Collider’s Most Anticipated 2013 Movies: October to December

     September 30, 2013

Dave’s Picks

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GRAVITY

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris

Release Date: October 4th

Why I’m Excited: For a year that started off so promising for the sci-fi genre, this film is my last hope for a picture that actually pushes some boundaries rather than rehashing tired stories and settings we’ve experienced before.  James Cameron may have called it the “best space film ever done”, but I’ve been anticipating this one since the attachment of Cuarón at the helm.  Buzz for the film has been strongly positive, as has been talk of Gravity’s awards chances.  We’ll see if it’s worth the wait in just a couple of days, and if this will be the film to earn Cuarón a fourth Oscar nomination and, perhaps, his first win.

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

DirectorPaul Greengrass

CastTom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine KeenerMax MartiniBarkhad AbdiBarkhad AbdirahamanFaysal AhmedMahat M. AliMichael ChernusCorey JohnsonChris MulkeyYul Vazquez, and David Warshofsky

Release Date: October 11th

Why I’m Excited: Regardless of the social inequalities and political ideologies this film is sure to explore, my anticipation is all about Hanks and his portrayal of the title character.  Greengrass has a proven ability to handle military actioners and Hanks certainly knows how to play a man on a metaphorical island (or a literal one), so it’s exciting to see these two collaborate for the first time.  It sounds like this flick could be a new career high for the accomplished Hanks, so I for one would like to judge that assessment for myself.

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THE FIFTH ESTATE

DirectorBill Condon

CastBenedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Laura LinneyStanley TucciAnthony MackieDavid ThewlisPeter CapaldiDan StevensAlicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten

Release Date: October 18th

Why I’m Excited: If there’s a more timely film that’s come out this year then I haven’t heard about it.  In an age where more and more people are using the power of the internet to take justice into their own hands when it comes to perceived wrongdoings of governments, militaries and corporations, The Fifth Estate will likely be just one of many similar stories to come.  However, it remains to be seen if any future adaptations will have a cast like this or another name as ubiquitous as that of Cumberbatch in the lead.

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OUT OF THE FURNACE

DirectorScott Cooper

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

Release Date: December 6th

Why I’m Excited: I’ve got a bit of a local connection to this one as it was filmed in an economically hard-hit suburb of Pittsburgh.  I’m excited to see how it plays up on the big screen.  I’m equally excited to see Cooper’s directorial follow-up to the beautiful and touching Crazy Heart, not to mention we get to see the Dark Knight himself take to the screen in a dramatic lead, his first since concluding Christopher Nolan’s trilogy.  It will be nice to see him take on a small-scale story with personal stakes once again, rather than being tasked with saving millions.

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THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

DirectorBen Stiller

CastBen Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Sean Penn, Patton Oswalt, and Shirley MacLaine

Release Date: December 25th

Why I’m Excited: We’ve only seen trailers for the picture at this point but it looks to be every bit as creative and free as the human imagination itself.  Anyone who’s spent weekday afternoons lost in a pleasant haze of daydreams while toiling away at a nine-to-five office job can surely appreciate the film’s premise.  What remains to be seen is just how the plot of the protagonist’s real world adventure plays out, but I’m excited to be along for the ride.

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