Movies in 2013

Here are some of the movies I'm most looking forward to that will be premiering in 2013, plus a list of pretty much every genre movie releasing this year as well. We are not promising to review all of them, although I will probably get to most of them.

This list is ordered chronologically to prevent confusion.


Warm Bodies - Feb 1 - Starting Teresa Palmer (I am Number Four), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), and John Malkovich. This is a Zombie romance, I'm honestly not kidding. R (the main character doesn't remember his name, you know, because he's a mindless zombie) is one of the shambling dead until he meets, and unsuccessfully attacks, Julie who starts his heart instead of stopping it. The trailer is witty, and the premise is kind of cute. I'm intrigued, plus I don't have to wait too long to see this one.

Beautiful Creatures - Feb 1 (Moved up from the 13th) - Based on a book of the same name, it is about Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) who is stuck in a small southern town still obsessed with the Civil War. Enter Lena (Alice Englert) who is the mysterious new girl. Of course Lena is a witch, or as she prefers to be called; a Caster. With a fateful decision on the horizon and an ill fated romance taking center stage, this movie could be a lot of fun, or totally ridiculous. Either way, it is an adaptation of one of the big teen romance novels, so expect it to gain a fair bit of attention when it comes out.

A Good Day to Die Hard - Feb 14 - Another one? I can't gauge anything from the overblown trailer, except that John McClane's other kid (Jack) is going to be teaming up with him in Russia. As the first big action movie of the year, it will at least draw some crowds. Add to that it's a long running franchise, and I have no doubt it will be successful.

The Host - March 29 - Based on Stephenie Meyer's (Twilight) other book. Directed by Andrew Niccol who directed Gattaca, there is some potential for a decent movie. Still, it could go either way. The producers are banking on residual Twilight mania to give this a solid fan base. I'm honestly not sure if that will work.

Oblivion - April 12 - Tom Cruise in a flashy looking far future-dystopia action movie. His track record for films like this is a good one with Minority Report and War of the Worlds both being good, but flawed. I expect this one to be the same.

Iron Man 3 - May 3 - Whoa, they are going dark with this film, or at least that's what the trailer is making it out to be. With the introduction of Iron Man's biggest villain (The Mandarin) played by Ben Kingsley, the ground work has been set for an awesome third film. Jon Favreau is no longer directing this franchise, but he is returning in his role of Happy Hogan. Whether or not that's a good thing is up in the air; what I know for sure is that the new director (Shane Black) has a long career as a screen writer, most notably he did the screenplay for the original Lethal Weapon.

Star Trek: Into Darkness - May 17 - Not much is known about the plot, except that the villain (Benedict Cumberbatch) is some kind of disgruntled former Starfleet employee who runs amok. To say I'm looking forward to this film is a bit of an understatement. I really hope it's good.

After Earth - June 7 - Another dystopian-future action movie, with flashy space ships and wild creature special effects. Totally something I'd want to see, then why am I nervous? It stars Will Smith, who is pretty solid and almost always delivers. The effects look fascinating, and so does the premise about a father and son team trying to survive on an earth that has grown wild after being abandoned for centuries. Again why am I nervous... oh yeah it's directed by M. Night Shyamalananananan.

Man of Steel - June 14 - The new Superman movie, directed by Zach Snyder. The trailer looks like they are starting over with the origin story. This isn't a bad thing, in fact if we can all have a new take on Spider-man less than half a decade after the first trilogy, it's more than time for a new version of Superman. As a franchise, this is the flagship of the comic book world. Superman is an icon, and it's a shame there hasn't been great movie with him in it since 1980 (Superman Returns wasn't bad, but it wasn't great). Not to mention the whole Justice League franchise could very well rest on the success of this movie. In other words, I need this movie not to suck.

Riddick - Sept 6 - So Joss isn't the only one that can bring a franchise back from the dead. Vin Diesel and David Twohy have been working for years to get this sequel off the ground, and I honestly never thought this character would make onto the big screen again. This time Battlestar alum Katie Sackhoff is along for the ride. I don't know if she's playing a good guy or a bad guy (since plot details are still a little sketchy), but it doesn't matter, because I'm just happy this movie exists. Call me a fan.

Ender's Game - Nov 1 - Harrison Ford. Ben Kingsley. Viola Davis. Abigail Breslin. Adaptation of an great book. Nuff Said.

Thor: The Dark World - Nov 8 - I don't know much about this one, except that Kenneth Branagh didn't return to direct it. I imagine we'll find out more details as we approach the release date. Still it's definitely on my must see list for the year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Nov 22 - The sequel to The Hunger Games is a much more complicated beast. Being a middle story is problematic at best, add to that the insanity of the special effects needed to realize the arena in this installment, and I have no idea if they can pull it off. At least all the principle actors are returning, even if there's a new director (Francis Lawrence) taking the reins.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Dec 13 - Since I still haven't read the
Hobbit, I have no idea what's in store for this second part of the trilogy. I expect grand spectacle, and more silliness. I imagine there will be at least one epic battle, and even more nods to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I hope it'll be better than part one, even though the title reminds me of Attack of the Clones.

