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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2013

Written by on January 15, 2013 

40. A Field In England (Ben Wheatley; TBD)

Synopsis: A psychedelic 17th-century tale set during the English civil war.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Having already mentioned his last film, Sightseers, in our must-watch 2013 film round-up, one doesn’t have to ponder why Ben Wheatley‘s follow-up is reasonably high on this list. The talented director goes back a few hundred years and based on that logline, it’s going to be yet another wild ride in his filmography. – Jordan R.

39. The Double (Richard Ayoade; TBD)

Synopsis: A comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: We hope this film is the break-out for Richard Ayoade that he deserved with his debut Submarine, but never got. With two talented leads, Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg, a script co-written by Harmony’s younger brother Avi Korine and an intriguing concept, our anticipation is high for the film that will likely see a debut on the fall festival circuit. – Jordan R.

38. Stoker (Park Chan-wook; March 1st)

Synopsis: After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Having anticipated Park Chan-wook‘s Hollywood debut for a great while now, I was a bit taken aback by the over-the-top trailers for his dark family drama Stoker, but if anyone can sell such a style, it’s this great South Korean director. With a Sundance debut, we’ll find out if our hype is justified in a short time for the film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver and Nicole Kidman. – Jordan R.

36 and 37. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers and His (Ned Benson)

Synopsis: A New York couple’s relationship told from different perspectives.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Putting two films in the same slot almost feels like cheating, but what other option presents itself when they’re of a larger piece? Although the audaciousness this requires of writer-director Ned Benson does make Eleanor Rigby an interesting idea, it’s the prospect of James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as an emotionally conflicted marital pair (each getting their own film) that puts it over the top. (Not to mention a killer supporting slate that includes William Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, and, because why not, Bill Hader.) Benson has yet to prove himself as any sort of craftsman, but you’d have to be a real dunce to drop the ball with such people at your side. – Nick N.

35. Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams; May 17th)

Synopsis: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Star Trek is a delicate franchise to play around with, especially because it’s so revered by its countless fans, that ultimately no matter how you choose to interpret it, you’ll be disappointing someone’s expectations. That said, J.J. Abrams did an admirable job with 2009‘s Star Trek, rebooting both the characters from the original franchise and the flexing power of the franchise’s big screen prowess. Featuring pretty much everybody from the last film, the sequel seems larger in scope in terms of both storytelling and special effects. Despite false rumors about the presence of a notorious villain from Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn (a fan favorite), Abrams looks to be continuing his bold stylistic interpretation of the series while keeping in mind the summer blockbuster crowds. – Raffi A.

34. Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen; TBD)

Synopsis: Revolves around a wealthy-turned-broke woman who leaves New York and is living with her sister in San Francisco. She is forced to downsize after losing her funds and meets her Bay Area lover while finding herself and accepting S.F. as her new home.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: If one buys into the notion that every other Woody Allen film is a success, then things are looking positive for his next feature, the San Francisco-set drama that is still without a title. The busy director always secures a great cast, but this one is his most intriguing in some time, bringing together comedians Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay, alongside Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Emerson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sally Hawkins and more. – Jordan R.

33. Devil’s Knot (Atom Egoyan; TBD)

Synopsis: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Although we’ve see a double dose of documentaries on the West Memphis Three the last two years, we’re hoping Atom Egoyan delivers the definitive narrative version with his latest project. With a strong cast led by Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, the supporting ensemble is full of noteworthy players, like last year’s breakout star Dane DeHaan, plus the always reliable Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas and Amy Ryan. – Jordan R.

32. The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam; TBD)

Synopsis: A computer hacker’s goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Whether they succeed or not, we’ll always be looking forward to another film from the endlessly inventive mind of Terry Gilliam. With his Don Quixote project never getting off the ground, the helmer turned to this new film, with an expectedly creative concept and a promising cast including Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis and a brief cameo by Matt Damon. – Jordan R.

31. Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt; TBD)

Synopsis: A drama centered on three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: It’s been long enough to say Kelly Reichardt doesn’t play inside the box. Look at what she did with the western a couple of years ago with Meek’s Cutoff; Lord knows how this would translate to a movie about eco terrorists. Although I suspect this one’s going to be terrific, it’s still a general hope that she doesn’t need to compromise her style for (what sounds to be) a different kind of story. If she must make adjustments where necessary, this filmmaker’s already done enough to earn our trust it’ll work. – Nick N.

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