In this volume I look at the Terrence Malick work that divided a festival, Lynn Shelton's most commercial dramedy to date, Danny Boyle's return to the gritty crime thriller genre, a story of one woman's hazardous trek across the Outback, two coming of age tales that premiered at Sundance to wildly differing reactions, an already acclaimed music documentary, a true story slavery drama from the director of 'Shame', and an adaptation of an acclaimed Patricia Highsmith novel.
To The Wonder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem
Director: Terrence Malick
Analysis: Influential, but divisive filmmaker Terrence Malick continues his increasingly prolific (by his standards) work surge with this romantic drama which centers on the romance between an American man (Ben Affleck) and a European woman (Olga Kurylenko). Affleck's character briefly reconnects with a woman (Rachel McAdams) from his hometown, while Kurylenko's contemplates the nature of her romantic relationship because she was never divorced by the first husband she abandoned (and so can't remarry).
Despite all the talk of a more conventional narrative than usual back in 2009, the opposite has proven true as this film adopts a quite experimental approach. Interviews with actors and extras have revealed that Malick shot the film without a script and with natural lighting. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has labelled it Malick's most abstract, impressionistic and purely cinematic work yet. Yet, it also contains his signature stunning shot compositions done with sweeping camera moves at angles above or below the horizon.
Malick famously forms his films in the post-production phase - sometimes taking years to get them just right. In the process he loses around half of the performances that are actually shot for the film. The same has happened here with the work of Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, Barry Pepper and Michael Sheen hitting the cutting room floor. Shot States-side and in Paris in late 2010/early 2011, 'Wonder' came together relatively quickly and was done in time for an early September debut last year at the Venice Film Festival.
Like with "The Tree of Life" at Cannes, reviews for 'Wonder' at Venice were polarised. While 'Tree' walked away with the prestigious Palme d'Or, 'Wonder' missed out on the Golden Lion. Critics described it as being in the same vein as 'Tree', but with a more intimate approach - asking questions about romance and the nature of intimacy rather than the bigger questions about the nature of existence that were pondered in 'Tree'. The dialogue here is very limited and confined to soft-spoken throwaway existentialist cliches, meaning this is a visual meditation that you will either find transcendent and fulfilling, or pedantic and pretentious.
Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page
Director: Lynn Shelton
Analysis: After the sweet and endearing 'mumblecore with a budget' dramedy "Your Sister's Sister," filmmaker Lynn Shelton returns with her fifth and most commercial film to date. Reviews out of Sundance say 'Touchy' is a surprisingly introspective, mysterious and deliberately paced dramedy - how much those qualities are to its detriment varies between reviewers.
More a family drama than somber young adult rom-com this time out, Rosemarie DeWitt plays a relaxed and sought-after masseuse who moves in with her bike shop owner boyfriend (Scoot McNairy). She also has a tightly wound conservative dentist brother (Josh Pais) whose business is failing. One day, the sister immediately develops an aversion to human touch just as the brother develops a sudden healing touch that makes him famous.
An energy transference of some kind has lead to the pair suddenly changing their entire outlooks on life. Added to the mix is Ellen Page as the dentist's emotionally stunted daughter, and Allison Janney as a reiki therapist. There's an exploration of some of the bigger issues of both self-happiness and spirituality, but Shelton apparently tries to steer away from being so dialogue-heavy as she has been in the past.
The most common sentiment in reviews is that, though she admirably comes close on several occasions, she doesn't quite offer us insight or revelations about the big questions that her script and characters desperately want to understand. Almost all reviews so far have been quite positive though, and many expect this crowd-pleaser will be able to reach an audience that might have otherwise not warmed to her previous work.
Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Analysis: "Mash Up" creator Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes his directorial debut on this Ohio-set rites-of-passage tale which made a good impression whilst screening in competition at Sundance the other day. Chris Galletta's script made the Top 15 of the Black List in 2009, and is said to be so full of quirks and absurdist humor that it comes off as almost Wes Anderson-lite.
The story follows fourteen year old Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) who has grown tired of the poor parenting skills of his divorced father (Nick Offerman). He and his friends decide to build their own house in the woods, away from the regular restraints of their lives. Unfortunately the friends soon learn that escaping society was a ploy, and Joe's real purpose to build the house was to try and hook up with his wise-cracking and beautiful best friend (Alison Brie).
Things deteriorate into comedic spin on "Lord of the Flies" and "Stand By Me" from there. It's all a little wacky, but reviews from the festival claim it is well-paced and boasts some great performances. Not only are the kids skilled enough at pulling off their hyper-real dialogue whilst still seeming like teens, but some excellent comic talent fills out the parental roles such as Will and Grace's Megan Mullally, 24's Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale.
