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The Notable Films of 2013: Volume U-W: Part 1

By Garth Franklin Sunday January 27th 2013 11:17PM
The Notable Films of 2013: Volume U-W: Part 1

In this volume I look at the long awaited next effort from the director of "Primer," a zombie rom-com, one of the earliest CG-animated documentary series rebooted for the big screen, a love affair across gravity-defying worlds, yet another Terrence Malick movie, an Asian remake of a Hollywood Oscar winner, a movie about a sexy man-eating alien, a British crime drama, a Congo-set story of a child soldier, and a cannibal drama.

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Under the Skin
Opens: 2013
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Robert J. Goodwin, Krystof Hádek, Michael Moreland
Director: Jonathan Glazer

Analysis: That film with Scarlett Johannson as a sexy man-eating alien wandering the Scottish moors. That effectively sums up the third effort of filmmaker Jonathan Glazer following 2000's beloved British black comedy "Sexy Beast" and his less well-received 2004 effort "Birth". This time out, he delivers a straight up creepy tale that unravels at a slow burn.

An adaptation of Michel Faber’s eponymous novel, Johannson plays an alien on earth disguised as a beautiful woman who uses her sexuality to pick up human prey traveling along the desolate highways of Scotland. Don't mistake this for genre pap though, Johansson has compared the movie to a Bergman film and says it "basically has no written dialogue, and I don’t think it’s really character-driven … Jon is an incredible visionary, and in the place I’m in right now, it feels really fresh".

The actress also claims she has been working on the film in different incarnations for about eight or nine years while it was in development. Shooting finally began in late 2011, and it has since undergone some re-shoots which delayed it from its originally targeted 2012 release. With its themes of identity, sexual identity and transformation - no one is quite sure what to expect here.

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Unforgiven
Opens: 2013
Cast: Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Kôichi Satô, Yûya Yagira, Akira Emoto
Director: Sang-il Lee

Analysis: Hollywood remakes foreign movies all the time, so it is only fair that foreign filmmakers start adapting American films for their own markets. Zhang Yimou gave it a shot with his period update of the Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple" the other year, now filmmaker Sang-il Lee is attempting something even more ambitious - a Japanese-language remake of the 1992 Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood western "Unforgiven".

There has always been a kind of simpatico between Japanese samurai films and American westerns. Both share many similar genre hallmarks which allowed for easy adaptation into other markets. Over the years quite a few of the most famous U.S. westerns ever made were based on classic Japanese films. Yet, the tide rarely turned the other way.

The choice of "Unforgiven" though is an understandable one. Clint Eastwood's film is famous for its deconstruction of the genre - bringing with it a healthy sense of dark, brutal and serious realism. Ken Watanabe steps into the lead role in this remake, which is set on Hokkaido, at a time when Japanese settlers were displacing the native Aniu people. Still very much in production, there's no word yet as to how closely this will follow the Eastwood film.

The hope is though that it can do for the Japanese samurai genre what "Unforgiven" did for westerns. With so many Japanese martial arts films indulging in overly stylised action and gravity-defying antics, it would be nice to see something that serves as the antithesis of that. Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins" was a step in that direction, but the first trailer for this hints at both a more intimate and bolder departure from what everyone else is doing in the field right now. It showcases a naturalism one very rarely sees in Asian action films, and a welcome change at that.

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Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project
Opens: 2013
Cast: Catherine Keener, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Rob Mayes
Director: Nicole Holofcener

Analysis: Celebrated indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener ("Please Give," "Friends with Money") has taken some time out lately to direct a few episodes of TV comedies like "Enlightened" and "Parks and Recreation". Now she is getting back to the big screen with her usual knack for flawed, but very human characters in another well-cast comedy that has been setup at Fox Searchlight.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as Eva, a divorced and soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about what next to do with her life. She then meets Marianne (Catherine Keener), the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, she takes a chance on her new love interest Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man.

