Holiday Movie Preview 2013

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Ah, the holidays. A time of food, family, and some of the best movies of the year. Thus far, 2013 hasn’t really been able to keep up with 2012 onslaught of excellence. But the year isn’t over yet. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there are ten films coming out with massive potential, blockbusters and Oscar-fare alike. Here’s what not to miss for the rest of 2013.


Disney’s return to the animation game this year is a Frosty the Snowman-esque fantasy. With a strong voice cast and some excellent marketing, this could be the cartoon hit of the fall. Possibly even the year with so few strong animated films coming out this year. (Nov. 27)



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Surely to be added to the long list of Coen brother classics, this film follows a struggling folk singer trying to make it in New York City in the early 1960s. Backed by a stellar cast and the usual genius behind Joel and Ethan Coen as both writers and directors, this drama has potential to be both a huge hit with audience and voters. (Dec. 6)


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Here comes the hard-boiled revenge flick starring Christian Bale you never knew you needed. From the director of Crazy Heart comes this thriller also starring Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Casey Affleck. With some strong early buzz, this film could be a surprise hit of the season. (Dec. 6)


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Some fans were disappointed with the first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, but that was based on the first third of a novel. The second film has many of the meatier plot elements of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy. Plus we get the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas. Give this prequel trilogy another chance. (Dec. 13)


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There’s a ton of buzz surrounding this one. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney as he was preparing to adapt the novel Mary Poppins into a film. Emma Thompson, who is getting more than a little Best Actress talk, plays the author of the novel, P.L. Travers. This is going to be a fascinating film to pay attention to based on media coverage alone. (Dec. 13)


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With The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook behind him, David O. Russell has become one of the most respected names in Hollywood. Combining the casts of his recent successes, the film stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence. This ’70s crime thriller looks to be another winner for the director. (Dec. 18)


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Spike Jonze returns to the director’s chair for another quirky comedy about the nature of humanity. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely man who falls in love with the voice of his operating system (Scarlett Johansson). It’s Spike Jonze so it’s going to be weird, but if his other films are any indicator, it will work very well. (Dec. 18)


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Can you think of a more anticipated comedy sequel than this nearly decade-in-the-making continuation of the Legend of Ron Burgundy? The newsteam is back but the time and location have changed. No longer set in 1970s San Diego (or is it a Whale’s Vagina?), the sequel moves to 1980s New York City. SNL alum Kristen Wiig joins the fray along with I’m sure a slew of other cameos. (Dec. 20)


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Based on the classic short story, this special effects heavy peak into the imagination of a man has some very clever marketing. If the filmmakers are half as talented we could have quite a film on our hands. Ben Stiller stars alongside Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, and Adam Scott. (Dec. 25)


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Martin Scorsese directs the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), the man who ruled Wall Street in the 1990s. Illegally of course. Co-starring Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, the film is sure to be a contender in the acting categories come awards season. Despite that, the trailers are just plain fun, even thought the movie itself will hardly be the same. (Dec. 25)


What movies are you most excited to see for the rest of 2013? Let us know in the comments below!


By Matt Dougherty

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