Man, 2012 was a pretty darn good year for films, right? "The Avengers," "Lincoln," "The Hunger Games," "Silver Linings Playbook," seriously, we could go on and on, as this past year has been one of the best in recent memory.
And that has us even more amped up to see what Hollywood does for an encore. Sure, 2013 has some pretty big shoes to fill, but there are always news movies to see, new adventures to experience, new stars to meet and new pop culture obsessions waiting to be born.
So with that in mind, we've put together our list of the top 50 Movies We’re All About in 2013. Because last year is just so last year.
Release Date: July 3
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson
The Scoop: Sure, on the face of it, this one looks a little iffy; after all, the Lone Ranger may have been wildly popular in the 30's and 40's thanks to his radio and TV shows, but last we checked, that was a long time ago. Still, masked heroes do appear to be the in thing these days and if there's one thing we've learned over the past decade, it's that Johnny Depp can always be trusted to turn in a performance that is at least interesting. Plus, he's reuniting with "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski and has "The Social Network's" Armie Hammer on board as well. We're curious to see if they can make the Lone Ranger relevant for the 21st century.
49. 'The Internship'
Release Date: June 7
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
The Scoop: If you want to know why we're excited about this one, take a second look at that cast list. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn have individually made some decent films since 2005's "Wedding Crashers," but neither has ever fully lived up the the high bar that film set in kicking off the R-rated comedy boom. With "The Internship," though, not only are they reuniting for a story about a couple of 40-somethings who become interns at a youth-oriented internet startup, they are also promoting Will Ferrell — who had an epic cameo in "Wedding Crashers" — to full-fledged co-star.
Release Date: October 18
Starring: Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer
The Scoop: Robert De Niro has a knack for self-parody, regularly spoofing his own reputation for doing mob flicks (see: "Analyze This"). So "Malavita" should be right up his alley, as he plays the head of a mob family who are relocated to France as part of the witness protection program. Once there, though, they learn that old habits die hard, as De Niro is soon up to his old tricks in his new town. French director Luc Besson is on hand to make sure the setting is accurate, while Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer help round out an excellent cast. Fresh off "Silver Linings," this De Niro guy may have some promise as an actor after all.
Release Date: October 4
Starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford
The Scoop: Liam Hemsworth has had some minor roles in some major films ("The Hunger Games," "The Expendables 2"), but with "Paranoia" he steps into lead role shoes, appearing alongside heavyweights Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford as a young and ambitious businessman who gets himself caught between caught between a rock and a hard place when he's asked by one to spy on the other. Corporate intrigue is interesting, but seeing Hemsworth go head-to-head with two of the top actors in Hollywood is even more interesting. We're eager to see if Hemsworth can make the leap to prime time player with this one.
Release Date: September 20
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde
The Scoop: Between "Thor," "The Avengers" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," most movie fans think or Chris Hemsworth as an action movie star. Which he totally is. But in "Rush," he takes on action of a different sort, trading his hammer for a steering wheel in this drama about the dangerous life of Formula One racing. Based on a true story, 'Rush" stars Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, who in 1976 was nearly killed in a terrible accident, only to return to the track mere weeks later in an attempt to best his arch-rival (that's Hemsworth). Sometimes you don't need a costume to be heroic.
Release Date: September 20
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano
The Scoop: Hugh Jackman has set himself up for quite a year, first with the superhero blockbuster "The Wolverine" (more on that later down our list) and then this collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve, who previously wowed critics with his Oscar-nominated film "Incendies." Here Jackman plays a working class Boston dad whose daughter is kidnapped; when the authorities can't find her, Jackman takes on the task herself, targeting the man who he believes abducted her. But does he have the right guy? If you were wondering what "Taken" might have looked like if it had been done as a serious indie drama instead of a bullet-slinging action fest, "Prisoners' will provide the answer.
