Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Part Three - #21-30

The journey of anticipation continues today with ten more upcoming movies for 2013. Today's batch includes a franchise starter, race cars, furious cars, online gambling, criminal body builders, sex, spies, a ravaged Earth and more.

Stars include Tom Cruise, Viola Davis, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Adepero Oduye, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Mackie... twice. And that's just a sampling of what is offered.

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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As for now, let's have a look at this ten and see what kind of art-house-meets-popcorn-films these titles have to offer...

Twelve Years a Slave

Steve McQueen has proven to be an immense talent with his first two films -- Hunger and Shame. He's also a director unafraid to make the audience uncomfortable with a visceral sense of realism. He's a director whose films have become required viewing any year they're released and 12 Years a Slave features a cast and a story that continues that trend.

Twelve Years a Slave is based on the 1853 autobiography written by Solomon Northup, a New York citizen who was kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and rescued from a cotton plantation in Louisiana in 1853.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Northup, who regained his freedom after Samuel Bass, a Canadian carpenter who opposed slavery, smuggled letters to Northup's wife, Anne Hampton (Kelsey Scott), ultimately starting the legal process to earn him back his freedom.

Michael Fassbender starred in McQueen's previous two films and here he'll play Edwin Epps, the film's chief villain, a cruel plantation owner with whom Northup spends a significant portion of his 12 years in bondage (source).

The film also stars Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye (who was fantastic and wrongly overlooked in Pariah), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt and I haven't done any additional research to learn all of their roles as I feel I already know enough about this story and want to experience the rest first-hand in the theater. It sounds as if it is going to be a tough watch, but a rewarding one and I really can't wait to see how McQueen caps off his first trilogy of films.

Pain & Gain
April 26

Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie in Pain & Gain
Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie in Pain & Gain
Photo: Paramount Pictures

It feels a little weird to go from something like a Steve McQueen feature to a farcical Michael Bay movie, but such is the world of cinema and my taste as I really can't wait to see what this film has to offer. No, I don't watch trailers so I have no idea what exactly the below video tells me about the movie, but the idea of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson playing a pair of criminal bodybuilders involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot and told through the ADD lens of Michael Bay is something I want to see.

The film is based on a 1999 Miami New Times article and along with Johnson and Wahlberg the cast includes Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie, Rob Corddry, Tony Plana, Ken Jeong, Bar Paly and the reliably funny Rebel Wilson.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea and there is a strong chance it will be awful, but anticipation is about "want," which doesn't always lead to the best decisions.

  • G-Man

    Previously unaware of Runner Runner, but sounds awesome. As someone who loved Fast Five, the sixth installment is an obvious one I can't wait for. The trailer really sold me on Pain & Gain.

    P.S. I like how you've broken this up into days. Gives me something new and exciting to read at lunch Monday-Friday.

  • AS

    Looking forward to Twelve Years a Slave, The Nymphomaniac and Pain & Gain.

  • Winchester

    Of today's list I have levels of interest in Twelve Years a Slave, Pain & Gain (curiosity alone re Bay), Jack Ryan (big fan of the 90s films when I was a kid and even The Sum of All Fears is OK), Fast and Furious 6 (maybe), Monuments Men, Rush (comes with a question mark as I'm not big on Howard but at least he's severed himself from Akiva Goldsman this time) and Oblivion (I'll take this over After Earth personally).

  • Xarnis

    I'm personally looking forward to Rush, Oblivion, Twele Years a Slave, and Prisoners

  • MajorFilmFan

    The detective character in 'Prisoners' is Detective LOKI??? Odd choice, since the Avengers and Thor released...

  • MajorFilmFan

    I'm BEYOND excited for Twelve Years A Slave, Rush, and Oblivion

  • MajorFilmFan

    The idea that we get to see Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor face off in '12 Years A Slave' is enough to get me STOKED for this movie!

  • Mike W

    So Nymphomaniac is the real life version of 'Rochelle Rochelle' from Seinfeld

    "a wild and poetic story of a woman's erotic journey from birth to the age of 50"

    Rochelle Rochelle:
    "a young woman's strange erotic journey from Milan to Minsk. It's a story about life, and love, and becoming a woman."

