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25 Movies To Look Forward To In 2013

By Matthew Dagen,

2012 is winding down, and the Mayans seemed to have been wrong about the world ending, so that means we're going to get a chance to see all the movies that the next calendar is planning on bringing us. We've narrowed it down to our top 25 movies to look forward to in 2013. Some included on the list are some of the summer blockbusters, but there are plenty of spring, fall and winter movies thrown in there as well. Without further ado check out our list and weigh in below if you feel we've missed one!

Gangster Squad (January 11)

Reuben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less) directs an all-star cast in the story of Mickey Cohen's rise to to top in 1940s Los Angeles, and the group of cops who aim to bring him down. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Michael Pena, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone lead the way in this stylish crime drama that looks like it's going to keep Fleischer's record looking pretty solid.

Warm Bodies (February 1)

There have been plenty of zombie movies that have been released in recent years. Shaun of the Dead mixed horror and romantic comedy pretty nicely, but it seems like Warm Bodies wants to take that a step further by incorporating the actual zombie into the love story. Writer/director Jonathan Levine (coming off 50/50) looks like he's got himself a potential hit with this one, as the trailer seems to hit all the right notes of funny, scary and romantic.

A Good Day To Die Hard (February 14)

John McClane has saved his wife's Christmas party, Dulles International Airport, New York City from a mad bomber, the nation's capital's infrastructure, and now, it's Russia's turn to be rescued. Bruce Willis returns to the franchise that made him a movie star, and this time, McClane joins his son Jack to battle terrorists in Moscow. The plot of the film is really inconsequential, as the trailer shows a lot of stuff blowing up, and hopefully the movie goes back to the R-rated roots of the original that was lacking from the fourth installment. Yippe kay yay!

Evil Dead (April 12)

When this remake was first announced, there was some skepticism from the cult fans of Sam Raimi's original horror classic. Then, the red band trailer came out. The updated version of Evil Dead looks scary as hell and will certainly contend for goriest movie of the year. It looks to be shying away from the campyness of the original (one of the aspects that made it so great), but going the straight horror route doesn't look like a bad thing either.

Pain & Gain (April 26)

A bulked up Mark Walhberg, an even more-so bulked up Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a story centered around extortion, kidnapping and murder, and helmed by Michael Bay makes this one worth checking out. Bay seems to be harking back to his Bad Boys days with this film, which is certainly not a bad thing after the Transformers series. Also, adding in that this film is based on true events adds the intrigue that it's crazy that stuff like this actually does happen in real life.

Iron Man 3 (May 3)

Coming off 2012's mega-hit The Avengers, it's time for Marvel's Phase 2. First up is the next installment of the Iron Man series, with Robert Downey, Jr. back inside the suit as Tony Stark. Taking over the directing duties this time around is Shane Black, the man responsible for writing Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, the latter which also starred RDJ. The trailer makes this one out to be a little darker than the previous two, but the cast and crew have assured the public that the lightheartedness and funny moments will not be forgotten amidst the destruction Iron Man faces.

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)

After seeing the nine minute IMAX preview that preceded The Hobbit, JJ Abrams' sequel to his Star Trek reboot may be my most anticipated movie of 2013. The whole crew of the USS Enterprise returns for the second go-round, and added to the mix are Alice Eve as a love interest of Captain Kirk and Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain that looks like is going to cause a lot of trouble for our heroes. This sequel looks bigger in scale compared 2009's Star Trek, but that is certainly not a bad thing.

The Fast and the Furious 6 (May 23)

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, Tyrese and the crew are back for the sixth installment of the popular franchise. I really enjoyed Fast Five and the addition of Dwayne Johnson to the series as well, and am happy he's returning. The new film also adds Luke Evans (the upcoming Hobbit sequels, Immortals) and Gina Carano (Haywire) to the mix. Michelle Rodriguez's character, Letty, was teased as being alive at the end of Fast Five, and she's listed in the cast for this one as well, so it does look like the whole gang is back together for number six. There's no trailer yet, but here's some behind the scenes stills.