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Rainer Bock, Jessica Tovey
Director: John Curran
Analysis: A story about one woman's journey across one of the most desolate landscapes on Earth, "The Painted Veil" and "We Don't Live Here Anymore" director John Curran helms this tale which takes Australian actress Mia Wasikowska back to her homeland after years of working on various international productions.
The $12 million film is based on the inspirational true story of author Robyn Davidson. In 1977, Davidson set off with her loyal dog Diggity, and four unpredictable camels, on a 1,700-mile solo trek from the town of Alice Springs to the West Australian coast. It took her nine months to cross three of the most remote and barren deserts on the planet, a journey which pushed her sanity to the edge at times. Women especially find the story inspirational as Davidson took the journey of her own accord, rather than as an adjunct to a man.
Even before her trip, she led a colorful life. Her mother committed suicide at age 11 so she was raised by her aunt, she studied zoology whilst living with a group of radical biologists, and later she moved to Sydney and led a bohemian life as a member of 'The Push' (think an Australian 'Beat Generation'). It took her two years to get the money together for this journey, years in which she worked in Alice Springs with all the racism, misogyny and abuse that comes with being a woman in one of the roughest towns in the entire country.
Wasikowska will play Robyn, while "Girls" breakout star Adam Driver is set to play National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan who met her at three different points along her journey to document the trip. Curran is apparently keeping the film as close to the book as possible, though actual shooting took place in areas a bit closer to civilisation - namely parts of South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel, Wahab Sheikh, Danny Sapani
Director: Danny Boyle
Analysis: This remake of Joe Ahearne's 2001 British telemovie takes "Slumdog Millionaire" filmmaker Danny Boyle back to his dark, sexy thriller routes which we last saw in the 1990s with the likes of the great "Shallow Grave". Originally developed as a Michael Fassbender vehicle, it was rising British star James McAvoy who ultimately secured the lead role.
Due to Boyle's commitment to last year's Olympics opening ceremony, actual shooting on this film was done in the last few months of 2011. As soon as it wrapped, Boyle put the footage away and spent eight months doing the Olympics ceremony. Once that was over, he got to work on editing and post-production on this film ahead of its UK opening this coming March.
McAvoy plays a fine art auctioneer named Simon who works for an underworld boss called Franck (Vincent Cassel). They plot the theft of a Goya masterpiece from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck knocks him unconscious.
In the aftermath, Simon claims the injury has left him with no memory as to where he stashed the artwork. Franck is forced to enlist a charismatic hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) in a bid to get Simon to talk. As they journey into Simon's psyche the boundaries between reality and suggestion begin to blur.
Starting out as an art heist thriller, Boyle has said that it "develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns ... I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion. Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged."
Boyle adds that this is the first time he has "put a woman at the heart of a movie." It's almost a chamber piece with only the key characters and no one else involved - "Their only point of reference is to each other. There are no outsiders." The trailers look outstanding, and the film contains plenty of graphic nudity, sex and violence to keep everyone happy.
Cast: Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, Felicity Huffman
Director: Clark Gregg
Analysis: While he is best known for his role as Agent Coulson in the Marvel movies, actor Clark Gregg has made a bit of a name of himself as a filmmaker. Now, Gregg is following up his 2008 adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's "Choke" with this indie dark comedy about a washed-up ex-child-star-turned-agent who hopes to resuscitate his career after stumbling upon a brilliant 13-year-old prodigy (Saxon Sharbino).
He then tries to close a deal with her that will make her a star, all while managing her drunk volatile father. Think of it as a twisted spin on the "A Star is Born" formula, or a more interesting sounding and far less family-oriented "Life With Mikey". Helping Gregg along is a stunning cast including Sam Rockwell, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, Molly Shannon, Paul Sparks, Niecy Nash, and Gregg himself. Shot this past October, expected a release probably in the early Fall.
Opens: July 18th 2013
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader
Director: David Soren
Analysis: Dreamworks Animation gets into the sports comedy field with this $160 million 3D computer-animated family effort set to open on one of the biggest weekends of the Summer. First-time director David Soren helms the project and penned the script based on the idea of combining his six year-old son's fascination with race cars and the snails inhabiting his front yard.
Ryan Reynolds voices Turbo, a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero and five-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne. His obsession with speed has made him an outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet.
Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he is living. One fateful day after a freak accident, he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed. Turbo then embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer.
DreamWorks Animation partnered with IndyCar in order to replicate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make the film's racing scenes as authentic as possible. So much so that four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti is serving as a technical consultant on the film.
As usual with DWA films, there's a bunch of big name voice talent in supporting roles including Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson. So confident are they in this property that development is already under way on a television spin-off. Hopefully it will not crash and burn the way "Rise of the Guardians" did.
