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Oscar Botherers

The films that will be clogging up awards nominations and ceremonies.
People who added this item 757 Average listal rating (460 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
DATE: January 1 (UK)
DIRECTOR: Juan Antonio Bayona
CAST: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Geraldine Chaplin, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast

BASED ON: A real-life story that took place during the Boxing Day tsunami disaster.

SYNOPSIS: A Spanish family on holiday in Thailand are swept up in the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. The disaster separates them, and a desperate search begins as they struggle to survive. Expect trauma amid the impeccable recreation of the strife, quite a lot of screaming and some absolutely stunning performances.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Watts in particular could find herself looking at some awards heat for her performance here, but this is a quality affair across the board and one that's well worth a look.
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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
DATE: January 1 (UK)
DIRECTOR: Dustin Hoffman
CAST: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith

FUN FACT: Ronald Harwood adapted the screenplay from his own stage play.

SYNOPSIS: Beecham House is a home for retired musicians, but it's facing difficulties and the annual Verdi concert must be successful in raising money. When retired opera singer Jean (Maggie Smith) moves in, it seems like a godsend, but that's only if she and her old quartet - including her ex-husband (Courtenay) - can overcome their differences.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Smith at her most withering, Connolly at his most charming and Gambon at his most irascible. This Hoffman guy might be a director to watch.
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People who added this item 268 Average listal rating (152 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Sessions (2012)
DATE: January 18
CAST: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Rhea Perlman

FUN FACT: The Oscar talk for this film would be the second time that Oscars have been attached to this story - poet Mark O'Brien was previously the subject of an Oscar-winning short documentary by Jessica Yu in 1996.

SYNOPSIS: 38-year-old Mark O'Brien was paralysed by polio as a child and spends most of his days in an iron lung to help him breathe. With the help of a priest, he hires a sex surrogate, Cheryl (Helen Hunt), to help him lose his virginity.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The performances in this have won nothing but adulation since the film's first screening, particularly for Hawkes and Hunt, and the story is a tragic and fascinating one.
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People who added this item 461 Average listal rating (251 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.3
The Counselor (2013)
DATE: 2013 TBC
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
CAST: Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Goran Visnjic

BASED ON: An original script by Cormac McCarthy, delivered to his publishers in lieu of the novel they were expecting.

SYNOPSIS: Fassbender plays a lawyer who attempts to dabble in the drug trade without getting his hands dirty. Suffice it to say, his hands are soon pretty dirty.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We're hoping for a seriously high-quality crime drama here. A script by the great McCarthy, directed by the great Scott, starring the recently near-flawless Pitt, Bardem, Fassbender and the rest: what could go wrong?
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People who added this item 1516 Average listal rating (848 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper
CAST: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Samantha Barks

FUN FACT: That giant elephant statue you spotted in the trailers? It actually existed in Paris in 1832 and was mentioned in Victor Hugo's original novel.

SYNOPSIS: Jean Valjean (Jackman), imprisoned 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, is finally paroled - but lawman Javert (Crowe) resolves to keep a close eye on him. Valjean, offered kindness by a priest, resolves to become a better man and, years later, is a factory owner and mayor. One of his workers, Fantine (Hathaway) is unjustly fired by his foreman and sinks into misery as she tries to pay the rapacious Thenardiers (Baron Cohen, Bonham Carter) who are caring for her daughter Cosette (Isabelle Allen, later Seyfried). Valjean befriends the dying Fantine and promises to care for Cosette - despite the fact that Javert is back on his trail. Cut to more years later, and Valjean and Cosette find themselves in Paris just as a student rebellion bubbles up, involving student Marius (Redmayne) and the Thenardiers' daughter Eponine (Barks). Cue more tragedy. Oh, and lots of singing.

WHAT TO EXPECT: In a word, Oscars. In a few more words, a quality adaptation of the stage musical that looks sumptuous and is brilliantly performed by the cast, singing live on set as they go. Also, a giant elephant statue! What's not to love?
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People who added this item 1224 Average listal rating (640 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
DATE: January 25
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
CAST: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, James Spader, Jared Harris, Hal Holbrook

FUN FACT: Sally Field appears in two films in the last 12 months where her husband is shot to death - see also The Amazing Spider-Man.

