Top 30 Best New Movies Of 201320.05.12 # Top Ten # 32 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 – Gravity
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Out: TBC 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 now fight for survival and try to find a way home. This will be shot in the same style as the director’s ‘Children Of Men’, and anyone who saw that knows just how visually amazing it should be in a space setting. In fact, it’s said to be even more ambitious, with new rigs to create subjective immersion in space – James Cameron says it’s “5 years ahead of its time” on a technical level. That’s some hype. Can’t wait to see it, even if Sandra Bullock isn’t the most interesting leading actress.
3rd – Star Trek Into Darkness
Starring: Crew from previous movie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve
Director: J.J. Abrams
Out: May 17, 2013
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. 2009′s pleasant surprise returns, keeping the same cast and director. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the villain, said to be similar to Khan (from ‘Star Trek II’). Peter Weller will be a supporting bad guy, described as an ‘evil CEO’. Alice Eve is a femme fatale. Location-wise, it will feature a “jungle planet” (that’s rather Project Genesis?). If the movie has half the impact of the original ‘Star Trek II’ it will be terrific entertainment.
2nd – 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 is about Tony Stark dealing with a virus that spreads through nanotechnology. Rebecca Hall (‘The Town’) plays Stark’s intellectual equal, a brilliant scientist who develops the nanotechnology that unintentionally lands in the hands of terrorists. Guy Pearce plays Aldich Killian, the evil geneticist who creates the virus. Ben Kingsley plays Mandarin, the villain pulling the strings. The hugely underrated Shane Black (‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’) is writing/directing, and the movie will have a global travel aspect similar to James Bond. There won’t be a role for Black Widow or any of The Avengers.
1st – 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.
Kick-Ass 2, Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Bryan Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Keanu Reeves in 47 Ronin, Stallone & Schwarzenegger in The Tomb, Seth Rogen in The End Of The World, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, Machete Kills, Despicable Me 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Carrie (remake), Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, Rupert Grint voicing Postman Pat: The Movie, Rupert Grint as Eddie The Eagle (what a year for him)
What are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.