Our sentimental moment: As one year ends a new one begins, giving us the chance to create new experiences we’ll treasure for a lifetime. You do know I’m talking about movies, right? Film studios have already assembled an impressive lineup slated for 2013, and we’re giving you a head’s up on the most anticipated movies of the year.
2013 is the year of the sequel. Once you remember how much you loved the first one, you’ll find yourself clamoring to the theater at breakneck speed for the second. Case in point: Star Trek Into Darkness. J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the infamous sci-fi series came out to critical acclaim and fan approval in 2009, and ever since, Trekkies have been waiting for the follow-up.
It’s hard to believe Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy entertained us back in 2004, and we know you’re still sneaking famous lines into your vocabulary! It’s okay, we love lamp too and our all-time favorite: “People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.” So, we expect the Channel 4 News Team to treat us to even more crazy antics when Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters in the winter. We promise not to act like we’re not impressed!
Other sequels still fresh in the minds of viewers such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug are expected to rake in tickets sales. Clearly, you haven’t lost your tracker-jacker fever for Katniss, Peeta and the rest of the tributes in Panem. And, if you haven’t seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you have 12 months and counting before the next Hobbit tale is released next December!
Movie studios and the Mayans have something in common: They knew the world would end…someday.
Oblivion: Tom Cruise is a futuristic garbage man who cleans up a destroyed, uninhibited planet Earth (or so he thinks).
After Earth: Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden, play a father and son duo who crash land on Earth a thousand years after its evacuated. They must work together to survive strange new flora and fauna.
If an actual apocalypse is more your speed, check out This is the End to see a slew of big comedic names: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jason Segel, Emma Watson (the list just goes on and on) portray themselves at James Franco’s party on the eve of Armageddon.
Not a conventional end-of-the-world movie, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will pique your interest as it portrays humanity battling invading massive mechanical robots, reminiscent of classic mecha anime.
Superhero Movies – because they do deserve their own category
If you haven’t seen the latest trailer to the hugely popular Iron Man franchise we’re questioning your fanism and we don’t want to put you in the FOMO (fear of missing out!) category, but we will! Prepare yourself for severe destruction when the long-awaited showdown between Tony Stark and The Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley) is released this May.
Put your hammer down. Thor is back in theatres this year with Thor: The Dark World. He’s battling a force older than the universe (sounds daunting) and more powerful than his father Odin, and he has to contend with a race of Dark Elves (elves – really?) led by Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston).
Even Hugh Jackman gets a second chance. The Wolverine is based on the 80s comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and shows our clawed hero’s bloody and treacherous time in Japan.
And, DC Comics couldn’t help but reboot its other famous caped-crusader, Superman. The star-studded cast of Man of Steel features Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Clark Kent and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and we once again find Earth’s Kryptonian protector facing off against the evil General Zod.
More you DON’T WANT TO MISS
First up: Oz: The Great and Powerful, (March 8) a prequel of sorts to The Wizard of Oz starring James Franco as the titular ruler when he first arrives in the magical land.
We also like Sam Raimi’s remake of the cult-horror classic, Evil Dead, opening April 12, and the red-band trailer looks so terrifying there’s speculation of a NC-17 rating.
After a long delay, Baz Luhrmann’s epic period piece The Great Gatsby, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, will release to Oscar buzz on May 10.
In June, Pixar goes old school with Monsters University, the prequel to their hit film Monsters Inc.
If you’re a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, you’ll be excited to hear Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are releasing the third film in their “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy”, The World’s End, about an epic pub crawl, on Oct. 25.
And last, but not least — in December, Kenneth Brannagh will direct a prequel about the world’s toughest CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, with Chris Pine taking the lead.