Best Love Stories and Romantic Comedies of 2013: Updated with preview and trailer for "Finding Joy"


It's that special time of year again, where I publish my series of preview hubs for those yearning to see the type of films coming out the following year. For those that aren't familiar with how I usually format these, I'll briefly explain. Basically, I supply the readers with all the casting information of the films coming out the following year, while also providing a summary of the movie's plot, and possibly a new trailer if it's available. If a movie doesn't have a trailer, then it'll be added on later once it becomes available.

Like last year, I decided to categorize these previews to help readers find the films they're looking for much easier. Also, be sure to check your local listings, as release dates are subject to change.

Update 1: "Autumn Wanderer", "Fizzy Days", "Me, You and Five Bucks", "Love and Something LIke It" (formerly known as "Unlimited"), "Buttermilk Sky", "Super Sunday", "Vegabond Salon", and "67 Takes" were all pushed back for various production delays.

Update 2: According to various sources, Disney pulled the plug on the 3-d release of the "Little Mermaid" due to the low box office numbers of "Finding Nemo", "Monsters Inc.", and "Beauty and the Beast" 3-d re releases.

The Great Gatsby

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Craig Pearce

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Jason Clarke, Adelaide Clemens, Callan McAuliffe, Elliott Collinson, Amitabh Bachchan, Gemma Ward, Elizabeth Debicki

Synopsis: Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Release Date: May 10, 2013

Safe Haven

Director: Lasse Hallström

Writers: Dana Stevens, Leslie Bohem, Nicholas Sparks

Cast: Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, David Lyons, Noah Lomax, Ric Reitz, Lauren York, Mimi Kirkland, Cullen Moss, Mike Pniewski, Laura Avnaim, Robert Seager, Robin Mullins, Jasper Grey

Synopsis: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

Release Date: February 14, 2013

Warm Bodies

Director: Jonathan Levine

Writers: Jonathan Levine, Isaac Marion

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Dave Franco, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, John Malkovich, Rob Corddry, Cory Hardrict, Diana Laura, Patrick Sabongui, Debbie Wong, Ruth Chiang, Keeva Lynk, Dawn Ford, Tod Fennell

Synopsis: After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Release Date: February 1, 2013


Director: Mark Griffiths

Writers: Aury Wallington, Beth Kendrick

Cast: Danielle Panabaker, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Christie Laing, Travis Milne, Britt Irvin, Ryan Kennedy, Naomi Judd, Jared Keeso, Kenneth W. Yanko, Babak A. Motamed

Synopsis: Revolves around three friends who have dream weddings only to find out that the pastor who married them failed to complete the key paperwork required to make them official.

Release Date: January 12, 2013

The Host

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writers: Andrew Niccol, Stephenie Meyer

Cast: Diane Kruger, Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Frances Fisher, Bokeem Woodbine, Boyd Holbrook, Marcus Lyle Brown, Chandler Canterbury, Andrea Frankle, Scott Lawrence, J.D. Evermore, Jaylen Moore, Raeden Greer

Synopsis: A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.

Release Date: March 29, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

Cast: Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Kyle Gallner, Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Eileen Atkins, Zoey Deutch, Margo Martindale, Andrea Frankle, Camille Balsamo, Jackie Tuttle, Beau Brasseaux, J.D. Evermore, Lindsay Clift, Rachel Brosnahan, Tiffany Boone, Justine Wachsberger, Codie Rimmer, Cameron M. Brown, Teri Wyble, Lance E. Nichols, Lucy Faust, Jordan Sudduth, Elton LeBlanc

Synopsis: Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.

Release Date: February 13, 2013

Wedding Palace

Director: Christine Yoo

Writers: Derek Draper, Christine Yoo, Robert Gardner

Cast: Brian Tee, Hye-jeong Kang, Jean Yoon, Bobby Lee, Margaret Cho, Joy Osmanski, Steve Park, Peter Kim, Charles Kim, June Kyoto Lu, Nancy J. Lee, Kelvin Han Lee, Simon Rhee, Julia Cho, Elaine Kao, Jeremy Luke, Angela Oh, David Fernandez Jr., Grace Su, Cindy Chiu, Violet Kim, Enrique Almeida, Danny Cho, Brian Metran

Synopsis: When you need a little love.

