Top 40 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

The movies of 2013 that I am most looking forward to seeing.
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1.
The World's End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival. (109 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost complete their Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy! ” - Ken Jones
 
2.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (104 mins.)
“ Anything from the Coens automatically jumps up near the top of my list. ” - Ken Jones
 
3.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. (119 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
“ The success rate of comedy sequels is not good, but I'm still hoping they nail this one. ” - Ken Jones
 
4.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ For the record, I don't think Cumberbatch is Khan. And of the three big summer blockbusters, I think this will be the most cohesive story. ” - Ken Jones
 
5.
Man of Steel (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (143 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Was worried about this, but then I saw the first trailer for it and I'm really excited for it. Especially for Michael Shannon as General Zod. ” - Ken Jones
 
6.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite movies of the 00s. That movie was also directed by Shane Black and starred Robert Downey Jr. ” - Ken Jones
 
7.
To the Wonder (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood. (112 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ After Tree of Life I'll see anything Malick is interested in putting on screen. ” - Ken Jones
 
8.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (161 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ I'm not going to lie, this would have been much hhigher a few weeks ago. An Unexpected Journey, while good, knocked it down a few pegs for me. ” - Ken Jones
 
9.
Elysium (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. (109 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9? Yes, please! ” - Ken Jones
 
10.
Only God Forgives (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ Winding-Refn and Gosling team up again after Drive. I'm definitely looking forward to it. ” - Ken Jones
 
11.
Monsters University (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (104 mins.)
Director: Dan Scanlon
“ Monsters Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar movies. I'll be interested to see how this prequel works. I'm hoping it's a return to for after Cars 2. ” - Ken Jones
 
12.
Pacific Rim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
“ The movie Guillermo Del Toro made instead of The Hobbit. I'm interested in the sheer scale of this movie. ” - Ken Jones
 
13.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. (130 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ I like what I'm seeing with this. Raimi with a really good cast. ” - Ken Jones
 
14.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)
“ Loved the books, looking forward to the 2nd chapter on screen, as the 1st was solid. ” - Ken Jones
 
15.
Upstream Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Shane Carruth's long-awaited follow-up to Primer. ” - Ken Jones
 
16.
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ It carries over from my '12 list. Chan-wook Park's American directorial debut. ” - Ken Jones
 
17.
The Counselor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Three names for you: Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Cormac McCarthy. And if you need three more: Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz. ” - Ken Jones
 
18.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ I'll be interested to see how they adapt this book. ” - Ken Jones
 
19.
This Is the End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (107 mins.)
“ Meta comedy from Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, and Paul Rudd? I'm in. ” - Ken Jones
 
20.
Oblivion (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ Apparently Hollywood was planning on the world ending in 2012, because there are a ton of post-apocalyptic movies this year. ” - Ken Jones
 
21.
Mud (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. (130 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Take Shelter was great. This is Jeff Nichols' follow-up. ” - Ken Jones
 
22.
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Following Kick-Ass' heroics, other citizens are inspired to become masked crusaders. But the Red Mist leads his own group of evil supervillains to kill Kick-Ass and destroy everything for which he stands. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
“ Enjoyed the first, Jim Carrey being in this one intrigues me. ” - Ken Jones
 
23.
Before Midnight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
“ Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy return to catch us up on the story of Jesse and Celine. ” - Ken Jones
 
24.
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective. (140 mins.)
“ Gosling reteams with a director again; this time it's his Blue Valentine director. Along with Gangster Squad and Only God Forgives, his 2013 could rival his 2011. ” - Ken Jones
 
25.
Gravity (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ Another carryover from my 2012 list, this is a Cauron movie starring Sandra Bullock as an astronaut adrift in space trying to get home. ” - Ken Jones
 
26.
Ender's Game (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion. (114 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ I'll need to read this book before the movie is released. ” - Ken Jones
 
27.
The Wolverine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Too bad Aronofsky is no longer attached to this flick. ” - Ken Jones
 
28.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (102 mins.)
“ Loved the stylized storytelling of Sin City. Let's hope this return to the City is just as good. ” - Ken Jones
 
29.
The Colony (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeff Renfroe
“ Probablly not much more than a pure genre flick, but genre done right is emminently watchable. ” - Ken Jones
 
30.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack. (105 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine. I'm more interested in the potential Kevin Costner renaissance that could be happening. ” - Ken Jones
 
31.
R.I.P.D. (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. (96 mins.)
“ Graphic novel adaptation. ” - Ken Jones
 
32.
Knight of Cups (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women. (118 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ This one may not come out in 2013. But if it does? Two Malick films in one calendar year? Unthinkable! ” - Ken Jones
 
33.
Trance (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting. (101 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Danny Boyle's first movie since 127 Hours. ” - Ken Jones
 
34.
Oldboy (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason. (104 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
“ I want to see this just to see if an American studio will actually follow through with the ending. ” - Ken Jones
 
35.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ Fassbender and McQueen again. ” - Ken Jones
 
36.
Warm Bodies (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ Interesting spin on the zomromcom. Actually, I'm not sure the zomromcom has much to be spun. ” - Ken Jones
 
37.
Now You See Me (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ Trailer looks good. Strong cast, uneven director. ” - Ken Jones
 
38.
Dead Man Down (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution. (118 mins.)
“ Interesting crime thriller starring Colin Ferrell and Noomi Rapace. ” - Ken Jones
 
39.
Mama (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family. (100 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
“ Maybe a bit skeptical, because the "spooky children" horror sub-genre has been done to death, but Del Toro is producing and it stars Jessica Chastain? Interested. ” - Ken Jones
 
40.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ The tandem of Scorsese and DiCaprio started off a bit uneven (Gangs of New York, The Aviator), but has found a really good groove (The Departed, Shutter Island). I trust them going forward. ” - Ken Jones