SYNOPSIS: As the US Civil War winds down, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) rushes to pass the slavery-banning 13th Amendment before the issue becomes a part of the peace talks and is potentially scuppered by the South's terms of surrender. To get it through Congress he must wrangle everyone from fiery abolitionist Thaddeus Wood (Jones) to conservative peacemaker Preston Blair (Holbrook) and his own Secretary of State, William Seward (Strathairn) - even resorting to under-the-table tactics and bribery, courtesy of W. N. Bilbo (Spader). Lincoln's emotional wife, Mary Todd Lincoln (Field) and gung-ho son Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) give him worries closer to home.

WHAT TO EXPECT: If Velazquez shot a prequel to The West Wing, it would look something like this. Day-Lewis disappears completely into his role, to the extent that you'll have to remind yourself he's an actor. The film won't be to everyone's taste - it's basically a series of discussions between men in small, dark rooms - but as a portrait of America's greatest President it's hard to resist.
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People who added this item 637 Average listal rating (357 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.8
DATE: February 8
DIRECTOR: Sacha Gervasi
CAST: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, Michael Stuhlbarg

BASED ON: Stephen Rebello's book, Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, was first optioned for the screen way back in 2005.

SYNOPSIS: Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the story of the making of Psycho, during which Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) depended on the support of his wife Alma (Mirren) while Hollywood expressed open doubt in the story's more twisted elements. Johansson plays Janet Leigh, with James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's more or less a love story about the close but sometimes thorny relationship between the Hitchcocks, as well as the struggle to get his groundbreaking movie made. Spoiler: he made it in the end.
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People who added this item 1851 Average listal rating (1238 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Gravity (2013)
DATE: 2013 TBC
DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón
CAST: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

FUN FACT: Other names in contention for this film included Robert Downey Jr. and Angelina Jolie.

SYNOPSIS: Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle flight and Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) an experienced shuttle commander. On a routine spacewalk, disaster strikes and their shuttle is destroyed. Tethered only to each other and with no radio link to Earth, they're adrift in the vaccum - and the air's running out. But apparently "The only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space", according to this synopsis. We're not sure they've thought that through.

WHAT TO EXPECT: This synopsis seems noticeably different from the test screening people saw earlier this year, which might mean that there have been some significant reshoots - and of course its release date has vanished ever into the ether. Still, the problem appears to be less a lack of quality and more a surfeit, with audiences not sure how to respond to what even the naysayers had to admit was a technical masterpiece and a terrific piece of acting.
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People who added this item 1909 Average listal rating (1207 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.2
DATE: 2013 TBC
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese
CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jon Bernthal, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey

FUN FACT: Jordan Belfort ran a 'boiler room' stock operation that also served as inspiration for the film Boiler Room.

SYNOPSIS: DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stock broker who ran a boiler room in the 1990s, lived the high life and was indicted in 1998 for securities fraud and money laundering. He served 22 months in federal prison after cooperating with the FBI and had to pay back $100 million to stock brokers.

WHAT TO EXPECT: BFFs Scorsese and DiCaprio are together again, which is never a bad prospect, and they've assembled a heck of a supporting cast: Oscar winner Dujardin, Friday Night Lights MVP Kyle Chandler and so-hot-right-now Matthew McConaughey among them. It's far, far too early to talk Oscars for February 2014, but if it weren't, we'd be talking about this one.
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People who added this item 621 Average listal rating (402 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
DATE: December 20 (US)
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
CAST: Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, BJ Novak, Kathy Baker

FUN FACT: Walt Disney's favourite song in Mary Poppin's was 'Feed The Birds'. The composers who wrote the film's music, The Sherman Brothers, tell a story of how when Walt ever told them to "play it", he always meant 'Feed The Birds'.

SYNOPSIS: The story behind the making of Disney's Mary Poppins, this sees Walt Disney (Hanks) struggle with author P.L. Travers (Thompson) in his attempts to have her sign over the rights to her story. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, we learn about her early life and her relationship with her father (Farrell), who inspired the book's Mr. Banks.

WHAT TO EXPECT: On the strength of the cast and the release date, this looks like it's being positioned as Oscar bait. Whether it will catch anything depends on the finished product, but it's an intriguing story on paper and Travers was a fascinating character and more than Disney's match.
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DATE: January 25
DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow
CAST: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

FUN FACT: Chastain's Mya is the main character, but speaks not a word in the trailer. Also, look out for Torchwood's John Barrowman popping up in a Washington-set scene.

