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25. "The Two Faces of January"
Director: Hossein Amini
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst
Expected debut: Spring 2014
Why: The first of two Patricia Highsmith adaptations on this list, this period thriller is an intriguing choice of directorial debut for Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini ("Drive," "The Wings of the Dove"). A tangled noir revolving around a con artist and his wife who join a stranger to flee from a foreign country, following their implication in a policeman's murder, it looks handsomely mounted (and dressed) in the vein of another high-end Highsmith film -- Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley." It's classily cast, too, with Oscar Isaac looking to continue the form he found in "Inside Llewyn Davis." Whether this is stylish pulp or something more remains to be seen, but I'll take either.
- Guy Lodge