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Five Upcoming Movies You Should Be Super-Psyched to See

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | January 7, 2013 | Comments ()


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Hopefully, you've already read The 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013; now, here are five more films you should be super (and I mean super) psyched to see.


1. Trance, UK Release March 27, 2013

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Directed by Danny Boyle, written by Joe Ahearne ("Apparitions, Ultraviolet," Director "Doctor Who") and John Hodge (A Life Less Ordinary, Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Sweeney), starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Based on Ahearne's television movie, Trance has Boyle returning to thriller territory with this story of an art auctioneer (McAvoy) in league with a group of art thieves (led by Cassel) to steal Goya's Witches in the Air. When the painting is somehow lost, a hypnotherapist (Dawson) is employed to help. The three also become even more intertwined, shall we say? Boyle calls this an updated noir; saying "I wanted to...give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion...Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged. It's the first time I put a woman at the heart of a movie." As in Boyle's Shallow Grave, the film's three main characters' "...only point of reference is to each other. There are no outsiders."


2. The Zero Theorem, TBA 2013 (Italy, December 19th)

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Directed by Terry Gilliam, written by Pat Rushin, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Gilliam's latest science fiction outing finds Whishaw and Damon playing the same character, Stormare and Bhaskar share another. Waltz stars as a brilliant computer hacker intent on finding the reason for human existence. A shady character known as "Management" (Damon) keeps interrupting and trying to distract him from his work. Most of the film takes place where Waltz's character lives--in a "burnt out chapel, which one could take as a metaphor for old beliefs and old systems. He's a computer genius but he's just sitting there waiting for a phone call, which he's hoping will give meaning to his life....It really is about relationships, and discovering what's really important in life." There are only four main characters" (and sex-bots and a nude scene), "and because so much of it takes place on one set, the director said the acting will be "...crucial to it -- there is no car chase nor a shootout -- none of those things you can fall back upon to keep the film going. It's about the acting and that is why Christoph is so incredible." Yes please, lock us in a room with Christoph Waltz.


3. The Wolf of Wall Street, TBA 2013 (Sweden, August 30th)

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Directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos"), based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Joanna Lumley, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Spike Jonze and Shea Whigham. Leo plays convicted (securities fraud) stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who served 20 months in prison for his crimes. The film will delve into Belfort's excessive lifestyle, filled with drugs, alcohol, prostitutes and...dwarf throwing (and martini drinking) contests. His office at New York brokerage house Stratton Oakmont got so out of control, the script has Belfort writing a memorandum to employees that office sex between 9 am and 7 pm was a no-no. And apparently that's only the tip of the overindulgent iceberg. After seeing Leo's performance in Django Unchained, I'm all the more thrilled about seeing him play this dark character.

4. Lowlife, TBA 2013 (Denmark, November 7th)

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Directed by James Gray (We Own the Night, The Yards, Little Odessa), written by James Gray and Ric Menello (Two Lovers), starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner. Set in the 1920s in New York's lower East Side and Ellis Island, Lowlife features Cotillard as Polish immigrant Ewa, newly arrived in New York with her sick sister, Magda. While Magda remains quarantined Ewa is coerced by the sleazy-yet-charming Bruno (Phoenix) into becoming a burlesque performer (and prostitute). Renner plays Bruno's cousin and magician, Orlando, who may be able to help Ewa get away and reunited with her sister. The story was inspired by Gray's family photos of a trip to Ellis Island, and he became interested in working with Cotillard after the actress threw a piece of bread at his head in disagreement over something he'd said. Gray already believes this is "...the best thing he's ever done."


5. Gravity, US Release October 18, 2013

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Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, written by Alfonso and Jonás Cuarón and Rodrigo García ("In Treatment, Blue, Christine"), starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Purported to be Cuarón's 2001: A Space Odyssey, this science fiction thriller opens with a continuous seventeen minute shot and was filmed entirely on green screen, employing new production techniques. Bullock plays a medical engineer (on her first space mission) trying to return to Earth after her space shuttle suffers a disaster that destroys the craft and leaves her one of only two survivors. Bullock and co-pilot Clooney had been away from the shuttle (spacewalk) when it was hit by debris, and they are now tethered to each other, running out of oxygen, with no chance of rescue. Producer David Heyman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Order of the Phoenix, Goblet of Fire) explains, "We're using technology that's never seen before. This film will be more immersive, I believe, than anything you've seen before. You will really feel like you are in space. It will not be an objective view of space, it will be an immersive view of space." I'm already feeling like I can't breathe.


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Buck Forty

    Has Sandra Bullock had her lips plumped? Damn, what is it with Hollywood actresses older than 32 - why do they fall for this crap? The result is always the same: fish lips.

  • Nadine

    WILL LOUIS BULLOCK BE IN ANY OF THESE MOVIES!?

