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1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13,2013)
Many people hold a special place in their hearts for The Hobbit and its movie adaptations. The shortest of Tolkien’s novels, but somehow the longest of the movie adaptations, The Hobbit has made some people quite angry. Some call it greed, some say Peter Jackson wants to include every single detail of the Lord of the Ring’s universe before saying his final farewell. However, whatever you believe, one has to admit the first one was pretty good. So while we all may be playing into the Hollywood money scheme, the sequel is one that many will be anticipating at the end of this year. Treasure, Gandalf, quirky dwarves, dragons, , and the excellent portrayal of Bilbo Baggins by the loveable Martin Freeman, are what awaits us at the end of 2013. It’s going to be a good year.
2. The Great Gatsby (May 10, 2013)
Afraid that it would hurt the box office appeal of The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby got pushed to late 2013. The modern twist on the old classic presents a fresh look at Fitzgerald’s most well-known novel of temptation, betrayal, and extravagance, offering up some interesting acting choices. First of all, the casting choices are flawless. Carey Mulligan as Daisy (a brilliant choice show the dark insanity and sex appeal of this socialite) Tobey Maguire as Nick (once again, hitting the nail on the head – a perfect complement in his boyish charm and uncertainty), and then you have Leonardo DiCaprio. While DiCaprio presents some of the best acting chops in the movie industry, one may be uncertain of him for the part as Gatsby, but many believe that he can pull it off. Perhaps it may be difficult for one to get the image of Robert Redford as the 1974 stoic, perfect Gatsby, out of their head. Whatever the hesitation might be, we can all agree that if the movie speaks true to the currently released trailers, something magical is sure to come about.
3. The Lone Ranger (July 3, 2013)
Who said westerns can’t get on this list? Well, if there’s everything more poetic to look forward to than Johnny Depp playing the famous Native American warrior Tonto, we don’t know what it is. Depp, always a man to get caught up in the comedic/dramatic balance of his characters, helps tell the tale of the Lone Ranger – played by up-and-comer Armie Hammer. Action, adventure, and Helen Bonham Carter. Need I say more?
4. Oz The Great and Powerful (March 8, 2013)
Didn’t see this coming – the prequel to the events of the 1939 film (and a 1900 book), starring James Franco has us scratching our heads a bit. While it looks fantastically appealing, it’s hard to forget Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland‘s disappointment. Franco, playing Oscar Diggs, a magician from the circus with a little less than honest attitude, gets whirled into the land of Oz. There, he meets Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), along with all the other inhabitants of the great city. But with a killer cast and a weird plot, Oz The Great and the Powerful, might just surprise us.
5. World War Z (June 21, 2013)
If there’s one thing to look forward to this year, it’s the end of the world/post-apocalyptic movies. With Tom Cruise’s Oblivion due in April and Will Smith’s After Earth in June, we’re starting to question if the Mayan’s were off by a year. So why is World War Z a step above the others? Brad Pitt killing zombies.
6. Man of Steel (June 14, 2013)
We know what you’re thinking - another Superman movie? Yes! There is a reason why we chose Man of Steel as this year’s superhero movie debut over Iron Man 3 (May). First, the director, Zack Snyder, director of movies such as 300 and Watchmen, takes the typical superhero movie and gives it that grit that we all love, and that necessary geeky dedication. Second, Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) helped write the story/script. He’s brilliant. Hopefully, with these two craftsmen we can finally all have a Superman movie we can be proud of.
7. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22, 2013)
A series to help heal the wounds for some of the Twilight and Harry Potter fans now that both stories have come to a close, the world’s new favorite series is back with its second installment. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) must now leave their families once again after winning the tournament and once again compete in the 75th Hunger Games. Rebellion is on the horizon, and everyone’s watching – something is bound to erupt.