Twelve Years a Slave
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti
Director: Steve McQueen
Analysis: Director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender's first collaboration, "Hunger", put them on both on the map. Their second, "Shame", remains one of 2011's most talked about films. Now the pair are re-teaming for a third time on this true story slavery drama, though Fassy takes a back seat this time as Chiwetel Ejiofor steps forward to star in the lead role.
Set in the mid-19th century, the film tells the true story of New Yorker Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a married and educated free black man living in New York when two men approached him with a job offer in Washington. When he showed up in D.C., he was kidnapped and put in a slave pen, paving the way to his gruelling life under numerous owners. Northup secured his freedom when a white carpenter from Canada smuggled out letters to Northup’s wife. She contacted a lawyer (Brad Pitt) who initiated legal proceedings that saw him set free.
McQueen and John Ridley co-wrote the script for the $20 million film which was shot in New Orleans over the Summer. A stellar cast fills the supporting roles including Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano as Solomon's various owners over the years. Also starring are Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Ruth Negga and Quvenzhané Wallis.
The hope is that McQueen can bring the one thing to the cinematic depiction of slavery that was notably absent from both "Lincoln" and "Django Unchained" - naturalism. Both Spielberg's heavy-handed historical grandeur, and Tarantino's blood-soaked exploitation riff were great for what they were, but McQueen's work so far is known for adopting a clinical and objective approach to the topic - combining everyday banality and moments of dark brutality with the matter-of-fact attitude that comes with reality.
Twenty Feet From Stardom
Cast: Mable John, Susaye Greene, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer
Director: Morgan Neville
Analysis: The breakout hit of Sundance 2013, filmmaker Morgan Neville's documentary opened this year's film festival and remained the highlight throughout much of the next week for quite a few critics. The story follows several of the most famed backup vocalists in the business, with a distinct focus on mostly female black background singers in the R&B and rock-and-roll genres.
Unfolding chronologically, the story explores various backup singers who went from (mostly) singing in gospel choirs to serving as background performers for the likes of Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Talking Heads.
The narrative primarily focuses on three such talents - Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love - who went on to their own careers in pop music. Neville also throws in interviews and talk with other well-known names in the field including Susaye Greene, Judith Hill, Mable John, Lynn Maybry, Cindy Mizelle, Janice Pendarvis, and Tata Vega.
The job of a backup vocalist is one of the most unrecognized and under appreciated in the music business, and this work serves as both a tribute and an examination of the talent, the hard work and the sacrifice that comes with being on stage and just out of the spotlight. Helped along by producer and former A&M music exec Gil Friesen, and clocking in at a tight 90 minutes, this looks to be one of the year's absolute highlights in the doco genre.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Penelope Cruz, Mira Furlan, Jane Birkin, Saadet Aksoy
Director: Sergio Castellitto
Analysis: Actress Penelope Cruz and actor/filmmaker Sergio Castellitto re-team for another adaptation of a Margaret Mazzantini novel following their work together on 2004's erotic thriller "Don't Move". Best described as an "epic operatic soap opera" set against the late 1990s Bosnia conflict, Cruz herself describes this film as a "homage to all women, a homage to motherhood."
Cruz plays Gemma, a single mother who leaves her comfortable apartment in Rome to visit Sarajevo with her teenage son, Pietro. An exhibit commemorating the siege will include photographs by Pietro's American photographer father, Diego (Emile Hirsch). Sixteen years earlier, Gemma escaped the war-torn city with Pietro while Diego remained behind and later died.
As she uses the visit to repair her difficult relationship with Pietro, she also confronts her past. Flashbacks take us back to the short-lived, but passionate love affair between her and Diego that took place when she first arrived in Sarajevo as a student in the 1980s. Adding another layer of complication is that Gemma can't conceive, and so regretfully throws Diego into the arms of a surrogate.
Reviews out of Toronto praised Cruz work, but were not as enamoured with the film itself. Despite the heavy themes, the book itself was designed very much as a melodramatic page turner and the film adaptation reflects that. Actors have obviously been advised to go all out, which results in an overly long and overwrought affair that exploits every cliché. It is a tough genre to crack, and this certainly sounds better than the likes of "Beyond Borders" (which should have been retitled "Love in the Time of Land Mines").
The Two Faces of January
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan, Yigit Özsener
Director: Hossein Amini
Analysis: "Drive" scribe Hossein Amini makes his directorial debut with this 1962-set thriller set around Crete, Athens and Istanbul. Based on the novel by "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Strangers on a Train" author Patricia Highsmith, this marks the next anticipated teaming of StudioCanal and Working Title after their previous work together on a period film version of another great literary classic - 2011's superb "Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy" adaptation.
