Top 30 Best New Movies Of 201320.05.12 # Top Ten # 64 Comments
6th – Man Of Steel
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner
Director: Zack Snyder
Released: June 2013
Superman reboot developed by Christopher Nolan, with a script from ‘Dark Knight’ co-writer David Goyer, although it’s definitely now Zack Snyder’s (‘300’, ‘Watchmen’) movie. So expect strong visuals and combat, based off solid story elements. Brandon Routh is out as Superman, replaced by ‘Immortals’ star Henry Cavill. Amy Adams is Lois Lane. Costner and Diane Lane are Ma and Pa Kent. Laurence Fishburne is Perry White. Russell Crowe pulls a Brando as Superman’s ill-fated father on Krypton. Michael Shannon is a solid pick for the rebooted General Zod (an army leader with several Kryptonian soldiers by his side). They have wisely got rid of Lex Luthor and, despite Zod, this is the first Superman movie to really go off the comics and not Richard Donner’s vision.
5th – American Hustle
Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Released: December 2013
A con man (Bale), along with his seductive British partner (Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent (Cooper) who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Caught between the con-artists and Feds is the shady, volatile Mayor of Camden, N.J. (Renner), while the FBI agent’s big-mouthed, unpredictable wife (Lawrence) might just pull the thread that brings their whole world crashing down. Loosely based on the notorious Abscam case, this crime-drama-comedy comes from Oscar regular David O. Russell (‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘The Fighter’). It’s already won Best Film, Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Lawrence) at the New York Film Critics Circle. More awards will follow.
4th – Her
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde
Director: Spike Jonze
Released: December 2013
A soulful, lonely man (Phoenix) who makes his living writing touching personal letters for other people is heartbroken after the end of a long relationship. He becomes intrigued with his new operating system on his phone (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) that’s designed to meet his every need. The female voice is insightful, sensitive and funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into a love. Written and directed by Spike Jonze (‘Adaptation’, ‘Being John Malkovich’), this is a prophetic reflection on social isolation and our dependency on evolving technologies, that’s said to be as disconcerting as it is sweet. It recently won Best Picture at the National Board of Review Awards, which is a big deal.
3rd – The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving
Director: Peter Jackson
Released: December 2013
After crossing the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo to fulfil his contract with the dwarves. Will they discover what has become of Gandalf? This is the second of three Hobbit movies, all of which were filmed largely back-to-back. Each has been fleshed out with details not in the novel. The final part follows same time next year. It’s still fair to expect good things, even though ‘An Unexpected Journey’ may have been a bit overstretched and underwhelming but this is much improved.
2nd – Star Trek Into Darkness
Starring: Usual Crew, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller
Director: J.J. Abrams
Released: May 2013
After Starfleet is rocked by a terrorist within their own organisation, Kirk leads a risky manhunt to the Klingon homeworld to capture or kill the fugitive. 2009’s pleasant surprise returns, keeping the same cast and director. Benedict Cumberbatch is great as the terrorist with the complicated past. Peter Weller is terrific too as the head of Starfleet. Alice Eve plays Kirk’s new love interest. It can’t match ‘Star Trek II’ for charisma and heart, but has a palpable sense of danger and is packed with clever plot twists. Visually it’s the most impressive Star Trek ever made.
1st – Gravity
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Released: October 2013
A space mission to repair the Hubble telescope meets disaster when satellite debris collides with the space station, destroying most of it and killing all but two astronauts. The remaining pair must fight for survival and try to figure a way to safety. Shot in the same style as the director’s ‘Children Of Men’, anyone who saw that knows just how visually amazing this should be in a space setting. In fact it’s even more ambitious with newly invented rigs specifically to create subjective immersion in space – James Cameron says it’s “5 years ahead of its time” on a technical level, and if Cameron says that, you sit up and take notice. This is a pure cinema experience to be watched on the biggest screen possible.
ALSO WORTH SEEING
Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight, Fruitvale Station, Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Mark Wahlberg in Lone Survivor, Shartlo Copley in Europa Report, Simon Pegg in The World’s End, Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, 12 Years A Slave, Harrison Ford in 42, Sandra Bullock in The Heat, Danny Boyle’s Trance, Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, Robert Redford in All Is Lost, Denzel Washington in 2 Guns, Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, August: Osage County, Pixar’s Monsters University, Despicable Me 2
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