Now You See Me (June 7)

A new crime thriller from the director of the Transporter series, following a group of illusionists who pull off heists during their shows and give the stolen money to their audiences and the group of FBI agents out to stop them. Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine star in what looks like a faster paced, more action packed version of The Prestige.

Man of Steel (June 14)

Coming from a story by Christopher Nolan, a screenplay by David S. Goyer and under the direction of Zack Snyder, Superman returns to the big screen. Stepping into the tights and cape is Henry Cavill, who has proved his action chops in Immortals and his acting chops in The Tudors. Joining Cavill on screen is Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. With a cast like that and the guys behind the Dark Knight trilogy and 300 at the helm, Man of Steel has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the year.

This is the End (June 14)

Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart and Michael Cera all appear as parodies of themselves, facing the apocalypse after gathering together for a party at James Franco's house. After watching a clip online, this is going to carry my early claim of "Funniest Movie of 2013." Every actor/comedian featured in this cast is hilarious in their own right. Put them all together, and this could be a classic in the making.

World War Z (June 21)

Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Monster's Ball) and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness) bring Max Brooks' novel to life starring Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse and Mireille Enos. Pitt's character plays a United Nations employee dealing with a worldwide zombie outbreak, and his efforts to understand and stop it. The trailer looks fairly action packed, with plenty of zombie action to be promised, which is never a bad thing.

Kick-Ass 2 (June 28)

One of the best surprises of 2010's slate of movie's was the adaptation of the graphic novel Kick-Ass. It was one of best combinations of over-the-top violence and humor in a movie that was made by someone other than Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie. The sequel has Aaron Johnson returning as the titular hero, as well as scene-stealing Chloe Grace Moretz coming back as Hit-Girl. Christopher Mintz-Plasse takes over as the villain, also reprising his role from the first film. Added to the cast are Donald Faison (Scrubs), John Leguizamo and Jim Carrey, three completely different types of actors, but all who seem to fit in the world created by Matthew Vaughn in the first movie.

Pacific Rim (July 12)

It'll have been five years since Guillermo del Toro's last movie was released when Pacific Rim hits, but after seeing the trailer, this one might be worth that wait. Based on what I've seen in the trailer, really really big aliens attack Earth and the only hope of stopping them is to fight them off with giant robots that are piloted by a pair of humans. Now, that may seem completely ridiculous, but Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth seemed a little on the ridiculous side too. The film stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (Thor), Ron Pearlman (Hellboy), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadephia) and Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland).

The Wolverine (July 26)

Not all too much is known about The Wolverine except that a majority of the film takes place in Japan and the title character trains with a man called the Silver Samurai. According to director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line), this film is a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Whatever goes on with this film, I just hope it's better than Last Stand, as well as the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine that was released a few years ago. Hopefully this movie follows in First Class's footsteps and keeps the franchise going in the right direction again.

Elysium (August 9)

Neill Blomkamp gets behind the camera again for his second original feature film, Elysium, which, based on premise and cast alone, should be a solid follow up to District 9. In this film, set in the future, the world's wealthy live on a space station while the poor reside on a ruined Earth. One man (Matt Damon) is forced into a mission that could bring the two worlds together. Co-starring Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and District 9's Sharlto Copley, this film along with Pacific Rim could form one of best one-two punches of Sci-Fi movies in one summer in quite some time.

We're the Millers (August 9)

Way back in 2004, Rawsom Marshall Thurber made his feature film debut by directing a movie about everyone's favorite playground game, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Since then, he directed a couple shorts and low-budget novel adaptation. Next summer, he goes back to comedy with a movie about a pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who creates a fake family (Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter) so he can RV it down to Mexico and mule drugs to pay back his supplier (Ed Helms). Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) and Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) co-star in what seems like could be one of the sleeper comedies of the summer.

