The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

10. Stoker

Stoker Trailer

Release: March 1st

The Hook: We’ve reached a point where all we really have to do is mention the names associated with the project for everyone to nod their heads in agreement. Opening our top ten is the forthcoming film from Chan-wook Park and writer Wentworth Miller that focuses on a grieving family growing suspicious of the uncle who’s just eked his way into their lives. It stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and the terrifying Jacki Weaver.


9. Oldboy (2013)


Release: October 11st

The Hook: It turns out math has a sense of humor because Stoker and the new adaptation of Oldboy had nearly the same amount of votes. Ten years after Chan-wook Park’s take on the story, Spike Lee will get his turn to torture Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. For anyone who’s stumbled across our site without being a fully fledged movie nerd, the story here focuses on a man who has a few days to figure out why he was imprisoned in a hotel room for 15 years and seek revenge on the man who did it. As for the rest of it, we’ll hold our tongues.


8. Side Effects

Side Effects Poster

Release: February 8th

The Hook: Another year, another Steven Soderbergh movie. Remember when he was going to retire? Thankfully he didn’t. Here, star Rooney Mara plays a woman who starts abusing prescription medication as a way to cope with the release of her husband from prison. It co-stars Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw. It’s sort of weird to see Soderbergh working with professional actors, though. Jokes aside, the trailer is formidable.

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7. Man of Steel

Man of Steel

Release: June 14th

The Hook: Another stab at Superman, Zack Snyder is bringing his slow motion camera down from Krypton to deliver Smallville and Zod in a big, big way. To be specific: with Michael Shannon. As if to quell some fears that this thing would be all cape and no heart, the trailer focused on emotion and the struggle of having greater strength than those around you (even if it did create a strange moral stance for Pa Kent).

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6. Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

Release: May 3rd

The Hook: Yes, we’re still living in the era of superheroes. The Avengers assured that we’d see a continuation of it, and now we get to see Tony Stark after what happened in New York. Ther’s only one man that makes this more of an event: Shane Black. We’re getting a take on Iron Man from Shane Black, people. Let that sink in a moment. Now freak out.

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5. Anchorman: The Legend Continues


Release: December 20th

The Hook: We love lamp.


4. Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Release: July 12th

The Hook: Exactly zero people are surprised that the Giant Robots vs Monsters movie from Guillermo del Toro is this high on the list. Featuring an astounding cast led by Idris Elba and some damned fine visuals, this one will almost certainly be the event movie that proves original science fiction can be huge again. And if it is, then can del Toro go play with the Mountains of Madness? Please?

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3. The World’s End

The World's End Movie Poster

Release: October 25th

The Hook: The above image is all the selling that needs to be done, but the final film in Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy (and the second end-of-the-world laugh fest on the list) is worthy of this coveted spot. A ton of Rejects had it on their list, and for very good reason. It sees Simon Pegg leading a motley crew through a depraved pub crawl while something globally devastating goes down.


2. Elysium

Matt Damon in Elysium

Release: August 9th

The Hook: After Comic-Con, Brian wrote about how Elysium should be everyone’s most anticipated film of 2013. The follow-up from Neill Blomkamp is another original science fiction outing with Sharlto Copley that has the potential to stand alongside his brilliant District 9. Blazing guns, Matt Damon and social commentary. Sounds epic. However, while we wish it was coming out today, there’s one more movie that bested it in the tally. Probably not a surprise, its…


1. Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Spock's Hand

Release: Not soon enough (aka May 17th)

The Hook: With the blinding success and fun of the first, the mystery of who Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing (spoiler: it’s cross-over villain Edward Rooney), and the hope that it won’t leave the joy of Starfleet behind for the dark pallor of every other adventure film these days, Star Trek Into Darkness is our most anticipated movie of 2013. It seems only fitting that we started with Chris Pine and now end with him.

Of course, Paramount has also done a peerless job of promoting this. Fanning the flames in just the right ways. Let’s hope that our anticipation and enthusiasm is rewarded with a thrilling movie come May.

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What’s your most anticipated movie of 2013?


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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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