Create Game Lists on
FilmCrave home
   Movies  Members
Search +
Searching... Close  
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
  Login Using Facebook

Anticipating the New Films of 2013 - Can the New Year Match the Last?

View Chris Kavan's Profile

By Chris Kavan - 01/05/13 at 07:29 PM CT

There is no doubt that for me at least, 2012 is one of the strongest years for film that has come along in a long time. From big-budget blockbusters to dramatic Oscar contenders to indie hits - it seems that everything came together. While there are surely disappointments to be found, I would say that I've enjoyed far more movies this year than I would have through - and even some of the weaker entries were still good enough to get a higher ranking from me.

A quick look at the 2012 domestic box office reveals why 2012 was the highest-grossing year on record. Sequels that lived up to predecessors, great original films and strong animated showings all helped boost the box office to these record numbers. So, does 2013 stand a chance to live up to these lofty numbers? Here is my pick for the films that will certainly try to reach that goat:

The Superhero Smorgasbord

After some huge hits in 2012, it's looking like 2013 is going to try to match the success with some heavy hitters of its own. Leading to charge has to be Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (June 14), which, from what I've seen, looks to be adding a little Dark Knight edginess to the boyscout Superman franchise. Will it work? Snyder has both impressed (300, Dawn of the Dead) and disappointed (Sucker Punch, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole) so this is kind of a toss up for me. But seeing as how disappointed I was in Superman Returns, this has got to be better? Right?

Besides Man of Steel, there are plenty of other heroes to attend to. Marvel has Iron Man 3 (May 3) and Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 08) as part of their Phase 2 rollout. While I doubt either will reach the success of The Avengers, both should still rake in a hefty chunk of change.

It doesn't stop there, oh no. You also have The Wolverine (July 26) and Kick-Ass 2 (June 28) - the latter of which probably won't make a lot of cash, but the first Kick-Ass was so much fun, I hope they capture that spirit again.

Franchise Favorites Return

This one has everything: Action in A Good Day to Die Hard (Feb. 14), Fast Six (May 24) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Oct. 04); Comedy with Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Dec. 20) and The Hangover III (May 24) and Family in the form of The Smurfs 2 (July 31) and Despicable Me 2 (July 3).

However, there are three films that are sure to be huge hits in the franchise department:

Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) - It has been four years since J.J. Abrams successful reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise hit theaters. Now the wait is over as we finally see what (and who) the crew is up against. There is a lot of mystery behind this, as somehow they have kept he identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain under wraps (though Khan is still the front-runner according to IMDB). The film got widespread attention after terminally ill fan Daniel Craft was granted an early screening. Craft just passed away, and it was a great act to grant him a final wish (I would be the exact same way with Star Wars). I think this is going to be one of the biggest films of the year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22) - Although I think the film lost something with the departure of director Gary Ross, the sequel should still see huge returns, seeing as how Hunger Games was the 3rd-highest grossing film of 2012. Jennifer Lawrence is riding a wave of popularity, and Katniss is still as appealing as ever. I'm kind of hoping they take more chances with this one, but it should be a monster no matter how it turns out.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13) - Although The Hobbit may have been a slight disappointment compared to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Peter Jackson is still a fantasy wunderkind. He knows Middle Earth like the back of his hand, and can still craft an amazing world on screen. I just hope he utilizes a better hand when it comes to editing - if there is one thing that would have made The Hobbit better, it would be a few more cuts to whittle it down just a bit. I know I'll still be (nearly) first in line when it comes to this second entry - and I bet I'll have a nice crowd behind me.

Young Adult Bliss

There aren't movies I'll necessarily seek out, but they will play to their audiences (i.e., people who enjoy Twilight... probably) and will do well to come anywhere near the success of that series. If you're feeling Stephanie Meyers withdraw - don't fret, The Host (March 29) is also based on her work. While I have my doubts, at least it secured the talents of Saoirse Ronan, in my opinion one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood alongside Lawrence.

You also have the zombie romance Warm Bodies (Feb. 1), another popular YA series-turned movie in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug. 23) along with Beautiful Creatures (Feb. 13).

However, one film based on a book for young adults is on my list: Ender's Game (Nov. 1). I am an absolute fan of the novel by Orson Scott Card and have waited years as rumors have floated around about the film being made. Now it's here and I hope to God they don't screw this one up. The cast looks great and I know the story is good - I just hope they don't take any huge liberties with things. It's hard to say how this will play with general audiences, but I'm looking forward to this one.

