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The Notable Films of 2013: Volume M Part 1

By Garth Franklin Tuesday January 8th 2013 11:30PM

In this volume I look at Warners' big-budget second attempt to reboot the Superman franchise, a kind-of prequel to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," a potential awards-calibre look at the rise and fall of Wikileaks' Julian Assange, the official biopic of South African leader Nelson Mandela, a sequel to Robert Rodriguez's cult Mexican-sploitation hit "Machete," a tale of the supernatural featuring Jessica Chastain, and a Keanu Reeves-directed kung fu movie.

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Machete Kills
Opens: 2013
Cast: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Mel Gibson
Director: Robert Rodriguez

Analysis: Based on a trailer from 2007's "Grindhouse," 2010's R-rated Mexican exploitation action flick "Machete" has scored solid reviews, decent box-office, and its own cult audience. Now, Rodriguez and Danny Trejo re-team for this follow-up which sees the ex-federale recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to take down an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.

As usual with Rodriguez's films, he's serving in multiple capacities and shot the film for quite cheap in just over four weeks at his Troublemaker Studios in Austin, Texas. He's also scored an incredible cast to make cameo appears alongside Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Michelle Rodriguez who will reprise their roles from the first film. Joining them are Sofía Vergara, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Zoe Saldana, Edward James Olmos, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alexa Vega, William Sadler, Lady Gaga, and Tom Savini.

'Kills' is the second of a proposed trilogy of "Machete" movies, and Rodriguez says this one has "a space element … we’ve given the character a much bigger playground. It’s going to be like a James Bond movie, with a Bond-style villain." "Machete" meets "Moonraker" perhaps? It's unlikely that this will be the last we hear of the ex-federale.

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Malavita
Opens: October 18th 2013
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo
Director: Luc Besson

Analysis: French filmmaker Luc Besson ("Leon: The Professional," "The Fifth Element") steps back into the director's chair for this darkly comedic action film based on the novel "Badfellas" by French crime author Tonino Benacquista. Reviews for the book were fairly good with many suggesting it makes great material for a movie, looks like Besson thought that as well.

Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play the husband-and-wife of the Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan. They and their two teen kids (Dianna Agron, John D'Leo) are relocated to a villa in Normandy, France under the witness protection program after agreeing to testify against their fellow organised crime families.

Now going by the names Fred and Maggie Blake, Fred says he is there to write a history of the Allied landings, while Maggie gets involved in a local charity. Unfortunately the Manzoni's record of difficulty in changing their way of life means they aren't likely to last very long in their new home. An international rollout of the film is set to take place in the second-half of October.

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Mama
Opens: January 18th 2013
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Daniel Kash, Jane Moffat
Director: Andres Muschietti

Analysis: Guillermo del Toro produces this supernatural horror thriller which has the good fortune of starring Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Lawless") - the current favorite to take Best Actress at this year's Oscars. "Game of Thrones" hunk Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also stars in this English-language feature remake of Andres Muschietti's Spanish-language short film of the same name.

Two sisters vanish from a suburban neighborhood. Their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend Annabel (Chastain) madly search for them. Five years later the kids are found alive, but feral, and living in a decrepit cabin. As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house. Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them? How did these girls survive those years all alone?

Shot in Toronto in late 2011, this is the third horror film to be released under the 'Guillermo del Toro Presents' label following the acclaimed "The Orphanage," and the modestly-received "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Like 'Dark,' del Toro is helping an acclaimed short filmmaker get into the feature business. Also, like that film, it deals with a woman who is reluctant to embrace motherhood and is forced to take responsibility for children. "Mama" is slated to open mid-January which has proven an excellent time for modestly budgeted horror films as, no matter what the reviews, they usually perform quite well.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Opens: 2013
Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Mark Elderkin, Robert Hobbs, Grant Swanby
Director: Justin Chadwick

Analysis: The official film adaptation of South African President Nelson Mandela's biography of the same name, producer Anant Singh actually scored the film rights to the book over a decade ago. Numerous attempts were made to adapt it, at one point "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper was slated to helm. Most famously, Morgan Freeman was set to play Mandela in the film for many years. He ultimately passed on the opportunity, taking on the role instead in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus."

