2013 Movie Preview: 10 Movies to Look Out For in the New Year

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How could 2013 be any better than 2012? It doesn’t seem possible, but there are a bunch of films we are looking forward to in the new year. January and February alone have several films that have serious potential. We picked ten films to definitely see in the coming months. Some are near, others feel like a year away yet. But either way, these are films we cannot miss.

 

 

Photo Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1229340/10. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Nearly a decade after the original, the news team is back for a sequel that, well, the plot is being kept tightly under wraps for now. But everyone from the first one is back. Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell, Vince Vaughn, and Peanut as Baxter are all returning. How can it not be great? (Dec. 20)

 

 

9. Captain Phillips

Paul Greengrass is directing this drama starring Tom Hanks about the real life Captain Richard Phillips who was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2009. This movie just screams Oscars without a poster or trailer to show for it. We’ll keep you posted on this one, but keep an eye out. (Oct. 11)

 

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Here’s a sci fi flick that has an enormous amount of potential. Directed by District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp, the film stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The story takes place in 2159 where the rich live in a space station and the poor are forced to live on a ruined Earth. Timely yet futuristic, Damon’s character sets out to bring the two worlds together again. (Aug. 9)

 

 

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Speaking of dystopias, 2012 brought one of the most exciting ever with The Hunger Games. Now, with the quick Hollywood turnaround, the sequel, Catching Fire is coming out just a year and a half later. In this entry, Katniss finds herself in a sort of all-star game called the Quarter Quell, where she and Peeta must fight for their lives for the government once more. (Nov. 22)

 

 

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We now live in a post-Avengers world, and so does Tony Stark. Where does Marvel take things from their massive success in 2012? Looks like they are going all Empire Strikes Back on their superheroes. The trailer for Iron Man 3 shocked fans for its dark tone, compared to the comedic nature of the first two and The Avengers. Featuring Ben Kingsley as Stark’s comic book nemesis The Mandarin, this could be the most interesting Marvel movie yet. (May 3)

 

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Edgar Wright plans to finish his trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost by ending the world. The long awaited follow up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is sure to please with the two main men joined by Martin Freeman. The plot follows a group of men reuniting for the bar crawl to end all bar crawls, and it may just be the last one ever. (Oct. 25)

 

 

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The first Hobbit film may have disappointed some this past month, but many complaints pointed to the fact that the 300 page novel was being stretched over three films. That left much of the nearly three hour film to be set-up, just like any novel. With the second film taking on the middle of the novel, simply more events will happen in the film. Hopefully this can get Peter Jackson’s second Middle Earth epic back on track. (Dec. 13)

 

3. Gravity

Oddly enough, this film appeared on my 2012 preview and then got pushed back an entire year. Still without a poster or trailer, Alfonso Cuaron’s sci fi film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is said to be ambitious and feature long spells of alone time for the two stars. It’ll be interesting to see if it finally hits theaters, considering how much work everyone seems to be putting into it. (Oct. 18)

 

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, the poster is the same as The Dark Knight Rises‘, but that trailer! J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the well received 2009 reboot has a lot going for it. One, the whole cast is back. Two, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a mystery villain. Three, it’s J.J. Abrams directing another Star Trek! The film is sure to be good, especially with how secret everyone is being about it. (May 17)

 

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Zach Snyder, the man behind Watchmen, and Christopher Nolan, the man behind The Dark Knight Trilogy, are teaming up for a new take on Superman. The trailer makes it look as epic as any superhero film should be. Featuring and incredible cast and a writing staff responsible for the best superhero films ever made, Man of Steel could be exactly what Superman fans have been waiting for. (Jun. 14)

 

What are you most excited to see in 2013? Tell us below!

By Matt Dougherty

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