With summer wrapping up, and the holidays on the horizon, we are about to hit what I call the “Movie No-Man’s Land”.
There’s a period of time that falls between the summer blitz and the fall holiday rush where the movies are, (how do I say this nicely?)… horrible. Movie makers know that more people attend the Cinema during the summer and the holidays, so many movies that are released between those times are usually low-budget, no-name movies that didn’t get a lot of backing. Although there may be diamonds in the rough during these seasons, I am usually underwhelmed when I go see a movie during this time. So, to keep me going, entertainment-wise I must look ahead, and see what’s coming. I look to Movie Trailers!
Here are the Top 5 Movies I have on my list, that I can’t wait to see this “holiday” season.
*Please read my disclaimer at the bottom of this post:
5. Thor 2
I looooove a good Superhero movie, especially ones that involve the SHIELD Team. This is the next installment in the saga of this group of super-human do-gooders. My favorite of which is a tie between Captain America, and Iron Man. Alas, until Captain America 2 comes out in April, 2014 – I can be held over by Thor. The trailer looks exciting and you can see it here.
Release Date: Nov 8, 2013
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo , Anthony Hopkins
4. Saving Mr. Banks
This looks so clever! For all the Disney fans out there, you’re going to love this. It’s a story within a story, about a story, based on true events. What that means is: (from the synopsis on Apple Trailers website): “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.” Watch the trailer, you’ll see what I mean.
Release Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Colin Farrell
This trailer TERRIFIED me! I love a good scary movie, and not the gory, horror film kind- but the kind that keeps you biting your nails the whole time because the protagonists are in an impossible situation and you don’t see any way out. This film looks promising. It seems to have all the ingredients. Team goes into space, there’s an accident, and one of them is sent flying off- completely detached from the rest of her team into the black abyss.
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Release Date: October 4, 2013
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
2. The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug
I surprise even myself that this is not my #1. For over a decade I have enjoyed the ride that is the Lord Of The Rings. This is my favorite story of all time, broken up into many parts, and finally made AMAZING by Peter Jackson over the course of the 2000’s due largely to CGI technology that is HUGE enough to contain the vast realm of Middle Earth. The last, er, first chapter comes to a close in this second part to The Hobbit. Martin Freeman deserves an Oscar for his brilliant performance as young and courageous Bilbo Baggins. If he gets overlooked for this role, I will be hugely disappointed. A few awesome surprises await us in this film, like the return of one handsome elf (Legolas) and the arrival of another she-elf that Lost fans will immediately recognize (Evangeline Lily). I also cannot imagine a more sinister voice to bring Smaug to life than Benedict Cumberbatch, So, I also can’t wait for that. I know I will be sad to see this ride come to an end, but there’s always Memorial Day weekends which make for the BEST movie marathons!
Release Date: Dec 13th, 2013
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy
1. Hunger Games – Catching Fire
Words cannot describe how excited I am to see this book-made-film! I love everything about The Hunger Games. This story of courage and bravery gets my blood boiling in a girl-changes-the-world kind of way. There are several major twists in the book, and I can’t wait to see how they play out on screen- sorry, no spoiler here! I know where I will be on Nov 22! See below for the synopsis of the next installment of this trilogy, from Apple trailers.
Synopsis: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell)—a competition that could change Panem forever.
Scroll down to see the brand new, JUST RELEASED second trailer. Click here to see official images from the movie.
Release Date Nov. 22, 2013
Cast:Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland
*Disclaimer – I have not seen these movies, I don’t know anything about them other than what I’ve seen in the trailers. They may end up being awesome, or crap. They may be highly moral or highly horrible. I don’t know. It would also be impossible to know all there is to know about every actor, director, person or company working in Hollywood- and based on THAT, is why myself, or the Lovely Project do not endorse any film we may review or talk about on this site. This is STRICTLY based on my love of a good story told on film. So, if you have opinions other than mine, no problem. I ask you to use your own good common sense to decide what is right for you or your family to watch or not watch. We all have a brain, let’s use them! If I see one of these films, and end up hating it, I promise you I will follow-up and tell you why. 🙂