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23 films that may make 2015 the greatest movie year ever HitFix No, years like this don't appear on the release date schedule very often, so you can also think of it like the movie Summer Olympics. In 2016 the world's athletes will head to Rio.
Before we get too deep into 2013, I wanted to provide a preview on the year to come. As it is the case at the beginning of every new year, there are many, many reasons to be optimistic. Obviously, not every film will live up to expectations (think: Nine, J. Edgar, etc.) and I’m sure a few of these films will get pushed to 2014, but it is still fun to get our hopes up now, while everything is set in front of us. I had planned to run down as many films as I could find, but it became a bit of an overwhelming task, so instead I have compiled a list of the 25 films I am most excited for this year. While we are all knee deep in the end of year awards season for 2012, let’s have some fun looking ahead at the year to come.
18. Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th) Director: J.J. Abrams Stars: Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Peter Weller, and Alice Eve Synopsis: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Thoughts: Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) is one of the better reboots I’ve seen, and the teaser trailer for the sequel played things just right. The casting of Cumberbatch as the villain (is he Kahn?!?) is an inspired choice.
14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th) Director: Peter Jackson Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, and Christopher Lee Synopsis: The Dwarfs, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the misty mountains, but Bilbo has gained the one ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back off the Dragon, Smaug. Thoughts: This list is all about being hopeful, right? Unlike most, I think the first segment in The Hobbit trilogy (I guess that’s what we’re calling it?) did a serviceable job setting the table for the more exciting segment that is to come. The Desolation of Smaug is what is to come. My love for Middle-earth remains intact (though if An Unexpected Journey had lived up to expectations, you probably would have found this film #1 on my list).
4. August: Osage County (Release date TBD) Director: John Wells Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Margo Martindale, and Chris Cooper Synopsis: The Weston family overcomes certain differences when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing. Thoughts: August: Osage County is backed by The Weinsteins, is based on a Pulitzer prize-winning play, and has one of the best casts of the year. On the surface, it seems like this will all come down to what John Wells is able to do behind the camera. With only one feature film to his credit (The Company Men; 2010), he definitely sticks out as the biggest question mark with this film.
2. Twelve Years a Slave (Release date TBD) Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Scoot McNairy, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Alfre Woodard Synopsis: A man living in New York during the mid-1800s is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. Thoughts: Speaking of directors and their muse, Slave will be the third joint effort between McQueen and Fassbender (Hunger (2008); Shame (2011). I think we can expect this film to be the bolder, grittier brother of Django Unchained, and it might have the best cast assembled for 2013.