Release Date: April 19
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
The Scoop: 2013 is shaping up to be a really boffo year for movies about people living on a future, ruined Earth (see: "After Earth" and "Elysium," both of which are also on our list). This edition features Tom Cruise as a guy who returns to the abandoned Earth to repair some clean-up droids — you know, like WALL-E — only to discover that Earth isn't quite as abandoned as he thought. Morgan Freeman plays the leader of a band of survivors who harbor a terrible secret that could threaten society itself. Our guess? Scientology.
43. 'Movie 43'
Release Date: January 25
Starring: Emma Stone, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, a billion other people
The Scoop: So what would happen if you got just about everybody in Hollywood to appear in the same film together, lampooning themselves, each other and the movie business in general? "Movie 43," it seems. Consisting of a dozen interconnected segments co-directed by the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Bob Odenkirk and Brett Ratner, "Movie 43" features everyone from Gerard Butler, Anna Faris and Hugh Jackman to Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. We're already laughing just thinking about the possibilities.
Release Date: April 12
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni
The Scoop: Yes, our pick for number 42 on our list is the movie "42." What else would you expect from the answer to the ultimate question? This one has more than just an inside nerd joke going for it, though; it also stars Chadwick Boseman as one of baseball's greatest legends, Jackie Robinson, in a story about how he broke the sport's color barrier and became a national icon and force for societal change as a result. Harrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers manager who signed Robinson after years of looking for the right man to cross — and erase — one of racism's most prominent lines.
Release Date: May 24
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles
The Scoop: Director Chris Wedge, who helmed the first "Ice Age" film, returns once again to the world of animation for this big budget effort about a girl named Mary who is thrust into a magical world. Amanda Seyfried provides the voice of Mary, while Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrel and Christoph Waltz add their talents as well. So will this one truly be "Epic?" Here's hoping.
Release Date: February 28
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
The Scoop: At first glance the title may suggest that t his is yet another version of the Dracula story, but in fact it's a film about something far more sinister and dangerous than a vampire: Family. Mia Wasikowska plays a gal whose father dies. One unexpected consequence is the reappearance of her estranged uncle, played by Matthew Goode, who begins inserting himself into their family life. The result is a creepy psychological thriller that will have you squirming in your seat — and has us squirming in anticipation of its February release.
Release Date: November 27
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, India Menzel
The Scoop: Disney has been on a bit of a roll recently with their animated classics (see: "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Tangled") and that streak looks to continue with next Thanksgiving's "Frozen.' Based loosely on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen," "Frozen" features voicework by Kristen Bell as Anna, a girl who is cursed by her sinister sister, The Snow Queen. Teaming up with an adventurous mountain man named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Anna sets out on a quest to save herself and, most likely, the world. So that's where global warming came from!
Release Date: October 25
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
The Scoop: Apocalyptic epics are all the rage these days, so who better to take the stuffing out of the genre than the comedic dream team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Joined by Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman, "The World's End" tells the tale of a gorup of blokes who set out on their annual bar crawl only to discover that they also hold the fate of humanity in their hands. Man, we hate it when that happens.
37. 'Jack Ryan'
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
The Scoop: Some of Hollywood's best and brightest have taken on the role of Tom Clancy's CIA operative Jack Ryan in the past — Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford twice — and now "Star Trek's" Chris Pine steps into the role in this latest attempt to revamp the franchise. This time around, the producers are going the "Casino Royale" route, with an origin story showing how Ryan made the transition from desk jockey analyst to top flight field agent. Keira Knightley is also on board as the future Mrs. Ryan, so that should be nice.
Release Date: March 20
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes
The Scoop: You may recall back in 2011 when Ryan Gosling blew away critics and fans alike with his portrayal of the car-driving badass in "Drive." Well, now he's at it again, only this time he's riding a motorcylce. In fact, he's playing a motorcylce stuntman who, while trying to provide for his family, makes some iffy life choices and ends on on the wrong side of the law. And since that law is embodied in the person of Bradley Cooper, who is coming off his own headline grabbing performance in 'Silver Linings Playbook," it's safe to say that this is one on-screen showdown you won't want to miss. Finally we will learn what happens when Sexiest Men Alive do battle.
