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13 Most Anticipated Films of 2013

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Published December 10th 2012
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As we head into Oscar Season, cinemas will be releasing some of the main 2013 contenders in the coming months, but looking ahead, there are some quality feature films to look forward to - and while most are sequels and threequels - there are some original new films from some great auteurs in the mix - and guess what - no vampires in sight.


January looks to be one of the most exciting film months of the year - and the stand out release is a certain Django Unchained, from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. This is Tarantino's long awaited 'spaghetti western' and it features a remarkable cast led by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. The trailers are selling the revenge western on Tarantino's name - but what critics and audiences are actually anticipating is his depiction of America's Deep South - the director has already had to defend his vision, before the film is even released.

Other notable January releases include Life of Pi, Jack Reacher, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook and Flight.


As we hit Oscar month - the major film releases tend to quieten down as studios roll out releases that don't fall into the Academy Award category - so we have a double hit of Schwarzenegger and Stallone action with The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head respectively. The Last Stand will mark Schwarzenegger's return to acting - he has at least 5 more titles in the works too - and Bullet to the Head is also Walter Hill's first feature film in ten years.


Oz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, is one of the major releases of 2013. This 3D feature film is a prequel to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Bruce Campbell too!

Another notable March release is Carrie, a remake of Brian De Palma's 1976 film of the same name, starring ChloŽ Grace Moretz.


By April, we are in the 'blockbuster season' and one of the first releases is Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. This sci-fi film is based on the graphic novel of the same name and is directed by Joseph Kosinski - who previously directed Tron: Legacy.

Another notable April release is Iron Man 3.


Star Trek: Into Darkness is one of the two 'fan-boy' events of the year - and a recently released teaser trailer and teaser theatrical poster has been the talk of the online film community - just who does Benedict Cumberbatch portray in the film - is it really Khan?

Other notable May releases include The Great Gatsby and The Hangover Part III.


Man of Steel is the second 'fan-boy' event of 2013. Directed by Zack Snyder, this is a reboot of the Superman franchise and now that Warner Bros have said goodbye to Christopher Nolan's Batman series, there is a lot riding on this third attempt at relaunching the franchise.

The other notable June release is After Earth, a science-fiction thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


Can the The Lone Ranger be 2013's Pirates of the Caribbean? We will have to wait and see - but with the winning team of Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp, The Lone Ranger 'might' be the beginning of a great family franchise.

Another notable July release is The Wolverine, the sixth installment in the X-Men film series.


Neill Blomkamp fans have been waiting impatiently for Elysium. There is not much known about this science fiction action film, but with a cast featuring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley - you know you are in good company.

Another notable August release is Kick-Ass 2.


Malavita is Luc Besson's return to the action film genre - and with an all star cast - Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer - this US/French production already has international distributors lined up.

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Another notable October release is The World's End, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.


In November, two anticipated sequels will be released: Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The November release dates seem odd at first - but it appears to be a strategic decision as both titles won't be up against Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man of Steel at the box office in June/July.


Well, come December 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will probably be priority number one for most cinema goers - but there is another unlikely reboot to see out the year - Jack Ryan - and in 2013, the Tom Clancy character is portrayed by Chris Pine. It will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and is expected to be the first of a new franchise.

So that is just some of the 2013 highlights - which film titles are you looking forward to?
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hmm, there doesn't seem to appear that any horrors will be coming out either. I miss the good horror films.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 3150 days ago
Great work Vanessa but you seem to have missed the biggy - Gravity.
by Paul McCormack (score: 0|5) 2811 days ago
Thanks for organizing some of the best movies here
by shanl (score: 0|2) 2509 days ago
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