Most Anticipated Films of November and December 2013
As we move past Halloween and turn the page towards the Holiday season, let’s take a look at the upcoming theatrical releases for the final two months of this rather dismal year in film. The following list is the most anticipated films remaining for 2013 in order of personal preference.
- 1. “American Hustle”
David O. Russell returns with a huge cast, with notable names such as Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams, to direct this crime drama about con man Irving Rosenfeld. The film is expected to be a candidate for best picture and Lawrence is an expected nominee for best actress.
- 2. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Katniss and Peeta return for the highly anticipated sequel to the world-wide sensation “The Hunger Games”, based off of the novels by Suzanne Collins. ‘Catching Fire’ promises to bring even more excitement than the first installment and should be atop the box office for multiple weeks following its world-wide release.
- 3. “The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug”
Peter Jackson returns to direct the 2nd installment of “The Hobbit” series, the prequel series to one of the most successful trilogies in film history, “The Lord of the Rings” (also directed by Jackson). This timIe around, the crew continues their journey in search of the stolen gold guarded by Smaug, a deadly dragon. You can expect a film similar to the previous four films directed by Jackson, all of which were hits.
- 4. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Martin Scorsese, one of the best directors of our time, is the mind behind “The Wolf of Wall Street”, a true story about Jordan Belfort, his rise to fame as a stockbroker, and his fall through corruption and crime. Leonardo DiCaprio is the lead male role as Belfort, and early talks are hinting at a possible Oscar nominee for DiCaprio. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo an Oscar? I know I’ll be in theaters to see for myself.
- 5. “Anchorman 2 – The Legend Continues”
After nearly a decade, the most quotable film of the last 15 years finally gets its sequel. The whole news crew returns to reprise their roles as comedic news crew members. Comedy sequels tend to be huge misfires (Hangover II and III), but a long hiatus between films has many fans optimistic about the upcoming release. The Christmas release is a free present to everyone.
- 6. “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joel and Ethan Coen write and direct their next big hit, a drama about a young folk singer in the early 1960s. The film is expected to be nominated for multiple Oscar Awards, and may just take a few of those home. Early reviews are showing the film to be near 100% ‘fresh’ as determined by Rotten Tomatoes.
- 7. “Thor – The Dark World”
Marvel superhero “Thor” gets his first legitimate sequel following his appearance in “The Avengers”. Thor turns to his brother Loki when faced with a new villain, one that even Asgard can’t contain. Thor sets out on his most dangerous journey yet, and he will have to sacrifice everything in order to save everyone, including his love Jane Foster.
- 8. “Her”
Spike Jonze directs this follow up to “Where the Wild Things Are”, where a man falls in love with his operating system. Joaquin Phoenix plays the male lead, and is surrounded with a nice supporting cast with names such as Rooney Mara, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams. Just the plot line should encourage people to at least see what this film has to offer.
Other notable upcoming releases include “Oldboy”, “The Book Thief”, “Out of the Furnace”, and “Saving Mr. Banks”. These films are our final hope in turning this lackluster year of films into something just a little bit more memorable.