"The Other Boelyn Girl" and "Bleak House" director Justin Chadwick ended up helming the movie which finally made it into production last summer. Acclaimed British actor and "Luther" star Idris Elba is playing Mandela alongside "Skyfall" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" actress Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie. Based on a script by "Gladiator," "Les Miserables" and "Shadowlands" scribe William Nicholson, the story will span Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

The largest South African production ever mounted, the project boasts the full support and endorsement of Mandela himself and his foundation. It was also shot in South Africa in the various actual locations that played a key part in Mandela's life including the infamous prisons like Robben Island and Pollsmoor where he had been incarcerated for 27 years. With Elba mostly seen by Hollywood as an action blockbuster type, it'll be great that audiences will get to see him tackle a big screen meaty dramatic role like this.

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Maniac
Opens: 2013
Cast: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo, Sammi Rotibi, Liane Balaban
Director: Franck Khalfoun

Analysis: William Lustig's low-budget and unrated 1980 cult horror flick "Maniac" was infamous for both its brutality and cheapness. Shot guerrilla-style due to a lack of permits, the story was fairly generic slasher fare. What made it memorable was the graphicness of the violence, such as a scene with Tom Savini in full disco regalia getting his head blasted off with a shotgun. Even then, it's a film that only hard-core slasher and horror fans have generally heard of. A lot more people will have likely heard the song inspired by the film that was re-written for the "Flashdance" soundtrack.

Now, French filmmaker Franck Khalfoun follows up the little seen "P2" and "Wrong Turn at Tahoe" with this higher profile new take on "Maniac" with Elijah Wood in the title role. The original dealt with an Italian-American man who grew up the victim of an abusive prostitute mother. Now middle-aged and overweight, he is also a schizophrenic serial killer who is into stalking, killing and scalping women. One day he starts to fall in love with his next potential victim, a fashion photographer, and he must struggle to figure out what he really wants.

Wood isn't middle-aged and overweight of course, so the nature of the character and film has been changed somewhat. Rather than straight up shock gore and formulaic slasher thrills, it is more a creepy psychological horror tale with sporadic gruesome moments. The infantilization and emotional-stunting of the character by both his mother and his own internal dark impulses seems a better fit for the eternally youthful looking actor.

The selling point of this remake is that the entire movie is shot from the killer’s point-of-view – Wood is only glimpsed in reflection and in photographs. It's a risk that those who've seen the film at festivals have already debated the merits of. Most of the reviews seem to think Khalfoun has pulled it off, balancing realism and even emotional moments with heavy lashings of gore and intense brutality that isn't shied away from. Chuck in a 1980s electronica score akin to those brilliant Goblin soundtracks on early Argento films, and you have what could become a retro-but-modern classic.

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Man of Steel
Opens: June 14th 2013
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner
Director: Zack Snyder

Analysis: The fate of not just one, but several franchises rests in the hands of this second recent attempt by Warner Brothers to reboot its Superman film franchise. "Batman Begins" scribe David S. Goyer and director Christopher Nolan came up with the story which Goyer wrote and Nolan is producing. Even before it began production though, Nolan has distanced himself from the project and claims the movie is very much director Zack Snyder's baby. It's hard to know how genuine that is considering trailers for "Man of Steel" showcase the definite influence of the more grounded and real world approach seen in Nolan's three Batman films on this version of Kal-El's origin story.

The story of Superman is familiar to all by now, and the film makes no bones about being an origin story. What makes 'Steel' different is both the tone and the details. Bryan Singer's problematic "Superman Returns" made the mistake of being too slavish to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve films that had come before. Serving as a kind of pseudo-sequel meets restarter, it could never escape the shadow of the earlier films. With 'Steel', Snyder and the studio have made a clean break - the key characters are there, but the details are much more along the lines of the recent comic line. Krypton isn't a society of old men living in a world of ice crystals, but a militarised society with a HR Giger-esque design aesthetic.

Goyer and Nolan claim to have found an approach that can humanise this most unapproachable, and difficult to narratively crack, of all the superheroes. The film certainly explores familiar thematic threads such as Clark being raised by very moral parents, having to decide what kind of man he wants to become, hiding his true identity from the world, and having questions regarding his origins. This incarnation also seems to touch upon an idea those familiar with David Tennant-era "Doctor Who" will know well - the isolation, responsibilities and struggle to find a moral center that comes with being the last of a race of immortals - a 'Lonely God' as such.

There's a veritable who's who of excellent actors in the supporting cast from Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El, to Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as the Kents. Physically Henry Cavill is perfect to play Superman, but acting wise his cinematic endeavours have yet to showcase his ability well - only viewers of Showtime's "The Tudors" have really seen how good this guy can be. Adams is a definitely a big improvement over the woefully miscast Kate Bosworth, but still doesn't seem to fit quite right as Lois Lane.

