Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Part One - #41-50

Looking forward to a new year of movies and attempting to come up with a list of films I'm most anticipating is never a simple proposition. In compiling this year's list of fifty there were 230 film titles I looked at, some a little more seriously than others, but nonetheless, it wasn't a small list of films. As a result, not everything could make the list.

NOTE: I have included a navigation to browse all five lists directly below as well as at the end of this post for easy navigation.

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Some of the films just missing the top fifty include Zal Batmanglij's The East, Spike Jonze's Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, the horror film You're Next, which first premiered in 2011 and is finally being released this year, and Devil's Knot as the story of the West Memphis Three continues, only this time in a dramatic account rather than documentary with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon starring.

I'm also interested in seeing the final product when it comes to 47 Ronin and World War Z. Both films have been in production forever. Both have endured massive reshoots and gone wildly over budget. How it all turns out we will know soon.

I'm interested in seeing Welcome To The Punch due to its massive cast of who's who in British actors, 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington could be entertaining as could Dito Montiel's Empire State.

I'm interested in Olympus Has Fallen, if only to see what Antoine Fuqua's latest will look like. James Wan returns with Insidious Chapter 2 and the Evil Dead remake is looking more and more intriguing.

I want to see Diablo Cody's directorial debut, ditto Joseph Gordon-Levitt's with Don Jon's Addiction. Ramin Bahrani's At Any Price should be worth a look, Lee Daniels' The Butler features a stacked cast and Parkland has my attention.

Shane Carruth's Upstream Color is his first film since 2004's Primer and Ari Folman's The Congress looks as if he may finally have a follow-up to 2008's Waltz with Bashir.

I'll be interested in films like Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Riddick once their release dates finally arrive, but for now those franchise starters and sequels don't really get my juices flowing. This, however, isn't to say my top 50 most anticipated films are entirely void of franchise features as there are a few coming in 2013 that have me excited.

What excites me most looking forward, are the films from some of my favorite directors and storytellers. Some because of the unique nature of the story. Some featuring the return of old friends and others because of the ambition they portend.

So with that small group of honorable mentions out of the way, let's begin with the first ten films on my list of the Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013. I'll deliver ten each day this week, finishing on Friday with my top ten. As we go along I'd love to hear your thoughts on your most anticipated and what you think of my choices as well. Let's get started...


Daniel Radcliffe in Horns
Daniel Radcliffe in Horns

What will come of Daniel Radcliffe's post-Harry Potter career? Last year's The Woman in Black proved successful, and in 2013 he'll star as Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, he's starring in The F Word for Michael Dowse (Goon) and in Horns he plays a man who awakens one morning after a hard night of drinking to find horns growing from his head.

Described as a supernatural thriller, Horns is directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) and based on the novel by Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King. The film's synopsis says that on top of the horns growing from his head, he's also the lead suspect in the rape and killing of his girlfriend. His horns, however, give him a power that will lead him to the truth -- and revenge.

A combination of an outrageous story and the talent involved in its telling has me interested, but without a distributor it seems this may be a film that will make its way around the festival circuit before finding its way to theaters.

A Good Day to Die Hard
February 14

Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard
Bruce Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard
Photo: 20th Century Fox

Am I really looking forward to A Good Day to Die Hard? Yes, as redundant as following the exploits of John McClane (Bruce Willis) has become, there are exceptions each year where momentary escapism is necessary and I'm much more interested in reuniting with John McClane at this point than another outing with Iron Man, Thor or even Superman (though I must admit a morbid curiosity as to what Zack Snyder will deliver with Man of Steel, if only to see Michael Shannon's performance as Zod).

My expectations for the quality with this latest Die Hard are slim as I am no fan of director John Moore (Max Payne, The Omen), but I even liked the last one while others didn't so why not give this new one a chance and hope for the best.

  • Corbin

    Huh. Based on the way that you've been talking about Anchorman 2, I would've thought it would be higher. Still, great list so far!

  • Winchester

    Of this section of the list I would echo 'Labor Day', '42' (for some reason even though the sport itself isn't really heavily interesting to me), and while I have reservations due to a relative lack of belief in Akiva Goldsman there's something about 'Winter's Tale' that makes me want to keep an eye on it.

    None of the rest are of strong interest at this point and I will definitely be taking Iron Man 3 over the next Die Hard. It's just a parody of itself now and the trailers don't really make it look like a change is coming with this one. I could be wrong I won't know til it hits rental.

    The Great Gatsby could convince me nearer the time but again based on his past work I expect it to miss any substance the book has in favour of OTT visuals. Lurhman just has no substance to offer, only glitz.

