30. I’m So Excited!
Release: November 22nd
The Hook: Hopefully after all the holiday traveling, you’re ready for a colorful plane-based soap opera from Pedro Almodovar. It focuses on a group of strangers who open up intimately when the plane starts to go down. People who saw the teaser but have no idea what the director is capable of will probably be even more surprised than when they went to go see The Skin I Live In because they loved Antonio Banderas in Puss in Boots. At any rate, it looks like a giant smile of sunshine, which probably means something terrible and amoral is going to happen.
Release: October 18th
The Hook: It was infinitely frustrating when Alfonso Cuaron’s forthcoming sci-fi opus with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts drifting out in space was pushed back into 2013. That it landed all the way in October was even worse. We were supposed to get this thing last year, and even Guillermo del Toro teased us by talking about how mind-blowing Gravity is. If they move it again, there might be a riot. Now can we get a trailer or something?
Release: March 15th
The Hook: Another horror remake? We know, but there’s a knife drawer full of promise with this Stephen King tale and the director of Boys Don’t Cry at the helm. Chloe Moretz is a stirring talent, especially when she’s covered in blood, and Julianne Moore will undoubtedly be Oscar worthy as a megalomaniacal mother. Get ready for way more menstrual imagery than you’re ready for.
27. Before Midnight
The Hook: “Before Before Midnight there was Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.” That phrase will most likely no make it to the poster, but when Richard Linklater‘s trilogy-ender hits Sundance, it’ll definitely have a release date. Back with Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine, we find them almost two decades after their first, fateful meeting on a Vienna-bound train. There’s no telling what direction their relationship will take this time around or whether Jesse will tell Celine about the demon he found in old movie reels last October.
26. The Great Gatsby
Release: May 10th
The Hook: With lavish sets and a modern score, Baz Luhrmann can’t resist his familiar formula, treating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novella in any way he sees fit. If Fitzgerald were alive today, he’d most likely endorse the use of Jay-Z as the film scorer and the conversion of the Roaring Twenties into the Loud Luhrmann Twenty-Teens.
25. Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers
Release: September 27th
The Hook: Such a fun movie. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was a delightful little flick with some impeccable design. It was also a hit, so it makes sense that we’re getting a second serving. It’s tough to see Phil Lord and Chris Miller (whose LEGO movie won’t hit until 2014) gone from the franchise, but the synopsis involves the phrase “food-animal hybrids,” so we might be in for a weird meal.
24. Ender’s Game
Release: November 1st
The Hook: Boasting Harrison Ford as a cranky colonel, the real star of this movie is Orson Scott Card‘s novel. Looks like it’s time to go to war against a bug-like alien foe yet again. If Gavin Hood and company can deliver a story with half the appeal as the novel, they’ll have a winner on their hands.
23. Gangster Squad
Release: January 11th
The Hook: Another movie that made the list last year, Ruben Fleischer‘s exploration of the underbelly of antique Los Angeles got pushed back after the movie theater shooting in Aurora made a climactic scene hit a bit too close to home. With Sean Penn as the baddie, a crew of law-breaking lawmen led by Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a femme fatale, it just may be a percussive noir with a flurry of bullets left on the ground.
22. Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall
Release: June 28th
The Hook: There was a time when we couldn’t take any of Mark Millar’s promises seriously. That time continues, but he was at least proven correct that a sequel to Kick-Ass would see the darkness of theaters. The core group is back, but now they have Jim Carrey to help them take down Red Mist and the, ahem, Toxic Mega-Cunts.
21. Inside Llewyn Davis
Release: February 8th
The Hook: The Coen Brothers made a new movie. Get pumped. (Oh, and if you need a synopsis, they’re tackling the folk scene of 1960s New York with Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake.)