Riddick (September 6)

In 2000, just before he became huge with the Fast and the Furious franchise, Vin Diesel starred in the film Pitch Black, a movie that gave birth to one of the coolest anti-heroes in Richard Riddick. The character of Riddick is a hardened criminal who, throughout two movies so far, has pissed off and killed a lot of people in hopes of finally getting a massive bounty off his head. In the new film, Riddick lures a bunch of bounty hunters into a trap in order for him to exact revenge, then he plans to save his dying home planet once and for all. Returning to the Riddick universe along with Vin Diesel is Karl Urban as Vaako, one of the better characters from the somewhat disappointing Chronicles of Riddick that came out in 2004.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4)

Robert Rodriguez adapted Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novels for the big screen back in 2005 to amazing results. What appeared on screen was one of the truest film adaptations of any medium, and by keeping with that, one of the bloodiest spectacles to grace screens in quite some time as well. After some delays in scheduling, the long-planned sequel is finally on it's way to theaters. Returning to the seedy streets of Basin City are the announced cast of Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King and Michael Madsen. Dennis Haysbert fills in for the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute and Jamie Chung replaces Devon Aoki as the deadly Miho. One of the main roles of the "Dame to Kill For" segment, Ava Lord, hasn't been revealed as of now, but we should expect a high-profile name to be attached to the role.

Oldboy (October 11)

Having seen the original Korean version of this film and knowing controversial nature of the story, transferring this over for American audiences could prove to be tricky, especially if they keep the ending relatively the same. If anyone can pull off controversial, it's Spike Lee. He has also assembled a great cast for his remake. Stepping into the lead role is Josh Brolin, and he is flanked by Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Imperioli.

The World's End (October 25)

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back for their third go-round together, completed their "Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy" with their stab at science fiction and apocalypse movies with The World's End. In the film, a group of friends decide to go on a pub crawl just like the one they had done 20 years earlier, culminating at their favorite pub, The World's End. While out drinking, the friends realize something is wrong, apocalypse kind of wrong. If Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are any indication of what this film is going to be like, I'm there in a heartbeat.

Thor: The Dark World (November 8)

Following the events of The Avengers, Thor and the people of Asgard try to right all the wrongs done by Loki. The only thing is, another extraterrestrial being named Malekith, the leader of a race of Dark Elves, doesn't want things getting back to how they should be. Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor, along with Natalie Portman as Jane, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Selvig and the introduction of Malekith, as played by Christopher Eccleston. Taking over the directing duties is Alan Taylor, a veteran TV director who has worked on many HBO shows such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)

The second chapter in the hugely popular Hunger Games trilogy hits theaters in late 2013, brining back to the screen the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, as played by Jennifer Lawrence. The second part of the trilogy sees Katniss head back into the arena for the Quarter Quell, the 75th anniversary of the Games which pits former champions against each other. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz all return as well. New to the screen as former Hunger Games champions are Jena Malone, Sam Clafin, Jeffery Wright and Amanda Plummer, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the new Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Havensbee. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) takes over as director, but with more of an action background than Gary Ross had, it could be a welcome change.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13)

Leaving the theater after watching The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, I immediately wanted more. Just like Peter Jackson did with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, he's releasing his Hobbit films within close proximity to each other. The middle film in the Hobbit trilogy should see Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and the dwarves reach Erebor and have their confrontation with the dragon Smaug. As was the case with Lord of the Rings, the action started to pick up in the second two chapters, so we can expect big things from the next Hobbit film. If only next December wasn't 12 months away. Below isn't really a trailer, but it is the official still from the upcoming sequel that has been released.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20)

In 2004, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay introduced the world to Ron Burgundy, who is quite possibly the world's funniest fictional anchorman. The movie was, and still is, incredibly quotable, and helped get Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd off the ground and into comedy stardom as well. In 2013, Will Ferrell steps back in time, puts the ridiculous suits back on and grooms the mustache yet again to bring Ron Burgundy back to the big screen. Carrell, Rudd, David Koechner and an armless Luke Wilson are all set to return, as well as rumors that Christina Applegate will reprise her role as Veronica Corningstone and the possibility of Kristen Wiig being added to the cast as well. If there's a better way to close out the year in movies than this one, I don't know what it is.

 
 

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