SYNOPSIS: Mya (Chastain) is a young CIA agent sent to the US Embassy in Afghanistan to join the hunt for Osama bin Laden in 2003. Over nearly a decade, she and her team track down leads and interrogate detainees in pursuit of the Al Qaeda leader, before the assault of Seal Team Six on the house she identifies as his base.

WHAT TO EXPECT: This won't take any prisoners in getting going - like Mya, the viewer is expected to jump straight into the confused situation and follow what's going on - but the story is sufficiently strong to sweep you along anyway, and the cast uniformly excellent even in sometimes tiny, almost unnamed roles.
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People who added this item 1364 Average listal rating (784 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Cloud Atlas (2012)
DATE: February 22
DIRECTOR: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
CAST: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, Hugo Weaving, James D'Arcy

FUN FACT: David Mitchell's famously "unfilmable" novel of the same name. Ha! Take that, unfilmability!

SYNOPSIS: Um. Well there's a bit on a boat, and another bit in the future, and a section in the '70s, and a post-apocalyptic bit, and Hugh Grant as a cannibal and... look, there's only so much space on the internet. If you're looking for it in film terms, think of it as "Silkwood + A Single Man + Amistad + Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within" (thanks to @nevpierce for that one). Let's just say it's six stories spread over a couple of thousand years, charting souls throughout many lives and examining the human condition.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Something audacious and strange but largely successful, according to everything we've seen so far. The story's still sufficiently complex that you'll need your wits about you to figure out how it all hangs together (the filmmakers have abandoned the book's structure and linked segments by theme instead) but it's worth the attempt.
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People who added this item 1604 Average listal rating (881 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
DATE: May 17
DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrman
CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan

SEE ALSO: The 3D version of Dial M For Murder, a film which inspired Baz Luhrman to use that format here.

SYNOPSIS: Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Maguire) moves to Long Island and becomes fascinated by his glamorous neighbour Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), a man who throws glamorous parties but shows no interest in his guests. Nick soon learns that Gatsby's only real interest is Daisy (Mulligan), the girl across the bay he loved and lost. But the course of true love/obsession (discuss: 10 marks) does not run smooth, with Daisy married to Tom (Edgerton) and not quite available.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Something that's visually dizzying and drunk on the high spirits of the 1920s, judging by both Luhrman's previous efforts and the trailer. But with DiCaprio, Maguire and Mulligan in the lead roles and F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel as the source, it should have some emotional and dramatic heft in there as well.
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What docs are going to be following in the footsteps of The Imposter and Room 237?
People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
DATE: February 15
DIRECTOR: Christopher Kenneally
CAST: Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Soderberg, James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, George Lucas, Lena Dunham

SEE ALSO: Like the sound of this? There are two other movies about film and filmmaking, both from the 1930s: Romance Of Celluloid and Another Romance Of Celluloid.

SYNOPSIS: Keanu Reeves interviews filmmakers about traditional film and digital filmmaking, 3D and how the industry is changing.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Vindication at last for Reeves fans who have been claiming for years that there's substance behind the surfer dude. Victory! Ahem. Also, an in-depth discussion of modern filmmaking from the people who actually do it.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.2
McCullin (2012)
DATE: January 1 (UK)
DIRECTOR: David Morris, Jacqui Morris
CAST: Don McCullin

FUN FACT: The film was shot on 16mm in tribute to McCullin's own working methods.

SYNOPSIS: A documentary on the life of the internationally-renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin, who created some of the 20th century's most memorable images of war and strife.

WHAT TO EXPECT: McCullin's life is fascinating, and if photography or late 20th century history is your passion then this might just be right up your rubble-strewn alley.
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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (142 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: David Gelb
CAST: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono

FUN FACT: Approximately 80% of the world's bluefin tuna catch is used for sushi.

SYNOPSIS: 85-year-old Jiro Ono is renowned as the world's greatest sushi chef and has won three Michelin stars for his work. He dreams of sushi and still doesn't believe he's achieved perfection. This documentary chronicles his approach to his art, and the thorny questions as he approaches retirement and his son looks to succeed him.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A fascinating insight into the place where art and food collide, as well as an interesting look at Japanese culture.
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DATE: February 1
DIRECTOR: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi
CAST: Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Toni Välitalo

SEE ALSO: Anvil! The Story Of Anvil, another rock documentary about a band with their own struggles to face.