Despite the brand name recognition, the might of the Warners marketing machine, and superb trailers to push it - there's enough question marks still lingering that this is not the slam dunk it might appear. Snyder certainly has the talent to pull off the big scale visuals, but from "300" to "Watchmen" to "Sucker Punch" - his films have often lacked genuine emotion, restraint and a necessary objectiveness.

Even with a serious Nolan-esque approach, one wonders if the tone will be more akin to the occasionally clunky yet highly engaging pulp of "Batman Begins," or the self-aggrandizing and disaffectingly dour "The Dark Knight Rises". With Christian Bale's Batman gone and the "Green Lantern" franchise having fallen flat on its face at launch, the cinematic future of not just Superman, but the DC Universe as a whole could well be determined by how well "Man of Steel" goes with audiences. It's the blockbuster I'm personally looking forward to the most in 2013, I hope it lives up to expectations.

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Man of Tai Chi
Opens: 2013
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Iko Uwais, Tiger Hu Chen, Robert Malone, Karen Mok
Director: Keanu Reeves

Analysis: Shot almost a year ago following his work on Universal's "47 Ronin," there's still not a lot that's known about Keanu Reeves' directorial debut beyond it being a fairly modestly budgeted $25 million martial arts film. Village Roadshow, China Film and Wanda Group are producing the project which stars Reeves, "The Matrix" stuntman Tiger Hu Chen, and "The Raid" star Iko Uwais.

Shot in English and Mandarin, the film is said to contain eighteen fights that totals around forty minutes of solid kung-fu combat. One thing Reeves is trying to do is reinvent the way fight scenes are shot, and is doing it using an experimental camera system. In a proof of concept video released last Summer, Reeves said: "The ambition for me was trying to get what I've seen done before with CGI and putting the camera in places where you couldn't get, but wanting to have the flesh and blood elements there."

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The Man Who Sold the World
Opens: 2013
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens
Director: Bill Condon

Analysis: Having delivered the best entries in "The Twilight Saga," filmmaker Bill Condon turns to a potential Oscar-calibre true story tale with this look at Australian journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. At one time over a half-dozen Assange movies were in the works, but this looks to be the first of the non-documentaries to get out of the gate and onto screens.

This particular one is primarily based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg's "Inside Wikileaks". Domscheit-Berg was a German tech guru, Assange's former 'Number Two' at the organisation, and the official spokesperson for Wikileaks. He defected because he wanted to apply journalistic discretion and integrity in the dispersal of secret government documents, whereas Assange wanted to publish everything. His split from Assange was credited as being one of the events leading to the massive diplomatic cable leak in September 2011 and Assange’s eventual downfall.

Condon and his team were very interactive and extremely forthcoming with the Twihard fan base. Here, he faces a smaller, but even more fanatical and dedicated group that puts the likes of the Browncoats and Team Jacob to shame - the Cumberbitches. Potentially rivalled only by the ground forces of the Armitage Army and the air power of the Hiddlestoners, actor Benedict Cumberbatch should see his devoted fan base dramatically increase this year as he has key roles in two blockbuster sequels ("Star Trek," "The Hobbit"), and two other award hopefuls ("August: Osage County," "Twelve Years a Slave").

If this is completed and out in time for contention though, this might be the one that will likely serve as the 'Best Actor' push for the "Sherlock" star (though Harvey does love his "August: Osage County"). It'll be fascinating to see what he can bring to the Assange story, and what kind of performance Condon can draw out of him. The delectable James McAvoy will sadly not be joining the film as Domscheit-Berg as originally planned, but Condon has managed to score impressive "Inglorious Basterds" actor Daniel Bruhl in the role.

Elements from the book "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" by The Guardian reporters David Leigh and Luke Harding are also being employed, which means this should cover quite a lot of ground in regard to the case. Prep for the movie is in full swing with shooting aiming to begin in Europe in the Spring (there's suggestion it could be as early as this month). With Condon's pedigree and quality of work on such acclaimed titles as "Kinsey," "Dreamgirls" and "Gods and Monsters," this is very much a film to get excited about.

