Sunday, 1 September 2013

5 Films Still To Come In 2013

Now that big blockbuster season has wrapped up for another year, you may be thinking to yourself, what else is there to look forward to? Well, fear not people, there is still a quality line-up of Hollywood's finest on its way, ready to garner your attention at the box office. Here's my pick of the biggest films still to come in 2013. Let me know in the comments below what your most excited for! 

For this feature, I've discarded some of the more obvious upcoming releases (Thor! The Hunger Games! The Hobbit!) in favour of some more low-key and interesting films. 

Runner Runner - September 26th

Arterton and Timberlake in Runner Runner
Judging by the trailer, this slick and stylish crime-thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck and Gemma Arterton isn't going to be Oscar bait in any way, but it sure does look fun.

A mix between Ocean's Eleven and 21, Runner Runner is about a Princeton student who is cheated out of his tuition money through online poker. He heads to the remote Carribean island where the site's owner (Affleck) lures him into becoming his protege. 

With a colourful island backdrop, a young and sexy cast and a fairly up-and-coming director in Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Runner Runner looks like it could be a sleek and entertaining caper that is chock full of twists and turns. 

Rush - October 3rd

Hemsworth plays notorious English
playboy, James Hunt
My most eagerly anticipated film for the rest of 2013 is Ron Howard's "restless and sexy" 1970's Formula 1 drama, Rush.

The tale of two intense sporting rivals, Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian Niki Lauda, Rush is being pitched as a F1 film that isn't just for petrol-heads.

And, with Ron Howard at the helm, it might be turning heads at the Academy too. The period setting, the gorgeous direction and the 'triumph-over-adversity' story could win over American audiences as much as it will in the UK. 

Put simply, I can't wait to see one of F1's greatest rivalries played out on the big screen with big-name actors like Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. Bring it on!

Gravity - October 3rd

"Houston, we have a problem...Affleck is about to
steal my crown as the worst Batman ever!"
Starring George Clooney and Sandy B (ahem, I mean Sandra Bullock), Gravity is a tense, heart-pounding thriller set against the dark, empty backdrop of space.

Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity is already generating quite a bit of award's show buzz and has recently been demoed at this years Venice Film Festival. 

Critics are already heaping praise upon the technicality of the film as well as the performances of Clooney and Bullock. With a simple yet challenging premise, this movie isn't your typical Hollywood blockbuster, but it does allow for some amazing visuals and acting' I can't wait to be gripped to my seat by Gravity (pun?)

American Hustle - unconfirmed release date

Hey look, it's retro Batman and Lois Lane
Okay, so I'm not entirely sure whether American Hustle will be hitting Australian cinema screens this year, but it is being released in the UK on December 20th so it still fits. 

Another sexy drama set in the 1970's (damn, that decade is popular!), American Hustle is directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper (also Silver Linings Playbook), Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams (gasp, Batman, Hawkeye and Lois Lane, all in the one movie!). Also joining the cast is Robert de Niro

The plot revolves around a con artist and his partner in crime who are forced to work with a federal agent in order to get the jump on other notorious swindlers. 

With Russell, Lawrence, Cooper and de Niro striking gold with this years Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle could once again be aiming to land the Academy Awards bullseye. Both Bale and Adams are fantastic actors, so I'm really excited to see them work together and as part of this impressive ensemble. Go the 70's!

The Wolf of Wall Street - 12th December

"The name's Gatsby, old sport. Jay Gatsby.
Oh, wait, wrong movie"
Monkeys, midgets and Matthew McConaughey; this isn't an accurate description of Scorsese's next movie but it is what grabbed my attention most in the trailer.

In truth, The Wolf of Wall Street is an upcoming crime-drama set in, you guessed it, New York. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who has more money than sense, is corrupt to the core and sleeps with a lot of women. And I mean a lot.

It also stars the aforementioned McConaughey, Jonah Hill (back in Moneyball mode?), Jon Faverau (Iron Man), Margot Robbie (Pan Am), Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Kyle Chandler (Super 8). 

With that amount of acting talent and the directing finesse of Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of my most highly-anticipated films for the end of the year. DiCaprio and Scorsese have made great movies in the past (The Departed, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York) so I'm really looking to this one to end the year on a high. 

And you never know, maybe DiCaprio will win an Oscar for this one...(yeah, right)

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