In this volume I look at the sequel to J.J. Abrams acclaimed reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise, a post-apocalyptic Ice Age tale set on a perpetually travelling train, a tale of bikini-clad and gun-toting girls getting into trouble in Florida, a film about young 1970s French revolutionary bohemians, a tale of a very twisted family, a somewhat daft western, a documentary about the heritage of an actress, and a martial arts fantasy tale.
Opens: February 22nd 2013
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Benjamin Bratt, Susan Sarandon
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Analysis: Stuntman turned filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh impressed with the better than expected Stephen Dorff and Val Kilmer vehicle "Felon" back in 2008. Now he returns with this fairly familiar looking action thriller said to be inspired by a "Frontline" documentary which dealt with a Government policy change that encouraged prisoners to dob in their fellow inmates. The trailers have a decent amount of grit, even if the story formula looks highly predictable.
Johnson plays a father whose son (Rafi Gavron) is wrongly accused of drug dealing. Desperate and determined to save him, he makes a deal with the U.S. Attorney (Susan Sarandon) to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission - risking everything, including his family and his own life. Added to the mix are Benjamin Bratt as the cartel leader, and former "Walking Dead" star Jon Bernthal as Johnson's "way in" to meet these bad guys.
Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Analysis: One film I'm personally anticipating greatly next year is this $40 million sci-fi thriller from acclaimed South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho ("The Host," "Mother," "Memories of Murder"). Yes it's another film set on a post-apocalyptic Earth (ala. "Elysium," "After Earth," "Oblivion"), this one though is based on the acclaimed French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and boasts a setup quite distinct from those other three.
In this, a failed experiment to stop global warming has caused a new Ice Age which kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system has evolved on the train, each cabin is separated by boundaries of social stratification, but a revolution is brewing.
The film, which marks Bong's English-language debut and is filmed mostly in English, is being produced by his friend and "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook. Bong teamed with "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" scribe Kelly Masterson to adapt the script, and brought onboard a solid cast of actors including those above plus Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, and his regular collaborator Song Kang-ho. This could be a real genre highlight of the year if it comes together as well as Bong's previous work.
Something in the Air
Cast: Clement Metayer, Lola Créton, Dolores Chaplin, India Menuez, Carole Combes
Director: Olivier Assayas
Analysis: After his internationally acclaimed five-hour epic "Carlos" about the world's most infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal, filmmaker Olivier Assayas returns to the 1970s with this politically charged coming of age tale about a school student. IFC Releasing, which gave Assayas' family drama "Summer Hours" a limited U.S. theatrical release, will do the same with this title.
Clement Metayer plays Gilles, a young artist swept up in the political fever of the time. All his friends, including his girlfriend ("Bluebird" star Lola Créton), are consumed by their political struggle and can't really understand his dream to paint and make movies. Over the course of the film, these youngsters come to understand how adulthood involves the eventual discarding of idealistic and naïve fantasies.
Premiering at the Venice Film Festival last year under its original title "Apres Mai," Assayas picked up an award for best screenplay. Reviews out of the festival though were more tepid. Praise was granted for the period recreation and naturalistic approach, but the lack of any real plot means it's a hard film to get into for those who aren't familiar with the counterculture and cynicism of that period. It's a genteel and quite safe film for Assayas. A good one, but not one of his best.
The Sorcerer and the White Snake
Opens: February 8th 2013
Cast: Jet Li , Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi, Zhang Wen
Director: Ching Siu-tung
Analysis: Released late 2011 in various international territories, Ching Siu-tung's $26 million Mandarin-language martial arts fantasy epic is based on an old Chinese legend which has been adapted several times before. The story follows a young physician who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman.
Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. Li himself has voiced his displeasure about the making of the film. He says he was tricked into signing up for a film with limited action, an outright lie as the production ended up being stuffed to the gills with wild action and elaborate stunts. As Li's opponents in the film were almost all women, he claims he also had to constantly hold back.
Reviews from international critics have simultaneously praised the visual look, but slammed it for overdosing on computer effects and fight sequences. The action reportedly overwhelms the story, which is hardly the first time this genre has had this problem. The word is still fairly good, but it didn't get the kind of raves that "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame" got when it opened in Western markets in 2011. 'Sorcerer' hits select screens and VOD in two weeks.
