Top 30 Best New Movies Of 201320.05.12 # Top Ten # 54 Comments
6th – Thor: The Dark World
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Ray Stevenson
Director: Alan Taylor
Out: November 8, 2013
Thor battles an ancient race of Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith (Eccleston), who threatens to plunge the universe into darkness. The movie will explore what’s been happening in the nine realms since the Asgardians have been unable to use the Bifrost, and feature an encounter with the Light Elves, a peaceful people. Loki will be present, but eclipsed by the other villains who include Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as a Dark Elf who’s “an amalgamation of a bull and a lava-like creature”. Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins all return. The director of TV’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ takes over from Kenneth Branagh. Don’t be surprised if ‘Avengers’-cameo-maker Thanos pops in briefly to steal the infinity gauntlet from Odin and set up ‘Avengers 2′.
5th – The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving
Director: Peter Jackson
Out: December 13, 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 six months later. It’s still fair to expect good things, even though ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ underwhelmed.
4th – Superman: Man Of Steel
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner
Director: Zack Snyder
Out: June 14, 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 will pull 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. Has enormous potential.
3rd – Iron Man 3
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall
Director: Shane Black
Out: May 3, 2013
Borrowing elements from the ‘Extremis’ graphic novel, this sees Stark dealing with a virus that spreads through nanotechnology. Rebecca Hall (‘The Town’) plays his intellectual equal, a scientist who develops the nanotech that lands in the hands of terrorists. Guy Pearce plays the evil geneticist who creates the virus while Ben Kingsley is Mandarin, the mysterious villain pulling the strings. Written and directed by the underrated Shane Black (‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’), the movie doesn’t feature any other Avengers and takes Stark out of his element by destroying all his toys. While the ‘villain switch’ doesn’t work and the third act devolves into silliness that betrays the real-world roots of the first film, Downey Jr. is the most charismatic star alive, and this is the role he was born to play.
2nd – Star Trek Into Darkness
Starring: Usual Crew, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Peter Weller
Director: J.J. Abrams
Out: May 17, 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
Out: October 4, 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. Expect a pure cinema experience to be watched on the biggest screen possible.
David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Vince Vaughn in Delivery Man, Stallone & Schwarzenegger in Escape Plan, Ethan Hawke in Before Midnight, Shartlo Copley in Europa Report, Danny Boyle’s Trance, Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines, Simon Pegg in The World’s End, Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, Harrison Ford in 42, Steve Coogan in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Sandra Bullock in The Heat, Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies, Denzel Washington in 2 Guns, Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, Despicable Me 2
What did you enjoy? What are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.