Now here's the full list of nearly every genre movie being released in 2013 (including those movies listed above):

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Jan 18
Warm Bodies - Feb 1
Beautiful Creatures - Feb 13
A Good Day to Die Hard - Feb 14
Dark Skies - Feb 22
Jack and the Giant Slayer - March 1
G.I. Joe: Retaliation - March 29
The Host - March 29
Evil Dead - April 12
Oblivion - April 12
Iron Man 3 - May 3
About Time - May 10
Star Trek: Into Darkness - May 17
Epic - May 24
Fast and Furious 6 - May 24
After Earth - June 7
Now you See Me - June 7
The End of the World - June 14
Man of Steel - June 14
World War Z - June 21
Kick Ass 2 - June 28
The Lone Ranger - July 3
Pacific Rim - July 12
The Conjuring - July 19
R.I.P.D. - July 19
The Wolverine - July 26
300: Rise of an Empire - Aug 2
RED 2 - Aug 2
Elysium - Aug 9
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters - Aug 16
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Aug 23
Riddick - Sept 6
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Oct 4
Carrie - Oct 18th
Ender's Game - Nov 1
Thor: The Dark World - Nov 8
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Nov 22
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Dec 13

There is several more on this list that I'm looking forward to, but that would've been a much longer article.  Here's to a year of movies that looks like it'll be memorable.

11 comments:

celticmarc said...

Wow

Impressive : very detailed list; I'm gonna keep it handy ! (and more trailers to go check on the HD site of apple)

Sooze said...

Gosh, I love this site. One stop shopping!! Thanks for the great list, J.D. Now for the 2013 Reading thread...Josie? No pressure, really, just mentioning it...I still haven't finished my 2012 reading list anyway!!

PlatinumRosebud said...

Yummy list, J.D. Thanks!
Looking forward in seeing these films.
Very promising bunch for 2013 indeed.

Billie Doux said...

Terrific list, J.D. I wasn't aware of half of these movies. Of course, the one I'm most looking forward to is the next Star Trek, and I'm hoping the lack of info is a good sign, not a bad sign.

Anonymous said...

Great list..and Mortal Instruments stars Robert Sheehan and Aidan Turner so that's a big maybe for me. As in maybe a rental..Can't wait for Star Trek and iron man..
Anna

sunbunny said...

Wow on the list.

Looking forward to Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. I'm not a big Superman fan, but I'd follow Henry Cavill to the ends of the earth.

A little worried that Brannagh's not helming the latest installment of Thor. When I saw the first one, I remember thinking that the veteran Shakespearean actor/director was the only man on the planet who could make such stilted and formal dialogue seem un-silly. Hmm...

Most excited about Much Ado About Nothing getting a release date (June 7!) and Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby.

JimGfromWI said...

Great list JD, and the ones you highlighted are pretty much the same ones on my to-do list, especially Iron Man 3, Star Trek, and Man of Steel. I really, really want Man of Steel to not suck as well. Thor is looking good, later in the year, and I really enjoyed the first installment of the Hobbit, so I'm excited about the next one in the trilogy.

CrazyCris said...

I definitely have to bookmark this page so I can always find that list, BRAVO!

So many goodies to look forward to in 2013! :o)

JD the next Hobbit film should deal with lands that have been desolated by the dragon Smaug as per its title (not saying anymore as to not spoil the fun since you haven't read the book)... which means we'll hopefully finally get a decent look at that dragon!!! Plus perhaps hear him speak with Benedict Cumberbatch's voice? Can't wait for more singing dwarves!!! :o)

I'm really looking forward to The Hobbit, Star Trek, Catching Fire, Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 (last one?), The Wolverine and The Lone Ranger (Johnny Depp, yay!). I don't know anything about Ender's Game, but I've been told I should read it so I guess one of these days I will. :p

sunbunny said...

Oh I forgot about Lone Ranger! Yay for Johnny Depp. I love that he gets top billing for the movie, instead of you know the title character. Hilarious.

J.D. Balthazar said...

The legacy of Star Trek just got a little brighter with the news that J.J. Abrams screened an advance rough cut for a terminally ill fan shortly before he died. I believe there was another story somewhat like this several years ago. Still the humanity that this act of kindness shows is exactly the type of thing that Roddenberry dreamed up half a century ago. It's one of the reasons I love the Star Trek franchise, because it brings with it the hope for a better future.

Patrick said...

Definitely some interesting movies coming out this year! A few especially intrigue me, though:

Oblivion - I'm definitely not a big Tom Cruise fan, but he CAN act. Plus, this is directed by the guy who directed Tron Legacy, which I thought was a BEAUTIFUL movie. I really want to see what he does next. Plus, the mysteries presented in the trailer have me curious.

Man Of Steel - At first I was really hesitant about this one, but then the trailers started coming out. The version of the first one with Costner's voice-over and the most recent trailer both sent a shiver down my back. I can't remember the last time I was actually EXCITED for a Superman movie!

The Lone Ranger - when this was announced, I was pretty "meh" about it. Lone Ranger, really? Johnny Depp as Tonto, really? Then I saw the trailers, and was "Holy crap, that actually looks pretty cool!" Hopefully they didn't blow all the cool bits in the trailers. :)

There's certainly others from that list I'm planning to go see(Iron Man 3, Trek 2 certainly), but the three I mentioned were the three that have really piqued my curiosity.