Johnny Manf’s Five Most Anticipated Films of 2013

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The Mayans can suck it! The world didn’t end so we get a whole bunch of new movies in 2013. Hurray! In the coming weeks we will be finalizing our Top 10 Dramas and Top 5 Comedies of 2012 so keep an eye out for those. Some of us are trying to squeeze in a few movies we missed before posting the list. So for now you can check out what we’re looking forward to in 2013. I’m first to go. Take a gander.

Star Trek

Star Trek Into Darkness – I’m not a Trekkie by any means. I was not a fan of the TV show or the previous movies. But when JJ Abrams (Super 8, Mission Impossible 3) was announced to reboot the series, I was instantly interested. Then the movie came out and I was blown away by how awesome it was. So of course I am totally on board for the sequel. The whole cast is back with the addition of up and comer Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain. I can’t wait to see where the story goes. Due out May 17th. LENS FLARE!

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Inside Llewyn Davis – a Coen Brothers movie is announced for 2013 and you expect it NOT to be on my list. PSSSSSSSSSH! No release date is set so I’m really hopeful that it even hits theaters this year. The Coens have always put awesome music in their films, so why not make a movie about a musician which is said to be filled with several live performances. Its about New York’s folk music scene in the 60s and stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. I’m all in for the Coens no matter what.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim – Monsters vs. Robots. Oh wait, GIANT Monsters vs. GIANT Robots. Can it get any better? YES! Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy). Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba as the humans who control the robots. Its a war! Del Toro claims its “a beautiful poem to giant monsters”. BOOM! In theaters July 12th.

Worlds End

The World’s EndEdgar Wright is finishing up his “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”. The previous films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) are not connected in any way besides starring the same lead actors. Both films are perfect as spoofs but also totally original. The film may not be what you expect. Its about a group of friends reuniting after 20 years to attempt to finish a legendary pub crawl. Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike are on board with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost this time. Hitting theaters October 25th.

Evil Dead

Evil Dead – a remake of a classic horror film normally wouldn’t appear on my list. Its typically something you don’t want to mess with. But the trailer is just SICK! And Sam Raimi, director of the original, helped write and produce the reboot. It has the same premise, 5 friends in a remote cabin find a book of the dead and summon demons. I don’t think there is going to be a Bruce Campbell-Ash character this time around that will spark sequels. But you can’t make an exact replica of the original anyway. Some things have to change. I’m skeptical still, but definitely highly anticipating it at the same time. Due out April 12th.

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