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I just updated this year's thread hopefully for the last time. I'm starting to lose track of all the films I need to watch out for, so thought I might as well start this one up before I forget them.

With Tentative Release Dates:

1/18 - Broken City - Allen Hughes
2/8 - Side Effects - Steven Soderbergh
2/14 - A Good Day to Die Hard - John Moore
2/15 (limited) - Like Someone in Love - Abbas Kiarostami
2/26 (HBO) - Parade's End - Tom Stoppard
3/8 (limited) - Beyond the Hills - Cristian Mungiu
3/8 - Oz: The Great and Powerful - Sam Raimi
3/12 (limited) - The Suicide Shop - Patrice Leconte
3/15 (limited) - Ginger & Rosa - Sally Potter
3/15 (limited) - Upside Down - Juan Diego Solanas
3/15 (limited) - Biancanieves - Pablo Berger
3/29 (limited) - Renoir - Gilles Bourdos
3/29 (limited) - The Place Beyond the Pines - Derek Cianfrance
3/31 (HBO) - Game of Thrones: Season Three - David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
4/5 (limited) - Trance - Danny Boyle
4/5 (limited) - Upstream Color - Shane Carruth
4/7 (AMC) - Mad Men: Season Six - Matthew Weiner
4/12 (limited) - To the Wonder - Terrence Malick
4/12 - 42 - Brian Helgeland
4/26 - Mud - Jeff Nichols
5/3 - Iron Man 3 - Shane Black
5/10 - The Great Gatsby - Baz Luhrmann
5/17 - Star Trek Into Darkness - J.J. Abrams
5/17 (limited) - Frances Ha - Noah Baumbach
5/29 (limited) - Hannah Arendt - Margarethe von Trotta
5/31 - Now You See Me - Louis Leterrier
6/7 - Much Ado About Nothing - Joss Whedon
6/14 - Man of Steel - Zack Snyder
7/5 - The Way, Way Back - Nat Faxon & Jim Wash
7/5 - Despicable Me 2 - Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
7/5 - The Lone Ranger - Gore Verbinski
7/19 - Red 2 - Dean Parisot
7/26 - Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen
8/2 - The Spectacular Now - James Ponsoldt
8/2 - 300: Rise of an Empire - Noam Murro
8/9 - Elysium - Neill Blomkamp
8/16 - Ain't Them Bodies Saints - David Lowery
8/16 - Austenland - Jerusha Hess
8/16 - Kick-Ass 2 - Jeff Wadlow
8/30 - Closed Circuit - John Crowley

9/20 - Night Moves - Kelly Reichardt
9/27 - As I Lay Dying - James Franco
10/4 - Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón
10/11 - Captain Phillips - Paul Greengrass
11/1 - Ender's Game - Gavin Hood
11/8 - Thor: The Dark World - Alan Taylor
11/15 - The Counselor - Ridley Scott
12/13 - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Peter Jackson
12/20 - Anchorman: The Legend Continues - Adam McKay
12/25 - Jack Ryan - Kenneth Branagh

With No Release Dates Yet:

A Confederacy of Dunces - James Bobin
Abigail Harm - Lee Isaac Chung
Effie Gray - Richard Laxton
For No Good Reason - Charlie Paul
Goodbye to Language 3D - Jean-Luc Godard
Inside Llewyn Davis - Joel & Ethan Coen
Knight of Cups - Terrence Malick

Lowlife - James Gray
Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller
Mood Indigo - Michel Gondry
Romeo and Juliet - Carlo Carlei
Under the Skin - Jonathan Glazer
War Witch - Kim Nguyen
Winter's Tale - Akiva Goldsman
The Wolf of Wall Street - Martin Scorsese

A few of these are considered 2012 films by IMDB, but so far don't seem to have even limited release dates yet. Anyhow, here's a starting working list. Let me know if I'm missing anything important.

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Jeremy, Holy Motors is opening this weekend and will have a small release nationwide before the end of the year. I'm planning to drive over to Nashville in a couple weeks to see it.

Ok, that's good news. We'll be able to count it as a 2012 film then.

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Star trek into darkness

World War Z!!!!!!


Ender's Game

All the Hobbits

Anchorman Legend Continues

probably some of the others once I learn more about them.

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  • 2 months later...

Three in particular for me -

Inside Llewyn Davis - IMDB is listing a 8 Feb release, but there's also talk it might premiere at Cannes in May.

To the Wonder - New Terrence Malick which played at the Venice fest in September. Set for an April general release.

Oz: The Great and Poweful - I'd be dubious about this one if Raimi wasn't behind it. Looks quite eye-popping.

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  • The Devil's Knot (Egoyan + Derrickson... I can't wait.)
  • Like Someone In Love
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Leviathan
  • Under the Skin
  • Frances Ha
  • Gravity
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Meanwhile
  • The Wind Rises
  • Mama
  • Great Expectations

And whatever Pixar releases.