Things get complicated when Eva discovers that Albert is in fact the dreaded ex-husband of Marianne, and she must secretly juggle both relationships. This marks a welcome return of Louis-Dreyfus to film as, aside from some animated voice work, her last live-action feature roles were back in 1997. The film wasn't ready in time for Sundance, so now it looks likely to debut on the Fall festival circuit ahead of a late 2013 release.

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Untitled Terrence Malick Film
Opens: 2013
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara
Director: Terrence Malick

Analysis: The third potential Terrence Malick film this year is the one that has drawn the most attention over the past few months due to the very public nature of the production. In September 2011 the normally reclusive Malick, along with Christian Bale, suddenly showed up out of the blue at the Austin City Limits Music Festival for some test shooting on this project. Beyond Bale's casting, not a thing was known about the project at the time other than actual filming wouldn't get under way until a full year later.

Previously titled "Lawless," Malick allowed filmmaker John Hillcoat to use that title for his adaptation of "The Wettest County in the World" last year. This was one of two films Malick shot back-to-back, the other being "Knight of Cups." Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett star in both projects, and this particular one also boasts a line-up that presently includes Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Bérénice Marlohe, Holly Hunter, Haley Bennett and Boyd Holbrook.

How many of them will make Malick's final cut is unknown. Bale, Gosling, Fassbender, Portman and Mara seem to be the central figures - all the rest could hit the floor at any time. The story is said to deal with two love triangles and sexual obsession set against the backdrop of the music scene in Austin, Texas. The fangirl section of the internet politely exploded when a photo leaked of Fassbender giving Gosling a neck massage, other photos have seen the actors mixing it up with some well-known locals.

The big question is if Malick will screen the film before the year is out. "To the Wonder" is done and set for a 2013 theatrical release. This is supposed to be out before "Knight of Cups," but that plan could change in an instant. Malick is famous for taking time in post so the chances of even a Fall film festival screening seem remote. Still, many of his loyal fans can dream right?

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Upside Down
Opens: March 15th 2013
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess, Jayne Heitmeyer, Larry Day, Holly O'Brien
Director: Juan Solanas

Analysis: Every now and then a big budget sci-fi film slips through the cracks. Usually it is because it is made outside the Hollywood system as a foreign co-production of some sort, and so won't fit the action-adventure formula that dominates the genre. Ultimately though some of these films do breakthrough like "District 9," while others stumble such as the Jared Leto-led "Mr. Noboby".

One film that seemed to arrive out of nowhere a year ago was this $60 million sci-fi romance starring Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess. Beyond their casting back in late 2009, not much was reported about the project until late 2011 when a highly impressive French promo trailer (with a ton of completed visual effects) was revealed and sadly pulled shortly after. A year after this first trailer appeared, an almost identical one arrived the other day finally trumpeting the U.S. release in March this year.

A French production shot in Canada for the English language market, the story is set in an alternate reality where there are two separate worlds. One is inverted, affluent and hovering over the other. A humble guy from the world below holds on to the memory of a girl he met in his youth from the world above. When he catches a glimpse of a grown-up version of her on television, nothing will stop him from getting her back - not even the laws of physics.

The project was originally taken to Hollywood and shopped around, but ultimately European partners were brought on instead as they wanted the film to be driven primarily by its director and not studio executives. Argentinean director Juan Diego Solanas helms the film, which is already drawing comparisons to high-concept smart sci-fi tales like "Inception" and "Gattaca".

Not only is there the physical difference of a world hanging above one's head, the filmmakers also explore issues of a class system - the residents of 'Down Below' are seen as lesser people and a widespread xenophobia on both sides makes it illegal for people to have contact with those from the other world. There is also some highly impressive action on display which plays about with gravity in all sorts of inventive ways.

