10 Movies We're Excited to See in 2013
4. Room 237
Another adaptation of a Stephen King novel — Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror masterwork, The Shining — is the subject of Rodney Ascher's dense, deft documentary. Five obsessive experts, who are heard but never seen, spin out their theories on Kubrick's film, including one who declares that it takes on nothing less than "the nightmare of history." Illustrating his interviewees' ideas with scenes from Kubrick's chiller (and his entire oeuvre), Ascher lets us get lost in these weirdly absorbing treatises. Opens March 29.
5. The Heat
A comedy that features Sandra Bullock as an FBI special agent might lead a reasonable viewer to worry that this will be Miss Congeniality 3. But The Heat is directed by Paul Feig, helmer of Bridesmaids, which proved to all doubters that those with two X chromosomes can be funny. Also encouraging: That film's flat-capped comic genius, Melissa McCarthy, co-stars, playing a hotheaded Boston cop who teams with Bullock to take down a drug lord. Opens April 5.
6. Something in the Air
Autobiographical yet never sentimental, Olivier Assayas' early '70s–set coming-of-ager centers on high school student Gilles (terrific newcomer Clément Métayer), born too late to take part in the insurrections of May '68 but still consumed with revolutionary zeal. He grows weary of political hair-splitting and soon devotes his life to other noble causes: art, sex, music and cinema, passions that play out against a backdrop of perfect period detail. Opens May 3.
Up next: Noah Baumbach