I'm intrigued by the latest trailer for The Great Gatsby, but I've learned not to let Luhrmann raise my hopes too high.

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All of Terrence Malick's new films, especially Knight of Cups

Side Effects

Romeo and Juliet

Much Ado About Nothing

Oz: the Great and Powerful


Inside Llewyn Davis

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

Now You See Me

Jack Ryan

Jurassic Park 3D (I just want to hear my favorite lush, romantic film score played on high quality, surround speakers)

And I must admit I'm looking forward to The Lone Ranger; the trailers have made it seem that Depp and Verbinski may have captured a similar level of fun that they had for the first Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Started perusing the year's coming slate. Well, at least I think all of these are likely 2013 releases. Here's what I have my eye on:

Mud (Jeff Nichols)

Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)

Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)

The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)

Devil's Knot (Atom Egoyan)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers)

Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt)

Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)

A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn adapting le Carré? Color me intrigued)

The Double (Richard Ayoade)

Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

The Great Gatsby (Baz Lurhmann)

Her (Spike Jonze)

Lowlife (James Gray)

Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper)

Side Effects (Steven Soderbergh)

Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) (more likely 2014, but I'm reading there's a shot for end of year 2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

Monsters University (Dan Scanlon)

This is the End (Seth Rogen)

Now You See Me (Louis Leterrier)

Mama (Andres Muschiette)

Man of Steel (Zack Snyder)

The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)

August: Osage County (John Wells)

And plenty others, but these are what I'm particularly intrigued by at the moment.

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For those wanting to look ahead to '14 and '15, I just got this from Disney.

Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. Here’s a closer look.

THE MUPPETS 2 is now dated on 3/21/14.

· MUPPETS 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (Marvel) will be available in 3D.

· Releases on 4/4/14.

· CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will pick up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” leaves off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world. The film stars Chris Evans in the title role and will be directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo.

MALEFICENT is now dated on 7/2/14 (from 3/14/14).

· MALEFICENT, the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty,” reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.

· MALEFICENT will be released in 3D and is produced by Joe Roth and directed by Robert Stromberg, from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel) will be available in 3D.

· Releases on 8/1/14.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, based on the Marvel comic books of the same name, features an unlikely cast of characters who must team up in order to defeat a cosmic force of epic proportions. James Gunn will direct.

1952 is now dated on 12/19/14 in 3D.

· 1952 will be produced by Damon Lindelof and directed by Brad Bird, from a script by Lindelof and Bird. George Clooney will star.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 is now dated on 7/10/15.

· PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will star Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Jeff Nathanson is writing the screenplay.

· The “Pirates of the Caribbean” films have earned over $3.7 billion at the worldwide box office. Most recently, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” earned over $1.043 billion.

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Her - Spike Jonze

Because it's Jonze and because it stars Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Samantha Morton.

A Most Wanted Man - Anton Corbijn, from the John Le Carre novel

Because it stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, and Nina Hoss!

Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage) - Jean Luc Godard

Because it's Godard in 3D!

Mood Indigo - Michel Gondry

Because it's Gondry and it stars Audrey Tautou.

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Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage) - Jean Luc Godard

Because it's Godard in 3D!


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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David Hudson posted a nice overview of 2013/2014 films on Fandor this weekend. My most anticipated titles, more or less in order:

The Bastards / Claire Denis

Goodbye To Language 3D / Jean-Luc Godard

Under the Skin / Jonathan Glazer

Before Midnight / Richard Linklater

Lowlife (aka The Nightingale) / James Gray

Night Moves / Kelly Reichardt

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon / Hong Sang-soo

Only Lovers Left Alive / Jim Jarmusch

House of Cards / David Fincher

Ain’t Them Bodies / David Lowery

The Story of My Death / Albert Serra

Foxcatcher / Bennett Miller

The Past / Asghar Farhadi

Snowpiercer / Bong Joon-Ho

Camille Claudel, 1915 / Bruno Dumont

Side Effects / Steven Soderbergh

Behind the Candelabra / Steven Soderbergh

Vic & Flo ont vu un ours / Denis Côté

Venus in Fur / Roman Polanski

La Ultima Pelicula / Raya Martin and Mark Peranson

Tom à la ferme / Xavier Dolan

I've heard rumors that Hou Hsiao-hsien might finally have a new film by the end of the year, too.

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I don't think it's been listed here yet:

The World's End / Edgar Wright / Oct. 25

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The Serra, Dumont, Glazer, and Denis are true blue. I am anxious for the Soderbergh film, and have heard the Hou rumors. But... I want the Schwarzenegger film to rock and am hoping that the Thor f/u runs close to the comics.

I am wary of Polley, and am pretty sure that the Godard is an extension - which is fine, but I am exhausted by him. Like traffic jam exhausted.

And we get a James Gray film, right? Can't Joaquin and Gray just pair up for life? I would love to see Ben Affleck in a James Gray film.

Otherwise, where are the last two Klotz films?

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