Original Film and Oscar Contenders

Once you get passed the remakes, sequels and reboots, you have some standout originals - some of which are likely to be up for awards. Of course you have your big-budget popcorn films as well.

On the special effects side of things Pacific Rim (July 12) looks to give Guillermo del Toro a whole new sandbox to play in as giant robots battle huge monsters. It just looks like a whole lot of fun and I have hopes that del Toro won't turn this into a Transformers clone.

You also have daring sci-fi in the form of After Earth (June 7) (with Will Smith and his son Jaden), Gravity (Oct. 18) - Alfonso Cuarón always makes interesting films and should be another hit with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock on board and Elysium (Aug. 9), from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, who has also lined up an impressive cast (led by Matt Damon and Jodie Foster) which explores a futuristic version of the fight between have and have-nots.

Comedy is also going to get a boost of originality. I have to say the premise of This is the End (June 14) looks hilarious. A bunch of Hollywood stars attending a party at Jame's Franco's house deal with the apocalypse. What about that doesn't sound like it's going to be fun? Plus, you have a completely stellar cast (I'm guessing some of whom are only going to be cameos) playing "themselves" from Emma Watson to Rihanna with comedic talents from the likes of Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel along for the ride.

Speaking of the end, The World's End (Oct. 25) caps off the so-called Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (the first two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) and, if the previous two films are any indication, this should be a rocking good time as well. Other comedies that could be hits include the pairing of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief (Feb. 8) and the return of Jim Carrey in the magician-themed comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (March 15).

Other big name original films include Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8), The Lone Ranger (July 3) and Oblivion (April 19). But what about films I see as having the best chance at getting awards?

I would say things are going to be led by The Monuments Men (Dec. 18) - George Clooney directs and stars in this film about a group of art historians, museum curators and the like coming together to stop the Nazis from destroying priceless works of art during WWII.

There is also Terrence Malick's new film, To the Wonder (April 12) and while I was not so impressed by Tree of Life, critics seem to love the guy, so most likely this will factor in to the awards season.

It's looked like A Place Beyond the Pines (March 29 - limited) could succeed where Drive failed - as Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper continue to enjoy success. Plus, the trailer makes things look very interesting in this drama that crosses generations.

After being pushed back from 2012 - Baz Luhrmann The Great Gatsby (May 10) should also make some waves thanks to a great cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan amongst others) and a stylish take on the classic story.

The Rest

Horror - Could be a mixed bag. There is the delayed released of World War Z (June 21) which, despite now looking not so much like the amazingly awesome novel, is still about zombies, so it has to be somewhat good, right? You also have The Evil Dead (April 12) and Carrie (March 15) remakes - either of which have the possibility of being great or terrible.

Speaking of remakes, Spike Lee's Oldboy (Oct. 11) could also either be a hit or miss, but I have such great love of the original, he's really going to have to do something special to impress me on this one.

I also thing that Machete Kills (TBA) will find a limited audience, but the original was such great grindhouse fun, I'll have to check this one out just to see how terrible the cameos are going to be.

Any films I missed? What are the films you're looking at in 2013 to be the main attractions? I want to know, because you all know I'm going to be along for the ride, so I may as well have some people there with me.


Avoid spam Captcha: Sign Up + or Log In +   

View Naveen's Profile


Wrote on 01/08/13 at 01:56 AM CT

Great article, but you forgot Monsters University! It should be huge, and I hope it turns out as great as it looks so far.

Write on Profile +

Recent Blog Posts

All Posts

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Log In
Help on how to log into FilmCrave
Login with Facebook
Login with FilmCrave
What Members Are Doing
Movie Talk
New Movie Reviews
New Movie Lists
My Blu Ray Collection by Yojimbo
Movies I Want To See by Rod
Top Sci-Fi Movies by Nolane
To See: 2018 Movies by Alex
Movies of 2014 by Stoney McStonerson
Movies I've Watched by Chris Ghost
My Wish List by hoods_breath
movies of 2008 by skater4159




Contact FilmCrave Public Relations    

Advertise and Business

Developer API

Contact Us


About us



Support FilmCrave

FAQ and Help

News and Press

Terms of Use


Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Are you sure you want to delete this blog?