20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2013: Page 3 of 6

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15. Now You See Me

Release Date: June 7
Director: Louis Leterrier
Screenwriters: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Edward Ricourt, Ed Solomon & Boaz Yakin
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine

It took the hands of five screenwriters (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure scribe Ed Solomon amongst the names) to weave this tale of bewitching burglary by director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter).  Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher play a team of magicians whose latest illusion ruffles the feathers of FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark "The Best Hulk" Ruffalo) when they somehow mastermind a bank robbery in Paris while performing an event in Las Vegas.  The elaborate heist turns out to be a diversion for a much more complex caper on the horizon, forcing magic expert Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) to join forces with Hobbs in order to stop the modern day wizards from achieving their ultimate trick.  Oh, ho, ho, it's magic, you know.


14. The World's End

Release Date: October 25
Director: Edgar Wright
Screenwriter: Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike

Whether you prefer "The Blood And Ice Cream Trilogy" or "The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy," Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright complete their three-film collaboration following 2004's Shaun Of the Dead and 2007's Hot Fuzz with The World's End, an absurd spin on science fiction in the tradition of novelist John Wyndham (The Day Of the Triffids).  While plot details remain fuzzy, the action is rumored to center around five childhood buddies coming together after 20 years to finally conquer London's legendary pub crawl, a feat few have ever accomplished.  During their booze-fueled trek, the pals stumble upon a discovery that could shake the very foundation of civilization.  Your guess is as good as mine as to what this finding entails, but my curiosity is peeking nonetheless.

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13. The Place Beyond the Pines

Release Date: March 29
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Screenwriters: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali and Ray Liotta

Derek Cianfrance's heartbreaking drama The Place Beyond the Pines took the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival by storm, earning flawless reviews due to its outstanding performances by leads Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.  Gosling mirrors his aura from 2011's Drive, this time as Luke, a motorcycle stuntman who finds out that he's the father of a bouncing baby boy.  To provide for the little tyke, Luke turns his talents and applies them to the ruthless world of bank robbery, quickly becoming entangled in a shoot-to-kill rivalry with police officer Avery Cross (Cooper in what most claim to be his greatest role yet).  One can expect Cianfrance to take his actors to new heights in what is sure to be one of the most buzzed about movies of the year.


12. Thor: The Dark World

Release Date: November 8
Director: Alan Taylor
Screenwriters: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely & Christopher Yost
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins

After an exhilarating final battle scene to close out last year's superhero ensemble The Avengers, how could the team behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe possibly top themselves?  Director Alan Taylor accepts the challenge, filling in for Part 1's Kenneth Branagh, who left due to commitment issues.  The story picks up following the events of The Avengers, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth swinging the hammer for the third time) reuniting with love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman back from the original) and jumping into a new adventure on the road to The Avengers 2 in 2015.  Also returning as Loki is Tom Hiddleston, a complete hit as the God Of Mischief, who might find himself fighting by Thor's side against a new intergalactic threat.

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11. Gangster Squad

Release Date: January 11
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenwriter: Will Beall
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick and Sean Penn

If you can't wait until March to get your Ryan Gosling fix with The Place Beyond the Pines, be sure to catch next weekend's Gangster Squad, the actioner from director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).  The East Coast Mafia has infiltrated the L.A. landscape of the 1940s, and a band of cops turned renegades led by Gosling and Josh Brolin take the law into their own hands against boss man Mickey Cohen (the sniveling Sean Penn).  Bumping back its original release date of September 2012 , the crew behind the movie paid respect to the victims of the July 20 Aurora theater shooting by completely rewriting and refilming key scenes closely mirroring the events of the tragic night.  Expect Gangster Squad to shine through the typical cinematic nothingness of January.


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