Release Date: September 27, 2013

Geek USA

Director: Brandon Walz

Writers: Brandon Walz, Phillip Bladh

Cast: C.B. Mullen, Gregory James Berney, Taylor Calmus, Mollie Pratt, Casey Fitzgerald, Tyler Crosby, Christine Elliott, David Alan Graf, Patrick Thomas Gorman, Dee Dee Rescher, Joanna Sotomura, Jonte LeGras, Amelia Jackson-Gray, Caroline Rich, Andrew Nathaniel Morris

Synopsis: "Geek USA" is a quirky romantic comedy filled with 90s nostalgia about a high school senior in a rock band who suddenly goes from zero social life to having three very competitive dates for prom.

Release Date: October 10, 2013

Truth or Dare Xo

Director: Tom Boyle

Writer: Tom Boyle

Cast: Christopher Latronic, Ron Wells, Tabitha Jade, Julia Hemi, Tasha Woodfall, Sage Adams, Tatianna Bonner, Kamuela Aiu, Damian Delaney, Harvey Dixon, Tiffany Domingo, Sasha Dominy, Nick A. Fiero, Kaui Kauhi, Maika Langi

Synopsis: Six students get caught up in a game of Truth or Dare, daring each other into graveyards and haunted areas of Honolulu.

Release Date: August 13, 2013

My Heart Dies with You

Director: Michael D. Waters

Writer: Michael D. Waters

Cast: Candice Michele Barley, Mike Gassaway, George Cisneros, Eddie Bauer Jr.

Synopsis: With the doctor's announcement to a young wife that an unexpected and sudden terminal illness will bring death to them by morning, the wife fights her selfish nature and decides how she and her husband will spend their last night together.

Release Date: December 25, 2013

Warning: This Trailer has Adult Language that may not be suitable for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised

Atlanta to New York

Director: Terence V. Steele

Writer: Terence V. Steele

Cast: Nia Iman Muhammad, Angela Oberer, Elle Sunkara, Kerri J. Baldwin, Loren L. Baker, Kim Wacker, Gina Lynn Guesby, Terence V. Steele, Ladarian Raymond, Jin Huh, David Alessi, Joy Hammond, B. Breezy, Suzanne Parrott, Heather Thompson

Synopsis: A romantic comedy set in 2 cities. Montrell Simmons is a young actor on the rise living in Atlanta. On the brink of success, he flies from Atlanta to New York to propose to his girlfriend Jasmine. His nephew, Ed Little, comes from New York to Atlanta for a big job interview with the Black Television Network and crashes at his condo. While Montrell is wining and dining Jasmine, leading up to the big question; his clumsy and goofy nephew Ed is trashing his crib as he get ready for his big interview. Faced with the pressures of Montrell's newly found success as an actor, the media attention, and his groupies, Jasmine is unsure if she wants to take the next step and become his wife...

Release Date: May 18, 2013

A New York Love Story

Director: Apolla Echino

Writer: Apolla Echino

Cast: Richard Short, Apolla Echino, Miguel Pinzon, Courtney Reed, Tyrone Brown, Siobhan Flynn, Justin Reinsilber, Thomas Beaudoin, Aaron Costa Ganis, Sarah Braverman, Stevie Steel, Sam Underwood

Synopsis: A beautiful dancer living in New York City, DELPHINE has just ended a long-term monogamous relationship and is interested in keeping her options open for while. Despite her best intentions to keep things light, Delphine falls hard for THE PAINTER, whose lies she believes again and again...

Release Date: December 1, 2013

7 Lives of Chance

Directors: Banks Helfrich, Fred Zara

Writers: Banks Helfrich, Victoria Dym, Daniel W. Cardwell

Cast: Michele Feren, John Archer Lundgren, Daniel Wachs, Annie Kidwell, Banks Helfrich, Victoria Swilley, Fred Zara, Olivia Miller, Skeet Karsgaard, Francie Moon, Sue Clohan, Richard Regan Paul, Charles Shaw, Diane Saunders, Samantha O'Hare

Synopsis: She hoards everything; art canvasses, dresses never to be worn, packaged foods in bags, pieces of mail in see-through plastic containers, memories too dear to let go, and even people. When a string of surreal deaths occur close to her, Chance's closet begins holding inhabitants, her house fills with balloons and her mind stretches to remote recesses of insanity. A singular image of a lone red balloon she held onto as a child for solace guides her through this rabbit hole. As that early balloon memory begins to multiply, the images in her head become as cluttered as a claustrophobic's worst nightmare. An approaching reunion brings Chance face to face with a memory of which she has yet to let go.

