20 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

In which I shamelessly cheat by doubling-up on some choices.

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This movie scares me. Jackie Robinson is not only one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game, but he’s one of the most important figures of the civil rights era. His story has all the right elements to make a truly phenomenal biopic, but there’s something second-rate looking about this film. Grumpy Guts himself, Harrison Ford, stars as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers executive who signed Robinson, and Chadwick Boseman (The Express) stars as Jackie Robinson, but the dialogue is cheesy and schmaltzy, exactly the wrong tone for a story as dramatic as Robinson’s. You really don’t need to heighten anything when it comes to this one.

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Attack the Block: Worth it, find it, see it

Following the summer trend of 1980’s throwbacks like Super 8 and Captain America, British sci-fi/comedy Attack the Block serves up a creature-feature that echoes back to movies like Gremlins and Critters. Where Super 8 was all wide-eyed innocence, Attack the Block is darker, grittier, and much more grown-up. I can’t say this enough—I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE. I’m a huge fan of Edgar Wright’s genre parodies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and Attack the Block works in a similar vein (Wright was an executive producer on the project). Continue reading “Attack the Block: Worth it, find it, see it”