If the Mayans knew how many edge-of-your-seat anticipated films were being released in 2013, I’m pretty sure they would have delayed the end of the world another year because even the Mayans wouldn’t want to deny the world of what is to come in theaters. Well, thank goodness they were wrong, because now we get another year of great films. Feast your eyes on this extremely official list of the top 10 most anticipated films of 2013.
“Gangster Squad” (Jan. 11) — With so many science fiction flicks set to come this year, “Gangster Squad” is like a breath of fresh air. The crime film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and features an all-star cast: Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. “Gangster Squad” revolves around the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1940s and ’50s, keeping the streets of LA clean of the Mafia. But everybody knows that you have to bend the rules to enforce them. Did I mention that it stars Ryan Gosling?
“A Good Day To Die Hard” (Feb. 14) — How better to spend Valentine’s Day with your boo than by watching Bruce Willis blow things up in the fifth installment of the “Die Hard” series, directed by John Moore? And if Valentine’s Day makes you really bitter, all the more reason to watch Willis destroy everything in his path. In this anticipated action film, John McClane travels to Russia to rescue his son from terrorists.
“Iron Man 3” (May 3) — There is no clever title involving the word “Dark” like “Star Trek” and “Thor”; however, when a movie involves Tony Stark, it isn’t really necessary. Robert Downey Jr. continues as Iron Man, but the odds do not seem to be in Tony’s favor. The billionaire superhero’s world has been destroyed by the Mandarin, and Tony must use all of the strength, wit and charm he has in that metal suit to defeat his enemy. But seriously, who would try to mess with Tony Stark. I mean, have they not seen “The Avengers”?
“The Great Gatsby” (May 10) — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel, “The Great Gatsby,” is coming to life and taking you to the Roaring ’20s, a time of swanky, high-society parties and flappers. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the legendary Jay Gatsby, who is known for his lavish lifestyle and confident demeanor. Nick Carraway, played by Toby McGuire, gets sucked into Gatsby’s mysterious life and finds himself witnessing a heartbreaking tragedy. The film also stars Carey Mulligan and is directed by Baz Luhrmann.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” (May 17) — Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise as intergalactic (and rugged) duo Captain James T. Kirk and Mister Spock. Director J.J. Abrams continues the Star Trek legacy, having cleverly created an alternate universe in his first rendition of Star Trek, allowing complete freedom with the plot. In “Into Darkness,” the crew of the Enterprise must save Starfleet and Earth from a havoc-wreaking force. Fun fact: Benedict Cumberbatch of the hit BBC series “Sherlock” plays the villainous John Harrison.
“Man of Steel” (June 14) — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s another Superman movie! Henry Cavill slips on the blue-and-red suit, following in the footsteps of many before him. The plot is not much different than past Superman films. It revolves around Clark Kent, a superhuman journalist who, after landing on Earth as a baby from the planet Krypton, grows up to be the crime-fighting, telephone booth-changing, Lois Lane-wooing Man of Steel. The last Superman film was a box office flop, but we all have hope that director Zack Snyder will do our hero proud this summer.
“Thor: The Dark World” (Nov. 8) — For the past couple years, Marvel has been on fire, creating successful (and not so successful) films such as “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” and the union of these heroes, “The Avengers.” Following the events of “The Avengers,” it’s hammer-time with Chris Hemsworth as demigod Thor, as he fights to protect the nine realms from the vengeful Malekith. Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins will reprise their roles in the superhero flick, directed by Alan Taylor.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Nov. 21) — Thank the film gods that the dreadful “Twilight” series is buried deep in the ground and that Katniss Everdeen has shown Bella Swan what it really takes to be a heroine. After the commercial success of “The Hunger Games,” the fabulous Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will return to the dreaded arena, walk on a tightrope between life and death, and spark the flame of rebellion.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (Dec. 13) — Continue the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a whole lot of dwarves as adventurous events unfold following part 1 of the three-part film series. In part 2 the party fights to, well, desolate Smaug the dragon. Peter Jackson has once again succeeded in tapping into the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien with part 1 of the series, so there are high hopes for part 2.
“Anchorman: The Legend Continues” (Dec. 20) — Who hasn’t missed Ron Burgundy? Since the release of “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” in 2004, Will Ferrell as Ron has become embedded in American culture. Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner will reprise their roles as the most unorthodox anchormen in human existence.