There’s a digit after most of the big films of 2013, which is shaping up as a sequence of sequels: a third Iron Man, more Star Trek, another Hangover, a sixth opportunity to be both Fast and Furious …
it’s a never-ending parade of further adventures, with a few remakes and a prequel or two to break the monotony. Among them we have identified a few gems (including a remake or two, to be honest.) Here are 13 movies to look forward to in 2013:
1. Zero Dark Thirty: Kathryn Bigelow, who was named best director in 2008 for The Hurt Locker, returns with this story of the long hunt for Osama bin Laden and his eventual assassination by Navy SEALs.
It’s a true-life adventure, but as Ben Affleck showed in Argo, knowing how it turns out doesn’t necessarily sap the tension – and the bin Laden story is a doozy.
The film itself opened in some U.S. cities in December and was named the year’s best by the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and others. See it before the Oscars. (Opens Jan. 11)
2. Gangster Squad: A great-looking mob film from Warner Bros. – historically the go-to studio for this kind of thing – with Sean Penn as real-life mobster Mickey Cohen, who was trying to invade Los Angeles in the 1940s, and Ryan Gosling as the L.A. cop trying to keep him out. It looks more like The Untouchables than The Godfather, with lots of guys in fedoras with machine guns. It’s one of the troubled movies of last year. It was pulled from the schedule after Colorado theatre shootings because it has a scene of mayhem in a movie theatre. Looks like Jan. 11 is going to be a busy day. (Opens Jan. 11)
3. Amour: We interrupt this list for an indie announcement. If you’ve never seen a movie by Michael Haneke, this might be a place to start catching up with the Austrian who made such provocations as The Piano Teacher and Cache. The new film – winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes – is a love story between an elderly married couple whose devotion is tested when she suffers a small stroke. Amour is small and tender and has no zombies in it. We now continue with our regularly scheduled blockbusters. (Opens Jan. 18)Tods Loafers For Men