Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Best Upcoming Films: November and December


11/8 Thor: The Dark World (Alan Taylor)

This film, the sequel to 2011’s Thor, will be the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The last MCU film, Iron Man 3, received quite the post-Avengers bump, making over $1.2 billion worldwide. Thor made just under $450 million globally; the sequel will probably beat that, but reaching a billion might be pushing it.
Many of the cast from the first are returning including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, and Idris Elba. 

New to the series are Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) who plays the main villain Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Mr. Eko on Lost) in the role of secondary villain Kurse, and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids).
Following Kenneth Branagh as director is Alan Taylor. Taylor has directed 6 episode of Game of Thrones, in addition to episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Bored to Death, Mad Men, The Sopranos, and Lost.

11/15 The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
            This is the upcoming Scorsese- Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration (their 5th), and that’s enough said for many.  It’s an adaptation of the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy brokerage owner who eventually served 22 months in prison.Other cast members include Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
            Like Hugo, this film will be shot on digital. While Scorsese had been vocal about supporting analog film in the past, it appears he’s been converted. 
            The trailer is pretty interesting and it seems to be a bit more comedic than one might expect. Matthew McConaughey’s ridiculous character is a good example.

11/20 Her (Spike Jonze)

Her is about a man played by Joaquin Phoenix who falls in love with a computer voiced by Scarlett Johansson. It’s Jonze’s first film since 2009’s Where the Wild Things Are. The cast also includes Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Some scenes were shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival and received positively.


12/6 Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers)

The new film, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, has already won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Inside Llewyn Davis is set in the early 1960s and is about a folk singer played by Oscar Isaac. It also features Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund, and John Goodman. The Coen Brothers have been on a hot streak lately and judging by the trailer, this looks to be no exception.

12/18 The Monuments Men (George Clooney)
Clooney, the director of Good Night, and Good Luck, and The Ides of March, is releasing this film in December. Based on a non-fiction book by Robert Edsel, it’s about a group dedicated to saving works of art from Hitler during World War II.

The film was shot in Germany and the UK and will be distributed by Columbia and 20th Century Fox. The Monuments Men stars Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett. The screenplay was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov (The Ides of March, Good Night, and Good Luck). 
Alexandre Desplat (Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty) composed the music. This has a great chance of being a contender come awards season.

12/27 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

12 Years a Slave is the new release from McQueen, the writer-director behind Shame and Hunger, both critically acclaimed. It adapts the autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northrup a free black man who was sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor (RedbeltChildren of Men) stars as Northrup.

Michael Fassbender, who appeared in the two previous McQueen films, returns as a slave owner. Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and Quvenzhan√© Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) also have roles. With a cast, director, and subject matter like this, 12 Years a Slave could be an amazing, powerful film.

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