35. 'Monuments Men'
Release Date: December 20
Starring: Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett
The Scoop: George Clooney has directed some pretty impressive films in his career ("Good Night & Good Luck," "The Ides of March"), but "Monuments Men" may be his most interesting and ambitious project yet. Daniel Craig and Matt Damon star in the true (ish) story of a hand-picked group of specialists during World War II who were tasked with a secret and vital mission: Saving the world's art treasures from the Nazis. You'll note that this is being released just before Christmas, meaning Clooney and company are probably already starting to clear space on their mantles for all the awards they are expecting to win.
34. 'Pain & Gain'
Release Date: April 26
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Rebel Wilson
The Scoop: Michael Bay is mainly known for his giant explosions, but this time around he's hoping to be known for his giant muscles. That's because Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson co-star as iron pumping muscleheads who concoct a crazy scheme to take over the mid-90's Miami underworld. They run into just one major, unexpected problem, though: They actually succeed. And that's when things really hit the fan. Rebel Wilson co-stars in her latest step towards complete world domination. The only muscle she needs is the one between her ears.
Release Date: December 20
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
The Scoop: Now, who doesn't just absolutely love "Mary Poppins"? That's a rhetorical question, of course, since everyone alive quite rightly adores the 1964 Disney classic starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews. In fact, there's only one thing most movie fans love more and that's Tom Hanks, which is why "Saving Mr. Banks" is such a treat. Hanks, you see, plays Walt Disney himself in this true story of how Uncle Walt tussled with "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (the always amazing Emma Thompson) over the rights to the movie version. We won't even need a spoonful of sugar with this one, it sounds like a treat enough already.
Release Date: March 15
Starring: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi
The Scoop: The comedy dream team of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey go head-to-head in this new farce about a Las Vegas magician (Carell) whose career goes on the skids when a hot new act (Carrey) muscles in on his turf. Add in a supporting role from Steve Buscemi in an absolutely amazing wig and you have the makings of one of this year's potential sleeper hits. Oh, and Olivia Wilde is in it. The real magic trick here would be finding a way to keep us out of the theater on March 15.
Release Date: August 9
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley
The Scoop: Man, the Earth is just a real epic level s#!thole in movies these days, huh? Unlike some of 2013's other sci-fi and apocalyptic epics, though, "Elysium" also carries more than a whiff of well-timed political and social commentary. Matt Damon stars as a guy living in a future where the ultra-rich live on an opulent space station that floats serenely above the wildly overpopulated and polluted Earth. When he undertakes a secret mission, though, the fates of both the 99% and the fatcats above could be impacted forever. This looks to be what sci-fi should be: Fun and exciting, but also smart and provocative.
Release Date: October 4
Starring: Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke
The Scoop: By the time "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" comes out it will have been eight long years since the original "Sin City" became a surprise hit back in 2005. And in the meantime, co-director Frank Miller, who wrote and drew the comics that "Sin City" is based on, nearly sank his movie career entirely with the epic dud "The Spirit." But we have a feeling all that will be wiped away once viewers get a look at "Sin City's" trademark visuals. As a bonus, this one is a prequel of sorts, meaning all the fan favorites from the original are back, even the dead ones. They might as well start on "Sin City 3" right now and spare us the long wait this time.
29. 'The Wolverine'
Release Date: July 26
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto
The Scoop: Hugh Jackman is pretty damn amazing, isn't he? Right now he's getting hyped for Best Actor for his role in the musical period piece "Les Misérables." And yet he still has the range to slip back into character as the mutant superhero (or is that anti-hero?) Wolverine in this latest 'X-Men" spinoff. Sure, 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was kind of a downbeat stinkeroo, but this one looks like it will bring back the magic thanks to the fact that it is adapting the most popular and influential Wolverine comic of all time, Frank Miller's classic story of Logan studying the ways of the samurai in Japan. Jackman as a samurai? Really, there's nothing this guy can't do.
