Up And Comers Presents: 13 Films To Look Forward To In 2013

January 3, 2013 | Posted By In Features, Lists | 2381 Views

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It’s always difficult to determine which of the upcoming slate of films to get excited for. It may star your favourite actor or actress, and an award-winning director may be attached, but that can never guarantee a good film. And you’re also often woefully underinformed. There may have been early festival reviews or a teaser trailer but a lot of 2013 releases – and a lot of the films on this list – have given nothing away yet, and may even still be filming.

But that’s what makes it exciting. Can your favourite actor pull off a new genre? Will the intriguing plot and acclaimed director come together to actually give you a great film? In a year’s time we may be raving about some of these films, or we may have forgotten about them completely, but that’s what makes film journalism so fun.

So in no particular order, click below to discover which films we think could light up the big screen in 2013.

GatsbyThe Great Gatsby | Director: Baz Luhrmann
Release date: 10th May 2013

Baz Luhrmann’s fifth film, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel “The Great Gatsby”, will finally be released six long months after its original scheduled release date, and it couldn’t come sooner. Starring Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, “The Great Gatsby” looks set to be a gorgeous feast for our eyes, with trailers suggesting Luhrmann’s trademarks are all in place for this little slice of magical realism in 1920s New York.

Inside Llewyn Davis | Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Release date: TBA

A folk music tale set in 1960s New York City starring Garrett Hedlund and music from Mumford and Sons? Did I write, cast and score this film? “Inside Llewyn Davis” is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s posthumously published memoir ‘The Mayor of MacDougal Street’ and is the latest drama from the Coen Brothers. Starring fast rising actor Oscar Isaac as a singer navigating his way through the folk scene in 1960s New York, the pic is set to feature several live performances and also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Stark Sands. No release date yet for this pic but there’s a possibility it could be heading for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Stoker | Director: Chan-wook Park
Release Date: 1st March 2013

The first English-language feature from South Korean director Chan-wook Park, “Stoker” features Mia Wasikowska as a young girl whose Uncle (Matthew Goode) comes to stay after her father dies. Living with him and her unstable mother, India comes to suspect this mysterious man may have ulterior motives even as she becomes increasingly infatuated with him. Our first look at the film showcased some gorgeous cinematography which we can’t wait to see on a big screen, and following on from fantasy in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” remake and crime in drama pic “Lawless”, we’re looking forward to Wasikowska’s first big screen attempt at horror.

Side Effects | Director: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 8th February 2013

A psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who turns to pills to deal with her husband’s (Channing Tatum) release from prison, “Side Effects” will mark Mara’s first film since earning an Oscar nomination for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and Tatum’s third collaboration with Soderbergh following “Haywire” and “Magic Mike” – both of which helped make him 2012’s biggest breakout star. It’s also looking set to be the award-winning director’s final film as Soderbegh retires in 2013, making this film a collaboration of talents we can’t wait to see.

Star Trek Into Darkness | Director: J.J Abrams
Release date: 17th May

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are all back and ready to boldly go where no-one has gone before in J.J. Abrams hotly-anticipated sequel to 2009’s box office hit “Star Trek”. The first trailer was intense, with explosions and volcanic and sea battles, and we had our first look at new addition Alice Eve. Also joining the Starfleet crew this time around is Benedict Cumberbatch – starring as a still-unnamed villian, causing discussions and arguments throughout the fandom.

