20. Mud

DIRECTOR: Jeff Nichols

CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon


Take Shelter writer/director Jeff Nichols continues his string of ominous Southern parables, and McConaughey continues his string of challenging and interesting work, with the story of two young boys who befriend a fugitive.


19. To the Wonder

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick

CAST: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko and Javier Bardem


“To the theater!” – Me on opening day of any Terrence Malick movie. The Tree of Life director is also working on two films with Christian Bale, but whether we’ll see them this year or five years from now is unknown.



18. Elysium

DIRECTOR: Neill Blomkamp

CAST: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, William Fichtner and Diego Luna


Blomkamp recycles his District 9 formula for another sci-fi actioner about class division, this time between the wealthy inhabitants of a space station and the multitudes of people left on a dying earth. I expect similarly positive results.



17. The Grandmaster

DIRECTOR: Wong Kar-wai

CAST: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo and Chang Chen


The great Wong Kar-wai directs the great Tony Leung in a stylized biopic about the great martial-arts master Ip Man. I would watch this film even without English subtitles.


16. Her

DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze

CAST: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara and Samantha Morton


Jonze returns to Being John Malkovich territory with this quirky sci-fi story about a man in the not too distant future who starts a romantic relationship with his computer’s operating system. Judging from set photos, Phoenix is immersing himself in another bold role, albeit a complete 180 from his turn in The Master.


*EXCLUSIVE* A mustached Joaquin Phoenix films at a metro station

15. Nebraska

DIRECTOR: Alexander Payne

CAST: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach and June Squibb


Dern and Forte play a father and son who reconnect on a road trip to collect the father’s sweepstakes prize.  Payne’s films are usually gems, but what has me most excited about this one is Forte. Between starring in unappreciated comedy gold (MacGruber) and being the funniest thing in unfunny movies (That’s My Boy, The Watch), it’d be nice to see him finally get some credit.



14. Star Trek into Darkness


CAST: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Alice Eve, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and Peter Weller


It was a dying man’s last wish to see this film, and not a single person thought, “But why?”


13. Inside Llewyn Davis

DIRECTOR: Joel and Ethan Coen

CAST: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garret Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and John Goodman


Isaac, who’s done notable supporting work in everything from Drive to Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, finds himself front and center in the Coens’ latest as a musician making his way in New York’s 1960s folk music scene. The film also marks the Coens’ first collaboration with Goodman since O Brother, Where Art Thou?.



12. Foxcatcher

DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller

CAST: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall


Academy-award nominee Steve Carell? Don’t be surprised to hear buzz after his chilling turn as John Du Pont, a millionaire and paranoid schizophrenic who constructed a wrestling gym on his property and eventually murdered Olympic wrestler David Schultz (played by Ruffalo). Miller returns to the true-crime genre he deftly navigated in Capote.



11. The Look of Love

DIRECTOR: Michael Winterbottom

CAST: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots, Tamsin Egerton, Matt Lucas and Stephen Fry


Winterbottom and Coogan are three for three; 24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story and The Trip are all home runs in my book. Their fourth collaboration, about real-life pornographer and entrepreneur Paul Raymond, looks to be their most ambitious to date.


look of love

10. Pacific Rim

DIRECTOR: Guillermo Del Toro

CAST: Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Clifton Collins Jr. and Ron Perlman


From the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth comes GIANT ROBOTS VERSUS GIANT MONSTERS. @%#$ YES!


9 and 8.

The Place Beyond the Pines

DIRECTOR: Derek Cianfrance

CAST: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn and Bruce Greenwood




Only God Forgives

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Winding Refn

CAST: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Burke


This year, Gosling is apparently committed to dethroning Steve McQueen as the coolest guy ever. Reuniting with directors responsible for two of his best films (Blue Valentine and Drive), he’s playing a motorcycle-riding bank robber with pure motives in Pines and a martial artist tearing his way through the Bangkok underworld on a mission of vengeance in God. Both films have the potential to make Gosling look really, really cool.


only god forgives

7. The Monuments Men

DIRECTOR: George Clooney

CAST: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Daniel Craig, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman

RELEASE DATE: December 18

Clooney directs an all-star cast in a WWII drama about a group of art historians charged with rescuing pieces of art from the Nazis before they’re destroyed. Yeah, this should be terrific.


6. Untitled Abscam Project

DIRECTOR: David O. Russell

CAST: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K.


