Jan. 10, 2013 - Issue #899: The games we play
A preview of coming attractions
Looking at the film year to come
JANUARY – MARCH
Usual provocateur Michael Haneke's found only acceptance with Amour. The Palme d'Or winner is an unflinching study of one man's care for his fading wife in their Paris apartment.
February, we'll get Side Effects from Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), where a couple (Channing Tatum and Rooney Mara) comes undone after she's hooked on a new prescription drug.
Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) comes West with Stoker (think Bram, author of Dracula), the bloody intriguing story of a young woman (Mia Wasikowska) entranced by the uncle who moves in with her and Mom.
Strange but truer than fiction: Pablo Larrain's acclaimed No, covering an ad-man (Gael Garcia Bernal) who works a 1988 plebiscite about continuing Pinochet's dictatorship.
Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) returns with Ryan Gosling for The Place Beyond the Pines, where a stunt rider's tempted into crime.
And the Coen brothers go Inside Llewyn Davis, a folk-singer (Oscar Isaac) taking us through the Greenwich Village music scene in 1960.
Super-auteur Terrence Malick, after Palme d'Or marvel Tree of Life, got scoffs from some critics for To The Wonder, reportedly a near-parody of his human-in-nature lyricism. Judge for yourself in April.
Shane Carruth had a cult hit in 2004 with his debut, time-travel flick Primer. His second, Upstream Color, has been heralded by an intriguing trailer and the summary that a couple becomes "entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism."
Spanish master Almodóvar's latest, I'm So Excited, is light comedy on a troubled plane bound for Mexico. Expect some turbulent pop songs and sudden gusts of campiness.
SUMMER AND BEYOND
Neill Blomkamp follows up his South African sci-fi District 9 in August with Elysium, set in a 22nd century where the rich live in a corporate-built space station, while the poor live on a ruined Earth.
Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, Green Zone) launches Captain Phillips, about a ship and its commander (Tom Hanks) taken hostage by Somali pirates.
Capping the "Cornetto" trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), director Edgar Wright returns with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for a pub crawl to The World's End.
A horror classic's remade in Carrie, from indie director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and due in October.
And Martin Scorsese, working from a script by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) based on Jordan Belfort's memoir about stockbroker-fraud, brings us The Wolf of Wall Street.
Next week: leftovers from 2012, animation to anticipate, documentaries to look for and more cryptically-titled 2013 releases.
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