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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2013

Written by on January 15, 2013 

50. Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard; TBD)

Synopsis: About a man and his wife who no longer speak the same language. The dog they take on walks then intervenes and speaks.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: That it’s from Jean-Luc Godard should sort of answer this question right off the bat, but things actually go deeper than this (already sufficient) reason. It’s the man’s first, likely last foray into the realm of 3D, and early reports almost-sort-of indicate this would be his inaugural work with a talking animal. (Unless I really missed out by never seeing Détective.) It shouldn’t be until Cannes when we know whether or not it holds the tenor that caused so many repel from Film socialisme, but we know it will absolutely, definitively be Godard’s. – Nick N.

49. Labor Day (Jason Reitman; TBD)

Synopsis: Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: We’re hoping this gets a timely release for the September holiday, but if its like any other Jason Reitman film, it will likely be held until a little later in the awards season. After taking on some darker subject matter in Young Adult, we’re intrigued what will follow for this project, starring not only James Van Der Beek, but Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, Jacki Weaver and Clark Gregg as well. – Jordan R.

48. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Adam McKay; Dec. 20th)

Synopsis: The continuing on-set adventures of San Diego’s top rated newsman.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: One of the most-anticipated comedies for years, Paramount finally gave a sequel to Anchorman the green light and it’s difficult to hold back our excitement to see the return of Ron Burgundy. With all the other major players returning, and a variety of newcomers (including Kristen Wiig), this is shaping up to be a special year-end treat. – Jordan R.

47. Winter’s Tale (Akiva Goldsman; Late 2013)

Synopsis: A fantasy story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan and revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: After a lengthy time in the writing and producing game with films such as A Beautiful Mind, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and I Am Legend, Hollywood veteran Akiva Goldsman is trying his hand a feature directing for the first time with this drama. Likely aiming to be a major force in next year’s awards season, with a cast including Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Matt Bomer, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Kevin Corrigan, we hope it delivers. – Jordan R.

46. The Young & Prodigious Spivet (Jean-Pierre Jeunet; TBD)

Synopsis: A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Reading the above synopsis it’s easy to see how this material attracted the endlessly inventive Jean-Pierre Jeunet. For his first feature film since 2009’s Micmacs, we’re hoping The Young & Prodigious Spivet is as perfect a match for the filmmaker as it looks on the outset. While Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis are the only recognizable faces in the ensemble, Jeunet is always one for surprises and we can’t wait to see what he does with 3D. – Jordan R.

45. The Lobster (Giorgos Lanthimos; TBD)

Synopsis: An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near future where single people, according to the rules of the Town, are arrested and transferred to the Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the woods. A desperate Man escapes from the Hotel to the Woods where the Loners live and there he falls in love, although it’s against their rules.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Although I was less than impressed with AlpsGiorgos Lanthimos‘ follow-up to his brilliant Dogtooth, one can’t helped but be intrigued by looking at the above synopsis when it comes to his next effort, the sci-fi-tinged drama The Lobster.While financing is still coming together, one hopes we could see everything fall into place for a debut this year. – Jordan R.

43 and 44. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki; TBD) and The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter (Isao Takahata; TBD)

Synopsis: The Wind Rises – A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter – Follows the life of a mysterious girl called Kaguya-hime, who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.

Why We’re Looking Forward To Them: A year when we get a single Studio Ghibli feature is reason enough to be excited, but 2013 will see the debut of two new films from the heralded animation house. First up is another film from mastermind himself Hayao Miyazaki and then we get another project from Isao Takahata, director of the heartbreaking Grave of the Fireflies. Will any 2013 US animated features stand up to these two? We doubt it. – Jordan R.

42. Mood Indigo (Michel Gondry; TBD)

Synopsis: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Michel Gondry’s been in kind of a slump. Two years on, The Green Hornet is already roundly forgotten; it came after Be Kind Rewind and The Science of Sleep, two films many didn’t know what to make of; and, based on Cannes reports, The We and The I is not what he needed. So, now, we have Mood Indigo, a (duh) whimsical romance that brings him together with some of France’s best talents: Audrey Tautou, Omar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, and Romain Duris. After the past few misses, one of his swings has to connect. Knowing the circumstances and looking at his team, I’d really, really like for Mood Indigo to do so. – Nick N.

41. Zama (Lucrecia Martel; TBD)

Synopsis: A period drama following Don Diego de Zama, an official for the Spanish crown on his way to Buenos Aires.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: With her first feature film in a half-a-decade, details are scarce on Lucrecia Martel‘s drama Zama, but there’s no reason not to be anticipating the return of one cinema’s finest female talents. With financing still coming together, this one may not see the light of day until 2014, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. – Jordan R.

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