It’s about the time for my annual list of movies to come out, and this looks to be a banner year for amazing blockbusters, with three Marvel movies (one made by Fox), a whole mass of other comic-book properties, sequels and adaptations, as well as some intruiging original concepts. You can find my previous years’ lists here: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.
Jan 11 – Zero Dark Thirty – I really liked Bigelow’s Hurt Locker, despite its flaws, and this film about the hunt for bin Laden has been getting some amazing reviews.
Jan 18 – The Last Stand – Schwarzenegger returns to headlining cheesy action movies!
Jan 25 – Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – This one looks like pure, unadulterated schlock! My favourite!
Jan 25 – Parker – This looks like Jason Statham’s take on Payback, which could be good.
Feb 1 – Warm Bodies – The trailer for this zombie romance looks hilarious!
Feb 1 – Bullet to the Head – If Arnie gets an action movie this year, why not Sly, too?
Feb 14 – A Good Day to Die Hard – You don’t even have to tell me what the story is (what, there’s a story?) and I’m there.
Feb 15 – Escape from Planet Earth – Looks like it could be a fun family movie.
Mar 1 – Jack the Giant Slayer – This looks amazing and the cast is fantastic!
Mar 8 – Oz: The Great and Powerful – Sam Raimi-directed Wizard of Oz prequel. Visually, this looks amazing. We’ll have to wait and see if the story lives up to the design.
Mar 29 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Delayed from last year to convert to 3D. Each trailer makes me want to see it more!
Mar 29 – The Host – Thought it’s based on a Stephanie Meyer novel, this was adapted and directed by Andrew Niccol, who is one of those directors whose back catalogue means anything he does gets an automatic watch from me. The trailer looks good, too.
Mar 29 – Starbuck – Patrick Huard who was hilarious as the bad cop in Bon Cop Bad Cop looks equally funny in this. Remade in English with Vince Vaughn for an October release.
Apr 19 – Oblivion – Tom Cruise teams up with the director of Tron Legacy? I’m there!
May 3 – Iron Man 3 – New director and Ben Kingsley as the villain! Awesome!
May 17 – Star Trek Into Darkness – The sequel to the reboot of the movie franchise based on a TV show looks amazing! Plus, Sherlock as the bad guy!
May 24 – The Fast and the Furious 6 – This franchise is one of my guilty pleasures, but as the movies keep getting better, I’ll keep watching them.
May 24 – Epic – New animated venture from the team behind Ice Age. The trailer gives it a Spiderwick kind of vibe.
Jun 7 – After Earth – Father/son duo Will & Jaden Smith team up with M. Night Shyamalan for a post-apocalyptic adventure.
Jun 7 – Now You See Me – The trailer looks fantastic, and the cast looks amazing.
Jun 7 – Much Ado About Nothing – Normally, I’m not super-stoked about Shakespeare on the big screen, but this is directed by Joss Whedon and stars some of the actors from his TV franchises.
Jun 14 – Man of Steel – Yet another take on the Superman story, this one from director Zack Snyder (so it’ll look amazing) with Christopher (The Dark Knight) Nolan as producer. Could be the DC comics movie that gets them going again after Nolan’s Batman trilogy ended last year.
Jun 21 – Monsters University – Prequel to the excellent Monsters, Inc. There’s already a college website that looks better than a lot of real colleges’ websites.
Jun 21 – World War Z – This movie has been mired in reshoots and rewrites, which could mean what emerges is excellent, or a muddled mess.
Jun 28 – White House Down – Disaster-movie king Roland Emmerich goes small with the story of a Secret Service agent that has to deal with the White House being taken over by terrorists.
Jul 5 – Despicable Me 2 – I loved the original, so here’s hoping the sequel lives up to it.
Jul 12 – Pacific Rim – Visionary director Guillermo del Toro’s take on giant mecha vs. giant monsters. Awesome!
Jul 19 – R.I.P.D. – A police department for the dead? Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges? Based on a Dark Horse comic? Directed by the director of R.E.D.? Sold!
Jul 19 – Turbo – Dreamworks animation has a pretty good streak going, so I’m willing to check with one out.
Jul 26 – The Wolverine – Sequel to the Origins movie, this one takes on one of the most iconic stories in Wolverine’s back-catalog.
Aug 2 – RED 2 – Sequel to the unexpectedly hilarious RED, this one adds Anthony Hopkins.
Aug 9 – Elysium – District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore effort has some big names and huge expectations attached.
Aug 16 – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – Follow-up to the somewhat underwhelming Lightning Thief.
Aug 23 – The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – I’m a big fan of the books, so I’m looking forward to seeing them translated onscreen.
Sep 6 – Riddick – I’m Riddick-ulously excited for the capstone of this trilogy, particularly since both the director and star have said that they want to go back to the grittiness of Pitch Black.
Sep 13 – I, Frankenstein – Could be awesome, could be terrible.
Sep 27 – Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers – I liked the first one. Not sure how this one will turn out, but I’m willing to give it a chance.
Sep 27 – The Tomb – Arnie and Sly team up again in a non-Expendables movie with a whole bunch of other huge names attached.
Oct 18 – Gravity – Space disaster movie from the director of my favourite Harry Potter movie.
Oct 18 – The Seventh Son – Looks kind of like a medieval The Seeker.
Oct 25 – The World’s End – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite to complete the “trilogy” the started with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Should be hilarious!
Nov 1 – Ender’s Game – I cannot begin to express how excited I am for this adaptation of one of my favourite books.
Nov 8 – Thor: The Dark World – I very much enjoyed Thor’s first outing, and this sequel looks to be amazing!
Nov 22 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Sequel to 2012 hit, this one hopefully makes the Quarter Quell and even bigger spectacle.
Dec 13 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – The first one was amazing, and though I’m still a little ticked that Jackson split it into three, this middle installment should be good mostly because of the dragon.
Dec 27 – Jack Ryan – Chris Pine reboots another franchise with a story that may be adapted from one of Clancy’s books.