It’s March, so the post-Oscar vibes are finally settled and now it’s time to look forward to the upcoming movie year! It’s going to be tough to beat 2013, but here are a bunch of films I’m looking forward to.
NOTE: I didn’t include many summer blockbusters for two reasons. 1. While they’re sure to make a lot of money, those aren’t the type of movies I enjoy for the most part and 2. Hopefully this will separate my list from the rest.
There’s no release date yet, but this film was supposed to be one of the stronger Oscar candidates in 2013 before it got pushed back. Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, the film is based off the Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz’s autobiography.
Release Date: March 28
Darren Aronofsky has never shied away from the bizarre, so it makes sense he would be the one to tackle such an epic, Biblical story. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins, I’m a bit skeptical about this one, but am still excited nonetheless. From the man who brought you Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan, Aronofsky is one of the boldest directors of our generation.
Richard Linklater has written and directed arguably the first Oscar contender of the year. The film follows a child’s journey from boy to man in Texas. Word has it that star Ellar Coltrane is incredible. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Linklater.
Release Date: June 20
This musical adaptation is directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood. If that doesn’t intrigue you enough to get you to the theaters, then I don’t know what will. How about it stars Christopher Walken.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date: July 11
With the surprise that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was in 2011, we get more of Caesar and the war between humans and apes this summer! Matt Reeves directs and the film will star Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer, and Andy Serkis.
Release Date: October 3
You have to always keep your eye out for anything that David Fincher touches, and this is his next project. Starring Ben Affleck and adapted from the best-selling novel, this is one not to miss.
Release Date: November 7
Christopher Nolan is at it again with another science fiction film starring the hottest movie star in the business, Matthew McConaughey, plus Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and more. Since everything Nolan touches turns to gold… well you get the picture.
Release Date: December 12
Whenever I see Paul Thomas Anderson’s name pop up anywhere, I think about the way he loves to challenge his audience with films such as The Master, There Will Be Blood, and Magnolia. His next film is an adaptation from a Thomas Pynchon novel, a crime story starring Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and more. This is a must-see.
Release Date: December 25
Angelina Jolie will take another crack at directing with this bio-pic of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Oh, did I mention this movie was written by the Coen brothers?
Into the Woods
Release Date: December 25
Rob Marshall is back with another musical. He won big with Chicago but flopped with Nine, so there’s really no telling how good this one will be. But with the release date and the cast starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, and Chris Pine, I’d say this has good Oscar potential.