Best Historical and Biographical Films of 2013- Updated with previews for "Lovelace" and "jOBS"


It looks like it's time to publish my annual film preview hubs for the following year. Like last year, all these previews will be divided by genre they happen to fall into; while providing casting information, and release dates. Some of the previews will feature a trailer, while other won't. However, as the trailers become available, then I'll be sure to add them, as I do plan to update these hubs throughout the year.

Take in mind that release dates are subject to change, so be sure to check your local listings. Also, this hub won't feature any historical or biographical documentaries, as readers will have to stay tuned for my upcoming "Best Documentaries of 2013", to see it.

Update 1: For those wondering what happened to the film, "Blooming Flowers", it seems the plot synopsis has changed on imdb, to where it's completely different than what I had shown on here before. Although the film is still considered a historical film on imdb, the new plot summary seems to aim more towards horror than anything else; hence it was moved along with it's new official plot summary. I do apologize for any and all inconvenience this may cause, and thank you all for your support.

Castro's Daughter

Director: Michael Radford

Writers: Robert Moresco, Nilo Cruz

Cast: N/A

Synopsis: A biographical film about the life of Alina Fernandez, who was exiled by her own father, Fidel Castro.

Release Date: November 11, 2013

Glastonbury: Isle of Light

Director: N/A

Writers: David M. Evans, Daniel McNicoll

Cast: N/A

Synopsis: A gripping historical film that covers Joseph of Arimathea's flight from Jerusalem to his landing in Britain, from his stewardship of the Holy Grail, to his alliance with the rebel leader Caractacus and their leadership of a Celtic resistance against Roman imperial domination. All these events are covered in what looks to be arguably one of the best historical films ever conceived.

Release Date: November 28, 2013


Director: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland

Cast: Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Kelley Jakle, Alan Tudyk, Lucas Black, Jud Tylor, T.R. Knight, Brett Cullen, John C. McGinley, Gino Anthony Pesi, Ryan Merriman, Nicole Beharie, Hamish Linklater, Toby Huss, James Pickens Jr.

Synopsis: The life story of one of baseball's first African American players to ever play the game, while also showcasing his struggle to overcome adversity in a racist society.

Release Date: April 12, 2013



Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Brühl, Lee Asquith-Coe, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tom Wlaschiha, Joséphine de La Baume, Julian Seager, Jamie Sives, Rebecca Ferdinando, Pierfrancesco Favino, Christian McKay, Alistair Petrie, Lee Nicholas Harris

Synopsis: A biography of a Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda, and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to take on his rival, James Hunt, in an epic race worthy of admiration.

Release Date: September 20, 2013


Director: Kenneth Castillo

Writer: Kenneth Castillo

Cast: Danny Trejo, Steven Bauer, Alvaro Orlando, Oscar Torre, Camila Banus, Bailey Garcia, Lilla Labanc, Jilon VanOver, Ivonne Coll, Jack Guzman, Yeniffer Behrens, Danny Pardo, Brent Gutierrez, Giovanni Bejarano, William Corkery

Synopsis: Based on a true story. A young boxer, Emilio, from the wrong side of the tracks; with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, finds himself at a cross roads after going to jail. As he fights his way back into the winning circle, he gets a second shot at the title. Sometimes in life, you have to make the best of those second chances...

Release Date: January 15, 2013


The Option ARM

Director: Theo Avgerinos

Writers: Matt Funke, Beau Martin Williams

Cast: Sam McMurray, Jon Gries, Brian Smith, Michelle Lombardo, Jenny Allford, Cathy Shim, Trai Byers, Tim Griffin, Katrina Begin, Michael Masini, Lisa Jay, Alyshia Ochse, Spencer Hill, Casey Keegan, Jennifer Robyn Jacobs

Synopsis: A controversially perplex film that exposes the intent of Wall Street executives to create a false demand in the U.S.A. real estate market.

Release Date: December 31, 2012


Irwin & Fran

Director: Jordan Stone

Writer: Jordan Stone

Cast: Fran Corey, Irwin Corey, Dick Gregory, Susan Sarandon

Synopsis: Life with Prof. Irwin Corey and his wife Fran. Irwin is ninety eight years old, and is a well known comedian, entertainer and political satirist.

Release Date: June 9, 2013

Untitled Gordie Howe Project

Director: Andy Mikita

Writer: Malcolm MacRury

Cast: Lochlyn Munro, Teach Grant, Dylan Playfair, Andrew Herr, Darren Felbel

Synopsis: The story of the 1973 hockey season, when Gordie Howe made his epic come back at the age of 44.

Release Date: December 31, 2013


Resurrection Man

Director: Charles Lane

Writers: Charles Lane, Garrett Simmons

Cast: N/A

Synopsis: "Resurrection Man" is a journey through both unspeakable tragedy and a life-affirming lesson of love, hope and renewal. Grandison Harris, the "Resurrection Man," is he hero, hypocrite, villain, victim, rogue or redeemer? Six years of research-at every turn a revelation, a wonderment, a new horror-finally reveals the untold true story of how one man's actions would at once savagely betray a people, and in the end, impact the course of education, science, art, as we know it....

Release Date: December 11, 2013


Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Writer: Andy Bellin

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Eric Roberts, James Franco, Chloë Sevigny, Bobby Cannavale, Soumaya Akaaboune, Nicole Andrews

Synopsis: Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Release Date: January 22, 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)


Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Writer: Matt Whiteley

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, James Woods, Ron Eldard, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, Amanda Crew, Jeremy Shada, Lesley Ann Warren, Ahna O'Reilly, Elden Henson, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Kevin Dunn

Synopsis: The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Release Date: January 25, 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)

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