SYNOPSIS: A documentary about Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipävät, who in addition to rocking out are also intellectually disabled.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Humour, punk attitude and a rant about pedicures.
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DATE: February 8
DIRECTOR: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
CAST (VOICES): Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Cameron Diaz

BASED ON: Graham Chapman's book, also called A Liar's Autobiography. He wrote a sequel called Calcium Made Interesting, which we're saying is the book title least likely to deliver ever.

SYNOPSIS: The factually inaccurate story of Monty Python member Graham Chapman, using audio recordings he made before he died, contributions from other Pythons and the animation talents of 14 different companies.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Python insanity and utter surrealism. The visuals are worthy of Gilliam's Python originals.
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Chimpanzee (2012)
DATE: May 3
DIRECTOR: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
CAST: Tim Allen (narrator)

FUN FACT: Researchers have seen chimps eat medicinal plants when they're unwell.

SYNOPSIS: A baby chimp is separated from his troop and adopted by an adult male until he's old enough to survive alone.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Adorable baby chimpanzee? Job done.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Trashed (2012)
DATE: March 1
DIRECTOR: Candida Brady
CAST: Jeremy Irons

BASED ON: An idea of Brady's.

SYNOPSIS: Jeremy Irons travels the world, investigating the global waste problem and how rubbish is dealt with everywhere.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Jeremy Irons' sonorous voice talking us through an environmental problem, which will make greens of all of us.
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Rom-Coms & Dramadies

The date movies for the coming year.
People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.7
DATE: February 8
CAST: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Olivia Colman

FUN FACT: Writer/director Dan Mazer also co-wrote the script to Brüno. Hopefully I Give It A Year will have fewer cage fights à la "Straight Dave's Man Slammin' Maxout".

SYNOPSIS: Nat (Rose Byrne) is an ambitious high-flyer who meets and falls for struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall). The pair get married, but gradually discover that none of their friends think they can make it - and when Josh's ex (Anna Faris) reappears, and Nat finds herself romantically targeted by a colleague (Simon Baker) the pressure is on.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We have hopes for this one: the cast are generally very funny - even those who are newcomers to the genre - and it shouldn't be just another rom-com. Also, the trailer promised the sight of Stephen Merchant making a best man speech, which should be worth the ticket price alone.
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People who added this item 54 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7
DATE: February 8
DIRECTOR: Paul Andrew Williams
CAST: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid

FUN FACT: This has been picked up for US distribution by The Weinstein Company, which means there's a 90% chance you're parents will ask you if it's good at some point.

SYNOPSIS: Arthur (Stamp) is prodded to join a choir by his wife Marion (Redgrave). Grumpy, reluctant and distanced from his son (Eccleston), Arthur gradually finds himself won over by the choir and its inspiring leader, Elizabeth (Arterton). Also, singing!

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's Terence Stamp singing Let's Talk About Sex at Vanessa Redgrave's behest! Sure, there's great actors doing warm-hearted drama as well, but mostly focus on that.
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People who added this item 334 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.6
DATE: May 31
DIRECTOR: Justin Zackham
CAST: Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, Amanda Seyfried

BASED ON: The French film Mon Frère Se Marie, aka My Brother Is Getting Married.

SYNOPSIS: Alejandro (Barnes) is adopted and has always written to his birth mother to reassure her of his happy upbringing. In fact, his parents (De Niro, Keaton) are long divorced and his father is remarried to Bebe (Sarandon) - but when his mother decides to attend the wedding, they pull out all the stops to appear a happy family.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The colour scheme and at least half the cast says this will be a Nancy Meyers-esque comedy of errors, but with so much acting talent on board we're optimistic it might be a good one.
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 6.7
DATE: October 18
DIRECTOR: Gil Junger
CAST: Evan Rachel Wood

BASED ON: This is a so-loose-it's-unconnected sequel to 1999's 10 Things I Hate About You, with no Shakespearean element, it seems.

SYNOPSIS: A young man and woman (Wood) meet as they're both contemplating suicide and spark up a relationship instead. So it's a bit like The Girl On The Bridge but with less knife-throwing, we assume.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's a little hard to say right now, with casting barely underway and production starting this month. We're hoping for something as good as the Taming Of The Shrew-inspired original, and hopefully a cast that includes some more future Batman characters.
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
DATE: April 5
DIRECTOR: Peter Hedges
CAST: Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Garner, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Agdashloo, David Morse, M. Emmet Walsh, Dianne Wiest, Ron Livingston

BASED ON: An original story by Ahmet Zappa (son of Frank), his first.

