Our 25 Most Anticipated Films of Summer 2013 wrap up with monsters and fireworks
The countdown is complete, and at least on our end of things, the summer is underway.
So far, members of the HitFix staff have seen at least half of the films from this countdown, including "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," and "The Great Gatsby," and while we may be embargoed from reviewing them, we can tell you that our enthusiasm for the summer is unchanged. This is a great, diverse line-up of material, and it doesn't matter what your tastes are… something in here is going to appeal to you.
Maybe you're looking forward to seeing some new adventures for some familiar faces this summer. Nothing wrong with that, and Hollywood is happy to help with Robert Downey Jr. facing a very different take on The Mandarin, one of Iron Man's most famous rivals. There's also the follow-up to 2009's successful relaunch of "Star Trek," with JJ Abrams once again directing and playing games with some of the most iconic moments from the original series. Hugh Jackman's playing "The Wolverine" for the sixth time, we check in with a young Mike and Sully for "Monsters University," the anti-social lunatics of "Kick-Ass 2" dish up some more bad behavior, and Superman will finally punch a whole bunch of someones in "Man Of Steel."
Even if you're into the art-house end of things, there's a big sequel coming out this year, and "Before Midnight" is absolutely worth the wait. Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater have got something really special in the form of this series, and this latest encounter with Celine and Jesse is the strongest yet. Fans of "Drive" have got to be giddy over "Only God Forgives," which reunites Ryan Gosling with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Sofia Coppola has already got the real-life subjects of "The Bling Ring" acting defensive about the way they're portrayed. "The Spectacular Now" should be a strong reminder of just how gifted Shailene Woodley is before she disappears into the blockbuster world with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Divergent."
And Wong Kar-Wai tackling the oft-told real-life tale of Ip Man? Sounds great to us.
In the end, the purpose of doing this is trying to steer you towards things you might otherwise miss, things that might get steamrolled by the big competition, and it's to help highlight which of the unmissable monoliths might actually be worth the attention. I'm sure they'll sell the hell out of "The Heat," with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock playing not-quite-buddy cops, but we're automatically interested without any sales pitch just because Paul Feig is directing, and we think the world of his big comedy brain. And when it come to "Frances Ha," I'm guessing it's going to be hard for a black-and-white indie comedy to make the same kind of media splash as, say, Leonardo Di Caprio and Baz Luhrmann and 3D with Jay-Z, our point is that your summer should have room for both. Yes, we know that the pedigree for "Elysium" makes it an automatic contender, but just because James Wan's "The Conjuring" is still somewhat under the radar, don't be fooled into thinking it's less worthy of some pre-release hype. We expect to be thrilled by Edgar Wright's "The World's End," especially with both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starring, but we love that we got blindsided by Sarah Polley's intimate but important "Stories We Tell."
It's an exciting line-up, and I'd love to know which films (including those not listed here) you are most interested in seeing and why.
"Iron Man 3" arrives in theaters this Friday, and after that, strap in, because the summer will be in full swing.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
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