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Gutter Pick of the Flicks for 2013

Heather Hampson
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We've been warned that 2013 will be the year of sequels and remakes, set to even include Sam Raimi's prequel to The Wizard of Oz and Die Hard 5. But fear not! Here is Out of the Gutter's guide to some of the most original, coolest films set for release in 2013.

Matt Damon takes on the world in Elysium.

Django Unchained

Of course, anything by Quentin Tarantino is guaranteed to feature copious violence and sassy dialogue. Early reviews suggest Tarantino is back on form with this tale of a slave-turned bounty hunter starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz. Interestingly, this won't be the only film released in 2013 about slavery – for a (likely) more art-house take on the subject we will have Shame-director Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave and of course, Oscar-tipped Lincoln. Released imminently!

The Place Beyond The Pines

Following his impressive turn in Drive, 2013 sees Ryan Gosling continuing to neglect the soppy stuff for more noirish fare. This film is set to be released in March 2013 and also stars Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta.  Gosling plays a motorcycle stunt driver who commits a robbery to get money for his family,  following which, obviously, all shits breaks loose.  Release is set for March 2013.

Stoker

Looking rough these days, Ryan.
A creepy trailer suggests this might be the horror film to watch 2013.  It is directed by Park Chan-wook of Oldboy fame, but there's no live octopus eating. Nicole Kidman stars  as recently widowed, unstable mother and Mia Wasikowska as her unstable daughter. Things turn weird when a mysterious uncle turns up. So sounds like it will be be sort of like a modern-day set The Others with an injection of South Asian horror sensibility. Released March 2013.

Only God Forgives

It's The Gosling again, this time teaming back up with Drive director Nicolas Winding-Refn, for what is sure to be a very stylish thriller set in Bangkok. Gosling plays a drug smuggling gangster, and we all know Thailand isn't exactly lenient on such activity. Release date is rumored to be May 2013.

World War Z

Brad Pitt takes on zombies, 'nuff said. Set for release in June 2013.

Elysium

This new film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp might turn out to be the best of a crop of big Sci-Fi films released in 2013. It's set in 2159: the rich have gone to live on a  swanky space ship called Elysium, leaving the poor to suffer on the over-populated and climate-change-fucked Earth. But here's ex-con Matt Damon, on a mission to bring equality to all. Set for release in August 2013.

The Counselor

Despite the crap and easily mis-spellable title, I like the sound of this thriller directed by Ridley Scott , with an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy and a seriously A-list cast that includes Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. It's more drug trafficking – this time concerning a lawyer played by the excellent Fassbender who gets involved way over his head. Set for US release in November 2013.

Antiviral

This could be either really bad or really good. It's the directional début from Brandon Cronenberg, son of David and it's about a company who harvest celebrity germs to sell to the public. It's won plaudits at many of the festival it's screened at, including Cannes. Release date in the UK set for February but no US release date as yet.


Of course, this is only a fraction of the reams of celluloid* that will hit your screens this year. Any one else got any tips? I am a little intrigued by The Wizard of Oz prequel I have to admit.

* or digital equivalent.