Release Date: March 8
Starring: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff
The Scoop: We love Tina Fey. And we love Paul Rudd and we... sometimes get paid to watch romantic comedies. But we really, really want to love those too, which is why we're so excited for "Admission," which stars both Fey and Rudd as probably the most adorkable couple in the world. Or are they? See, "Admission" is about an admissions officer at a college whose buttoned down life is thrown for a loop when one of her applicants turns out to possibly be the son she gave up for adoption. So does she have room in her heart for him — and for Rudd's potential love interest guy? We have a feeling this is going to have a happy ending for everyone, including the audience.
27. 'Evil Dead'
Release Date: April 12
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
The Scoop: It's safe to say that most fans are torn on the new "Evil Dead," feeling a mix of emotions somewhere between cautious optimism and unbridled disgust at the fact that someone has remade Sam Raimi's classic 1981 horror film "The Evil Dead." But relax, y'all, because Raimi himself hand picked director Fede Alvarez to update the franchise with a darker, scarier tone. So give it a chance. After all, remaking "Evil Dead" may be blasphemy, but isn't blasphemy what good horror films are all about?
Release Date: July 3
Starring: Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand
The Scoop: We don't have to explain why everyone should be excited for this one, right? Not only is 2010's "Despicable Me" one of the most fun animated hits in recent memory, those loveable little minions are about the closest thing we still have left to Twinkies. And as all the previews have shown, there will be plenty more minion action this time around, not to mention the return of Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, the supervillain with the heart of gold. The only thing despicable would be missing out on this film.
25. 'The To-Do List'
Release Date: August 16
Starring: Connie Britton, Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson
The Scoop: The teenage sex comedy has been around about as long as both teenagers and sex, so the fact that there's a new one coming out in 2013 isn't a big surprise. What is a bit out of the ordinary for Hollywood is that "The To-Do List" is told from the perspective of a teenage girl rather than another horny dude. Of course, Aubrey Plaza, who plays a high school graduate looking to get more experience before heading to college, is actually 28. But hey, whatever. Welcome to the 21st century, teenage sex comedy.
Release Date: May 24
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianzakis, Ed Helms
The Scoop: Once upon a time this might have been at the top of our list, but then we went and actually saw "The Hangover Part II." Not that it wasn't funny, but you know, it wasn't as funny as the original. Well, this time the trio of Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianzakis, Ed Helms aims to right the ship by returning to the good ol' U.S. of A. and focusing on Alan, the one man wild pack. Seems that Alan has finally started receiving the assistance he needs for his obvious mental issues, so naturally the guys try to break him out of the institution. That's just the kind of terrible decision making we know and love from these fools. Welcome back, guys!
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23. 'Gangster Squad'
Release Date: January 11
Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin
The Scoop: "Gangster Squad," as you may remember, was originally scheduled to hit theaters this past fall, but some last minute changes to the story ended up pushing the release to January 11. And frankly, that's great, because we can't think of a better way to wipe away those winter doldrums than by checking out a gritty period piece about cops trying to clean up the mean streets of '50s Los Angeles. Plus, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are back together, showing off the blazing chemistry that turned "Crazy, Stupid, Love." into one of the best films of 2011. Knock 'em dead, guys.
22. 'Side Effects'
Release Date: February 8
Starring: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law
The Scoop: In case you haven't heard the devastating news, Channing Tatum recently revealed that he is considering taking a break from acting in 2013. Luckily for us, though, he's already finished filming "Side Effects," meaning this new Stephen Soderbergh psychological thriller may be the last chance we have to see him for a while. Considering this one also features the always awesome Jude Law as a doctor who prescribes a dangerous new medication to 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's" Rooney Mara, we have a feeling that if Channing does go on hiatus, at least he'll be going out on a high note.
