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Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2013

It's not easy keeping it to just ten

Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2013

The final four months of the year are upon us and it would seem the studios have decided to save the absolute best for last. Boiling down the final four months of the year to a list of ten films I'm most anticipating was no easy chore, though it was made slightly easier as I've already seen All is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska at the Cannes Film Festival, three films that would have certainly been jockeying for position among these ten.

Among my top ten there isn't really a single blockbuster though I am interested in seeing a few. I'm curious to see how Peter Jackson will approach The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug after the tedious slog that was the first film. Will The Hunger Games: Catching Fire prove more memorable than the first, which I was overly kind to in my review, but haven't thought of since? I'm interested in seeing how Kenneth Branagh handles Jack Ryan and how Chris Pine is in the title role and my most anticipated guilty pleasure over the coming months is Thor: The Dark World. As a fan of the ridiculous nature of the first film I'm hoping this one will be as mindlessly entertaining.

The only real comedy I had in consideration was Anchorman: The Legend Continues, though I'm sure Don Jon and Machete Kills will supply some measure of comedic entertainment.

Awards season titles I'm looking forward to, but didn't make the ultimate top ten include Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, Jason Reitman's Labor Day, Parkland, The Fifth Estate, Rush and Prisoners, all of which I will be seeing in Toronto beginning next Thursday, September 5.

Additionally, I want to see the new Salinger documentary and Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips. I want to see how Scott Cooper handles Out of the Furnace and will Jon Lee Hancock deliver with Saving Mr. Banks?

The recently dated Escape from Tomorrow and Lone Survivor are also a couple of curiosities worth looking out for. However, there can only be ten movies in a top ten, thus the reason it is called a top ten... but you knew that already.

So, without further delay, let me run down my ten most anticipated films left to come over the months of September-December 2013 and afterward share your thoughts and most anticipated films in the comments below.

I've included a pictures for all ten of the films as well as trailers for all but one of them as nothing has yet been officially released. Enjoy!

#10
Oldboy
November 27

Josh Brolin in Oldboy
Josh Brolin in Oldboy
Photo: FilmDistrict

There's something about Spike Lee's tonal approach to his movies that I think will serve as a major asset to his remake of Oldboy. The biggest concern I have about the film is the approach to the overall narrative and, without saying too much, how the third act is handled. For those of us that have seen Chan-wook Park's 2003 feature there will be a tendency to be highly critical of any familiar turns in the plot. However, having never read Nobuaki Minegishi's manga from which the original film and this one were based, there could very easily be some surprises in store.

Oldboy follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor's motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

#9
Foxcatcher
December 20

Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Bennett Miller has given us Capote and Moneyball, two films powered by fantastic and, in the case of Moneycall, surprising performances. Can Miller do for the likes of either Steve Carell or Channing Tatum what he did for Jonah Hill? Miller knows how to pick the stories he wants to tell so I have no concerns there, my only thought with this one is just how much will I enjoy Foxcatcher, because there's really no question in my mind that I will enjoy it.

Foxcatcher tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I don't know how you did it Brad. This fall has so many movies that can be really good coming out and keeping it to 10 is hard. Here is my list of all the movies I am looking forward to this fall in no particular order:

    http://letterboxd.com/navaneethks/list/updated-8-28-fall-movie-preview-2013-films/

    If I HAD to pick my most anticipated it would be The Wolf of Wall Street.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Here's my list

    1. The Wolf of Wall Street
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. The Counselor
    4. All is Lost
    5. 12 Years a Slave
    6. American Hustle
    7. Foxcatcher
    8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    9. Out of the Furnace
    10. The Past
    Honorable mentions: Captain Phillips, Her, Prisoners, The Fifth Estate
    It does give me a bit of hope that Heslov is on the writing side of Monuments Men, but I just can't see myself truly excited for the film.

    It looks like it's gonna be a great rest of the year.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      After a bad first half of the year, it's about time we get some quality over quantity.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

        Well, I wouldn't say the first half was bad, but the majority if mainstream films were disappointing or bad. It did provide films I really liked, such as Only God Forgives, Mud, Before Midnight, Upstream Color, and The Place Beyond the Pines. Still, it does look like this fall is going to be great.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      No enthusiasm for Gravity?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

        Nope. I don't think it looks very good from the trailers, and I hate Sandra Bullock. I'll see it, but I'm not really anticipating it. The positive reviews out of Venice are promising, however.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

          I'm with Xarnis on Bullock. I try hard to avoid her films.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I'd say just now I would pick -

    All is Lost
    Blue is the Warmest Colour
    The Counselor
    Gravity
    Inside Llweyn Davis
    Jack Ryan
    Labor Day
    Nebraska
    Thor: The Dark World
    Wolf of Wall Street

    With an eleventh mention of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Which is odd as I like neither Stiller nor Wiig greatly..............but really liked the trailer. So, I'll keep and eye on it.