    • Mark

      Lmao , thanks for pointing that out. I might have to go see it if I hear its "real hot" from everyone.

  • Fox

    Monuments Men looks like it could be good, definite Oscar bate for Clooney, who was shut out on Ides of March, which I thought was superb.

    Can't say I'm too excited for Oblivion. I saw the trailer at the theatres, and after it gave away the entire plot of the movie, I feel no need to check that one out, unless reviews are stellar.

    The most interesting of the bunch is definitely 12 Years a Slave. That one looks like it could be a masterpiece.

  • High Hanging Fruit

    Interesting that Pain and Gain is being marketed as a comedy yet if you read the full story (Brad posted the link) it really is anything but. Truly horrific some of it actually and I am very much looking forward to this movie above all next year.

    Runner Runner is a poker term and is also on my list.

    Also interesting to see that (despite Argo) Brad has deleted Affleck from the history of Jack Ryan lol ;)

  • Chris

    Loving the list thus far. Don't understand the anticipation for Pain and Gain though.

  • Kessler

    Never heard of 12 Years a Slave. Definitely interested in that one now. The ones I'm looking forward to on this list are Jack Ryan, Monuments Men, Rush, and Oblivion.

  • Gautam

    Brad, I understand that you have varied taste but Fast and Furious 6, Oblivion, Pain and Gane, above Twelve Years of Slave. That's a bit strange. Has your taste suddenly started shifting towards escapist stuff.

    After having seen trailers of Pain and Gain, Oblivion I am pretty both are going to be pretty miserable. Nothing new, nothing special, plain action crap.

    • Brad Brevet

      I wouldn't look too deep into it.

      • Mikey

        Maybe you've lost your passion?

  • Max Drome

    Oblivion should be among the TOP 5 ... you're an idiooooooot.

    • Susan

      Nice argument Max.

      • Jake17

        Susan, don't feed the trolls.

  • Ian

    Definitely looking forward to 12 Years a Slave, and Monuments Men sounds great just from the premise and cast alone. I'm curious about Jack Ryan I suppose, and also (perhaps against my better judgement) about Nymphomaniac. I never had much interest in Oblivion (never saw Tron Legacy), but I think the trailer is pretty impressive, at least on a visual action spectacle level.

  • Alex Thomas

    I am so excited for Runner, Runner!!! Loved the Lincoln Lawyer, loved Rounders, love the story, fans of Affleck and JT too!

  • Jake17

    The fact that that perv wannabe LaBarf is having 'real sex' in a real movie (or with anyone, for that matter) is enough to make me wanna run and hide. Forever.
    Anyways, I'm looking forward to Monuments Men and Twelve Years A Slave. I personally think the whole trailer for Oblivion is all I needed to see to get the whole movie. The Fast And The Furious series has never been interesting to me. I actually think Pain And Gain could be good, so I'll keep an eye on that one.

  • Randall P McMurphy

    I wonder what Twelve Years a Slave will be like, coming from the director of my favorite movie of 2011, I hope its good. Nymphomaniac could be great too, but who knows. I saw the trailer for Oblivion and hated it, it looks completely cliched from the moment Morgan Freeman appears with the match. Finally, about Fast and Furious 6, I wonder when they're going to get to the point where the guys from Tokyo Drift meet with the rest of the crew, Tokyo Drift is a guilty pleasure of mine and I would like to see a movie with all of them.

    • Criterion10

      Shame was my favorite film of last year too. Simply a masterpiece, and I don't use that word lightly.

  • Criterion10

    Twelve Years a Slave and Nymphomaniac are the two big ones here for me. Steve McQueen and Lars Von Trier are two directors that I greatly admire. (I'd even go so far as to call McQueen the greatest director working today.)

    Pain and Gain will be interesting to see, most likely not in a good way though.

  • Corbin

    Of this list, I'm looking forward to 12 years a Slave, Rush, Jack Ryan, Oblivion, and Pain & Gain.

  • Dale

    Jack Ryan, Monuments Men (needs a better title!), and Prisoners are the three that interest me most from this list. I'm happy to see Melissa Leo's name among the cast in two of these films, which means this terrific actress, one of my favorites, is really in demand. Her small but powerful role in "Flight" was a highlight of that picture.