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

November 27

Concept art from Frozen
Concept art from Frozen
Photo: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disney Animation is on a role with Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph and next up is Frozen, a film that sounds as if it is right down the Disney alley. Here's the synopsis:

When Anna is cursed by her estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Anna's only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous but thrilling journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape. Joined by a rugged, thrill-seeking outdoorsman, his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman, Anna must race against time, conquer the elements and battle an army of menacing snowmen if she ever hopes to melt her frozen heart.

Is it possible Disney could take over the animated mantle from Pixar if this trend continues? After all, I'm looking forward to Frozen while Monsters University doesn't exactly scream "See me!"

August 9

Matt Damon in Elysium
Matt Damon in Elysium
Photo: Columbia Pictures

I have five all-out sci-fi films on my list of Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 and here comes number two. Neill Blomkamp's District 9 was decent. I didn't buy into it the same as everyone else, but that doesn't mean I don't recognize the potential and it seems as if we've been waiting forever for Elysium to arrive.

Set in 2159 and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the film will have a bit of a problem getting over its Astro Boy plot line in that it takes place aboard a space station called Elysium and the ruined Earth below. Two classes of people exist in this scenario, the rich are up in space while the rest of the population is living down below and Secretary Delacourt (Foster) is hoping to keep it that way, but I think we all know that just can't be.

We're still waiting on a trailer for this one as it recently shifted release dates from March 2013 to August so we may be waiting a little longer.

Out of the Furnace

Scott Cooper's sophomore effort following 2009's Crazy Heart is the star packed Out of the Furnace with the likes of Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard. The story follows two brothers (Bale and Affleck) who live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, when a cruel twist of fate lands one of them in prison, the other is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast.

The draw here, for me, is the talent involved, but I am curious in which what time period will the film be set? I always do my best not to know too much information about a film before going in and at this point I'm content in not knowing. Relativity Media of all studios is handling the distribution of this pic and at this point I wouldn't be surprised to see it make a Toronto 2013 debut.

Only Lovers Left Alive

I have not yet explored all of Jim Jarmusch's earlier work, but without question the earlier films of his I've seen -- Down by Law and Mystery Train -- are far better than the films I've seen from him since.

Only Lovers Left Alive is his first film in four years following the lackluster Limits of Control and it's got a story that I can't help but be intrigued by that taps into Jarmusch's love of music but has a vampiric twist to it.

The story follows Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his centuries-old lover (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska).

The love for vampire stories as of late has certainly gotten a bit old, but I don't expect this film to be anything like those we've seen. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if not a single drop of blood was spilled in the entire movie.

The fan poster featured here was created by synathroesmus.

  • 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