2013 looks like it’s going to be another great year of films, particularly nerdy fantasy sci-fi-y comic and literature inspired films. Here are 20 films we’ll definitely be seeing this year.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan 25)
We have to admit, we were pretty skeptical when we first started seeing advertisements for this film. Hansel and Gretel all grown up and hunting witches? What? But we happen to like Jeremy Renner and as ridiculous as the plot sounds, this one could be fun. We’re planning on walking into this film and being entertained regardless.
Warm Bodies (Feb 1)
We’ve seen this trailer several times at this point and yet it never fails to make us laugh. We think it’s impossible to tell a zombie love story (or any paranormal romance, really) without a large heaping dose of humor, and we’re glad that the film seems to agree with us.
Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1)
Critique Geek is a huge fan of the dark fairy tale trend (it’s almost like filmmakers are actually paying attention to the source material!), so this grown-up version of a classic tale had to be included on our list. Plus it has a great cast and looks pretty cool too.
Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8)
Yet another grown up take on a fairy tale classic. Since this is Disney, it’s definitely going to be good. The real question is, will it be great?
See what we did there? The trailer looks pretty awesome, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Oblivion (April 19)
Critique Geek has a habit of scoffing ever so slightly every time another Tom Cruise film is advertised, but this post-apocalyptic tale has even her on board (and seriously wanting to get her hands on the graphic novel).
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
In the third installment of the Iron Man saga, the superhero is besieged by his own super suits. Aside from all the possibilities for “Honey, where is my super suit?” jokes, it seems like a good way to spend a couple hours. Not to mention, Robert Downey Jr.
About Time (May 10)
We haven’t heard a whole lot about this film yet, but it stars
Bill Weasley Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. And it’s all about a man who discovers he can time travel. We’re in.
The Great Gatsby (May 10)
Unique and Critique Geek are excited and nauseated about this one, respectively. On the one hand, it’s The Great Gatsby and it has a pretty solid cast. On the other hand, Baz Luhrmann films tend to be very hit-or-miss and while the trailer has all the elements of spectacle that Gatsby needs… We’ll be going into this with some reservations. (Partially because this is Critique Geek’s favorite book ever and she is setting herself up for disappointment so she won’t actually be disappointed, you see.)
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)
Do we really need to explain this one? If your answer to that question is yes, we’d like to kindly direct you to the trailer, located here. JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek film was awesome, and this one has Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict Cumberbatch.
Now You See Me (June 7)
Judging from the trailer, this movie combines two of Freak Geek’s favorite genres: heist movie and holy crap Sherlock how did you fake your death? In her words: “I need this movie now. NOW. Give it to me.” Critique Geek is inclined to agree.
Man of Steel (June 14)
When Freak Geek was a small child, she thought Superman was the coolest ever superhero, and shipped him with Sailor Moon.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 21)
Ever since this Joss Whedon project was announced, Critique Geek has been curious about it. Joss Whedon and Shakespeare? We’ll need to see it in order to believe it.
Kick Ass 2 (June 28)
The first movie was a hilarious romp through a land of comic-book cliches; we’re definitely looking forward to the sequel to this cult classic. It’s going to be ridiculous and we’re going to love every single second of it.
The Wolverine (July 26)
In the last X-Men movie, the most we saw of Wolverine was him drinking and telling Magneto and Professor X to f*#& off. It was lovely. Now we get a whole movie of it. We shall pray to Storm that it will not suck.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug 23)
Freak Geek is convinced The Mortal Instruments is a black metal band out of the Philippines. We’re hoping the film will show her otherwise and maybe even convince her to pick up the books.
Ender’s Game (Nov 1)
Finally. Finally finally finally. When Critique Geek first heard about this she was sitting in the middle of the library and squealed so loudly that she got some very strange looks. The same is likely going to happen when she watches the film.
Thor: The Dark World (Nov 8)
You can’t tell us you’re not excited for MORE LOKI. Okay, Rapunzel the God of Thunder is pretty nice, but what we’re really looking forward to in this movie is LOKI LOKI LOKI LOKI LOKI. We’re also hoping that this Thor film will have less of a holy-crap-we’re-doing-the-Avengers-quick-let’s-throw-together-a-Thor-movie feel and be more complete.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov 22)
With all the frenzy surrounding the casting, Catching Fire has been practically unavoidable everywhere from Facebook to Tumblr to Twitter to the radio. While the first film left something to be desired, we’ll be seeing this one anyway.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec 13)
Or, alternately, as it is known on Tumblr: Bilbo Baggins and the Day Smaug-Sempai Notices Him. Okay, Smauglock Holmes jokes aside, we’re looking forward to the next installment of The Hobbit trilogy (even if we’re still not convinced that splitting it into three movies was absolutely necessary). Probably the most anticipated factor is Benedict Cumberbatch as
Sherlock Holmes a giant man-eating, fire-breathing dragon.
Only Lovers Left Alive (Date TBD)
Tom Hiddleston. Enough said, really. Beyond an amazing male lead, however, we’re hoping that the vampire love story will show Twilight how it’s really done.