Scoring a release in many European and Asian territories throughout the second half of last year, reviews praised the visuals, the effects and the imagination on display. There was, however, quite a few criticisms regarding the script and the film's unbelievable romance which strangely throws in a cliched amnesia angle. There's also a couple of times where the fun with gravity defies belief for the sake of storytelling convenience. Nevertheless the word is good, and it sounds like one worth seeking out.

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Upstream Color
Opens: April 5th 2013
Cast: Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Brina Palencia, Andrew Sensenig, Trey Walpole
Director: Shane Carruth

Analysis: Almost a decade ago filmmaker Shane Carruth surprised everyone with his micro-budget sci-fi time travel feature "Primer". It won awards and made him the talk of the town, but he quietly vanished and never followed up on that success … until now. Debuting at Sundance, this second feature is said to be an even more ambitious and masterful work - and one that has proven even more polarising with critics.

The story deals with a man kidnapping a female film editor and forcing a worm down her throat, in the process allowing him to exert control over her. Sometime later, this woman is now a skittish wreck who struggles to hold a job. She meets a guy who is also clawing his way back from bottom, and they ultimately become lovers who try to find out why they are behaving so erratically.

That's just the most basic outline, this is the kind of film where the less you know going in the better. Be aware though this has been done in a style similar to Terrence Malick. Like a Malick work, this boasts remarkable cinematography, wild editing, and a haunting score. The difference is Carruth's work barrels along at a much faster pace, the scope is far more intimate, and it is not asking the bigger questions so much as delivering an intellectual exercise - a puzzle box with no definitive answer.

Reviews understandably run the gamut - the themes are fairly easy to pick up, but those who don't like abstract movies with their deliberate obfuscation were not enamored with the lingering questions. Some labelled it a pretentious exercise that wears out its welcome, even at only 96 minutes. Others call it the highlight of the festival and a film that will hit many Top Ten lists at the end of the year. It's a strange romantic drama exploring the cycle of life, and will probably take several viewings to piece together and truly comprehend.

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Venus in Fur
Opens: 2013
Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Director: Roman Polanski

Analysis: Roman Polanski follows up "Carnage" with another adaptation of a play, albeit this time spoken in French. David Ives’ erotic black comedy is a Tony nominated two-person piece that became both an off and on Broadway smash. Polanski and Ives have adapted the script, and judging by "Carnage" it's expected to be quite a faithful translation.

The story follows a filmmaker lamenting the fact he can't find a suitable actress for his adaptation of the novel which inspired the term masochism. At the last minute, an actress arrives who seems to be the antithesis of everything he needs. Yet, over the course of the play, the power balance completely shifts until she has established total dominance over him.

Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner ("The Ninth Gate," "Frantic") and Mathieu Amalric ("Quantum of Solace," "Munich") are re-teaming here after working together in the acclaimed "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly." Originally slated to start filming in Paris in November, a minor delay meant shooting only commenced the other week. As it is a low-budget and contained piece though, Polanski is expected to have this ready in time for a release in the Fall.

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Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Opens: December 20th 2013
Cast: CG-animated Dinosaurs
Director: Pierre De Lespinois, Neil Nightingale

Analysis: Back in 1999, the documentary "Walking with Dinosaurs" was a major international sensation. Using then state-of-the-art computer animation and animatronics, it was designed to simulate the style of a nature documentary with visual effects on a level previously unseen outside the cinema. The result was a remarkable series that to this day remains one of the BBC's biggest global success stories. A live arena show in recent years has kept the brand's recognition factor high, and has been performed in twenty cities to an audience of over 7.2 million.

Almost fifteen years on from the original broadcast, the company's BBC Earth division believes it can revive the franchise in the form of a 3D family film spectacle. New paleontological discoveries and advances in 3D technology have inspired the $65 million film which will feature visual effects work lead by Sydney-based Animal Logic. John Collee ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") is penning the script which will tell the story of "a family of dinosaur characters torn apart by rivalry and competition in an epic adventure."