    Assuming they're all theatrically released in the UK before the end of the year. I'm not sure they all are.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      Oh, honorables to Rush, 12 Years a Slave and perhaps Monuments Men. Maybe Oldboy if I get a chance to catch the original before it's out.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

      Actually, based on word out of early screenings from Telluride I may have to add Prisoners and Philomena onto the list. Particularly Prisoners which now does not at all seem to be what the trailers made it out to be.

  • http://couchpotatodigest.blogspot.com Matt Taylor

    Great list- there is so much to be excited for. Here's my list:

    1. American Hustle
    2. 12 Years a Slave
    3. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. Labor Day
    5. The Wolf of Wall Street
    6. Don Jon
    7. Her
    8. Dallas Buyers Club
    9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    10. Out of the Furnace

    Honorable Mentions: "The Past", "All is Lost", "The Counselor" and "Foxcatcher."

  • http://hauntedbyhumans.wordpress.com J.R.Meehl

    Top 10 in no order:
    1) Gravity
    2) Walter Mitty
    3) Thor: The Dark World
    4) Monuments Men
    5) Foxcatcher
    6) Twelve Years a Slave
    7) American Hustle
    8) The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
    9) Ender's Game
    10) Inside Llewyn Davis

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I don't know if I could boil this list down to ten, but I do think you've covered all the bases and it's encouraging to see what looks like another crop of quality fall and holiday films coming along after how dreadful the first eight months of the year have been. I really wish these movies were more spread out across the year though as November and December end up becoming overwhelming. I know I won't get to some of the more limited platform releases until January.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    1. Monuments Men
    2. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. All Is Lost
    4. Prisoners
    5. Captain Phillips
    6. The Fifth Estate
    7. Gravity
    8. Foxcatcher
    9. Dallas Buyers Club
    10. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

  • http://seikozoorhess.deviantart.net Paul Hennen

    This entire fall season is a living bust in my opinion. I am not interested in seeing pretty much any of the films, not even the blockbusters. I do want to see "Out Of The Furnance," otherwise I'm pretty ready to laugh at the insanity that will be "Machette Kills" and return to the world of Thor with "The Dark World," otherwise I'll stay home and save up for a 3D tv and surround sound system. Most of this stuff is standard stuff, and the hobbit thing is a huge disaster is my opinion, only one film was necessary.

    Oh and Rush because it seems interesting....

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    1) All is Lost (got the small bump it needed when I found out Alex Ebert was doing the score)
    2) Inside Llewen Davis
    3) 12 Years A Slave
    4) American Hustle
    5) Out of the Furnace
    6) Foxcatcher
    7) Labour Day
    8) Foxcatcher
    9) Nebraska
    10) Monuments Men

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jamie/ Jamie

    A lot of potentially amazing films coming out in the next few months. It seems like there are more this year, than in years past...but it probably just feels that way.

    1. Gravity
    2. Wolf of Wall Street
    3. American Hustle
    4. Her
    5. Monuments Men

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    1. Gravity
    2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    3. Captain Phillips
    4. The Monuments Men
    5. American Hustle
    6. Labor Day
    7. Foxcatcher
    8. The Wolf of Wall Street
    9. Her
    10. Thor: the Dark World

  • http://letterboxd.com/austin/ Austin Gorski

    1. Gravity
    2. Anchorman: The Legend Continues
    3. Wolf of Wall Street
    4. Her
    5. The Counselor
    6. Twelve Years a Slave
    7. Oldboy
    8. American Hustle
    9. Foxcatcher
    10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • Aidan Khan

    I'm right with you Brad with The Wolf of Wall street at #1. One question:
    Why no Enders Game or Snowpeircer?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Snowpiercer doesn't have a release date and I have little to no interest in Ender's Game.

      • Aidan Khan

        Oh okay. Snowpiercer got good early buzz oversees so im looking forward to it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    You may have a point about McConaughey. He is definitely a better actor than DiCaprio.

    My top 3:

    1. The Wolf of Wall Street
    2. The Counselor
    3. American Hustle

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    1) The Wolf of Wall Street
    2) American Hustle
    3) Inside Llewyn Davis
    4) Gravity
    5) Foxcatcher
    6) All is Lost
    7) Blue is the Warmest Color
    8) The Counselor
    9) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    10) Labor Day

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Very excited for Her... Wolf of Wall Street does nothing for me. But I'll wait to see what the buzz is closer to the release.

