10 Films for 2013

Some years I see a ton of films. I think the record was in 2010, when I watched 31 films in theatres, but being in Spain for the first couple months of this year meant that my numbers were a lot lower. When there was only one theatre in Sevilla that showed original language films, and it mostly played almost-entirely-silent filmThe Artist while I was there, I didn’t have much motivation to go to the movies (not to mention I was in Spain; I had better things to do than watch The Vow dubbed into Spanish). So although I did see a few films in theatres this year, and several more excellent movies for the first time, I’m not going to make a list of my favourite films of 2012. Instead, here are 10 films I’m looking forward to in 2013.

Note: I’m not including 2012 films that I’m still hoping to see in theatres, like Les Mis and Django Unchained. Only films to be released in 2013.

Honourable mentions: Gangster Squad, Oz the Great and Powerful, Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby (trainwreck syndrome), Pacific Rim, Anchorman 2

Before Midnight

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I don’t think anyone even knew this film was happening until suddenly it had a release date, but hopefully this follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset is the one in which Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s characters end up together for real.

The Heat

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This buddy-cop comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock looks like it could be awful, but it’s a buddy-cop comedy starring two women and they don’t seem to be fighting over a man, so I’m definitely going to check it out.

Star Trek Into Darkness

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Probably the most anticipated film on my list, even if I’m getting a little tired of Bennington Cucumberpatch being in absolutely everything these days. It comes out two days before graduation, and I’ll be first in line for the midnight showing.

The World’s End

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The final film in Edgar Wright’s “Blood and Ice Cream trilogy.” I love Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is one of my favourite movies of all time, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

One Direction Concert Movie

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Yeah, yeah.

Hansel & Gretel, Witch Hunters

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This movie looks like it’s basically the same as Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film The Brothers Grimm. And since I’m apparently one of the few people who really likes that movie, I’m looking forward to this one.

Catching Fire

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There were a couple of things I didn’t like about the film adaptation of The Hunger Games and there’re already a couple of problems I have with the sequel (that guy for Finnick? Really?) but overall I thought the first was a faithful adaptation so I’m sure this one will be, too.

Monsters University

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It’s so hard to pick a favourite Disney/Pixar film, but Monsters Inc is definitely one of mine. Twelve years after that film’s release, the sequel is finally coming, and even though that means I’m twelve years older, I’m still looking forward to it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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As a huge Tolkien nerd I know I was pretty nitpicky about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, especially in comparison with the incredible Lord of the Rings film trilogy. But that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for the next installment, even if I’m sure it’ll be at least 45 minutes too long.

Gravity

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I actually know next to nothing about this film, except that it’s a dark sci-fi movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón. But that means it’s a dystopian science fiction film by the man who directed Children of Men, so I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be awesome.

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