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A Many Splintered Thing
Opens: 2013
Cast: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Giovanni Ribisi, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie
Director: Justin Reardon

Analysis: Having only just wrapped shooting the other month in Los Angeles and San Francisco, 'Splintered' is being sold on the idea that it is an "anti-romantic" indie comedy. People like it though. Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair's script not only made the much-vaunted Black List, but it was also a finalist for the 2011 Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Evans plays a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking, but engaged young woman at a charity dinner where he is pretending to be a philanthropist. Egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart. Director Justin Reardon has scored a fun cast for this story including Giovanni Ribisi, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson and Philip Baker Hall.

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Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box
Opens: 2013
Cast: Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes
Director: Jonathan Newman

Analysis: A $25 million U.K. adaption of G.P. Taylor's 2007 teen adventure novel of the same name, the book is the first in a proposed trilogy. Should this perform well at the box-office, it could become a cinematic trilogy as well. Jonathan Newman ("Swinging with the Finkels") helms the film which boasts a surprisingly impressive cast playing the various adult roles including Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, and Keeley Hawes.

The story is set in Victorian England where a 17-year-old boy (Aneurin Barnard) searches for his lost parents and kidnapped younger brother in a mysterious steam-powered luxury hotel on an island at the furthest reaches of the Empire. The hotel boasts shady villians, child-snatching creatures and an alchemy box. The film is expensive for a European production, but still cost-effective enough it could be made without securing a U.S distributor. A 2013 U.K. release is planned later this year.

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Mary Mother Of Christ
Opens: 2013
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Julia Ormond, Odeya Rush, Peter O'Toole, Jay Willick
Director: Alister Grierson

Analysis: While a couple of Biblical films followed in the wake of the massive international success of "The Passion of the Christ," none of them came anywhere close to the success level of the Mel Gibson-directed epic. Now comes this project which has been dubbed a 'Passion' prequel.

Gibson isn't involved though, rather a different Australian is slipping into the director's chair - "Sanctum" and "Kokoda" helmer Alister Grierson. Two people who did work on 'Passion' though, screenplay writer Benedict Fitzgerald and theological consultant Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington, co-wrote the script which revolves around a young Mary (Israeli-born American actress Odeya Rush) and her attempts to defy King Herod in order to raise her young son, Jesus.

Peter O'Toole is coming out of retirement to play Simeon, who blessed the infant Jesus. Julia Ormond plays Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. The big showcase role though is Ben Kingsley as Herod. Both Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville were also being sought for roles, but there's been no further word on those developments.

Motive Entertainment, who helped push both 'Passion' and the "Narnia" movies to become the big hits they were, is getting involved in the marketing for this. While this will thankfully lack the torture porn and anti-Semitic aspects of 'Passion', the question with any theological film is if it is able to pull in more than just the faithful. The fact that it is being executive produced by a Texan pastor and televangelist is the kind of news that could make non-believers shy away from such a project.

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Magic Magic
The second and more high-profile 2013 film from both "The Maid" filmmaker Sebastián Silva and actor Michael Cera, "Magic Magic" is also a much chillier affair than their low-budget hippie surfer drama "Crystal Fairy." Set in remote Chile, Juno Temple plays a vacationing young American woman who begins to mentally unravel. Her friends, including Cera and Emily Browning, ignore her claim until it's too late. Added to this year's Sundance line-up only a few weeks ago, the film will premiere as part of the 'Park City at Midnight' section.

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May in the Summer
In competition at Sundance later this month, "Amreeka" filmmaker Cherien Dabis helmed this Qatar/Jordan/Lebanese co-production shot in English and Arabic. This dramedy follows a successful and engaged author whose carefully structured life is thrown into chaos when she finds herself reunited with her family in Jordan. As her wedding day looms, she finds herself more and more confronted with the aftermath of her parents divorce. Dabis herself stars alongside Hiam Abbass ("The Visitor"), Alia Shawkat ("Cedar Rapids") and Alexander Siddig ("Star Trek: DS9").

McCanick
The always reliable David Morse stars in this indie cop drama from writer Daniel Noah and director Josh C. Waller. Noah and Waller made headlines the other month for teaming with Elijah Wood to create the company The Woodshed which aims to produce genre fare. Described as a throwback to classic 1970s cop dramas, Morse and Brandon Routh play narcotics detectives who learn that a seemingly harmless young criminal (Glee's Cory Monteith) has been released from prison, a crime who holds the secret to a truth from the Morse character's past. Ciaran Hinds, Mike Vogel, Maura Tierney, Aaron Yoo and Tracie Thoms also star.