This movie involving con-men, FBI agents and politicians, doesn’t even have a name yet, but it has a cast and director that demand our attention. I’m especially excited because my favorite actor (Bale) and comedian (C.K.) are going to be in the same movie.


5. The Wolf of Wall Street

DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese

CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner and Spike Jonze


After a couple of trips to Boston (The Departed and Shutter Island) and a detour through 1930s Paris (Hugo), Scorsese finally returns to his beloved New York for this tale of corruption and greed with a stellar cast in tow.

 wolf of wall street


4. Twelve Years a Slave

DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen

CAST: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis


Based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, Twelve Years is the polar opposite of last year’s highly-stylized Django Unchained. Shame director McQueen intends to show slavery objectively, without the usual retrospective self-awareness. The cast is stunning, but the film’s biggest asset is Ejiofor, who has been a commanding lead in films like Stephen Frears’ Dirty Pretty Things and David Mamet’s Redbelt and is overdue for some recognition.


Twelve Years a Slave

3. The World’s End

DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright

CAST: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine & Eddie Marsan

RELEASE DATE: October 25

I wish Wright, Pegg and Frost always worked together, but unfortunately this is the final film in their “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy, aka the “Three Flavors Cornetto” trilogy (each film contains a scene in which a character eats a Cornetto ice cream cone). The bar has been set pretty high by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but this homage to apocalyptic sci-fi promises that the trilogy will go out in epic fashion.



2. Gravity

DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón

CAST: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney


Cuarón follows his brilliant Children of Men with an even more ambitious film about two astronauts stranded in space. The director shot the entire thing in front of a green screen using long takes and forbidding his actors to use makeup; comparisons are already being made to 2001. I’d pay the price of admission to see the opening 17 minute shot alone.


1. Before Midnight

DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater

CAST: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick


Eighteen years ago, Before Sunrise found Jesse and Celine falling in love over a night in Vienna. Nine years later, they were reunited for an afternoon stroll through Paris in Before Sunset. Well, it’s been another nine years and what do you know – the couple looks poised to run into each other once more in Greece. Honestly, they could be having a 10 minute get-together in Idaho and I’d still be excited. I love these characters, and I can’t wait to catch up with them and see how they’ve been, never mind that Linklater and Co. have the opportunity to complete one of the most satisfying and unique film trilogies in history.

before midnight


*Read about the first 20 films in 40 Movies I Can’t Wait to See in 2013, Part I.

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PABLO CORNEJO leads a double life. During the week, he attends the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is one semester away from obtaining a Bachelor's in Journalism with a minor in English. On the weekends, he lives in Austin with his long-time girlfriend and their ingrate cat, Evie. From attending Fantastic Fest to the Dallas International Film Festival, Pablo tries to absorb the film culture in both cities. You can find him on Twitter (@CDLM_pablo).

8 responses to “40 Movies I Can’t Wait to See in 2013, Part II”

  1. Shelley says:

    Cumberbatch/Abrams/Star Trek? Yes.

    This list of yours gives me hope. Ever since Newtown, I am beginning to feel not only uncomfortable and bored, but also morally complicit somehow, sitting in the theater through the endless trailers of people blowing each other away with guns.

    Is “The Genius” on your list?

    • Pablo Cornejo says:

      Sorry about this really late reply! I understand what you mean, sometimes it feels like Hollywood is fixated on violence and nothing else, but there are definitely a lot of great filmmakers out there who deserve support. I try to keep that in mind on weekends like this one when the only major films being released are pandering to specific audiences (Safe Haven and A Good Day to Die Hard). I haven’t heard of The Genius and can’t find it on Imdb, but I’ll definitely make a note of it. Could it be under a different name?

  2. Kevin says:

    A list of forthcoming movies containing descriptions of movies I’d actually want to see. Who knew?

  3. Phat B says:

    GRAVITY! GRAVITY! GRAVITY! If Cuarón tops the car chase shot from Children of Men I’ll eat my goddamn hat. And the Coens working with Jon Goodman again? My soul is already camped out.

    • Pablo Cornejo says:

      Every time I watch the car chase in Children of Men, I have to pick my jaw up off the floor afterward. Cuarón knows no bounds. And my soul is right behind yours in line for Llewellyn. Glad to see Goodman back w/ the Coens where he belongs, now if only Turturro or Buscemi would pop up unannounced. Sorry about the late reply, thanks for the comment!

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