  • G-Man

    I'll probably offer expanded thoughts on Friday and all films have been considered, but nice intro and selections, Brad. I was unaware of the "Diana" movie, but that picture of Watts is fantastic.

  • Justin

    I had no idea Horns even existed (and sounds whacky).

    Out of all those films listed thus far, The Great Gatsby is the one I want to see the most.

  • Gautam

    I am really surprised to find Upstream Color out of your Top 50. It's easily among my Top 5 knowing what Shane Carruth is capable of. Primer, a work of genius and though high concept it was actually a very rough product which I am sure was due to budget limitations. Now that, Primer is a cult hit and money shouldn't be an issue, I can't wait to see what he has done with Upstream Color. The trailer has only helped in upping my curiosity.

    Brad, you need to revisit Primer again just in case you forgot what great work of mind it was and especially knowing you are a big fan of conceptual and cerebral films. .

  • Ian

    I'll probably write up a top ten most anticipated once I'm able to finish my top ten for this past year (probably end of the month). The only one of these that has a chance to be on it is Inside Llewyn Davis, due of course to the Coens and also Oscar Isaac's remark about it being the best experience of his career.

    As far as the others here listed here, I can't find much interest in Gatsby, 42 feels more like a 30 for 30 special than a feature theatrical release, Die Hard looks utterly terrible (and I'm also in the minority in that I quite like the 4th one, much more so than 2 or 3), Anchorman is intriguing even though I too don't really like the original (feels more like a series of SNL skits than a feature film, and I've never been a fan of Ferrell's schtick...he lays it on VERY thick), Diana seems like it's only being made to win Oscars, Horns sounds wacky but intriguing, Labor Day just sounds kind of meh, I have zero interest in Mad Max, and Winter's Tale sounds a bit like Cloud Atlas (though a paltry by comparison 100 year timeline), which means I'll have to wait for reviews to gauge my interest.

  • Mike W

    I totally agree with your assessment of Gatsby. I could see Luhrmann letting it get totally out of control (ala Joel Schumacher with Batman & Nipple). However, how many train wrecks has Leonardo Di Caprio been in? I can't think of any in his adult career. He seems to choose his films VERY carefully.

  • Gautam

    Really looking forward to The Great Gatsby, due to two reasons.
    Firstly, I can't say about the final product but trailers look fantastic.
    Secondly, to see what has Amitabh Bachchan, [Indian cinematic legend with billion followers across the globe] has done with his small role.

    Looking forward to Diana too. Though this could go either way - very risky project. If it hits the right note, I can't see Watts losing the Oscar, but if it doesn't [higher possibility], this film is going to be torn to pieces by critics and general audience alike.

  • Beautifulm

    The Great Gatsby looks like a hot mess and I can't wait to see it. lol. I'm doing a list of my top 15 of the year.

  • Matt

    Happy to see "Horns" on your list, it's one of the best books I've read recently.

  • Josh Batchelder

    Horns looks really interesting and I think I'll be checking out the book sometime later this year (perhaps after I get around to finishing the Beautiful Creatures series).

  • The Jackal

    Great list, Brad, thanks for highlighting some more obscure films in there; however, not listing Man of Steel among the Top 50 Most Anticipated seems like a gross oversight. Still, I respect the fact that this list is your personal most anticipated.

    Man of Steel, directed by Zach Snyder (who proved he could deliver with films such as 300 and Watchmen), shepherded throughout production by none other than Chris Nolan, scripted by Jonathan Nolan & Snyder, and based upon the comic which turned Kal-El of Krypton into one of the most recognized icons of the 20th Century; this is my most-anticipated film of 2013.

    Thems the facts

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  • jinjuriki187

    man of steel, iron man 3, thor 2, riddick and evil dead are all in my top 50 most anticipated, man of steel is in my top 5, all look amazing and can't wait. some really good movies coming out this year and while you didnt put these movies in your top 50 its good you at least mentioned them.

  • Milla

    There are 8 movies which I REALLY anticipate & I can't wait to see if and where you will rank them.

    The young & prodigious T.S Spivet, J-P Jeunet
    The Monument men, G. Clooney
    Blood Ties, G.Canet
    Lowlife, J.Gray
    Gravity, A.Cuaron
    Malavita, L.Besson
    The search, A.farhadi
    12 years a slave, S.McQueen

  • Jason O

    How is Spike Jonze's "Her" not on this list?

  • http://getaclueDOTcom jw

    great gatsby top 5 - maybe even top 3 - where you have it is moronic - seriously LOL - your reviews are off more then they are on point - maybe consider a new career ? SERIOUSLY lol.

  • RC

    The only four movies I'm anticipating this year are....
    1) Man Of Steel
    2) Pacific Rim
    3) The Evil Dead
    4) I, Frankenstein