SYNOPSIS: Cindy (Garner) and Jim (Edgerton) have been told that they can't have children, and mournfully compile a list that night of all the things their kid would have been. They bury it in the garden - but after a miraculous rainstorm a boy (Adams) grows from the spot and moves in.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It errs on the side of the sentimental, which has led some critics to bring out the knives, but they'll probably also need to bring out the hankies as it's something of a tear-jerker, and Adams is terrific.
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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (178 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
DATE: February 14 (US)
DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallstrom
CAST: Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, David Lyons

BASED ON: The novel by Nicholas Sparks.

SYNOPSIS: Katie (Hough) is on the run from a dark past when she pitches up in a picturesque North Carolina town. Despite her instinct to hide out, she gradually befriends/falls for hunky shop owner Alex (Duhamel) - but will her past come back to haunt them...? Well, yes, obviously.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's a Sparks adaptation, so even if there's really good acting and a genuinely effective romance there will be troubled family relationships, beautiful people, a racially homogenous seaside town and a death at the end.
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People who added this item 170 Average listal rating (88 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
DATE: January 1 (UK)
DIRECTOR: Gabriele Muccino
CAST: Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Biel, Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid, Judy Greer, James Tupper

FUN FACT: Butler is a Celtic fan, and gets to play for his favourite team in clips here.

SYNOPSIS: Butler plays a former professional footballer whose career as a commentator hasn't quite taken off and whose ex-wife is about to remarry. The mother of one of the players on his son's team lines him up an audition with ESPN - but can he bear to move away from his son? Probably not, we're guessing.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Muccino's films generally err on the side of heart-warming, which isn't to everyone's taste, but it's hard to argue with a cast like this, so we're hoping for a less predictable rom-com than the trailer suggests.
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2013 looks set to be a busy year for things that go bump in the night.
People who added this item 768 Average listal rating (522 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
DATE: April 19
DIRECTOR: Fede Alvarez
CAST: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore

BASED ON: The Sam Raimi original film of 1981 (with some nods to its 1987 sequel). This script has been doctored by Diablo Cody.

SYNOPSIS: Five young friends head for a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend away. Ill-advisedly, they explore the creepy basement, recover the sinister tome stashed there, and read from it in open defiance of clear written warnings. Horrible grisly death follows - but they can't say they weren't warned.

WHAT TO EXPECT: "The most terrifying film you will ever experience"? The poster's claim remains to be tested, but with Raimi and Bruce Campbell among the producers here we have hopes that they will adhere to the spirit of the original and that we'll soon be giving this the thumbs up - and not just because our hand is possessed by a demonic force.
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People who added this item 258 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.8
DATE: January 4
DIRECTOR: John Luessenhop
CAST: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Dan Yeagar, Trey Songz

FUN FACT: This is a sequel to the original film rather than a sequel to the remakes. Clear?

SYNOPSIS: It's a classic good news/bad news scenario. On one hand, you've inherited a potentially valuable - albeit remote - property in Texas from the birth parents you don't remember. On the other, it's something of a fixer-upper. Oh, and your huge, terrifying, murderous cousin with a taste for power tools is still lurking around the premises. They didn't cover this on Location, Location, Location.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Creepy build-up, grievous bodily harm and gruesome death, at a guess. It could be puppies and kittens, but we doubt it.
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DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
CAST: Katharine Isabelle Julia Maxwell, Paula Lindberg

FUN FACT: The film is directed by twin sisters who previously made Dead Hooker In A Trunk.

SYNOPSIS: Mary (Ginger Snaps' Katherine Isabelle) is a medical student who gets involved in underground body modification in an effort to control her spiralling debt. But after she is attacked at a party, she uses her newfound interests to take revenge.

WHAT TO EXPECT: While the Soskas don't show quite as much as they imply, this is still going to offer some body-horror scares and is probably dis-recommended for those with a fear of the medical profession.
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People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.5
May I Kill U? (2012)
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Stuart Urban
CAST: Kevin Bishop, Jack Doolan, Frances Barber

FUN FACT: Helmer Stuart Urban has previous cop form as he's directed some episodes of The Bill in his time.