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Meet Me In Montenegro
Scoring an award for his 2008 third effort "In Search of a Midnight Kiss," filmmaker Alex Holdridge returns with this Sundance-premiering comedy about a failed American writer (Holdridge) and a European dancer (Linnea Saasen) who have a chance meeting in Berlin and start an affair, despite the fact that they will both shortly be moving to opposite ends of the earth. At the same time, the writer’s best friend (Rupert Friend) is stuck in a fading relationship and toys with the idea of taking his girlfriend (Jennifer Ulrich) to a sex club. Deborah Ann Woll also stars in the film which was shot in Berlin, Los Angeles and Montenegro early in 2012.

Milo
Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root, and Ken Marino star in this horror comedy about a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines. During a therapy session he allows it to come out of his body, names it Milo, and endeavours to finally live his life without the demon controlling him. Produced by indie film scene darlings Mark and Jay Duplass, it is a high-concept and fun-sounding creature feature that will likely get a VOD premiere later in the year.

The Complete Notable Films of 2013 Guide

Volume 0-9: 2 Guns, 21 and Over, 33 dias, 42, 47 Ronin, 300: Rise of An Empire, 7500

Volume A: The ABC's of Death, About Last Night, About Time, Admission, A.C.O.D., Adult World, After Earth, Afternoon Delight, Aftershock, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, All Is Lost, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Angry Little God, Are We Officially Dating?, As I Lay Dying, Ass Backwards, At Any Price, August: Osage County, Austenland

Volume B: Backmask, Baggage Claim, Bailout: The Age of Greed, Battle of the Year, Beautiful Creatures, Before Midnight, Belle, The Best Offer, Better Living Through Chemistry, Beyond The Hills, Big Sur, The Big Wedding, Black Dog Red Dog, The Black Marks, Bling Ring, Blood Ties, The Brass Teapot, Breathe In, Broken City, Bullet to the Head, The Butler, Byzantium

Volume C: The Call, Can a Song Save Your Life?, The Canyons, Captain Phillips, Carol, Carrie, A Case of You, Cavalry, CBGB, Chavez, Child of God, Chinese Zodiac, Closed Circuit, Closer to the Moon, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, C.O.G., The Colony, Come Out and Play, The Company You Keep, The Congress, Concussion, The Counselor, The Coup, The Croods, Crystal Fairy

Volume D: Dallas Buyers Club, Dark Blood, Dark Skies, Dead Man Down, Decoding Annie Parker, The Deep, Delivery Man, Despicable Me 2, Devil’s Knot, The Devil's Rapture, Diana, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His & Hers, Disconnect, Dom Hemingway, Don Jon's Addiction, Dorothy of Oz, The Double, Drift, Drinking Buddies, Driven

Volume E: The East, Eden, Elsa and Fred, Elysium, Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, Emperor, Empire State, Empires of the Deep, Ender's Game, The English Teacher, Epic, Errors of the Human Body, Escape From Planet Earth, The Europa Report, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, Everything Will Be Fine, Evil Dead

Volume F: Fading Gigolo, Fast Six, Fellini Black and White, Felony, A Field in England, Fill the Void, Filth, Foxcatcher, Foxfire, From Up On Poppy Hill, Frozen, Fruitvale, The Frozen Ground

Volume G: Part 1: Gambit, Gangster Squad, The Gatekeepers, Get a Job, Getaway, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Ginger and Rosa, Girls Against Boys, Girl Most Likely, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Gods Behaving Badly, A Good Day to Die Hard

Volume G: Part 2: Graceland, The Grand Masters, Grand Piano, The Grand Seduction, Grave of the Fireflies, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, The Green Blade Rises, A Green Story, Greetings from Tim Buckley, Growing Up (and Other Lies), Grown Ups 2

Volume H: The Hangover Part III, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, The Heat, Hell and Back, Hell Baby, Her, Hidden, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Homefront, Horns, The Host, The Host 2, How I Live Now, Hummingbird, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunt

Volume I: I Frankenstein, The Identical, Identity Thief, I'm So Excited, In a World, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, In Fear, Inside Llewyn Davis, Insidious Chapter Two, Interior Leather Bar, The Internship, In the Blood, The Invisible Woman, Iron Man 3

Volume J-K: Jack Ryan, Jack the Giant Slayer, Java Heat, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Jimmy Picard, jOBS, Jurassic Park 3D, Justin and the Knights of Valour, K-11, Kick-Ass 2, Kid Cannabis, Kill Your Darlings, Kiss of the Damned, Kon-Tiki, Knight of Cups