The Spectacular Now
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Director: James Ponsoldt
Analysis: One of the most well-received films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, 'Spectacular' marks the latest effort of filmmaker James Ponsoldt following on from last year's acclaimed, but little seen alcoholics drama "Smashed". 'Now' is not only a bigger film, it is a much more commercially friendly proposition which made this coming-of-age dramedy one of the most hotly contested before A24 secured the rights.
An adaptation of Tim Tharp’s novel, Miles Teller plays a charming high school senior and budding alcoholic named Sutter who lives entirely for the present. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he meets Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley), a 'nice girl' who reads sci-fi, doesn’t have a boyfriend, and has dreams of a future. Despite their different viewpoints, they find themselves drawn together.
With a script adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber ("500 Days of Summer"), reviews for this have heavily praised the film's naturalistic and relaxed approach, adding meaning and poignancy to a genre that often falls back on attention-deficit pacing and all too familiar formula. It's an occasionally very serious affair, but an emotionally satisfying one. Set for a Summer release, expect this to be one of the acclaimed smaller films during blockbuster season that is worth tracking down.
Opens: March 22nd 2013
Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine
Director: Harmony Korine
Analysis: Filmmaker Harmony Korine ("Mister Lonely," "Trash Humpers"), best known for writing Larry Clark's controversial "Kids," penned and directs this very R-rated tale of tits and trouble. Screening at Venice last year, reaction for the film has been fairly good. The cast should certainly ensure this gets a lot of eyeballs, even if many of those viewers won't actually appear until it hits disc and VOD services.
The Florida-set tale follows four college-aged girls who decide to rob a fast food restaurant in order to pay for their spring break. While in Florida, they get busted at a party for drugs, and land in jail. Alien (James Franco), a drug and arms dealer, bails them out to do some dirty work. Added to that is plenty of neon lighting, sun-soaked ocean locales, dark and sweaty environments, grinding nubile bodies, girl-on-girl make outs, and bursts of violence.
The film is drawing attention for the hiring of tween stars like Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson to spend much of the film running around in tiny fluorescent bikinis and occasionally committing robberies in said costumes (albeit with ski-masks and machine-guns as accessories). Added to the mix is a nearly unrecognisable Franco, decked out in Bo Derek style dreadlocks and a mouthful of gold teeth, as a sleazy kingpin.
Most of the complaints in reviews is that the film is exactly what it appears - a nearly hallucinogenic candy-colored tale of girls gone extra wild. From Popsicle fellating, to Franco singing a Britney Spears track while masked chicks with AK-47s serve as a kick line, it's a film that is all about the wild visual and auditory landscape. What's strange is that it permeates a surprisingly conventional tale by Korine, one that is said to be decidedly tame compared to his previous work.
Star Trek Into Darkness
Opens: May 17th 2013
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana
Director: J.J. Abrams
Analysis: While the big question everyone keeps asking is who exactly is the villain's real identity (Khan, Gary Mitchell, Garth of Izar or Robert April are the current guesses), the real question I wonder is how did we get here? I have been a Trekker for twenty years, yet even I will readily admit that five years ago the "Star Trek" franchise was effectively dead. The great spin-off shows "The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine" petered out with tedious "Voyager" and the often woeful "Enterprise". Only two of the last six films were of any note, and it seemed like the franchise was done and dusted.
Say what you will about J.J. Abrams' 2009 feature take on "Star Trek," it worked. Rebooting the franchise with flair, Abrams brought an energy, fierceness and scale to it (helped by a considerable budget) to deliver one hell of a rousing action adventure. Bringing a "Star Wars" sensibility to this universe came at a price though, most visible in a rather awkward story full of holes, and a lack of any real depth. Trek had been transplanted from the science-fiction genre it had firmly occupied, to the science-fantasy genre that suited Wars-devotee Abrams. It slotted into place, but it was not a perfect fit.
Now comes the question of where do we go from here? Will this $185 million sequel continue down the same path and further away from what made the franchise unique, or will we see a "Skyfall"-style situation where classic elements and style are reintroduced without sacrificing the freshness and vitality that has come with the revival. From the looks of things, it feels as if everything is going in the right direction. Of course the highly secretive Abrams is playing his cards very close to his chest, so much so that most of the movie remains a big mystery - something that should be embraced as a good thing in this often spoiler-ridden day and age.