SYNOPSIS: A cycle cop, Baz (Bishop), takes the law into his own hands and decides to clean up London with a succession of grizzly murders, becoming an internet sensation in the process. That's probably the explanation for that misspelt title.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's billed as a comedy/horror, so we'll be hoping for scares and laughs to match. We haven't seen anything more than the trailer, however, so we're not placing any bets just yet.
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People who added this item 737 Average listal rating (403 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
Carrie (2013)
DATE: April 5
DIRECTOR: Kimberly Pierce
CAST: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judi Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell

FUN FACT: For the jump-scare ending of the 1976 adaptation, Sissy Spacek insisted that she play Carrie's hand and had to be buried to do it.

SYNOPSIS: Carrie (Moretz) is an unpopular teen, bullied by her peers and by her hyper-religious mother (Moore). When she's invited to prom, things seem to be on the up - but a prank played that night pushes her over the edge, and her blossoming telekinetic powers burst loose. And when we say "loose", that's in the same way that atoms get loose in a nuclear explosion.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Usually we're wary of horror remakes, but then again the team here are interesting. Moretz has proved able to handle just about anything at this point; Moore should give good God botherer, and it's good to see Pierce back in the director's chair, four years after Stop-Loss.
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People who added this item 488 Average listal rating (264 ratings) 3.3 IMDB Rating 3.5
DATE: April 12
DIRECTOR: Malcolm D. Lee
CAST: Charlie Sheen, Lindsey Lohan, Ashley Tinsdale, Molly Shannon, Jerry O'Connell, Terry Crews

FUN FACT: The four Scary Movies to date have collectively grossed over $818m worldwide.

SYNOPSIS: An endless succession of non-related scenes lifted almost verbatim from better films and played out with bad actors in a horrendous misunderstanding of the terms "parody" and "spoof".

WHAT TO EXPECT: "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."
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People who added this item 738 Average listal rating (499 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
Mama (2013)
DATE: February 22
DIRECTOR: Andres Muschietti
CAST: Jessica Chastain, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Kash, Isabelle Nélisse

BASED ON: A short film of the same name from 2008, also by Andres Muschietti.

SYNOPSIS: Two young girls, Victoria (Charpentier) and Lily (Nélisse), are discovered in a remote cabin in the woods, where they've apparently been living alone for five years since their mother died. They're sent to live with their uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) - but as the latter spends more time with the pair, she realises that something they call "Mama" and claim has been looking after them may still be around. Cue scares.

WHAT TO EXPECT: We'd tell you but we're still over here hiding in the corner with a blanket over our head.
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People who added this item 167 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
DATE: March 1
DIRECTOR: Barry Levinson
CAST: Kristen Connolly, Anthony Reynolds, Michael Beasley, Kether Donohue, Stephen Kunken

FUN FACT: The film opened on only 19 screens in the US.

SYNOPSIS: The small town of Claridge on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland is the scene of a disaster when toxins in the water cause a parasite to mutate and people start dying horribly over the July 4 weekend - which really puts a dampener on everyone else's barbecue plans.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's another found footage effort, with the evidence of the affair supposedly confiscated by the government and now leaked to us. It was probably inevitable that a found footage/Outbreak crossover would happen like this. Judging by the US box office, however, this won't trouble us much.
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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (483 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.8
DATE: March 1
DIRECTOR: Park Chan-Wook
CAST: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Alden Ehrenreich, Dermot Mulroney

BASED ON: An original script by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller. And you thought he was just a pretty boy from that Mariah Carey video! For shame.

SYNOPSIS: India (Wasikowska) is coping with the recent death of her father (Mulroney) and her mother Evie (Kidman) is a mess. The arrival of the mysterious Uncle Charlie (Goode) further unsettles her, and soon life is all creeping spiders, ill-advised eavesdropping, murder, pencil-stabbings and awkward family dinners - and no one wants awkward family dinners.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Park's first English-language film looks creepy, twisted and fascinating. If it doesn't involve any obvious vengeance, it otherwise looks as though he's brought his talent for disturbing audiences wholesale over to this latest effort.
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People who added this item 348 Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
Byzantium (2012)
DATE: May 3
DIRECTOR: Neil Jordan
CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Johnny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry-Jones, Tom Hollander, Daniel Mays

BASED ON: Moira Buffini wrote the screenplay based on her own play.