21. '21 and Over'
Release Date: March 1
Starring: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin
The Scoop: Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin (you may have noticed there names right up in the line above this one) play a group of young'uns who head out for a night on the town for one of those classic 21st birthday bashes. Naturally, everything goes completely wrong in embarrassing and hilarious ways. If this sounds basically like a version of "The Hangover" re-written for a younger crowd, well, it totally is, as this film was written by the same dudes who wrote "The Hangover." Chances are, therefore, that this will be awesome. Bottoms up!
Release Date: December 13
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
The Scoop: Just about the only thing keeping us from putting this much higher on our list is the fact that we pretty much already know what we're going to see, what with having read the book and seen Peter Jackson's four other Tolkien adaptations. So the element of surprise is mostly missing. On the other hand, the elements of wonderful cinematography, excellent acting and heart-pounding adventure are all still present, as is the super scary bad guy Smaug the dragon, who is voiced by the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch. This is the very definition of epic.
Release Date: October 11
Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
The Scoop: No, "Captain Phillips" isn't about a superhero with an extremely banal code name. But it is about a real life hero. Tom Hanks stars as Captain Richard Phillips, who in 2009 was commanding the merchant vessel Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked by pirates. Phillips was taken prisoner and held for ransom for several days before being rescued by Navy SEALs in a daring attack. Oscar nominee Catherine Keener plays his wife, Andrea Phillips, while "United 93" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass is behind the camera. Should be a real corker.
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18. 'The Host'
Release Date: March 29
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt
The Scoop: All the Twihards out there who have been dejectedly dismantling your shrines to Edward, take heart, because author Stephenie Meyer is back with her latest ode to young (and weird) love. Instead of vampires, though, this time around the good looking kids involved have to deal with alien invaders who take over people's bodies and erase their personalities. Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan plays a gal who forms an unlikely alliance with her own alien parasite, leading to a new resistance effort by humanity's dregs as well as a truly complicated love triangle. Time for a new shrine.
17. 'Kick-Ass 2'
Release Date: June 28
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
The Scoop: A lot of people thought that 2010's "Kick-Ass" kicked ass, so it's only natural that those people are also expecting "Kick-Ass 2" to kick ass too. And frankly, we see no reason to doubt it, as all the key players — including Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass, Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist — are back for another round of "realistic" superhero adventure. Just make sure you keep an eye on your backside, because someone's ass is going to be kicked and if you're not careful, it could be yours.
16. 'World War Z'
Release Date: June 21
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse
The Scoop: When you think "post-apocalyptic zombie epic," you probably don't think Brad Pitt. He's more of a Sexiest Man Alive, perfume commercial kind of guy, right? But he's also done some pretty awesome work before in apocalyptic sci-fi epics, earning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in 1995's "12 Monkeys." So we know he can pull it off and since "World War Z" is loosely based on the wildly popular novel by Max Brooks, we also know there's a great story at the heart of all the zombie madness. Going to see this one is a no-brainer (get it? Zombie joke!).
15. 'After Earth'
Release Date: June 7
Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Isabelle Fuhrman
The Scoop: The third in our triumvirate of sci-fi epics about a ruined future Earth (see: "Oblivion," "Elysium"), "After Earth" sets itself apart by teaming father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith as a father-son duo who crash land on an Earth that has returned to nature. Big, mutant, angry nature. And the surprise here is that the star and hero of the film isn't Will, it's Jaden; after Dad gets seriously injured in the crash, it's up to Junior to save both their bacons with a classic coming-of-age quest, only with more rayguns and mutated man-eating plants. So how well do father and son work together on film? Not for nothing, but this looks like it might be Will Smith's best film since the two last worked together on "The Pursuit of Happyness." More, please.
