Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Part Two - #31-40

Today brings ten more movies to look forward to and I must say, as I was writing up my thoughts on each I got more and more excited for a couple of these particularly the closer I got to #31.

Yesterday's list was just a primer for what is to come. It had some worthy titles to look forward to, but overall it was quite obvious things were only going to get better. Today they do as I offer up films from the likes of Wong Kar Wai, Paul Greengrass, Alexander Payne, Jim Jarmusch, Scott Cooper and Neill Blomkamp. If you aren't excited about the films of 2013 yet, this list of ten should start to get that motor running= and we are still thirty films away from #1.

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

Most Anticipated 2013 Navigation

There is very little else to say in the build-up, so let's get to it...

The Grandmaster

Tony Leung Chiu Wai in The Grandmaster
Tony Leung Chiu Wai in The Grandmaster

If there's one thing the Internet does well, it's obsess over movies and hype them up to impossible heights and expectations they can't possibly achieve. When it comes to Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster it's possible hype has finally started going the other direction considering how long it has taken this film to be completed. It was among my Most Anticipated of 2012, a trailer had already been cut for the film at that time and while a Cannes premiere was rumored, only a few minutes of the film screened late in the festival when most press had already gone home.

The film, it would seem, the film is completed. It had its first screening on January 5, is expected to open in China today, January 8, and is slated to play the Berlin Film Festival. The story tracks the life of martial-arts master Ip Man, top be played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai who broke his arm during filming, which was one of the causes for the long delay.

There has been no word from anyone that saw it to this point so the waiting game continues, but it seems like we will finally be seeing it this year. As far as when we'll see it domestically, that's up to Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures.

Ender's Game
November 1

Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game
Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game
Photo: Summit Entertainment

I don't know much about Orson Scott Card's series of novels, but I've been told Ender's Game is worth anticipating so it climbs my list. Starring Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as the titular Ender, the story begins on Earth after an alien attack, when gifted children are recruited by a government desperate to fight back. The kids are taught a competitive game that's a cross between the Quidditch matches of Harry Potter and the Jedi light saber battles from Star Wars. Only the best and brightest will be chosen.Ender emerges as a genius strategist, and the planet's best hope to destroy the alien Formic race.

Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is directing with Butterfield joined by Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis and Nonso Anozie. Strong cast, could be good.

After Earth
June 7

Jaden Smith in After Earth
Jaden Smith in After Earth
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Even Samuel L. Jackson is starting to pile on M Night Shyamalan saying the writer/director "hasn't made a really good movie since [Unbreakable]," but I can't help but hope the man that broke out with Sixth Sense still has something left in the tank as this time he is going full-on sci-fi with After Earth.

The story is set 1,000 years following a cataclysmic event on Earth which is where Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) find themselves stranded after a crash-landing. Cypher is critically injured, forcing Kitai to search for help on the now alien planet all while an alien creature that escaped during the crash is out there.

This isn't the only such sci-fi film of this sort coming out this year as Tom Cruise's Oblivion will be on this list in an upcoming installment, and that last little bit about the alien does pose shades of Super 8. But I'm giving Shyamalan the benefit of the doubt and hoping for something to reinvigorate his fading career.

  • Susan

    I had no idea Jarmusch had a new film, let alone one with that cast. I'm a Jarmusch nut, from his early work to his new. 2013 looks really fun.

  • Winchester

    From today's list I'm interested in Elysium, Only Lovers Left Alive, Nebraska and perhaps Ender's Game unless it looks like it's skewing young. I've never read the book either though.


    Elysium and Captain Phillips catch my interest a lot. Unfortunately there's not a lot of photos, videos, or anything marketing these films so far, so I guess that I'm gonna have a lot of waiting to do.

  • Movie Fan

    Am I the only one excited for Now You See Me

  • G-Man

    Captain Phillips could be this year's Zero Dark Thirty.

  • Fox

    I'd never heard of Out of the Furnace, but with Bale and Affleck I'll definitely be waiting for that one. Also I hope Elysium is as good as District 9 (which I loved), but I doubt it. Captain Phillips also looks solid. At the very least I think that one is going to be a fun action movie, but as alot of people have said, it could be special.

  • Criterion10

    I personally can't wait for The Grandmaster, and I really don't know why. It just looks really intriguing.

    Ender's Game and After Earth are two films that look intriguing, but I feel that they will fall short. (After Earth seems nothing like an M. Night Shamalyan film, although that could be a good thing.)

    While I haven't seen any Jim Jarmusch films yet, his latest does look really cool. Another film I'll need to check out.

    I've been putting together my own anticipated films list for 2013 that I will post a little later in the week...

    • Disco Paco

      Start with Ghost Dog then Down by Law then Dead Man.

  • SmartFilm

    Like you're perspective but it seems like you've got a lot of different choices here. I'm counting down my top 40, to see 30-21 click:

    Anticipating your top ten.

  • JAB

    "Elysium" & "Captain Phillips" are in my Top 10 Anticipated. I was floored by "District 9" & love every film Greengrass has helmed since "Bloody Sunday".
    "Ender's Game" reads like a sci-fi novel as if written by Tom Clancy at his peak (Orson Scott Card is a helluva writer), so that has my interest. Ford seems perfect for his role.

  • Ian

    Definitely looking forward to Elysium and Ender's Game...The Dallas Buyer's Club and The Grandmaster sound intriguing...same for Nebraska though it doesn't necessarily have the talent of The Descendents (my favorite film of 2011) or Sideways.

  • Badge

    Reading through the comments that moviegoers have been making here at my local cinema in Beijing for 'The Grandmaster' it seems that people are liking it or not liking it for exactly the same reason - its pacing. Of course Chinese audiences have a slightly different way of watching films than western ones, and I expect its a younger generation who have had their viewing sensibilities altered by the imports of big-budget Hollywood actioners that are the ones that aren't getting much out of this flick.

  • hurricane

    Ender's game is a very, very good book, but I don't think the material will translate well to a movie. Also, the book deserves an R rating but will probably get a PG-13 rating. Would have liked to see Ezra Miller since his performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin would translate perfectly to a few of characters in the book