Thursday, May 16, 2013

Winter Preview: 22 Films To Watch For This Season

Before we look ahead to the 2013 theatrical 'Blockbuster Season' lets take a look back over the last three months. With The Great Gatsby still to come on April 30, it has been a solid stretch of films, with exactly half of the films I saw during that time receiving a cinema recommendation. The year really comw into it's own on May 9 (The Place Beyond the Pines and Spring Breakers particularly), easily the most interesting release date of the year so far.

The Great (4.5-5) Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Hunt and No.

The Good (3.5-4) Rust and Bone, Spring Breakers, Iron Man 3, Chasing Ice, Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, Trance, Tabu, Sleepwalk With Me, Warm Bodies, First Position and Oz the Great and Powerful.

The Average (2.5-3) Barbara, Broken, In the Fog, Evil Dead, Drift, Haute Cuisine, The Big Wedding, The Company You Keep, Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai and Mama.

The Poor (0-2) Snitch, Jack the Giant Slayer, A Good Day to Die Hard, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Loneliest Planet, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, G.I Joe: Retaliation and Olympus Has Fallen.

But, here is what we can look forward to in the coming months. June is pretty dire and I am a bit thin on the August releases (though there are still plenty to look forward to) as is usually the case when investigating the ever-changing schedule from afar.

Mud (June 13)*

Man of Steel (June 13)

Monsters University (June 20)

World War Z (June 20)
Satellite Boy (June 20)

In the House (June 27)

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (July 4)

To the Wonder (July 4)

Before Midnight (July 11)

Pacific Rim (July 11)

Behind the Candelabra (July 11)**

Much Ado About Nothing (July 11)

This is the End (July 18)

Only God Forgives (July 18)

The Way, Way Back (July 18)

The Bling Ring (July 25)

Blancanieves (August 8)

Elysium (August 15)

Frances Ha (August 15)

You're Next (August 22)

What Maisie Knew (August 22)

Stoker (August 29)

What are your most anticipated films for the next three months? Are there any that I have left off this list with a confirmed release date that you can recommend? 

*New addition, courtesy of Andrew McCarthy.
**New addition, courtesy of Roadshow schedule update.


  1. From what I've seen so far.... Stoker, To the Wonder, and In the House.

  2. "Pacific Rim" looks incredible. I'm glad "Star Trek Into Darkness" is coming out tomorrow in the US. Stoked for "Monsters University" although I need to see the first one again some time soon.

  3. Man of Steel is my most anticipated of the year. I'll definitely be there for that one.

    Monsters University I'm definitely gonna want to see, too, as the first is still one of my favorite Pixar movies. And despite the flak it's been getting in places, I'm still interested in World War Z.

    Pacific Rim will be a watch just cause Guillermo did it and the trailer looks fun. Only God Forgives and Elysium both have the potential to be pretty damn awesome.

    Now You See Me comes out this month as well and I'm actually interested in that one. Meanwhile, both Despicable Me 2 and Lone Ranger will hit in July and I'm interested in both. Turbo and The Wolverine are another couple of July releases and they both have the potential to be worthwhile.

    August also boasts the releases of Kick-Ass 2 and The World's End. Highly anticipating both of those.