Arguably the most anticipated film of 2013. Starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, The Counselor is sure to be a high-octane thriller which centers on an attorney (Fassbender) who gets in over his head when he teams with Westray (Pitt) and Reiner (Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine. The two end up dragging the counselor deeper into the criminal underworld. The cast is impressive. The story sounds insane. Written by novelist Cormac McCarthy, the story’s terrain will be reminiscent of the rough and tumble world depicted in McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men, the 2008 Oscar winning film by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Will it live up to it’s comparisons to No Country? I fucking hope so. Scheduled to hit theaters November 13, 2013.
Untitled David O. Russell/Abscam Project
David O. Russell is on fire! With back-to-back award winning films under his belt – The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell looks to keep the streak going with a faced-paced film in the vein of Goodfellas. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, the untitled drama originally called “American Bullshit” by Eric Singer (The International) is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale, is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. The film is scheduled to start filming early this year and a 2013 release date is on tap. Keep an eye out for this one ladies and gents.
Neill Blomkamp’s feature film debut District 9 was the unexpected surprise and easily one of the best films of 2009. Elysium, follow up film, is easily one of the most anticipated films of 2013. The film stars Matt Damon and will tackle some of the same social issues seen in District 9. In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. One desperate man (Damon) threatens the system with his need to get on board Elysium and access its state-of-the-art medical care. The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Diego Luna and William Fichtner. It’s an intelligent blockbuster. I’m game. Elysium hits theaters August 9, 2013.
The Monuments Men
In the past two years, George Clooney‘s production shingle Smokehouse Pictures, has made two films. The Ides of March and Argo. Perhaps you aren’t sold yet. Clooney has co-written the script with Grant Heslov and will also direct and star in The Monuments Men. The supporting cast is RIDICULOUS – featuring Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. Set in the dying days of World War II, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite in a race against time to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. The film is scheduled to hit theaters December 20, 2013. Ocean’s Eleven meets Inglourious Bastards?
Wedding Crashers duo Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson re-team for the R-rated comedy The Internship. The two play friends who recently lose their sales jobs. In order to get back into the job market, they decide to hatch a diabolical scheme to land coveted internships at Google. Vaughn wrote the screenplay which will feature a cameo by none other than Will Ferrell. The comedy also stars Rose Byrne, Max Minghella and John Goodman, and scheduled to hit theaters June 7, 2013.