Kill Your Darlings | Director: John Krokidas
Release date: Sundance premiere, 18th January 2013

With some of the most exciting rising actors in Hollywood on board, John Krokidas’s “Kill Your Darlings” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston, and takes on the less-explored true story of future Beat icons Allen Ginsberg and Lucien Carr as they meet at Columbia University as young men. Together with Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, the artists begin to tear down traditions and form the beginnings of what was to become the Beat generation – but are forever changed by the murder of a friend.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Director: David Lowery
Release date: Sundance premiere, 20th January 2013

“Side Effects” may be the first chance general movie-going audiences get to see Rooney Mara since her Oscar nomination but for those attending the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” will be the film to catch, starring Mara and Casey Affleck as two outlaws who are sent to prison. What follows is Affleck’s story, of a man who escapes from prison and sets out on a journey to reunite with his wife and the daughter he’s never met.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Director: Francis Lawrence
Release date: 22nd November 2013

A lot is riding on Francis Lawrence’s shoulders, as Gary Ross’s “The Hunger Games” wowed audiences and critics alike with a faithful but rewarding adaption of Suzanne Collin’s dystopian future. Can “Catching Fire” do the same? Katniss Everdeen, played by the always brilliant Jennifer Lawrence, returns with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and some new faces in Jena Malone’s Johanna and Sam Claflin’s Finnick, to face President Snow, who has prepared the 75th Annual Hunger Games in order to try and remind the districts – who are beginning to build a rebellion – who is in control.

Warm Bodies | Director: Jonathan Levine
Release date: 1st February 2013

A quirky poster and four minutes of footage have pushed Jonathan Levine’s adaptation of Isaac Marion’s zombie novel up to the top of our anticipated list. Featuring Nicholas Hoult as R, a zombie who forms an unlikely friendship with a human, Julie played by Teresa Palmer, leading to transformative consequences for both humans and zombies, “Warm Bodies” looks set to be more than the usual teen fare. Written and directed by Levine, who also created one of our favourite films of 2011 “50/50”, the film co-stars Analeigh Tipton and Dave Franco.

The Place Beyond The Pines | Director: Derek Cianfrance
Release date: 29th March 2013

Ryan Gosling reunites with his “Blue Valentine” director once again for the family crime drama “The Place Beyond The Pines”, which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival to critical acclaim. Also starring Bradley Cooper as the cop who spends years trying to take down Gosling’s stunt driver-cum-criminal, and Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen as the sons whose lives are also affected by the rivalry, we’re hoping for a rich film from Cianfrance and more awards worthy performances from the stars.

Rush | Director: Ron Howard
Release date: 20th September 2013

Formula1 is the one sport that brings my family together so Ron Howard’s “Rush” will be one of the few films we’ll head out to the cinema together to watch. The story of two men’s fight for dominance in the sport in the 1970′s, “Rush” follows 1976 champion Niki Lauda and his rivalry with British driver James Hunt, and stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde – and a supposed cameo from Russell Crowe as Richard Burton!

Now YouSee Me
Now You See Me | Director: Louis Leterrier
Release date: 7th June 2013

A team of illusionists perform bank heists during performance giving the cash to their audiences? Count me in! The previously released trailer provided a look at a film that we weren’t expecting – we called it “sleek, high-tech and slightly futuristic … playing out on a bigger stage than anticipated”. With an amazing ensemble cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffolo, Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent, we can’t wait to see what illusion we’re put under!

Iron Man 3 | Director: Shane Black
Release date: 3rd May 2013

My favourite Avenger (sorry Captain America), Iron Man is back in 2013 with a new villian, The Mandarin, and a new director in Shane Black. “Iron Man 3” will be Black’s sophomore feature film but he is one of the pioneers of action film screenwriting and has worked with Robert Downey Jr. before so there are high hopes for this third act. An early trailer showed a markedly darker turn in “Iron Man 3” but with Gwyneth Paltrow returning as Stark Enterprises CEO and Tony’s love interest Pepper Potts, we’re sure there will also be the usual deadpan humour and one liners along with the sense of fun we’ve come to love from the franchise.


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Rebecca has been a contributor to Up & Comers since its humble beginnings and now works behind the scenes editing and sporadically working with Linda on features. By night, Rebecca is a NCTJ Gold Standard qualified journalist living in London and working for HELLO! magazine. On weekends you can find her in the pub. Follow Rebecca’s nonsensical pop culture ramblings here.