The Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall and Winter Films

By Krista Murray

Anchorman 2

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

1. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues– (Dec. 20) Stay classy San Diego, but Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is headed off to New York City along with his anchormen (played by returning actors Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner) to take the news world by storm. This anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is sure to leave fans and newcomers in a humorous glass case of emotion.

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire– (Nov. 22) After being crowned victors, Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) return to find a rebellion forming within the 12 Districts as the 75th Annual Hunger Games approaches. Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in this second film installation of the highly successful trilogy The Hunger Games.

3. Gravity– (Oct. 4) Not much is known about this thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, but the theatrical trailers showing Bullock stranded in space after becoming detached from her space shuttle are enough to get the heart pounding and crowds to the movie theaters.

4. Thor: The Dark World– (Nov. 8) Without his fellow Avenger’s, hammer wielding Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must enlist the help of his maniacal brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to defeat an enemy that threatens not just New York City, but the world and if action, demi-gods, and Loki’s one-liners can’t get you to the theatre then maybe knowing the success of The Avengers (2012) will.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street– (Nov. 15) Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this true story of Jordan Belfort, an exceedingly rich stock broker who quickly becomes enthralled with the corruption on Wall Street. The film, which is sure to get Academy attention in February, also stars Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill.

6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug– (Dec. 13) Though The Hobbit has not garnered the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is still a movie to watch in November. With returning cast members such as Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman and newcomers like Evangeline Lily, The Desolation of Smaug picks up right where the first installment left off and submerges the audience yet again in Middle Earth.

7. 12 Years A Slave– (Oct. 17) Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt to name a few, 12 Years A Slave is the true story of a free African American male named Solomon Northup, who is unknowingly forced into slavery. The film has already been given the title of Best Picture Winner by many critics and it will no doubt be a movie that everyone should see.

8. Ender’s Game– (Nov. 1) Based on the successful Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card the film is set seven decades after a disastrous war where gifted children are sent to a militaristic school in space to train for the next impending war. Much like The Hunger Games, this film with children as the focus will be a box office success amongst individuals of every age.

9. Rush– (Sep. 27) Directed by Ron Howard, Rush is based on the infamous rivalry of James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) who will risk anything, including their lives, to become world champion Formula One racers.

10. Carrie– (Oct. 18) In this remake of the 1976 horror film, Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz) returns as a high school outcast with special telekinetic abilities. Based on the novel by Stephen King, Carrie is bound to inflict terror and not just at her senior prom.

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