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Our 40 Most Anticipated New Movies Coming in 2013

January 16, 2013  |  1:09pm
While Awards Season for 2012 films has just begun, we turn our sights forward to the promising slate of movies due out in 2013. Directors like Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, J.J. Abrams, Richard Linklater and Joss Whedon all have new movies due out in the next 12 months. The following 40 movies are the ones we’re most excited about—not the ones that will necessarily have the biggest box office draws. They range from indie dramas to smart-looking popcorn blockbusters. They’re presented in calendar order, and we’ll update this list with trailers and release dates as they’re released.

31. Can A Song Save Your Life?
Release Date: 2013
Director: John Carney
Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener
Why We’re Excited: We loved Carney’s first film Once, and the former member of The Frames looks at the life of musicians once again, this time in Manhattan. Hailee Stanfield has been quiet since her Oscar nomination in 2010’s True Grit, but this is one of her four films coming out this year.

32. Nebraska
Release Date: 2013
Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Bruce Dern, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach
Why We’re Excited: Following Sideways and The Descendants, Alexander Payne’s latest road-trip drama pairs Bruce Dern and Will Forte as estranged father and son heading from Montana to Nebraska to claim a large cash prize.

33. The East
Release Date: 2013
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Stars: Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Julia Ormond, Brit Marling
Why We’re Excited: If you read Paste, you know we’re big fans of indie director Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice) and his writing partner Brit Marling (Another Earth). This action mystery features a woman contracted to infiltrate an anarchist group while falling under the spell of its leader.

34. The Wolf of Wall Street
Release Date: 2013
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler
Why We’re Excited: We love that the world’s greatest living director has cast fellow helmers Jon Favreau, Spike Jonze and Rob Reiner in his latest—a look at corruption among stock brokers. It’ll be the most advanced level of film school on earth.

35. Trance
Release Date: 2013
Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel
Why We’re Excited: Trance had us at “Directed by Danny Boyle.” There’s hardly a genre the English director hasn’t mastered from black comedy to zombie apocalypse to Olympic ceremony. Trance is a drama thriller about an art auctioneer, a hypnotist, a gang of criminals and the search for a lost painting.

36. Inside Llewyn Davis
Release Date: 2013
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac
Why We’re Excited: The Coen Brothers have set their latest film in the New York folk scene of the ‘60s, casting a new batch of actors (save Coen-regular John Goodman). Expect great music, quotable dialogue and characters like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Dave van Ronk, whose memoir reportedly serves as a starting point for the screenplay.

37. Breathe In
Release Date: 2013
Director: Drake Doremus
Stars: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan
Why We’re Excited: Director Drake Doremus’ film Douchebag was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize in 2010 and he followed it up by winning the prize for Like Crazy the next year. Breathe In looks at a family in upstate New York shaken up by the arrival of a foreign exchange student.

38. In Your Eyes
Release Date: 2013
Director: Brin Hill
Stars: Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Steve Howey Zoe Kazan
Why We’re Excited: With a screenplay from Joss Whedeon, this supernatural romance is about a couple who haven’t met in the physical world but can see and hear each other. It’ll be the second film from Whedon’s production company Bellwether Films.

39. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (His and Hers)
Release Date: 2013
Director: Ned Benson
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Ciarán Hinds, Bill Hader, Viola Davis
Why We’re Excited: Ned Benson’s clever idea to film two movies with the same plot—one told from the husband’s perspective, one told from the wife’s—has us intrigued. That they’re played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy has us excited.

40. August: Osage County
Release Date: 2013
Director: John Wells
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts
Why We’re Excited: Based on what The New York Times called “The most exciting new American play in years,” John Wells’ latest features an impressive cast and follows the Weston family whose alcoholic patriarch has gone missing.

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