The story has the Enterprise crew called home after Starfleet is attacked. Captain Kirk must lead a deadly manhunt to capture the party responsible and settle an old score. That party is "Sherlock" star and British gem Benedict Cumberbatch, an excellent selection for the villain. Despite the name of John Harrison, everyone is still speculating about a bait-and-switch (ala Liam Neeson in "Batman Begins") with the character turning out to be a classic Trek villain that has been re-imagined. Alice Eve also joins the cast for this outing as a young Dr. Carol Marcus.
A recent IMAX preview of the first ten minutes was remarkable. Like "The Dark Knight" and "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol," Abrams shot large segments of the film in IMAX format. It's also coming out in IMAX 3D, but sadly the 3D is a post-conversion job (albeit a very good one). If there's one likely concern on the studio's part, it's that of the international box-office. The first film did brilliantly in the U.S. with a $257 million gross. Overseas though, where 'Trek' was never a big draw, the film pulled in just $127 million. That's a number that will have to be improved upon this time out.
Opens: March 1st 2013
Cast: Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver
Director: Park Chan-wook
Analysis: Korean director Park Chan-wook, who exploded onto the international stage in 2003 with the unforgettable "Oldboy," delivers his first English language film here - a psychological thriller from a script by former "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller.
Mia Wasikowska plays a young woman named India whose father dies in an auto accident. Soon an uncle (Matthew Goode) whom she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). She begins to suspect this mysterious and charming man has ulterior motives, yet that only leads to her increasing infatuation with him.
Miller's script got this project a lot of attention a few years ago, while trailers over the past few months have been just this side of weird and haunting, looking like a kind of twisted modern take on Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt." Everything was building up to a launch at Sundance this week where it was one of the most anticipated films of the festival.
Reviews proved wildly divisive, most seemed to love it, but the few that didn't have really railed against it. Park's approach is to go BIG BIG BIG with this macabre and demented tale which outright telegraphs its story as it steers towards an increasingly bizarre and brazen ending. There may not be any surprises on offer, but it's a wild ride of committed performances and frequent tonal shifts. If you're not onboard with this highly stylised film early on, you probably won't be at all.
Stories We Tell
Director: Sarah Polley
Analysis: Canadian actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley turns the camera on herself for this documentary which chronicles the story of her late mother and elusive father, along with the surprising truth about her heritage.
The filmmaker combines family interviews, reconstructions, super-8 home movies and portions of her father's memoir to tell the story of her parents, both actors, and how they came together. Polley always found her father to be at something of a distance, so she tries to find out why.
It was a five-year experience which she claims was the hardest thing she's ever done. She says: "It tormented me. I didn’t want to make it, and I wanted to give up many times along the way, but I also didn’t want this story to be out there in the words of someone other than the many people who lived it. Now it will be written about in many other people’s words, and I’m finally at peace with that."
On the surface it sounds a bit self-indulgent, something that Polley is aware of at times within the movie. Playing the Fall film festival circuit, even the glowing reviews noted the sometimes forced and manipulative emotional elements of the film whilst questioning the lack of emotional disclosure on camera by Polley herself.
Cast: Jason Isaacs, Ed Harris, January Jones, Eduardo Noriega, Dylan Kenin
Director: Logan Miller
Analysis: Not to be confused with Martin Guigui's Nat 'Sweetwater' Clifton biopic which begins shooting in April, this is a $7 million western from "Touching Home" director Logan Miller which just screened at Sundance. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows a fanatical religious leader (Jason Isaacs), a renegade Sheriff (Ed Harris), and a former prostitute (January Jones) whose stories collide on the rugged plains of New Mexico.
Early reviews suggest a wannabe "Django Unchained," swapping the slavery and extreme violence for female empowerment and a vengeance story with often comedic overtones. From a gun-toting Jones in a fuscia gown, to a wild haired Harris going overboard, promotional materials have looked fun if a little limited in scope and overly familiar in subject matter.
Asked about her role recently, Jones says it reminded her of Clint Eastwood in "Pale Rider" as it is "kind of dark and mean … she has a stalking, predator type quality that I’d only really seen in male roles, and I tried to summon that up when I was playing her." Both Isaacs and Harris' performances were praised for their chewing of scenery in this very melodramatic and often over-the-top environment. Derivative certainly, but it sounds like fun nonetheless.
