Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: October to December

     September 30, 2013


The summer movie season has come to a close, and it’s now time to turn our focus towards what this fall has in store for us.  Unsurprisingly, there are a number of very promising character-centric pics headed our way, and on paper these next few months look to be an embarrassment of riches.  We saw more than a few disappointments this summer (especially with regards to the sci-fi genre), so hopefully the end of the year will have a higher success rate when it comes to delivering the goods.  Regardless, it’s sure to be a nice change of pace from the effects-driven onslaught of the summer.

In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to between October and December.  Hit the jump to read on.

Matt’s Picks



Director: Alexander Payne

Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, Bob Odenkirk, and June Squibb

Release Date: November 15th

Why I’m Excited:  Alexander Payne always seems to manage the tricky balance between quiet comedy and heartfelt drama, and it looks like he’s done it again with Nebraksa.  Bruce Dern picked up Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance as a man who believes he’s won millions of dollars from a sweepstakes, and goes to Nebraska to collect his prize.  The trailer presents a subdued tone similar to Payne’s Sideways, but also looks like it’s building upon the estranged family situation the writer-director showcased in About Schmidt and The Descendants.



Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Pena, and Jack Jones.

Release Date: December 13th

Why I’m Excited: In addition to the excellent cast, American Hustle looks like it’s taking Russell back to a slightly darker, more acerbic place.  The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook are both nice movies with a little bit of an edge, but the trailer for American Hustle makes it out to be in the same vein as Goodfellas.  Sure, there’s going to be goofy moments like Christian Bale playing the bongos on Jennifer Lawrence’s ass, but there’s also going to be some crime ruining lives.  I don’t know if Russell will ever go back to something as crazy as I Heart Huckabees, but at least American Hustle probably won’t end with an uplifting competition.



Director: Spike Jonze

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Scarlett Johansson

Release Date: December 18th

Why I’m Excited: Love stories have been part of Spike Jonze’s films before, but they’re part of a larger, stranger world.  In Her it looks like the love story is the larger, stranger world.  But what I like about Jonze’s movies is that even though they’re bizarre, they’re rooted in heartbreaking emotions with a heavy emphasis on catharsis through loss.  That trope seems inevitable with a story about a man who falls in love with a computer, but the tenderness and warmth also appears present in the trailer.  This is one of the films that made me want to come up to New York for their film festival, and I think it will be well worth the trip.



Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell.

Release Date: December 20th

Why I’m Excited: I don’t know if Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will be able to top their classic 2004 film, but I’m willing to bet they’ll come pretty darn close.  The trailer is hilarious, and pushing the news team into a new era is an ingenious move.  As society progresses, you keep the focus on four guys who didn’t know the definition of the word “diversity” (although I’m pretty sure all networks could use an old, wooden ship).  It’s time for the Channel 4 News Team to reassemble, and muddle their way through a new era.



Director: George Clooney

Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville.

Release Date: December 20th

Why I’m Excited:  I like all of the movies George Clooney has directed.  Some are better than others, but you can feel his confidence behind the camera, and I like his willingness to branch out into new genres.  He also has a strong talent for historical eras, and The Monuments Men looks like a good blend of high-stakes drama with the potential for some solid comedy from the supporting cast.  The trailer is a bit iffy, but I trust Clooney’s track record, and I really like the story of a group of soldiers trying to save artwork before the Nazis destroy it.

Note: I saw Kill Your Darlings at Sundance; Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, and Blue Is the Warmest Color at TIFF; and Inside Llewyn Davis at NYFF.  I highly recommend all of these movies.

Adam’s Picks



DirectorRichard Curtis

Cast: Domnhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill NighyTom HollanderMargot RobbieLydia Wilson, and Vanessa Kirby

Release Date: November 1st

Why I’m Excited:  I’m an unabashed Richard Curtis fan.  Love, Actually and Pirate Radio both have a wonderful blend of humor and drama that rarely drifts into the saccharine, and the same looks to be on display in About Time—with a time travel twist to boot.  It’s a fascinating premise in which to expound on the romantic comedy genre, and Curtis has a knack for drawing up a host of charming characters.  The pairing of Bill Nighy and Domnhall Gleeson is super promising, Rachel McAdams is adorable, and the trailer is just downright sweet.



Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprioJonah HillKyle ChandlerMatthew McConaugheyJean DujardinMargot RobbieJon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner.

Release Date: November 15th (maybe)

Why I’m Excited:  Though a collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will always pique my interest, The Wolf of Wall Street looks to be something special.  For one, this thing looks absolutely insane.  The Kanye West-infused trailer shows that Scorsese will be navigating dark comedy territory for the first time in a very, very long while, and DiCaprio, Hill, and McConaughey appear to be all-in with their wild performances.  Moreover, the 90s excess-centered premise feels especially timely in the wake of the recent financial crisis.



DirectorScott Cooper

CastChristian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Shepard

Release Date: December 6th

Why I’m Excited: Adult dramas are few and far between these days, but Out of the Furnace looks to be a swell entry in the genre.  Scott Cooper is back behind the camera for the first time since his impressive debut Crazy Heart, and he’s assembled a fantastic cast to tell a blue-collar story with themes of redemption and family.  The film’s trailer promises a thrilling ride with a strong character focus (and Pearl Jam, natch), and I’m very much looking forward to the finished product.



DirectorsJoel and Ethan Coen

CastOscar IsaacCarey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman

Release Date: December 6th

Why I’m Excited: Try not to get goosebumps while listening to Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford sing “Fare Thee Well” in the trailer.  Despite its folk music background, Llewyn Davis looks to be a decidedly bleak entry in the Coen brothers’ oeuvre, but their signature humor and colorful characters are still on full display.  This is my most anticipated film of the year so my expectations are high, but I have yet to see anything from the film that gives me pause.



DirectorSpike Jonze

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara

Release Date: December 18th

Why I’m Excited: Though I initially had this slot filled with Foxcatcher (unfortunately delayed to 2014), Spike Jonze’s first feature effort in four years was very high on my “alternates” list.  I’m utterly fascinated by the premise—guy falls in love with his operating system—and if anyone can sell that logline it’s Phoenix.  Feature film-wise, Jonze has yet to falter in my book, and Her offers up his most formidable challenge yet.  How do you make the audience buy into a relationship in which one person is never onscreen?  I have faith that Jonze can pull it off and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it all play out.

Note: I caught Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, and Blue Is the Warmest Color at TIFF, all of which I very highly recommend.



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