Volume L: Part 1: Labor Day, The Last Days On Mars, The Last Exorcism: Part II, The Last Stand, Last Vegas, Laurence Anyways, Leo the Lion, Leviathan, Le Weekend, Libertador, The Lifeguard, Like Someone in Love, The Little Mermaid 3D, The Loft

Volume L: Part 2: London Project, The Lone Ranger, Lone Survivor, The Longest Week, Long Time Gone, A Long Way Down, The Look of Love, The Lords of Salem, Lore, Love and Honor, Love is All You Need, Lovelace, Lowlife, Lullaby, Luv

Volume M: Part 1: Machete Kills, Magic Magic, Malavita, Mama, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Maniac, Man of Steel, Man of Tai Chi, The Man Who Sold the World, A Many Splintered Thing, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box, Mary Mother Of Christ, May in the Summer, McCanick, Meet Me In Montenegro, Milo

Volume M: Part 2: Mindscape, Mobius, Mockingbird, Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist, Monsters University, The Monuments Men, Mood Indigo, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, A Most Wanted Man, Mother of George, Movie 43, Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Much Ado About Nothing, Mud, Mystery Road

Volume N: Nebraska, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Night Moves, Nina, No, No One Lives, No Place on Earth, Non-Stop, Northern Soul, Not Safe for Work, Now You See Me, The Numbers Station, Nymphomaniac

Volume O-P: Part 1: Oblivion, Oculus, Odd Thomas, Oldboy, Olympus Has Fallen, One Direction Concert Movie, One Square Mile, Only God Forgives, Only Lovers Left Alive, Open Windows, Out of the Furnace, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Pacific Rim, Pain and Gain, The Paradise Trilogy, Paranoia, Parker, Parkland, Passion, The Past, The Patience Stone

Volume P: Part 2: Pawn, Pawn Shop Chronicles, Penthouse North, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Phantom, The Physician, Pieta, The Place Beyond The Pines, Planes, Plastic Jesus, The Playroom, Plush, Post Tenebras Lux, Prince Avalanche, Prisoners, The Prophet, The Purge

Volume Q-R: The Quiet Ones, The Railway Man, The Rambler, Random, Reality, RED 2, Red Light Winter, Red Machine, Red Wing, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Reykjavik, R.I.P.D., Riddick, The Rover, Runner Runner, Rush

Volume S: Part 1: S-V/H/S, The Sacrament, Safe Haven, Saving Mr. Banks, Scary Movie 5, The Scribbler, The Sea, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Serena, The Seventh Son, Side Effects, Sightseers, Simon Killer, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A Single Shot, Small Apartments, Small Time, The Smurfs 2

Volume S: Part 2: Snitch, Snowpiercer, Someone Marry Barry, Something in the Air, The Sorcerer and the White Snake, Space Warriors, The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers, Starbuck, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode II & III 3D, Still Life, Stoker, Stories We Tell, Sweetwater, Syrup

Volume T: Part 1: Tar, Tarzan 3D, A Teacher, Thanks for Sharing, Therese Desqueyroux, Therese, They Came Together, They Die by Dawn, Third Person, This Is The End, Thor: The Dark World, A Thousand Times Good Night, Three Days To Kill, Three Worlds, The To Do List, Tom a la ferme, The Tomb, Tomorrow You're Gone

Volume T: Part 2: To The Wonder, Too Late, Touchy Feely, Toy’s House, Tracks, Trance, The Trials of Cate McCall, Trust Me, Turbo, Twelve Years A Slave, Twenty Feet From Stardom, Twice Born, Two Night Stand, The Two Faces of January, Two Mothers, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Tyler Perry Presents: We The Peeples

Volume U-W: Part 1: Under the Skin, Unforgiven, Untitled David O. Russell Project, Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project, Untitled Terrence Malick Film, Upstream Color, Venus in Fur, Very Good Girls, Virtually Heroes, Wadjda, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, War Witch, Warm Bodies, The Way Way Back, We Are What We Are, We're the Millers, Welcome to the Jungle, Welcome to the Punch, What Maisie Knew

Volume W: Part 2-Z: White Bird in a Blizzard, White House Down, The Wilderness of James, Winter Rose, Winter's Tale, Wish You Well, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Wolverine, Wolves, Words with Gods, World War Z, The World's End, You Are Here, You Can't Win, You're Next, You're Not You, The Young and Prodigious Spivet, The Zero Theorem

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