  • http://reelprojection.com/ GothamCity151

    1. American Hustle
    2. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    3. The Counselor
    4. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. 12 Years A Slave
    6. Her
    7. The Monuments Men
    8. Labor Day
    9. Don Jon
    10. Out Of The Furnace

    I wish I could be excited for Oldboy, but Spike Lee's last several films have been lackluster at best. Now he's remaking a film I love, and it is hard for me to get on board.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    There's lots im looking forward to watching but the few im actually excited about are
    12 Years A Slave
    Dallas Buyers Club
    Oldboy
    Tom At The Farm
    All Is Lost
    Salinger
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      oh and The Congress whenever it gets released over here.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    2. Carrie
    3. Anchorman: The Legend Continues
    4. Thor: The Dark World
    5. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
    6. American Hustle
    7. The Wolf Of Wall Street
    8. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
    9. Insidious: Chapter 2
    10. 47 Ronin

    HM: Saving Mr. Banks

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Also add The Fifth Estate and Don Jon to the honourable mentions section.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I made a top ten at the beginning of August. Since then, Elysium has been seen, and disappointed me. Therefore, my new Top 10 is:

    10. Saving Mr. Banks
    9. The Fifth Estate
    8. Out of the Furnace
    7. Gravity
    6. August: Osage County
    5. Inside Llewyn Davis
    4. The Wolf of Wall Street
    3. American Hustle
    2. Frozen
    1. The Counselor

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Foggy/ Liam Fogarty

    My top 10 most anticipated:

    1) American Hustle
    2) Inside Llweyn Davis
    3) The Wolf of Wall Street
    4) Gravity
    5) Her
    6) Dallas Buyers Club
    7) Don Jon
    8) All Is Lost
    9) 12 Years a Slave
    10) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Runners up (in order most interest, to probably end up skipping)

    The Fifth Estate
    The Counselor
    Thor: The Dark World
    Oldboy
    The Monuments Men
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Anchorman: The Legend Continues
    Captain Phillips
    Out of the Furnace
    Escape Plan
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    Nebraska
    Rush
    The Family
    Machete Kills
    Jack Ryan
    Ender's Game

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    Wow, definitely looks a lot like my list. No surprises there though, great minds and all that shiznit.

    Check out my Ten Movies to Look out For Fall 2013:
    http://smartfilm.blogspot.com/2013/08/ten-movies-to-look-out-for-in-fall-2013.html
    I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on my list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Chris/ Chris

    1. Anchorman 2
    2. American Hustle
    3. The Wolf of Wall Street
    4. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. Monuments Men
    6. Gravity
    7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    8. All is Lost
    9. Out of the Furnace
    10. Foxcatcher

    11. Her

  • http://HollywoodAndMe.BlogSpot.com Asif Khan

    My most anticipated Fall film would be:

    1. Gravity
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. Her
    4. The Past
    5. Blue is the Warmest Color
    6. The Wolf of Wall Street
    7. 12 Years a Slave
    8. La Grande Bellezza
    9. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Her
    10. Nebraska

    Honorable Mentions:

    Nymphomaniac
    All is Lost
    Labor Day

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cristy0019/ Cristy0019

    Great list Brad!

    My Top 10 Most Anticipated Movie

    1. American Hustle
    2. Inside Lewyn Davis
    3. The Wolf of Wall Stret
    4. Gravity
    5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    6. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Her
    7. Prisoners
    8. 12 Years a Slave
    9. The Monuments Men
    10. Thor: The Dark World

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

    1. All is Lost
    2. Inside Llewyn Davis
    3. The Past
    4. The Wolf of Wall Street
    5. Blue is the Warmest Color
    6. Gravity
    7. Anchorman 2
    8. Her
    9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    10. American Hustle

    Honorable Mention: Riddick (hopefully a guilty pleasure)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheLastEquivocationofBrist/ TheLastEquivocationofBrist

      And look at that, my top three are all Cannes films. Hope I can go to Cannes someday.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

    I'm with Brad on most of these but Walter Mitty looks a little too precious and sweet for me. After watching the Oldboy trailer again it looks like the plot is not exactly the same as the original but I'm cool with that.