Release Date: November 8
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Hiddleston
The Scoop: Otherwise known as "Thor 2" for those of us who like our sequels to have an easy to follow numbering system, "Thor: The Dark World" goes boldly where no superhero film has ever gone before: The bad guy is an incredibly sinister demon elf (actually, amazingly enough the same could be said of "Hellboy 2," which, hurray comic book movies!). Malekith (that's the elf guy) is also played by the awesome Christopher Eccleston, meaning he should be a damn fine match for Chris Hemsworth's noble hero Thor. And don't worry, because Tom Hiddleston is in this movie as well. Crisis averted.
13. 'Warm Bodies'
Release Date: February 1
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
The Scoop: Based on the popular novel by Isaac Marion, "Warm Bodies" take the zombie movie in a new, unexpected direction: Romance. Nicholas Hoult plays your typical mindless zombie. Or, he's typical and mindless right up intil he meets the still-living Teresa Palmer, whom he naturally falls in love with. Of course, their romance is strained by the fact that a) he's undead and b) he ate her boyfriend. But love conquers all, and in 2013, it's poised to conquer the box office as well. Because braaaaains are nice, but heart is even better.
Release Date: March 8
Starring: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz
The Scoop: The premise is as simple as it is bold: Tell the story of how the wonderful "Wizard of Oz became" the wonderful wizard in the first place. Considering how beloved "The Wizard of Oz" is, though, messing around with it is a tricky proposition at best. Luckily, Sam Raimi is behind the camera, lending his unique viewpoint and ability to blend quirkiness (see: "Evil Dead 2") with blockbuster excitement (see: "Spider-Man 2"). And with James Franco playing the wizard, fans will also get to see an Oscar nominated actor take on one of Hollywood's most iconic roles. We expect the results to be nothing short of magical.
Release Date: June 21
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
The Scoop: Hard to believe, but it's now been 11 long years since Pixar's "Monster's Inc." first charmed audiences. If "Monsters Inc." had been a live action film, of course, the idea of doing a prequel more than a decade later would be nearly impossible thanks to aging stars. But thanks to the magic of animation, Sully (voiced by John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) are back as you've never seen them before in this tale that shows how the best buddies first met up in college and became, well, best buddies. We just hope we don't have to wait until 2024 for the next one.
Release Date: November 22
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The Scoop: Last March, "The Hunger Games" morphed from a hit series of novels by author Suzanne Collins into a national pop culture phenomenon. And much of that is thanks not just to the source material, but to the amazing way Oscar-nominated star Jennifer Lawrence brought complex and conflicted heroine Katniss Everdeen to life. Needless to say, we're excited to see not just what happens next in the movie version of the story, but more importantly what Lawrence and company bring to the second film. And with two more movies to follow, this is one fire that has no signs of going out any time soon.
Release Date: June 14
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
The Scoop: If you're tired of comedies with the old cliched sitcom plotlines — they're mismatched roommates! they're in love with the same woman! and they also dress up as women! — then "This Is The End" is the perfect remedy. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson are just some of the stars who play versions of themselves in this madcap comedy about celebrities trying to survive the end of the world. Plus, it's got "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson in it as well. We can't wait to see her go toe to toe with those guys. "This Is The End," all right — the end of crappy comedy.
Release Date: November 1
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford
The Scoop: One of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction novels of all time, Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" finally gets the big screen treatment it deserves in this adaptation by "Tsotsi" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" director Gavin Hood. Asa Butterfield, the breakout star of last year's critically beloved film "Hugo," is joined by Oscar nominees Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld in a story about children being trained as Earth's last line of defense against an imminent alien attack. And with Harrison Ford on board as the guy doing the training, well, let's just say we think Earth is in pretty good hands.