In this, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst play the charismatic Chester MacFarland and his young wife Collette, a glamorous American couple who have just arrived in Athens. It's there they encounter a young, Greek-speaking American scam artist named Rydal (Oscar Isaac) working as a tour guide. Soon after, Rydal agrees to help Chester move the body of a seemingly unconscious man whom Chester claims attacked him.
Events take a more sinister turn as Rydal finds himself compromised and unable to break free. His increasing infatuation with Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Photos from the set look superb, a real eye catching period thriller of murder and jealousy with all the salaciousness and oddity that comes with a Highsmith adaptation. Set to open at the end of the year, I get the impression this could end up surprising.
Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: Anne Fontaine
Analysis: For every film that scores a great reaction at Sundance, there is at least one or two more that fall on their face. Sadly this year it looks as if Anne Fontaine's adaptation of Doris Lessing novella about inappropriate romance has become the cockroach in the Park City salad. All the reviews so far have been mixed at best, while a few haven't been particularly kind to this story of two female best friends who each fall in love with the other's early twenty-something son.
Set against an idyllic Australian coastal town, Watts and Wright play single mothers who have formed an inseparable bond after the latter's husband died. Each has also spawned a handsome and ripped surfer dude for a son, and all four get along famously as good friends. Things take a turn as they start to pair off into couplings. While they are all aware that the relationships are ultimately doomed, they enjoy them all the same. Yes, it's basically that SNL "Motherlover" skit with Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg, only this one is played as a drama.
"Coco Before Chanel" director Fontaine's first English-language feature features plenty of flesh with the cast spending much of the time only in swimwear, though actual sex in the film is fairly minimal. Reports from the premiere screening of the film claim it drew a fair amount of unintentional laughter. Yet, those who can buy into the ridiculous premise have praised certain elements, especially the performances and chemistry of Samuel and Wright together. It is the kind of film that looks like it could get big rental numbers when it hits disc and VOD.
Announced back in May last year, there has been no further word at all on this indie drama which serves as the feature directorial debut of short film director Dennis Hauck ("Sunday Punch"). Unfolding in a non-linear fashion, the story deals with the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator ("The Sessions" star John Hawkes) and the missing woman he is hired to help find. Rider Strong, Dichen Lachman, Peter Bogdanovich, Brett Jacobsen and Natalie Zea also star in the film which was seemingly shot in Los Angeles shortly after the announcement. Yet, right now there's not a lot to go on.
The Trials of Cate McCall
Actress turned filmmaker Karen Moncrieff ("The Dead Girl," "Blue Car") helms this courtroom drama in which Kate Beckinsale plays a former hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and estranged from her family. In order to be reinstated at the bar and recover custody of her daughter, she must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder. Nick Nolte, James Cromwell, Taye Diggs, Clancy Brown, Mark Pellegrino and David Lyons also star in the film which was shot last Summer in Los Angeles. Still no word on a potential release date as yet.
Two Night Stand
Max Nichols helms this teen indie rom-com about two young adults (Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller) who meet online and hook up for what turns out to be an extremely regrettable one-night stand. Unfortunately upon awaking, they discover a blizzard has trapped them together in a tiny apartment, where they are forced to get to know each other way more than any one-night stand should. Jessica Szohr and Kid Cudi also star in the New York-set film which was shot in just a little over three weeks back in October.
Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Tyler Perry Presents: We The Peeples
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas
A triple dose of Tyler Perry this year from Lionsgate. In late March comes "Temptation" which stars Jurnee Smollett as a married marriage counselor who, neglected by her current husband, falls in love with one of her patients - a womanising social media mogul. Her husband finds out and she begins to be abused by the man she falls in love with. Brandy Norwood, Jerry Stiller, Vanessa Williams, and even Kim Kardashian fill out the supporting roles in a film that Perry claims is his "most powerful to date." It's certainly much darker in tone than the play "The Marriage Counselor" on which it is based.
That's followed in May with the Perry-produced "We the Peeples" which marks the directorial debut of "ATL" and "Drumline" scribe Tina Gordon Chism. This one is much more akin to a straight up comedy with class warfare elements like "Jumping the Broom," and deals with a psychologist (Craig Robinson) who arrives unannounced at the wealthy Hamptons family home of his girlfriend (Kerry Washington) during their annual end-of-summer party. S. Epatha Merkerson and David Alan Grier also have roles.
Finally in December comes the return of Perry in drag as the irascible Madea. In the currently filming "A Madea Christmas," the sassy grandma arrives in a small rural town after being coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for the holiday. As the town prepares for its annual carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes out her own brand of Christmas Spirit. Chad Michael Murray, Kathy Najimy, Larry the Cable Guy and Eric Lively star.
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