As the old year ends here are some of the films that I am especially looking forward to in 2013...Happy New Year!

Mark Kermode's film blog.

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  • Comment number 47. Posted by Haydonsmovies

    on 15 Jan 2013 14:28

    Pain & Gain is my anticipation film of 2013. A Michael Bay film. WOW.

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  • Comment number 46. Posted by TJN

    on 12 Jan 2013 17:10

    Wooden old Mark Wahlberg delivering in exactly the same way he always delivers. Michael Bay suits him.

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  • Comment number 45. Posted by Claudio Alvarez R

    on 10 Jan 2013 20:14

    When are you gonna release your top films for 2012?

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  • Comment number 44. Posted by cloudyhead

    on 8 Jan 2013 10:36

    Harmony Korine's new film 'Spring Breakers'. That's right - the guy who used to film disabled children drowning cats, tap dancing minstrels and satanists vomiting on bibles is now making a quasi-mainstream teen comedy starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco! Will likely be the most intriguing film of 2013.

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  • Comment number 43. Posted by Matt Cipolla

    on 5 Jan 2013 08:12

    Cloud Atlas came out in October in the states (my place of residence) and here's my humble opinion.

    This is the most ambitious movie I've ever seen, and that was a fatal mistake. It starts out fantastic and is followed by an overstretched, overstuffed, overlong, pretentious, disjointed, and borderline laughable disaster. I wanted to love it, I really did, but the filmmakers don't know what too much is when they deal with it. This could have been an hour shorted have they of removed one or two of the story lines. The entire thing collapses under the weight of its ambition and little things such as six characters per actor keeps you at arms length as you're trying to figure out, "Oh, is that Susan Sarandon? Oh, that's Halle Berry playing an Asian man!" It's all very polarizing. Look up Christy Lemire's review from the Associated Press; we thought alike.

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by bux500

    on 4 Jan 2013 14:24

    No mention of Park Chan-wook's Stoker, or Kim Ji-woon's The Last Stand. Both films i'm really looking forward to see.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by 9barr

    on 4 Jan 2013 11:44

    The problem I have at this time of year, living in England means that we don't get to see most of the Oscar contenders until February, and I'm somewhat impatient. Thanks to the internet though, I have been able to check out Flight, Lincoln and Cloud Atlas.

    Flight is a brilliant film despite a somewhat cheesy and clichéd ending. Denzel Washington is superb (doesn't have a hope in hell of winning an Oscar though thanks to the Academy's worship of Day-Lewis) and it's his best role since Training Day. He really sinks his teeth into it. John Goodman is also excellent (and very funny) as his "doctor".

    Lincoln... what to say about it. One of the most tedious, boring, manipulative films I have ever seen. It consists of nothing but men sat in smokey rooms talking about politics for two-and-a-half hours in a way that is not remotely interesting. John Williams' score is so unsubtle as to be annoying and whilst Day-Lewis is good in it, his performance is hardly up there with his roles in Gangs Of New York or My Left Foot. The adoration Lincoln has been receiving is baffling, and Samuel L Jackson was absolutely spot on with his recent criticism of the film's ending.

    And then there's Cloud Atlas. If there was any justice in this world it would sweep the Oscars. An amazing film that is essential for all film lovers to see. How the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker have managed to take what is, narratively speaking, an unfilmable book and turn it into something that engages, moves and enthrals for it's entire running time, is nothing short of breathtaking. As a huge fan of the book, I was very skeptical about whether it would work, but I'm thrilled to have been proved wrong. Unfortunately, it will get ignored by the Academy as it was by American audiences. I would go as far as to call it the 21st century Blade Runner: Ignored at the box office, initially middling reviews, but as time goes by it will rightfully be hailed as a masterpiece. One of the most incredible, mindblowing films I think I have ever seen.

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Burnett

    on 4 Jan 2013 02:36

    Oh God! The Crowe performance is perfectly serviceable: Hooper clearly sees the character as thug cop, and Crowe plays the character appropriately. The fact he sings at a higher octave than he is comfortable with is a nice reflection of the character's attempt to mask his origins. But - rather than an intelligent reflection of the character and Crowe's peerformance - we instead get some lame "ooh, Crowe is singing, ha, ha, ha" punchline. The film has much, much bigger problems than Crowe (including the underwritten principal characters, the lop-sided script that forgets about Jean Valjean's story in the second half, Hooper's unchallenging view of the the students and police etc.) However, I guess Crowe is an easy target, so Kermode craps on Crowe for the same reason he blames Tom Cruise for the lame Jack Reacher. Yeah, it is Tom Cruise's fault that the character is underwritten, not the script or anything.

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by melver12

    on 4 Jan 2013 00:32

    how about going over some of the more Indie / low budget movies that are going to come out? As a horror fan surely your looking forward to Horns with Dan Radcliffe? Or You're Next? Really want to see that one.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by ToolManDan

    on 3 Jan 2013 23:33

    It is a shame to see a lot of reworks, though I must admit the credits associated with Carrie are very exciting.

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