Release Date: October 11
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson
The Scoop: Usually we're not all that excited to see yet another remake; after all, if the film was good enough to deserve a remake, we're happy just watching the original, thanks very much. There's one major difference between this remake and most, though: It's being remade by one of the most dynamic, acclaimed and controversial directors of all time, Spike Lee. And the film he's remaking is the shockingly intense Korean horror thriller "Oldboy," which became an instant cult classic when it was released in 2003. With a cast that includes Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen, we can't wait to see what Lee comes up with.
Release Date: June 7
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson
The Scoop: Just check out the cast list up there: Eisenberg, Ruffalo, Caine, Freeman, Harrelson. Now imagine them all in a flick about a group of magicians who perform heists as part of their act and distribute the money to their audiences. And now imagine that the action is being staged by Louis Leterrier, the guy behind the "Transporter" franchise. Okay, you can give your imagination a rest, because all of that is true and you'll get to see the results in the theater this June. Frankly, we'd check out a film with any one of these dudes in it. But all of them together? Now that's the kind of trick we like.
Release Date: December 20
Starring: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell
The Scoop: Frankly, we were beginning to think they were never going to make a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy," which turned Will Ferrell into an A-list superstar back in 2004 (and gave Steve Carell his big screen big break as well). Finally, though, Ferrell and his Funny or Die partner Adam McKay have brought the whole gang back together for another send-up of the inherently ridiculous world of local newscasting. All we can say is, it's about damn time.
Release Date: June 14
Starring: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams
The Scoop: First, the necessary warning: We were also really excited back in 2006 to see Bryan Singer's attempt to relaunch the Superman franchise with "Superman Returns." And that turned out to be a pretty big disappointment all around. So we've been burned before on this one. But everything we've seen from Zack Snyder (who knows a thing or two about comic book adaptations from "300" and "Watchmen") suggests that this modern take on the Superman mythos is the one we've all been waiting for. And having a leading man like Henry Cavill sure doesn't hurt either. Welcome back, Kal-El. We've missed you.
Release Date: May 17
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
The Scoop: Talk about your teases: The sequel to 2009's mega-blockbuster "Star Trek" was originally scheduled to come out in 2012 before being shelved due to other obligations on the part of director/mastermind J.J. Abrams. Now he's ready to roll, though, and so are Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as the original sci-fi bromantic duo of Captain Kirk and Spock. This time around they are going to battling the sinister Benedict Cumberbatch, and unlike his role as the dragon Smaug in "The Hobbit," there will be no crazy CGI animation necessary to turn him into a powerhouse threat. We're going to boldly predict that this one will be a winner.
2. 'Iron Man 3'
Release Date: May 3
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley
The Scoop: How can Marvel possibly top "The Avengers," which was only the biggest and most popular film of 2012, earning over $1.5 billion worldwide to become the third highest grossing movie of all time? Why, by releasing "Iron Man 3," which brings back "Avengers" lead Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, the billionaire philanthropist genius with a heart of gold (or cold fusion, anyway). This time around, Iron Man is menaced by his arch-enemy from the comics, the sinister Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley with an amazing fake beard). Oh, and the story is rumored to get the ball rolling on "Avengers 2" to boot. Tony Stark may be a genius, but he's got nothing on the folks at Marvel.
Release Date: July 12
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi
The Scoop: Director Guillermo del Toro has made some pretty ambitious films in the past ("Hellboy 2" and "Pan's Labyrinth" come to mind) but even those films pale in comparison to the scale of "Pacific Rim." Then again, so does everything with the possible exception of "The Hobbit" trilogy, which del Toro left to begin working on "Pacific Rim." And boy, does it look like that decision is going to pay off for everyone, as the first trailer for "Pacific Rim" just about crashed the internet due to overwhelming fan response. After all, what could possibly be bigger and better than giant robots fighting enormous monsters? It's like the greatest anime story ever told, except it's live action and it's being told by a master filmmaker. And that's why there's no question that 'Pacific Rim" is the number one film we're f&%$ing psyched to see in 2013.
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