate this year looks more promising than "The Croods." In development for years (it comes from an idea by John Cleese, of all people), it's finally set to land in a few months, with Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds (who's doing DreamWorks double-duty this year with "Turbo" following in the summer) in the voice cast. The reason for the excitement here is co-director Chris Sanders, the man behind "Lilo and Stitch" and the company's best film to date, "How To Train Your Dragon." And from the trailer, he looks to be on good form; the promo is genuinely funny and visually spectacular, and looks to have plenty of heart too. Your move, Lasseter.
Release Date: March 22nd, with a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month.
Synopsis: A former salsa prodigy attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined by a rival dancer.
What You Need To Know: Nick Frost stars as the adult version of a promising young salsa dancer once destined for greatness, but derailed by a bullying accident that robbed him of his confidence. Rashida Jones plays the would-be object of affection that he’s pining for, and Chris O’Dowd plays a rival at his office. The film also co-stars Ian McShane, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Colman as Frost’s sister. While English comedies of this sort can go the way of cute and light Feel Good Brit Flick (an often way too saccharine genre), they can also produce generally winning films like “Billy Elliot” and "The Full Monty," and production company Big Talk have an excellent track record, with "Shaun Of The Dead," "Attack The Block" and "Sightseers" among their triumphs. TV graduates James Griffiths ("Episodes") and Jon Brown ("Misfits") make their feature-length debuts at director and screenwriter.
Release Date: Currently slated for March 22nd in the U.K., no word on a U.S. release yet.
Synopsis: A man is hired by a young woman to kill an underground crime lord in New York City to settle a personal score.
What You Need To Know: Three years after his Swedish-language adaptation of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" became a surprise hit, director Niels Arden Oplev is crossing the Atlantic to reunite with his Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace, on this hard-boiled crime thriller. The recent trailer suggests something that it might be a little generic, but it also seems to have style and grit to burn. Hopefully the script by "Fringe" writer J.H. Wyman has more to it than has been suggested so far, but if not, there's an eclectic cast, with Rapace joined by Colin Farrell, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard and, of all people, Isabelle Huppert, in her first English-language role since "I Heart Huckabees." Surely Mademoiselle Huppert doesn't get out of bed for just anything, right? With the early parts of the year as light on movies for adults as ever, this could hopefully be something of a tonic.
Release Date: March 8th
Synopsis: A former sperm donor finds out years later that he fathered hundreds of kids and now many of them want to meet him.
What You Need To Know: You may not have seen it, but Vince Vaughn is clearly a fan of French Canadian director Ken Scott, as “The Delivery Man” is a remake of Scott’s 2012 film “Starbuck” with Scott at the helm again. Co-starring Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, and relative newcomers such as Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor and Bobby Moynahan, there’s obviously not a lot of names in the cast, which is interesting, but clearly Vaughn, Scott and DreamWorks SKG think the film can stand on its own two feet regardless. Smulders plays Vaughn's pregnant girlfriend who we imagine isn't thrilled to find out he's a baby daddy 300 times over. Pratt’s role is of a single father and lawyer who helps Vaughn’s character with his case.
Release Date: October 4th
Synopsis: In a future where Earth is at war with an insectoid alien race known as the Formics, a group of talented children are brought into space to train to be elite soldiers.
What You Need To Know: In a year where there's plenty of other movies involving battles with aliens for the fate of the earth ("Oblivion," "After Earth"), there's one that's going back to a lauded classic novel of the genre, with the first adaptation of Orson Scott Card's beloved book "Ender's Game." In the works for years, it took producers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (writers of "Star Trek") to get it going, hiring Oscar-winner Gavin Hood to direct. The cast is certainly impressive, with "Hugo" lead Asa Butterfield heading up the younger lot, which also includes Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin, while Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley number among the elder statesmen. But will Hood get his "Tsotsi" mojo back, or are we heading for a disaster of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" proportions?
Release Date: November 1st