2013 has lined up a lot of sequels and remakes as well some new material yet what exactly do people need to watch. Here are thirteen films that this writer has selected to try and make your lives a little easier. The choices were selected as a mixture of material to avoid having thirteen sequels and to have various genres there rather than all having being action which seems to the dominating genre.
1) The Places Beyond the Pines
Plot: The story follows two men’s lives. One is a robber (Ryan Gosling) and the other is a policeman (Bradley Cooper). This film also follows both men’s sons’ lives and how their father’s actions made them who they are.
Why go see this: As written in its review, it follows the theme of how an offspring can be affected by the action of their parents. As well as that this film highlights great drama and an unexpected story arc that would surprise the regular film watcher.
Recommended for: Audiences that like drama and surprise.
2) Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Plot: A controversial figure in television, the late Morton Downey Jr. was one of news media’s personalities that wasn’t afraid to say what he wanted about politics and society. He also paved the way for news subjects to be entertaining with some the actions he produced.
Why go see this: Ever wondered who helped Fox news, Rush Limbaugh and all those other OTT political reporters act the way did? The answer lies here in this documentary. It also looks at the personal as well as professional live of Downey Jr. where family members said he was a different person off screen.
Recommended for: Audiences that like biographies and new information about the U.S. media.
3) Anchorman 2
Plot: Little is known about the plot but the jazz flute playing, scotch loving, news reporter and his fellow news team are back to report the news to the classy city of San Diageo.
Why go see this: Given that Anchorman was a highly respected cult classic, the writers must have an equally good script for the sequel or else there would be war by the fans. Also Harrison Ford will be appearing in the film as a gruff news reporter. A role he played before well in the film Morning Glory.
Recommended for: Fans of Anchorman, Will Ferrell’s jokes and Sex Panther.
4) Kick Ass 2
Plot: Another sequel that features the return of its amazing cast from its previous outing as well as having new members involved in the crime fighting. Kick Ass and Hit Girl bring back the weapons and swearing to tackle an avenging Chris D’Amico who plans on being the world’s first super villain. With help of Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) who enjoys fighting crime as much as them, could it still be enough for Kick Ass and Hit Girl to stop D’Amico?
Why go see it: The first outing combined a barrel of laughs as well as impressive action sequences. Judging from the trailer, the sequel seems to provide the same mix.
Recommended for: People who like to have a little fun with their superhero movies.
5) Now You See Me
Plot: Heroes of a different sort, a quartet of magicians steal money from rich, underserving people and give it to the general population. Caught by the FBI, the magicians remain silent as they being questioned as to how they robbed a bank in Paris when they were in Las Vegas.
Why go see it: It has a strong cast in the form of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman. It also provide a new twist on the world of magic as rather than slaying fictional beasts or competing against other magicians, they are professional bandits that work for the poorer side of the world.
Recommended for: Fans of crime capers as well people who wanted to see Eisenberg working again with Woody Harrelson post Zombieland.
6) Thor: The Dark World
Plot: Ruffalo’s Avenger co-star Chris Hemsworth returns as the mighty Thor who once again confronts his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as well as struggling to defend the Nine Realms against dark elves and other mysterious forces.
Why go see it: Thor’s first appearance onscreen was amazing work that made Marvel looks like a Shakespearean play and Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki is so impressive, he became the main antagonist in the critical acclaimed Avengers movie. Fans will also get to the return of Thor’s love interest Jane (Natalie Portman) and most of the other heroes from the first film as well new villains Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston) and Kurse (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)
Recommended for: Comic book and Marvel movies fans as well people who like drama with their action movies.
7) Romeo and Juliet
Plot: Based on the popular Shakespeare play, it begins with the story of a pair of star crossed lovers taking their lives. The film sees how these events unfold with two feuding families in fair Verona where they lay the scene.
Why go see it: Arguably one of the best love stories ever told, Romeo and Juliet is worth watching even if the language can be confusing to understand. Joining the impressive casting line up for this film version include Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Damian Lewis (Homeland).
Recommended for: Fans of Shakespeare and love stories.
8) The Great Gatsby
Plot: Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, it views a former soldier who becomes a popular yet mysterious billionaire during the 1920s. People know little about the man but we find out the amazing facts of her professional and personal live through the eys of young stockbroker Nick.
Why go see this movie: It marks to re-union of friends Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo diCaprio since their great work on Romeo and Juliet. From the trailer alone, the film itself looks like one of slickest piece of cinema shown in a long time.
Recommended for: Those who like class added to their film.
9) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Plot: Following events before the first film, it primarily focuses on previous character Dwight McCarthy (this time played by Josh Brolin instead of Clive Owen) and his affair with Ava Lord (Eva Green) who manipulates him into killing her husband in order for them to be together. Like the previous film, there are only short stories in there too involving various characters either from the previous film like John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) to new characters like Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt).
Why go see it: The first Sin City was an impressive piece of work that combined film noir with comic book like action. After reading A Dame to kill for, the graphic novel that the film will based on, this writer feels that the sequel will offer all the sins and quips.
Reccomended for: Fans of violence and film noir.
10) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Plot: The journey of Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves continue as they get closer to their destination of The Lonely Mountain and the dragon known as Smaug.
Why see this: The first Hobbit while not as good as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, still packed a punch. This upcoming film will see more of the characters from the famous JRR Tolkien book including Legolas’ father Thranduil.
Recommended for: Fans of fantasy and exciting fictional worlds.
11) Monsters University
Plot: Another prequel, Monsters University looks at how Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) first met at scare college. Unfortunately, they start out as rivals as both aim to be the world’s best scarer. However through a series of adventures with fellow students, they create a strong bond that we see in Monsters Inc.
Why see it: Monsters Inc like all good Disney movies tugged at the heartstrings and provide interesting characters like Mike and Sully. This prequel will hopefully their an interesting story about the orgins of their friendship.
Recommended for: Children and adults with the spirit of a child.
1) We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
Plot: As the title says, this documentary looks at Wikileaks and the controversy surrounding the way it retrieves its information.
Why go see this: Julian Assange is an interesting character that some consider a revolutionist and to others an egomaniac. This documentary also questions how far too far when it comes to news reporting.
Recommended for: Journalists and people interested in media.
13) This is the End
Plot: Despite being busy with Springbreakers and Oz: the Great and Powerful, James Franco still has time to throw a big party with guests like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and a rowdy Michael Cera. His party however gets an unexpected guest in the form of an apocalypse killing nearly all his guests. With six left, they remain in Franco’s house sheltering them from whatever is outside.
Why go see this: Based on a short movie Rogen wrote called Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse, it provides some of Hollywood comedic kings like Eastbound and Down’s Danny McBride, Hot Tub Time Machine’s Craig Robinson and Knocked Up’s Jay Baruchel to do their material in a unique backdrop. It also features interesting cameos included from a desperate Emma Watson.
Recommend for: People who want a comedy in a post apocalyptic world.
Feel free to comment if you are interested in seeing of these films or perhaps there is another film you are looking forward to seeing.