We’re in it right now. From October to the end of the year is considered Oscar season, when studios release their anti-dogshit films in the hopes of seizing as many award nominations as possible for next year’s ceremony. Big name studs like Scorsese and the Coen brothers are unleashing the work they’ve slaved away on all year. Our eyes aren’t ready for these finely spun pieces of cinematic gold, and I’m getting all giddy just thinking about it.
If you think Project X is the best movie of all time then may God have mercy on your soul. But if you’re a culturally aware human being like the rest of us, here are 10 upcoming movies guaranteed to turn critics’ heads like Regan MacNeil:
American Hustle (Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence)
We posted an article less than a week ago about how sick this movie’s trailer is. And this movie looks cooler than Fonzie and strap-on sandals combined.
It’s got an awesome writer-director at the helm (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter), a stylish retro vibe, and a killer cast. Did I mention our girl J-Law is in it? I should have bolded her name more in the heading.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey)
This biopic has Leo playing Jordan Belfort, a lucrative drug addict who earned millions manipulating the stock market in the 90s. We all know Leo is great as a short-tempered, greedy prick who ends up being his own worst enemy. We also know that he works well with Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Gangs of New York), who is the brains behind this financial drama. Throw in the surprisingly talented Jonah Hill and versatile cowboy Matt McConaughey, and it’s bound to be worth your money.
Her (Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams)
Okay, it’s about Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with his computer. But this highly advanced operating system happens to be voiced by Scarlett Johansson—so it’s hard to blame the guy. The film has gotten initial praise from critics for its offbeat romantic feel and Spike Jonze’s (Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation) direction. An interesting ode to our frightening relationship with technology.
Saving Mr. Banks (Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell)
It’s safe to say that Tom Hanks doesn’t do shitty movies. Ever. Here, he plays Walt Disney, who is perhaps the most influential filmmaker in history. He’s destined to get a Best Actor nomination, either for Saving Mr. Banks or this next film here...
Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener)
Easily the most intense movie I’ve seen in a very long time, thanks mostly to Hanks’ performance as the captain of a hijacked ship and the signature kinetic style of director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93). All the acting is excellent, from the Somalian pirates to the Navy commanders, but Hanks shows great range as Phillips. I won’t call it his best performance ever because that’s a bold-ass claim, but it’s definitely up there.
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