If you were a little let down by the movies that were released this summer, you are not alone. Between the box office bombs and horrible comedies (here’s looking at you Grown Ups 2), 2013 has been somewhat of a disappointment in regards to movies, especially when compared to last year, which was filled to the brim with greatness. But 2013 isn’t over, and you’ll be surprised to know that the rest of the year is jam-packed with awesome films, many of which will definitely be Oscar contenders for Best Picture. With the exception of Gravity which already hit theaters last Friday, this fall has something for everyone. Want a good blockbuster? There’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In the mood for a South Korean remake? Spike Lee‘s Oldboy should do the trick. The point is, there’s a lot of movies still coming that’ll be worth your while. So we gathered 10 of the most anticipated films of fall 2013 just to get you excited.
10. The Monuments Men
If anything, George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men will be a good time at the movies. The film has an awesome cast including the likes of Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman. Based on the non-fiction book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, Clooney’s latest follows a crew of art historians and museum curators as the unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Even though, in recent years, Clooney has produced some serious award winners like Argo and The Ideas Of March, this film is tonally different. It might not end up winning anything, but, like we said, hopefully it’ll be a pleasant experience.
Release Date: December 18th
9. Blue Is The Warmest Color
There has been a lot of unpleasantness surrounding Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Even though the film has been met with extremely positive critical reaction, including a personalized endorsement from Steven Spielberg, the steamy lesbian drama can’t seem to catch a break. Not only was Blue given a thumbs down by Julie Maroh, who wrote the graphic novel the film is based on, but its stars, Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, have been very public about their supposed negative experiences on set. Even those of us who haven’t seen Blue are aware that this is a very graphic film – it didn’t get slapped with an NC-17 rating for no reason. But the negative buzz that, unfortunately, has attached itself to the film should be no reason why you shouldn’t see it. Those of us who are eager to see the film believe that at its core, Blue tells a powerful coming-of-age story about friendship and love.
Release Date: October 25th
8. The Counselor
The Counselor has so much going for it that it’s almost impossible for it to fail (in any way). The film is based on the first-ever original screenplay by literary icon Cormac McCarthy, also the author of No Country For Old Men, and directed by the talented Ridley Scott. The film also has a top-tier cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and the extremely gifted Javier Bardem. We don’t know much about the plot, except that Fassbender plays an attorney who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. The trailers we’ve seen give us just a slight hint of the suspenseful, sexy and violent ride we’re in for. Drugs, a real-life leopard and Javier Bardem’s crazy hair? Seriously, if that’s not a recipe for success, we don’t know what is. We’re all in.
Release Date: October 25th
You are right. Park Chan-wook‘s Oldboy didn’t and doesn’t need a remake. It is a brilliant piece of art done by a skillful storyteller who isn’t afraid of tackling taboo themes. But it’s hard not to be a little excited about this remake, because, c’mon it’s Spike Lee. Remember him? He’s the equally brilliant guy behind Do The Right Thing, Inside Man and She’s Gotta Have It. If there’s anyone who can probably do the original Oldboy some justice, it’s him. His cast is also very impressive: Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, the beautiful and talented Elizabeth Olsen, James Ransone and Samuel L. Jackson. Thus far, FilmDistrict has released some very exciting material that just amps our intrigue for the film. So, seriously, don’t feel bad about being excited to see this movie, Park Chan-wook won’t be mad at you.
Release Date: November 27
6. The Fifth Estate
In Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, Benedict Cumberbatch (who continues his reign as the most popular actor of 2013) gives us his best impression of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who’s the focus of the film. Whether you’re a fan of the man or not, The Fifth Estate is something that’s definitely on our radar. The film based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg‘s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website and David Leigh and Luke Hardings‘s WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. For whatever reason, films about websites and friendship seem to transmit very well unto film (ahem, The Social Network), so we’re rooting for this one.
Release Date: October 18
5. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
People seem to be excited for Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. The pic is a remake of the 1947 movie, which is sort of based on James Thurber‘s short story, which tells the tale of an office worker who handles his boring reality with an adventurous fantasy life, that is until things take a turn and he gets caught up in a grand adventure in real life life as well. Before Stiller, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Gore Verbinski all expressed interest in directing this film. Perhaps when it was first revealed that Stiller, who previously directed Tropic Thunder and Zoolander, would direct Walter Mitty, some might’ve dismissed it as a goofy remake. Critics’ reaction seems to be mixed, but they all agree that regular audiences will love it.
Release Date: December 25th
4. 12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years A Slave will almost certainly win an Oscar for something. If not for Best Picture, then at least Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who pours his heart and soul into the role of Solomon Northup. The film tackles a topic not often seen depicted on the big screen: slavery, specifically, American slavery. Sure, Quentin Tarantino took a bite out of the topic last year with Django Unchained, but McQueen’s film is rooted deeper, and takes us to darker and very real places. The film tells the story of a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America. McQueen has proven himself a master storyteller with films like Hunger and Shame, but with 12 Years A Slave, he shows more maturity. His depiction of American slavery is brutal (as it should be) and not at all pretty. 12 Years A Slave is hard to watch, but it’s also something that needs to be seen.
Release Date: October 18th
3. Thor: The Dark World
One of the biggest winners at this year’s Comic-Con was Tom Hiddleston. His Loki routine at Hall H was one of the most memorable and talked about moments ever, not to mention it got us excited for Thor: The Dark World. The superhero blockbuster will bring back Hiddleston’s Loki, unfortunately, this might be the end of the character, unless Marvel gives him that spinoff fans really want. The first Thor movie was blessed with Kenneth Branagh, who was well-versed in Shakespearean themes; though he won’t be back for The Dark World, newbie Alan Taylor has proper experience directing some very dramatic, and sometimes violent, TV shows including The Sopranos, Mad Men and Games of Thrones. Natalie Portman will be back as Jane Foster, and this time she’ll travel to Asgard, where Chris Hemsworth‘s mighty Thor will face the villainous Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Are you ready?
Release date: November 8th
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
If you look at the polls, they’ll show you that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the most anticipated movie of the year. And because of the kids, it’ll make a ton of money. But that’s okay because, unlike the other YA adaptation that recently ended, this one is actually good. Catching Fire will continue where Hunger Games left off, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on a victory tour after winning the 74th Hunger Games. But, as we’ve seen in trailers, things get violent when Capitol president Snow gets insecure about his position as dictator. Even if you’re not into the whole YA thing, Catching Fire has a pretty awesome cast that might entice you: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Stanley Tucci.
Release Date: November 22nd
1. The Wolf Of Wall Street
If Martin Scorsese makes a film, you watch it damn it. (End of story.) This year, he’ll give us The Wolf Of Wall Street which reunites him with Leonardo DiCaprio, who, admit it, always churns out a must-watch performance. The film is based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort‘s who made a fortune as a stockbroker, but later landed in prison for his suspicious Wall Street practices and crime involvement. In the trailer (which perfectly utilizes Kanye West‘s “Black Skinhead”), we get a hint of Scorsese’s good sense of humor. He’s not afraid to liven things up, and that’s a good thing with a film like this one. There is a possibility that Wolf won’t hit theaters ’til 2014, but on the slight chance that Scorsese and his longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker do make the December 25 deadline, then this will be the one movie you don’t want to miss.
Release Date: perhaps December 25th
What other films are you excited for?