SYNOPSIS: Clara (Arterton) and Eleanor (Ronan), a mother and daughter pair of vampires, move into a small town where Clara works as a prostitute to support them and Eleanor befriends fellow teen Frank (Landry-Jones), who's suffering from leukaemia.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Some mixed reviews came out of Toronto, but everyone agrees that it looks gorgeous and that Ronan is on form.
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People who added this item 300 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.1
Maniac (2012)
DATE: March 15
DIRECTOR: Franck Khalfoun
CAST: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, Jan Broberg

BASED ON: This is a remake of the 1980 film of the same name.

SYNOPSIS: Frank (Wood) is a serial killer with a nasty habit of scalping young women. But when he meets Anna (Arnezeder) and can't quite decide whether he wants to have a relationship or her scalp. We've all been there, eh?

WHAT TO EXPECT: The synopsis makes this sound like the worst rom-com ever, but the film itself is stylish and not at all what you'd expect of a horror remake.
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DATE: March 22
DIRECTOR: Ed Gass-Donnelly
CAST: Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Muse Watson, Spencer Treat Clark

BASED ON: This is a sequel to 2011's found-footage horror The Last Exorcism

SYNOPSIS: Nell (Bell) survived the events of the previous film and is found wandering in the woods, with little memory of the last few months and her family dead. She is sent to a girls' halfway house in New Orleans - but the demon isn't done with her yet.

WHAT TO EXPECT: More demonic scares, creepy contortions and violence against people and small animals, we expect.
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People who added this item 363 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.8
DATE: January 18
DIRECTOR: David Bruckner, Ti West, Radio Silence, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard
CAST: Calvin Reeder, Mike Donlan, Sophia Takal, Norma C. Quinones

FUN FACT: "Radio Silence" is a directing group made up of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella.

SYNOPSIS: A group of criminals sent into an old house to bring out a particular video tape inside. There, they find quite a few tapes and watch them to try to figure out which they're meant to retrieve. The tapes' contents are uniformly weird and horrific - as are events in the house itself.

WHAT TO EXPECT: If gore and scares are your sick, twisted bag, write V/H/S down in your copybooks now. Think about it: this could be the next smash-hit low-budget horror franchise - there may be life in the old VHS format yet...
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People who added this item 1213 Average listal rating (830 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)
DATE: July 19
CAST: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mackenzie Foy, Ron Livingston, Joey King, Lili Taylor, Sterling Jerins

BASED ON: A true story, or at the very least a "true" story.

SYNOPSIS: Ed (Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Farmiga) are a couple of ghost-hunting supernatural investigators. They are called in by the Perron family, who seem to be having an issue with the ghost of a witch that's sticking around their old home. Cue scares. Where are the Winchester brothers when you need them, eh?

WHAT TO EXPECT: We're promised an old-school, CG-light horror that is, according to viewers of the footage Wann brought to New York Comic-Con "freakin' scary". Apparently the test screening scores have been pretty bitchin' too, so this could be a horror that delivers.
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People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6
Midnight Son (2011)
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Scott Leberecht
CAST: Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Juanita Jennings, Jo D. Jonz

SEE ALSO: Twilight, for another twist on vampirism - JUST KIDDING.

SYNOPSIS: Jacob (Kilberg) suffers from a rare disease that makes him allergic to sunlight. His condition worsens, and he finds he can only take nutrients from human blood. Even as he falls in love with Mary (Parish), he becomes a suspect in a series of murders.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The trailer's lo-fi and creepy, and while the unpolished edge might take some getting used to, this could offer a fresh take on the undead.
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People who added this item 402 Average listal rating (276 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
You're Next (2011)
DATE: August 23
DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
CAST: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Ti West, Nicholas Tucci

FUN FACT: This was first screened way back in 2011, but is only now reaching us.

SYNOPSIS: Crispian Davidson (Bowen) brings his new girlfriend (Vinson) to his parents' anniversary celebrations to meet the family. Wouldn't you know it, that's the night killers strikes and start to pick off family members one by one.

WHAT TO EXPECT: It's had mainly positive reviews from its screening at the Toronto Film Festival a couple of years back, so let's hope this is a home invasion thriller that doesn't just play out the same old clichés.
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DATE: October 25

FUN FACT: This film has literally nothing set at the time of writing except a release date.

SYNOPSIS: There will be scary goings on that somehow related to a previous instalment in the franchise. It will mostly likely have a found footage feel.