Co-director Neil Nightingale says "Pierre, my co-director, has developed really cutting-edge technology to be able to combine real live environments, real live back plates that represent those environments from the cretaceous period with the photo-real animation of Animal Logic. You will believe you're ... in a movie and you're absolutely there with real animals - that has not been possible until very recently."

The other thing that has changed is paleontology itself. With various countries in Asia opening their borders, there has reportedly been more discoveries in this field in the last four years than there were in the previous century. There's presently no word on whether Kenneth Branagh will return to narrate the film like he did the documentary, or even if the film will need a narrator. With that sizable budget though, expect a fairly large scale marketing push for this when it opens in cinemas worldwide at Christmas.

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War Witch
Opens: 2013
Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Mizinga Mwinga
Director: Kim Nguyen

Analysis: Also known as "Rebelle," this Canadian drama is both filmed in and set primarily around the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Debuting at Berlinale last year, it went on to win numerous awards at various festivals. It has since garnered wide attention thanks to it making the final list of nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the upcoming Oscars.

Kim Nguyen ("La Cité," "Truffe") helms this story of 14-year-old Komona (Rachel Mwanza), a girl who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels and forced into becoming a child soldier. She manages to escape from the camp with an albino soldier, and experiences the joys of a peaceful and loving life. A fresh tragedy forces her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

The original true story on which this is based actually took place in Burma, but Nguyen shifted the action to an unspecified region of the Congo. It is a ten-year labor of love, and it's not sanitised - this is ultra-realistic and violent, but ultimately at its heart a poignant young romance and coming-of-age story.

Comparisons will be made to "Beasts of the Southern Wild" due to the focus on a young female lead played superbly by an untrained actress, not to mention the character also seeing things that aren't there (in this case ghosts). The comparisons end there, however, as trailers for 'Witch' showcase some really stunning imagery along with a far more grounded, believable and realistic feel to the various events unfolding.

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Warm Bodies
Opens: February 1st 2013
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
Director: Jonathan Levine

Analysis: The critics love him, but the public is still only slowly waking up to filmmaker Jonathan Levine. His first film, "The Wackness," was the toast of Sundance a few years ago. It was, however, the textbook example of a film in the Park City bubble - upon release reviews were very mixed and the box-office was disastrous. His follow-up in 2011 however, the cancer comedy "50/50," drew rave reviews across the board and a decidedly more impressive box-office result.

This third outing won't score the award nominations of his last work, but could well be a bigger earner than his previous two films combined. Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, "Warm Bodies" is described as a zombie romance set in a post-apocalyptic world and following a zombie named R ("Skins" and "A Single Man" star Nicholas Hoult) who eats the brain of a suicidal teen. R is soon overcome with love for the teen's girlfriend Julie (Teresa Palmer), rescuing her from certain death at one point which leads to a blossoming romance. Cue distinct allusions to "Romeo and Juliet" throughout.

Levine's work is said to be quite faithful to the book, but more importantly he gets to change up the mythology of zombies as seen in the various films and shows which usually have a 'Dead' in the title. For starters the tone is a lightweight romantic fantasy and therefore a PG-13, so the zombies themselves are actually decent lookers and there's no exploding body parts.

The zombies are also subject to a "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" style locked-in syndrome with Hoult providing a lot of voice-over conveying his character's thoughts. This was aptly demonstrated in a trailer which looked like a hoot. Shot in Montreal in late 2011, it'll be interesting to see how audiences will react to a film that could well shake-up the familiar undead formula. Certainly the promise of a brain-eating scene set to John Waits' "Missing You" is worth the ticket price alone.

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The Way, Way Back
Opens: 2013
Cast: Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, AnnaSophia Robb Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Analysis: Selling to Fox Searchlight for an incredible $10 million at Sundance this year, the surprise with this indie comedy is that it wasn't snapped up by a studio long before it got to the festival. "The Descendants" co-scribes Nat Faxon and Jim Rash penned and directed this project which involves a stellar cast, and a familiar storyline to anyone who watched "Adventureland".

