5. The World’s End
Release Date: August 23rd 2013
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriters: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike
Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFo7eJR2cvc
Plot Summary: In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
4. The Counselor
Release Date: October 25th 2013
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Cormac McCarthy
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer
Rating: R for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ML50I0mVHY
Plot Summary: Cormac McCarthy provides his first original screenplay with this Ridley Scott-directed thriller starring Michael Fassbender as a lawyer who dabbles in trafficking drugs only to realize just how dangerous a situation he’s stumbled into.
3. Only God Forgives
Release Date: July 19th 2013
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenwriter: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke
Rating: R for strong bloody violence including grisly images, sexual content and language
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhRKlwr1-KM
Plot Summary: Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Release Date: December 13th 2013
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenwriters: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, Aidan Turner, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Barry Humphries, Billy Connolly
Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvGcbFIfJos
Plot Summary: “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Release Date: October 3rd 2013
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Screenwriters: Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris
Rating: PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language
Trailer Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KJHRF6RlTQ
Plot Summary: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Thank you all for reading. Normally I wait a few days between posting the lists so people can guess but due to lack of internet I have to post when I can. In regards to some of your comments, Deserae, when I saw what you commented on with there being too many reboots/sequels and as Grady pointed out, comic book movies, I thought you would like this second half of my list better which is all original except for The Hobbit sequel and has no comic book films on it. So clearly I have picked original material as more anticipated than the sequels/reboots, even though I am still very excited for those too. Thank you for all your feedback, let me know if I left anything out or if I should have ranked some stuff higher or lower than I did and I will see you all next year! Happy 2013! Go see a movie! 😀