WHAT TO EXPECT: There's a release date but no director attached, which doesn't hugely inspire confidence. Still, it is the very definition of early days and the franchise has surprised us with quality sequels before.
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DATE: 2013 TBC
DIRECTOR: Ruairi Robinson
CAST: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, Tom Cullen

FUN FACT: Not to be confused with Ghosts Of Mars, Red Planet or Last Days Of Disco.

SYNOPSIS: A group of astronauts (Martonauts?) visiting the red planet (Schreiber, Garai, Koteas, Williams) find themselves succumbing to something horrible and very scary.

WHAT TO EXPECT: There's nothing officially out there for this one yet, but the tiny snippets our sources have seen suggest that this is going to be seriously scary space stuff.
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.3
DATE: February 22 (US)
DIRECTOR: Scott Stewart
CAST: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Annie Thurman, JK Simmons

FUN FACT: 37% of Americans contacted for a CNN poll believed in alien abductions.

SYNOPSIS: A series of weird events affecting Lacy Barrett (Russell) and her family (Hamilton, Goyo, Thurman) slowly convince her that something is out to get them. Something along the lines of ALIENS!

WHAT TO EXPECT: The trailer's pretty unsettling, but then the trailers for both Legion and Priest from the same director looks promising too, so we're holding judgment on this for now.
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
DATE: 2013 TBC
DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley
CAST: Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

FUN FACT: This was shot in two weeks before Wheatley's last film, Sightseers, had even come out.

SYNOPSIS: During the English Civil War, a small group of deserters are captured by an alchemist (Smiley) and ordered to search a field for hidden treasure - but first they find a vast mushroom circle and make a meal of it. Maybe not such a great idea, as the search soon degenerates into chaos.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Wheatley hasn't put a foot wrong so far, with Kill List and Sightseers slowly winning him a devoted fanbase. This black-and-white period drama should offer the same twisted view of the world, and promises to be just as shocking and violent as those were.
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People who added this item 877 Average listal rating (495 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Ruben Fleischer
CAST: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi, Robert Patrick

FILM FACT: The film was delayed from its planned release date in September to allow reshoots of a cinema shootout following the Colorado shooting tragedy.

SYNOPSIS: In the 1940s and 1950s, East Coast gangsters turned their attention to the fast-growing Los Angeles, led by Mickey Cohen (Penn). The LAPD puts together a cop team to stand against him, unencumbered by the usual rules about considerate treatment of suspects and not shooting first. Throw in a winsome gangster's moll in the shape of Emma Stone and, well, it's ON.

WHAT TO EXPECT: A reunion of Gosling and Stone, whose chemistry sizzled up Crazy Stupid Love, should ensure a fair amount of interest immediately, and the prospect of Sean Penn doing a De Niro and going all gangster as Cohen is also a tasty one. Can this live up to the standards of its obvious comparison, The Untouchables? Frankly we doubt it, but we do expect quite a bit of entertainment anyway.
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People who added this item 34 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3
DATE: January 11
DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson
CAST: Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Lars Mikkelsen

BASED ON: This is a very loose adaptation of Bad Day At Blackrock, the bestselling novel by Kevin Power.

SYNOPSIS: Richard (Reynor) is leaving school with every prospect of a good life ahead; university and a potential career in rugby beckon. But one drunken night out with the lads changes all that, and he's left to confront the aftermath of a violent attack and decide what sort of person he really is.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Great performances from the largely untried cast, particularly Reynor (who's been cast in The Delivery Man with Vince Vaughn on the strength of this, and who's also shortlisted for the male lead in the film adaptation of Divergent at the time of writing), and a quietly gripping story of shattered lives.
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People who added this item 801 Average listal rating (548 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Flight (2012)
DATE: February 1
DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis
CAST: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo

BASED ON: This story resembles that of jumbo jet Captain Robert Piche, who in 2001 made a fuel-less landing and became a hero, only to see journalists reveal past misdemeanours in public.

SYNOPSIS: Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) becomes an overnight sensation when he successfully lands a failing plane against all the odds. However, when a blood test taken that night reveals that he had alcohol in his system, he faces life imprisonment as he struggles with his sudden notoriety.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Denzel's never less than decent and usually quite a bit more, and the early word suggests that Robert Zemeckis' return to live action after 13 years is a successful one.
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