We’re already a month into the summer season and nearly halfway through the year, and with blockbusters like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Fast & Furious 6 behind us, we wanted to take a look into the not-too-distant future at a few more movies scheduled to hit theaters this year that we’re still excited to see. There’s so much negativity in the blogosphere these days, but many of these films haven’t had the chance to disappoint anyone yet, so we have a glorious blank slate laid out in front of us. Follow along with our list and let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments below.
The Kings of Summer
Release date: 5/31 (limited)
Why we’re excited: I caught the premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and this is one of my favorite movies of the year. It’s a modern day teen comedy that’s hilarious, well-written, and treats its teenage protagonists like actual characters instead of stereotypes. It opens in limited release this weekend, so make a note to seek this one out in the coming weeks as it expands wider if you don’t live in NY or L.A.
This is The End
Release date: 6/12
Why we’re excited: Early word on the street is that this movie is one of the funniest films of the year so far. I’m a huge fan of “meta” approaches to film (in which a film makes fun of a genre while simultaneously is an entry into that same genre) and I love seeing actors play exaggerated versions of themselves, so this seems right up my alley.
Man of Steel
Release date: 6/14
Why we’re excited: Tons of Superman fans were disappointed with Bryan Singer’s slow, contemplative 2006 film Superman Returns, and now it looks like WB is taking things in the opposite direction by bringing Zack Snyder in to direct what looks like an action-heavy spectacle. This is my most anticipated film of the summer, so let’s hope it lives up to the hype.
World War Z
Release date: 6/21
Why we’re excited: I had the opportunity to see a few minutes of this movie already, and from what I’ve seen, those stories of trouble behind the scenes haven’t had much effect on the final product. This is a story told on a global scale, and with zombies and Brad Pitt involved, it should turn out to be pretty solid…as long as they can stick the landing.
White House Down
Release date: 6/28
Why we’re excited: Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in a buddy comedy directed by the guy who made Independence Day? This looks like a lot of fun, and even though we’ve already seen the “Die Hard in the White House” model done once this year with Olympus Has Fallen, this one could be different enough to get fans pumped to see the antics that Tatum and Foxx get into.
The Way, Way Back
Release date: 7/5 (limited)
Why we’re excited: Another Sundance favorite, this is the directorial debut of Jim Rash (who plays the Dean on “Community”) and Nat Faxon, the duo who won a writing Oscar for The Descendants. This movie is a lot funnier than their previous effort, and it has a stellar cast anchored by an absolutely hilarious Sam Rockwell. Great, great stuff.
Release date: 7/12
Why we’re excited: Ain’t no party like a robots vs. monsters party, and Guillermo del Toro’s first film since 2008’s Hellboy 2 is definitely cause for celebration. Have you seen the trailers for this thing? A GIANT ROBOT SMASHES A GIANT MONSTER IN THE FACE WITH A BOAT. Count me in.
The Spectacular Now
Release date: 8/2 (limited)
Why we’re excited: If you’re into small scale relationship dramas that have their fair share of laughs, look no further than The Spectacular Now. It’s a fascinating portrayal of teen drinking and the sacrifices necessary when you fall in love with an unlikely partner. With brilliant performances from Miles Tellar and Shailene Woodley, this movie will make them both instant household names if enough people give this one a chance at their local theaters.
Release date: 8/9
Why we’re excited: Matt Damon in a mech suit. The return of District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Sharlto Copley as a sword-wielding, trenchcoat-wearing badass. Need I say more?
The World’s End
Release date: 8/23
Why we’re excited: Edgar Wright’s conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (which includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) reunites stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a story about a pub crawl that turns into a quest for Earth’s survival. It looks freaking fantastic.
Release date: 8/23
Why we’re excited: Debuting years ago but languishing on a shelf somewhere until now, You’re Next could very well be this year’s The Cabin in the Woods. Anyone who saw that movie knows this is a very good thing, and from what I hear, it’s best to head into this twisty horror thriller without knowing much about it at all.
Release date: 9/27
Why we’re excited: Justin Timberlake stars as an online poker playing whiz who loses big time and heads to the island lair of the man (Ben Affleck) who runs the illegal gambling ring that cheated him. But once he arrives, he becomes enamored with the high life and ends up being Affleck’s number 2 man as the FBI closes in on the case. This one should be good, since it comes from the writers of Rounders (who obviously know their stuff when it comes to poker).
Release date: 10/4
Why we’re excited: That first trailer is such a gut-punch, I can’t imagine how I’ll be able to watch an entire movie of people being trapped in space. It looks horrifying, but at the same time, you can’t deny Alfonso Cuaron’s ingenious direction and storytelling abilities, so this is a must-see as far as I’m concerned.
Out of the Furnace
Release date: 10/4
Why we’re excited: Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, and Woody Harrelson star in this revenge story from Scott Cooper, the director of Crazy Heart. I’m excited to see what Cooper can do with this intense cast, and seeing Bale as an ex-con out for revenge will be a nice change of pace from his morality-centered take on Batman.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Release date: 10/4
Why we’re excited: As for morality, you likely won’t find any in this long-awaited sequel to Sin City. It’s about time Robert Rodriguez got the gang back together, and I’m stoked to see that signature black and white style with splashes of color hitting the screen, and to hear that awesome film noir style dialogue. October 4th is going to be a busy day at the theater for film geeks.
Release date: 10/18
Why we’re excited: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s excellent directorial debut went over well at Sundance, and it features some superb work from him and co-star Scarlett Johansson. Ostensibly about a pornography addiction, this movie is about so much more than that. Check it out to see what I mean, but if you’re a diehard fan of JGL, you already had this one marked on your calendar anyway.
Release date: 11/1
Why we’re excited: I just read Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi novel on which this movie is based, and it was a really fun read. I’m hoping that the movie can do it justice, and the solid cast and cool-looking visuals balance out my trepidation from the fact that this comes from Kurtzman and Orci (who have a really hit-and-miss track record) and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
The Wolf of Wall Street
Release date: 11/15
Why we’re excited: Scorsese teaming back up with DiCaprio for a rip-roaring story about high spending in the 1990s? Hell yes. I can almost taste the downfall DiCaprio’s character is going to experience, and it will be glorious, because this collaboration always produces stupendous work.
The Monuments Men
Release date: 12/18
Why we’re excited: George Clooney directs and stars in this film about art historians in WWII who go on a clandestine mission to retrieve priceless works of art that Hitler stole. Theft from a thief? I like it. And how about this cast: Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett. Whoa.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Release date: 12/20
Why we’re excited: The return of Ron Burgundy is my second most anticipated film of 2013, and I’m certain that Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and the returning cast of Channel 4 news team members will deliver the comedy goods. It sounds like there’s an opportunity for about a billion cameos and guest spots, but let’s hope the story stands on its own as well.
Saving Mr. Banks
Release date: 12/20
Why we’re excited: Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney in this real-life story about how Disney secured the rights to the story of Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers. It might sound like a boring story, but I’m guessing the combination of Hanks’ performance and classic Disney lore will be mesmerizing.
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