Every year the critics whip up a top list of films to look forward to. Some exceed expectations, some fall flat on their faces, and others get lost in the thousands of movies produced each year. Here’s a quick glimpse of future favorites – a top 5 list, submitted for your approval, of my most anticipated features.
5. Star Trek: Into Darkness
J.J. Abrams’ follow up to his surprising 2009 action hit looks to be a sure-thing at the box office, but on the critical side of the table it appears this film has the capability to blow the first entry out of the water. Chris Pine returns as Captain Kirk, heading the motley crew of the star ship Enterprise. Look for this one on May 17.
4. Iron Man 3
The original Iron Man caught the world by surprise in 2008, and almost single-handedly revitalized the superhero genre. Marvel’s newest entry promises to be the most entertaining yet, and let’s be honest – who doesn’t love Robert Downey Jr.’s cocky-yet-likeable Tony Stark? This one’s just a few weeks away, as it will be released May 3.
3. Upstream Color
A Sundance favorite, Upstream Color is the sophomore effort of Shane Carruth, the director/star of 2004’s trippy time-traveler, Primer. This entry looks to be even more outlandish than the Carruth’s indie favorite, which is a good thing. I wish I could preview the movie and tell you what it’s about, but that would warrant an entire post itself. There’s no wide release, but you can find it online at certain retailers.
Matt Damon, social commentary, and really, really big guns – what’s not to like? Neill Blomkamp follows his wildy successful District 9 with another sci-fi introspective, dealing with the 99-versus-1 percent debate that has been raging in political and economical spheres as of late. Elysium hits theaters August 9.
1. The Great Gatsby
What other film could possibly be the Movie Gent’s most anticipated film of 2013? Director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) has made this classic Fitzgerald novel his own, and the preliminary results are stunning. The aesthetics look like my fantasy of the roaring 20’s, and with Leonardo DiCaprio at center stage with the lovely Carey Mulligan, I’m incredibly excited with how this movie could manifest itself on screen. Heads up – it’s coming out in just two weeks on May 10.