  • john collins

    1. The Counselor
    2. Wolf of Wall Street
    3. Out of the Furnace
    4. American Hustle
    5. Lone Survivor
    6. Foxcatcher
    7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    8. Captain Phillips
    9. Saving Mr. Banks
    10. Jack Ryan

  • http://letterboxd.com/jmbenesh/ Jordan B.

    Top Ten Most Anticipated
    1. American Hustle
    2. Gravity
    3. The Wolf of Wall Street
    4. Inside Llewyn Davis
    5. Foxcatcher
    6. The Monuments Men
    7. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    8. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
    9. Her
    10. All is Lost

    The Rest (in no particular order)
    11. Rush
    12. 12 Years a Slave
    13. The Counselor
    14. Captain Phillips
    15. Frozen
    16. The Past
    17. Dallas Buyers Club
    18. Out of the Furnace
    19. Don Jon
    20. Lone Survivor
    21. Saving Mr. Banks
    22. Labor Day
    23. Salinger

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Anna/ Anna

    - Blue is the Warmest Colour
    - Gravity
    - The Past
    - Inside Llewyn Davis
    - August : Osage County
    - Her
    - All is Lost
    - Only Lovers Left Alive
    - American Hustle
    - ?

    Some films from festivals I really want to see, but I'm not sure of the release date : Borgman, The great beauty Young and beautiful , The congress , Stranger by the lake, Gloria , A touch of sin , Snowpiercer (not festival, but no release date) , The Wind Rises and Under the skin.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/KevinWoz/ Kevin Wozniak

    1- The Wolf of Wall Street
    2- Gravity
    3- American Hustle
    4- Oldboy
    5- Inside Llewyn Davis
    6- All Is Lost
    7- The Counselor
    8- Out of the Furnace
    9- Foxcatcher
    10- Anchorman: The Legend Continues

    I love that this many great directors have movies coming out this fall. It's not every year we get so many visionaries from so many different eras of film packed into one year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RyanJayden/ Ryan Jayden
  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Movie Fan

    Top 10 Fall Films

    10. Oldboy

    9. Out of the Furnace

    8. Gravity

    7. Foxcatcher

    6. Monuments Men

    5. Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    4. 12 Years A Slave

    3. American Hustle

    2. Her

    1. The Wolf of Wall Street

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/coltonhaynes22/ coltonhaynes22

    1. The wolf of wall street
    2. The Counselor
    3. The hunger games : Catching Fire
    4. Insidious: Chapter 2
    5. Don Jon
    6. Runner Runner
    7. Carrie
    8. The Hobbit : Desolation of Smaug
    9. American Hustle
    10. Inside Llweyn Davis

    Honorable mentions: Gravity, Prisoners, Thor 2, 47 ronin, Jack Ryan,secret life of walter mitty, anchorman 2, about time, last vegas, and adore.

  • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

    I listed all the titles coming out from now until December in the order of their relative release that most interest me.

    1) Short Term 12
    2) Mother of George
    3) Four
    4) A Teacher
    5) The Happy Sad
    6) Blue Caprice
    7) C.O.G.
    8) Kill Your Darlings
    9) Gravity
    10) Concussion
    11) The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
    12) In the Name Of
    13) Black Nativity
    14) Grace of Monaco
    15) The Past
    16) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    17) Zero Charisma

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/derrikc/ Derrik Cupps

    Here are mine:
    1- Gravity
    2- Inside Llweyn Davis
    3- American Hustle
    4- 12 Years a Slave
    5- The Counselor
    6- Ender's Game
    7- Saving Mr. Banks
    8- The Monuments Men
    9- Don Jon
    10- Oldboy
    10-

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Wow I am trying to make my Top 10 now but looks like I'll be the only one to have Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom on there.

  • david leary

    Can't wait to see some of these movies:
    1.Blue is the earnest color
    2.foxcatcher
    those are the 2 I want to see
    the 2 best movies I've seen this our:
    1.short term 12 deserves Oscar consideration
    2. Springbreakers also deserves Oscar consideration

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    1. the wolf of wall street
    2. american hustle
    3. prisoners
    4. gravity
    5. rush
    6. 12 years a slave
    7. the counselor
    8. inside llewyn davis
    9. out of the furnace
    10. the hobbit part 2
    11. monuments men
    12. thor 2
    13. mandela long walk to freedom
    14. the hunger games 2
    15. machete kills

    honorable mentions:
    captain phillips
    oldboy
    don jon
    frozen
    saving mr banks
    the secret life of walter mitty
    her
    dallas buyers club
    foxcatcher
    kill your darlings

    there are a few other films im interested in seeing but mainly because of oscar potential, these are films im anticipating the most with a few others worth mentioning.