Cast: Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, Kellan Lutz, Brittany Snow, Kirstie Alley
Director: Aram Rappaport
Analysis: An adaptation of Australian author Max Barry's highly satirical first novel, this comedy skewers our consumerism-driven culture as it focuses on a young marketing graduate (Shiloh Fernandez) who comes up with an idea for a new product called 'Fukk' which he hopes to sell to Coca-Cola.
He soon learns his college friend and former roommate (Kellan Lutz) has already claimed the copyright. Eventually he goes to work for the company and tries to undermine his former friend's new secret project at the company - the first feature length advertising movie.
On the one hand it sounds like an enjoyably dark skewering of an industry that really doesn't get a lot of critical examination considering the size and extent of its reach. On the other it is about a bunch of backstabbing, good looking, entitled, twenty-something PR boffins which means finding a likeable character amongst these dickheads will be a tall order.
Both Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh previously expressed interest in adapting other Barry novels such as "Machine Man" and "Jennifer Government," but this will be the first to make it to the big screen. The question is if the cast and filmmakers have screwed up the material in the translation? The script scored raves, but the actual film was shot on a very limited budget which unfortunately makes it look a bit cheap. Early reviews will tell the tale.
The Smurfs 2
After 2011's "The Smurfs" made an astonishing $560 million worldwide on a $110 million budget, a sequel wasn't just inevitable - it became imperative that Sony Pictures get it out as soon as possible. Two years later comes this follow-up in which Gargamel creates two evil Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties to harness magical Smurf essence. When he discovers only Smurfette can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs who can give him what he wants, he kidnaps Smurfette and takes her to Paris as part of his plan. It is up to Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to the human world and seek help from the Winslow family again. So assuredly is this already a hit that a third film is set for Summer 2015.
Someone Marry Barry
Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr. and Lucy Punch star in this "bromantic" comedy about three friends who plot to get rid of their socially inappropriate friend by finding him a wife. Unfortunately, he meets a woman just like him which causes their problems to double. It's a decidedly terrible sounding premise, the kind that could go wrong so easily. A lot will depend on the quality of writing from the film's scribe and director Rob Pearlstein. Labine and Punch have shown excellent comic timing, hopefully the material is there to back them up.
"SpaceCamp" for a new generation, this tale of a teenage boy who gets a chance to fulfill his dream of going to Space Camp comes from "Soul Surfer" director Sean McNamara. Shot in Alabama, the film features a mostly young cast lead by Thomas Horn ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), Grayson Russell, BooBoo Stewart and Thomas Kasp. A couple of familiar names play the various teachers and instructors, while the production utilised the actual advanced facilities which are modeled after astronaut training.
The 2011 French Canadian comedy, which gets its own Hollywood remake later this year called "The Delivery Man," is finally getting a release States-side in late March. Patrick Huard plays a man with a perpetually adolescent attitude who discovers that, as a sperm donor, he has fathered 533 children. Three problems then hit at once - loan sharks are after him, one-third of that offspring are trying to force the fertility clinic to reveal his true identity, and his girlfriend is pregnant and feels he isn't mature enough to be a father. The film scored nice reviews, calling it a feel good comedy with a witty script which works in spite of some great big plot contrivances. It will almost certainly be a better option than the upcoming remake.
Star Wars: Episode II & III 3D
Despite the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, Fox retains the distribution rights to the existing "Star Wars" films and so the 3D re-releases of the last two prequels remain essentially unaffected. With 'The Phantom Menace' 3D re-release pulling in a solid $43 million at the domestic box office, it's no surprise that Fox is getting these babies out ahead of "Episode VII" in 2015. The surprise is the spacing - both are scheduled for early Fall, two weeks apart, which marks a far cry from the talk of one re-release per year some time ago. The extra dimension here should at least bring Hayden Christensen's performance up to a two-dimensional standard, but it won't make the painful writing and dialogue any easier though.
Producer turned filmmaker Uberto Pasolini ("Machan," "The Full Monty") returns for this poignant English drama about an OCD council caseworker (Eddie Marsan) in the south-east whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, he ups his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last. "Downton Abbey" star Joanne Froggatt joins Marsan in the film which boasts a score by Rachel Portman.
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 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