Monday, December 2, 2013

Summer Preview: 25 Films to Watch This Season

< Dates may change of course, and new films could be added, but here is a look at some of the potential cinema highlights over the next three months - which includes the very busy Christmas holiday season (Boxing Day, New Year's Day and key dates in January) and the exciting time when many of the year's Oscar contenders (this year American Hustle, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and All is Lost to name some) finally hit Australian screens. We actually get American Hustle before the States, which is a great score, while the Boxing Day release of The Wolf of Wall Street makes it one of the very last to screen for Oscar voters. It hits screens here at the end of January, which is somewhat of a miracle considering the journey it has taken.

The variety of films in cinemas is rarely more diverse in the calendar year, the quality rarely as consistent. This has already been a great year, and having already seen The Spectacular Now, Frozen and 12 Year's A Slave, I know that this Summer season will offer something for everyone.

Here are 25 titles to mark in your calendars.


Ender's Game (Dec 5)
The Spectacular Now (Dec 5)

Kill Your Darlings (Dec 5)

American Hustle (Dec 12)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Dec 19)

Short Term 12 (Dec 26)

Frozen (Dec 26)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec 26)

The Railway Man (Dec 26)

Philomena (Dec 26)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Dec 26)

Drinking Buddies (Melbourne/Nova only) (Dec 26)


August: Osage County (Jan 1)

Saving Mr Banks (Jan 9)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Jan 16)

Her (Jan 16)

The Great Beauty (Jan 23)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Jan 23)

12 Years A Slave (Jan 30)


The Past (Feb 6)

Dallas Buyers Club (Feb 13)

Blue is the Warmest Color (Feb 13)

All is Lost (Feb 20)

Nebraska (Feb 20)

Gloria (Feb 27)

What are your most anticipated films for the next three months? I am especially excited for American Hustle, Short Term 12, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, The Great Beauty, Blue is the Warmest Color and All Is Lost. Are there any that I have left off this list with a confirmed release date that you can recommend? 

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