The story follows an uneasy 14-year-old named Duncan (Liam James) who is forced into tagging along with his single mother (Toni Collette) on a beachside vacation with her new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). While resenting the situation, Duncan befriends a rascally water park employee named Owen (Sam Rockwell), and in the process gradually comes out of his shell.

Also onboard are AnnaSophia Robb, Amanda Peet, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and Allison Janney in a scene-stealing turn as a verbally abusive alcoholic neighbor. Reviews from the festival were mixed. The surprise is that the comedy is said to be quite grounded and natural, which means less outright laughter in favor of more smile-inducing bittersweet truisms. Rockwell and Janney were praised, but the others not as much.

Most of the criticisms though weren't targeted at the acting, rather at what sounds like underwritten characterisations along with an overly familiar plot. Sundance is all about fresh indie hits breaking through, this sounds more like a 'greatest hits' package. It'll still be fun, but sounds like it falls short in comparison to true breakouts like "Little Miss Sunshine".

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Welcome to the Punch
Opens: 2013
Cast: James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Risebourgh, Peter Mullan, Daniel Mays
Director: Eran Creevy

Analysis: Perennial British sweetheart James McAvoy finally gets a chance to show off a bad boy side in this action thriller effort from Eran Creevy ("Shifty") whose script for this came third on the 2010 edition of the Brit List (the British film industry's equivalent of Hollywood's Black List). With some stellar crime films coming out of the UK in recent years, here's another that's worth getting excited over.

Mark Strong plays Sternwood, a former Icelandic criminal who comes out of hiding in an effort to save his son when a heist goes wrong. That's the chance that London detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) has been looking for - Sternwood is the one case of his that got away. Circumstances force the pair to work together to expose a deeper conspiracy.

Reports from the set hint at an impressively scaled action film, which is targeting larger international markets than most other British crime thrillers - as a result the action is more akin to a Michael Mann film and includes high-speed car chases around Canary Wharf and a hotel being blown apart by gunfire. Trailers showcase an extremely glossy look, a heavily cyan-tinted and high contrast visual aesthetic of glass and steel.

Shot Summer 2011 in just seven weeks and edited over the course of another six, producer Ridley Scott’s influence was reportedly most felt in the edit room where he took time out from work on "Prometheus" to give Creevy some input on the project. Originally targeting a release last year, the film seemed to take time in post-production, but the results appear to be worth it. The resulting $8.5 million budget effort looks like a sparkling $20-30 million action thriller which has already been picked up in every international territory. The film opens in the UK in mid-March, and around the rest of the world shortly after.

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What Maisie Knew
Opens: 2013
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Diana Garcia, Joel Garland
Director: Scott McGehee, David Siegel

Analysis: The classic Henry James novella gets an update which shifts the action to contemporary New York City. The original followed the pre-teen daughter of a couple now divorced, forcing her to spend six months of the year with each parent and leading her to realise that her motherly old governess is the only person upon whom she can truly depend.

This take similarly has a 7-year-old girl caught in the middle of a custody battle between her aging rock star mother (Julianne Moore) and her art dealer father (Steve Coogan). "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard plays Moore's new husband, Maisie's stepfather, which is more of a character in the work than her actual parents who are essentially minor roles.

Filmmakers Scott McGehee and David Siegel proved themselves worthy of keeping an eye on with their thriller "The Deep End" starring Tilda Swinton remaining a great and under rated work. Screening in Toronto last year, reviews were strong for this as well with acclaim for all the key performances and praise for the carefully observed and downbeat approach taken.

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We Are What We Are
Opens: 2013
Cast: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Kelly McGillis
Director: Jim Mickle

Analysis: A remake of Jorge Michel Grau's 2010 Mexican horror film, this take on the story of a family of ritualistic cannibals is a quite different beast to its more familiar predecessor. The original follows what happens to this family's annual ritual after the father dies. This one swaps the genders of the dead parent, so we have a strict father, two teen daughters and their toddler brother trying to carry on after their mother is killed in an accident.