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Reflections of Maya Rose

Director: Alexandra Wedenig

Writers: Alexandra Wedenig, Alma Grey

Cast: Alma Grey, Kai Devani, Jaletta Kalman

Synopsis: A number of strange but seemingly unrelated occurrences start to disrupt the life of young and eager, LA based actress Maya. Her world is finally turned upside down when one day she finds herself waking up in an unknown place, in a life that isn't hers.

Release Date: June 15, 2013


Directors: Fran Ervin, Stevo Chang

Writers: Stevo Chang, Fran Ervin

Cast: Michael Toshiyuki Uno, Stevo Chang, Fran Ervin, Thomas Blankenship, Holly Rone, Sana Munasifi, John Folds, Richard Ervin

Synopsis: After his wife is killed in a hit-and-run accident by a mysterious Hooded Man, DYLAN BRANDT, a Theoretical Physicist, builds a Quantum Suicide Machine to jump through parallel universes to find another version of his wife. Based on the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where a man storms of the Gates of Hades to return his wife to the land of the living, Dylan transverses infinite worlds of the Multi-verse to find his wife. But with every jump, Dylan is thwarted by the efforts of the mysterious Hooded Man. Ignoring the warnings of his mentor, DR. YAMAMOTO, Dylan recklessly jumps into ever more flawed universes, until the rules of physics completely break down, threatening to destroy the universe and everything in it.

Release Date: October 1, 2013


Director: Ben Shelton

Writer: Skyler Caleb

Cast: Skyler Caleb, Meg Cionni, Tim Daly, Jean Smart, Alison Haislip, Tara Erickson, Steve Moulton, Keith Coogan, Sam Daly, Wade Williams, Siri Baruc, John Ross Bowie, Sanford Holsapple, Randy McDowell, Jonathan Spencer

Synopsis: A young man on the verge of success meets a beautiful woman he can inexplicably connect with in his dreams.

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Moments of Fiction

Director: Mohammed Mamdouh

Writers: Nabeel Butt, Nicholas Karavatos, Mohammed Mamdouh

Cast: Rik Aby, Victoria Borasio, Jasmine Henricson, Mohammed Mamdouh, Duncan Murray, Filip Ranebo, Reena Sadek, Anthony Tassa

Synopsis: Mohammed is a 19-year-old living in the UAE who just started Film School at university with two of his oldest friends Mike and Kane. Troubled by his past Mohammed is asked to share it with a psychiatrist. As the story develops, the past unfolds and we are clued in to what lead to his current state of nostalgia. One day, while searching for material at the university library, he meets a girl who works there who goes by the name Library Girl. Mohammed is intrigued by Library Girl's wit and charisma and follows her lead around Dubai as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Release Date: September 15, 2013

Finding Joy

Director: Carlo De Rosa

Writer: Shona Tuckman

Cast: Josh Cooke, Liane Balaban, Barry Bostwick, Lainie Kazan, Tyler Bunch, Kiki Harris, Arielle Hoffman, Carmen Lopez, Andrew Satee, Fredrick Bam Scott, Marge Hartnett, Damon Sementilli, Juliana Harkavy, Joan Turner Turetzky, Taylor Anthony Miller

Synopsis: A self-absorbed writer, stuck in more ways than one, rediscovers himself, his offbeat family, and what it means to be happy when he meets Joy, a spirited young woman who asks him to write her obituary.

Release Date: June 7, 2013

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marstoblog 3 years ago from Hitchin, England

Am really looking forward to The Great Gatsby, as the trailers look fantastic! Very informative hub, thankyou.

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Yeah im looking forward to that one too, as it looks to be one of the best movies of next year if you ask me. anyway, thanks for stopping by. :)

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Julie2 3 years ago from New York City

I can not wait to see The Great Gatsby! I am psyched...

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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

me too. :)

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