  • Guest

    Those first two...yep. Pass on the rest.

  • PDamian

    1, 2 and 4 for me. Gravity sounds intriguing, but I'm not sure that I can take that much space in two-odd hours (I'm slightly agoraphobic). And DiCaprio is a permanent member of my list of Most Overrated Actors of All Time. Even with the delicious Joanna Lumley, I don't think I can with that.

  • LowSlash

    Gravity sounds a lot like Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury (if you're into that sort of thing, the radio show Dimension X based an episode on the story). This could be really good.

  • Orleanas

    Based on the third pic from The Wolf of Wall Street, it seems as if DiCaprio is morphing into this era's Jack Nicholson in the looks department, albeit DiCaprio seems to be a shorter and less effervescent version.

  • Bert_McGurt

    More hair, though.

  • ghana

    I really hope Bullock is convincing, I can't help but picture Miss Congeniality in Space...

  • Natallica

    As she already proved on "Midnight in Paris" and now here, the 20's look suits Marion sooo well. She should wear it everywhere, everytime. Even grocery shopping, or at the gym.

  • QueeferSutherland

    Gravity was supposed to release last summer. That year+ delay better translate into something brilliant. Surprised we haven't even seen a teaser yet.

  • e jerry powell

    Patsy!

  • Zen

    That sneaky wench still looks absolutely bloody fabulous.

  • e jerry powell

    Indeed.

  • Groundloop

    Regarding Gravity, sorry folks, but after ramping up the tension and putting the protagonists into a seemingly impossible to escape situation,

    !!!SPOILER ALERT!!!
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    Gandalf saves them at the end.

  • googergieger

    You must have loved Loveless in Wild Wild West.

  • John W

    All of them sound interesting.

    I'm hoping the three fates cut Terry Gilliam a break.

  • Green Lantern

    Zero Theorem looks like a "Brazil" level return to genius.

  • Blake

    Hell Yeah to 1, 2 and 4!

    Side note:Am I the only one who thought the girl in the middle of the header pic was a brunette Jane Levy?

    Side note 2:Am I the only one who thinks that photo of Ben Wishaw makes him look like a young Stephen Rea?

  • Bert_McGurt

    I love that photo of Dicaprio with the lobsters. It's like he's incredulously reaming them out.

    "You think your big fancy claws intimidate me, you crustacean bastards? Might I remind you that I am a warm-blooded VERTEBRATE? You get your molting goddamn exoskeletons the hell off this boat before I crack you the f*ck open and start sucking out your tender boneless innards!"

  • ExUSA

    All of which are written and directed by men. :/

  • Ihopethisshitchanges

    just a great slice of life in America, right?

  • Ah, Danny Boyle and his perennial need for eclecticism. Gawd bless him. He's like what you'd get if you stuck a pump into Steven Soderbergh's head and blew it up into a big, smiley balloon.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's still better than the tedious dramas Scorsese has been filming in the past years. Even reading the description up there is boring me to death.

  • lowercase_ryan

    1, 2, and 5 hellzyeah.

  • Wembley

    WTH!? Will no one respect Joaquin Phoenix's decision to retire? Quit dragging him into your movies Hollywood (and Hollywood adjacent)!!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Dammit, I don't want to give Terry Guilliam my money anymore, but a movie with THAT cast? THE LORD IS TESTING ME.

  • Jerce

    I must ask: Why boycott Terry Gilliam? Did he pull a Polanski that I haven't heard about?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    He was a vocal supporter of Polanski. I can't with people being that stupid.

  • Artemis

    He and his film partner also said a bunch of nasty stuff to Vanity Fair about Michelle Williams after Heath Ledger died, basically blaming her for his death and saying that their relationship had never been good and it was her fault. Regardless of his feelings on the situation, there's just no need to do shit like that to someone who was obviously devastated about his death and who is the mother of his child.

  • Here's the article--doesn't seem exactly what you've described. I see him discussing what Heath was going through when they broke up.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/onli...

  • Kate

    I thought it was incredibly disrespectful. Heath Ledger was a deeply private, shy person, and Michelle Williams is the same. There's no way in hell he would have sat down with VF and volunteered information like that, so I don't know why Gilliam thought it was acceptable to overshare. And there are some low-blows in there relating to Williams. If Gilliam actually was as close to Ledger as he claims he would know that every word he uttered to VF would have hurt the man.

  • I'm not saying he was right to do the interview; it just didn't seem so malevolent to me. Sometimes when people are hurting, they say things they might not otherwise.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Jesus fuck. The lord is testing me no more. Fuck this fuckweasel. Not going to this movie even for Ben Whishaw.

  • luckypete

    If we stopped seeing movies because we disliked or disagreed with the people involved, we wouldn't be able to see many movies. That's why I try to focus on the person's work and not the person.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Well that is just about the most condescending comment you could've written. Good day.

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