Despite the gory notion of cannibalism, 'We' is said to be an old-fashioned horror tale relying on what makes the genre great - unsettling atmosphere, carefully crafted characters, and a plot that unfolds at a steady pace. Set in a rural town in New York's Catskills region, the story evokes American Gothic elements and plays up the aspects of American traditional holidays like Thanksgiving.

More importantly, reviews have praised it for treating this family as relatively normal human beings. These aren't the town's resident weirdos, they are a part of their local community and the teen girls in particular are troubled by this tradition that they are involved in. A cannibal movie with a sense of restraint? Sounds like fresh meat to me.

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Untitled David O. Russell Project
Very likely to be a 2014 release, this period drama might be ready in time for a very late end of year play. The story deals with the FBI sting operation 'Abscam' in the 1970s which leads to the conviction of U.S. Congressmen. Coming off huge success with his recent multiple Oscar nominee 'Silver Linings Playbook,' Russell has enlisted the likes of Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and comedian Louis C.K. for the project along with a script by Eric Singer ("The International"). Filming on the project, originally titled "American Bullshit," doesn't get underway until February/March.

Very Good Girls
"Running on Empty" and "Bee Season" scribe Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut on this coming-of-age story about two high school friends (Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen) who make a pact to lose their virginity over the summer, and end up falling for a street artist named David (Boyd Holbrook). Premiering at Sundance, reviews outright panned the film and labelled it a bad soapy melodrama. "This all-around misfire ... may go directly to home formats" said one reviewer, and that just might be the case.

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Virtually Heroes
Legendary schlock film producer Roger Corman hit Sundance for the first time with this $500,000 video-game inspired comedy which mixes combat footage from his previous Vietnam war movies with a new story about two self-aware video-game characters (played by Robert Baker and Brent Chase) battling the Vietcong. The pair comes to question their existence, a world where they keep fighting the same battles and dying over and over. Mark Hamill also pops in for a cameo in a film so cheap that the actors had to be their own stunt doubles for the action scenes. Reviews from a midnight screening at Sundance were understandably mixed, even amongst the Corman faithful.

Wadjda
Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi filmmaker, makes her feature debut on this coming-of-age drama which marks the first full-length feature to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. The story follows an 11-year old tomboy girl growing up in the suburbs of Riyadh who dreams of owning and riding a green bicycle. Premiering in Venice last year to strong reviews, critics praised the film as a gem of filmmaking on its own - even without the setting and all its political connotations. It's only a modest film, but when the filmmaker has to direct her own production via a walkie-talkie whilst sitting in a van a few blocks away, you can understand the kind of challenge a project like this can be.

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We're The Millers
"Dodgeball" writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber helms this late Summer-opening comedy, which is actually built on a decent if rather unbelievable premise. Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time pot dealer blackmailed into helping smuggle in a huge shipment from Mexico. To do it he gets his cynical stripper neighbor Rose (Aniston), wannabe customer Kenny (Will Poulter), and the tatted-and-pierced streetwise teen Casey (Emma Roberts) to pose as his fake wife and kids. Decked out with a shiny RV, the quartet head south to pick up the stash and bring it back. Wild comedic stoner gags ensue no doubt.

Welcome to the Jungle
Jean-Claude Van Damme gets silly in this action comedy about a company retreat on a tropical island that goes terribly awry. Adam Brody plays a workplace weakling who can't stand up to the slick office bully (Rob Huebel), and doesn't have the courage to ask the cute HR manager (Megan Boone) out. The entire workplace soon sets out on a team-building wilderness seminar lead by a former marine (Van Damme). When the marine gets mauled by a cougar, these office losers find themselves stranded on a deserted tropical island with no rescue in sight. Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert and Kristopher Van Varenberg also star.

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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