The New Year is upon us and with it comes a whole load of exciting new movies to look forward to. We’ve been busy rifling through all the releases for next year to come up with the Top 100 Movies that we’re looking forward to the most. So without further ado, here’s the first 10; 91 through to 100.
100. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Kirsten Wiig , Adam Scott, Shirley Maclaine
UK Release Date: 26 December 2013
US Release Date: 25 December 2013
Directed by Ben Stiller with a script from Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness)2012 saw its fair share of sequels and remakes, and 2013 looks to be no different. As with Carrie, the 1947 classic Hollywood comedy/fantasy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is also getting a fresh look. Where the original starred Danny Kaye as the day-dreaming titular character alongside Boris Karloff and Virginia Mayo, this new reimagining will be helmed by none other than Ben Stiller. Stiller also stars as Mitty, a timid magazine photo manager who is prone to daydreaming but is brought crashing into the real world when an important negative goes missing.
Director: Andres Muschietti
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nelisse
UK Release Date: 22 February 2013
US Release Date: 18 January 2013
Based on his own Short Film, first time feature director Andres Muschietti brings Mama to the big screen. The horror centres on two little girls, Victoria and Lily, who are lost in the woods one night following their parent’s death. Years later they are discovered alive and well, sent to live with their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Jessica Chastain). But something seems to have followed the girls, hell-bent on tucking them in every night. Horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro has attached his name to the project to present the film, and with the ever-reliable Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau leading the cast, this is a horror to look out for; one that could chill you to the core.
98. Captain Philips
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener,
UK Release Date: 11 October 2013
US Release Date: 11 October 2013
Tom Hanks stars as Captain Richard Philips, who was kidnapped, along with his crew, by Somali Pirates when his ship, the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, was hijacked in 2009. Paul Greengrass works from Philips’ book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea which accounts his experiences as a kidnapped victim, along with his family’s ordeal watching the events unfold on cable news.
97. The Iceman
Director: Ariel Vroman
Starring: Michael Shannon, James Franco, Robert Davi, Chris Evans, Winona Ryer, Ray Liotta, Stephen Dorff, David Schwimmer, Catherine Kim Poon
UK Release Date: 7 June 2013
US Release Date: TBC
Inspired by true events, The Iceman follows contract killer Richard Kuklinski from his early days in the mob until his arrest in 1986. His family, friends and neighbours have no idea of his true profession until his arrest and, by then, he has killed 100 people in New York. The Iceman debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year to mostly favourable reviews and won the director the Capri Breakout Director Award.
96. Very Good Girls
Director: Naomi Foner
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard
UK Release Date: TBC
US Release Date: TBC
This is the debut feature for Foner, who is probably better known for being the mother of Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal. She directs her son-in-law (Sarsgaard) here in a tale of two girls (Fanning and Olsen) in New York City who make a pact to lose their virginity their first summer out of high school. When both girls fall for the same street artist, their friendship is truly tested for the first time. Foner also wrote the film, which looks to debut at the Sundance festival in January.
95. The Paperboy
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack
UK Release: 15 March 2013
US Release: 5 October 2012
Director Lee Daniels was last seen as a Best Director nominee for his work behind the Precious camera. Now he has moved from the streets of Harlem to the roads of Florida for a pulpish tale of a pair of writers (McConaughey and David Oyelowo) investigating a convicted murderer (Cusack). Kidman and Efron add good-looking spark.
Director: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Adam Brody, Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, James Franco, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevigny
UK Release Date: TBC
US Release Date: 22 January 2013 (Sundance Festival)
Lovelace is the first of two feature films in 2013 to tell the story of Linda Lovelace and the film that catapulted her to stardom and eventually broke her, Deep Throat (the other should follow later in the year and is titled Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story). This incarnation sees Amanda Seyfried in the titular role as the coerced and victimized actress who later became an anti-pornography crusader because of her experiences. With an all-star cast and James Franco’s rumoured scene stealing performance as a young(ish) Hugh Heffner, there doesn’t appear to be anything to dislike about this movie (aside from the lack of UK release details. More details to follow, after the film’s premiere at Sundance 2013.
93. Cuban Fury
Director: James Griffiths
Starring: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Ian McShane, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman
UK Release Date: 22 March 2013
US Release Date: TBC
A freakish bullying incident robs young Salsa dancing champion Bruce Garrett of all his confidence, hence destroying a bright and twizzling future. Cut to 22 years later and Bruce (Nick Frost) is now all grown up and living a life filled with self-pity. But his life could be about to change when a potential love of his life, Julia (Rashida Jones), appears on the scene. However, a rival for her affections presents himself in the form of Drew (Chris O’Dowd). Bruce has one hope to prove his worth and he must take to the dance floor to unleash his Cuban Fury.
92. I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Paz Vega, Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Carlos Areces
UK Release Date: 3 May 2013
US Release Date: 22 November 2013
Not a lot is known as yet about the plot specifics for Almodóvar’s latest film release which looks to see the Spanish director return to his funny roots with his silliest comedy yet. There are said to be cameos from Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas in this comical tale set on a plane – with even a dance routine from the male air stewards. I, for one, really am so excited!
91. 47 Ronin
Director: Carl Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Kô Shibasaki, Rinko Kikuchi
UK Release: TBC
US Release: 25 December 2013
In his maiden directorial effort, Carl Rinsch presents one of the most famous Japanese stories ever written. Set in the 18thcentury, the death of a samurai master provokes a team of samurai to set out to find vengeance against the treacherous Lord Kira. Keanu Reeves stars as Kai, an outcast who joins the group’s leader Oishi (Sanada) on their quest. This period piece, set in 18th century Japan, is co-written for the screen by Chris Morgan, who has contributed to the Fast and Furious franchise, and is best known for having penned the Angelina Jolie starrer, Wanted.