20 Movies We’re Looking Forward to in 2013 (and 5 We’re Definitely Not)

These are the movies we most want to see this year. We know there are a bunch missing (yes, The Hobbit, we get it). So tell us what you would have chosen

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Star Trek into Darkness (May 17)
In director J.J. Abrams’ follow-up to the 2009 Star Trek, Chris Pine returns as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty and John Cho as Sulu. Benedict Cumberbatch, once rumored to be cast as Khan, has said he will play a terrorist. Either way, we can’t wait for the explosive action thriller.

Man of Steel (June 14)
Director Zack Snyder reportedly worked closely with producer Christopher Nolan to reimagine Superman for this summer blockbuster. Nolan also shares a story credit with David Goyer (another Dark Knight vet), so expect this superhero reboot to be dark and its soundtrack ominous. Henry Cavill stars as Superman, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play the Kents, Russell Crowe is his alien father, Michael Shannon is General Zod and Amy Adams is Lois Lane.

World War Z (June 21)
More zombies! Brad Pitt stars in the adaptation of the 2006 Max Brooks (son of Mel) novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.

Monsters University (June 21)
Pixar’s only prequel to date will feature Sulley (John Goodman) and Michael (Billy Crystal) as college-going monsters trying to hit the books and earn their way to the Monsters Inc. headquarters.

The Lone Ranger (July 3)
In the most unsurprising movie news of the year, Johnny Depp — who received an Oscar nomination for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean and who loves to star in movies based on old television shows — reteams with Pirates director Gore Verbinski to play Tonto in this big-screen update. We’re excited to see Armie Hammer as the masked hero after his knockout performance as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network.

Pacific Rim (July 12)
Guillermo del Toro hasn’t directed a movie since 2008′s Hellboy II, but Pacific Rim may just be the big-budget film to bump him from cult hero (see also: Pan’s Labyrinth) to action direction. Starring Idris Elba — who replaced Tom Cruise — and Son of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam, the sci-fi flick is set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten earth and giant robots piloted by humans must fight off the menace.

Elysium (Aug. 9)
Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 is set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined earth. Matt Damon in all his bald glory stars as a man who takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.

The World’s End (Oct. 25)
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Rosamund Pike attempt a pub crawl on their last night alive. Fans of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead can start salivating now.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22)
Jennifer Lawrence was one of 2012′s breakout stars (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook), and we’re just a wee bit excited for the next film installment of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy. Francis Lawrence is the new director, and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright are the first-class actors joining the cast.

Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Dec. 20)
The next Anchorman will star Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate and potentially Kristen Wiig. Adam McKay will return to direct the film, which takes place during the rise of the 24-hour news cycle and will follow our favorite San Diego news team as they try to keep up with the times. Though not much else is known about the sequel, Judd Apatow, a producer on the film, recently told MTV that he read the script a few weeks ago and “people were laughing so hard that at about 40 minutes in, we all just ran out of gas.”

And Movies We Are Not Looking Forward To:

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)
Jeremy Renner and forgettable Bond girl Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) are the fairy-tale brother and sister turned bounty hunters. Need we say more?

G.I. Joe Retaliation (March 29)
Did you see the first G.I. Joe movie? True, the sequel has a new director, but it’s Jon Chu, who is best known for Step Up 2 and Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never.

Scary Movie 5 (April 12)
Unless you want to gawk at the train wrecks that are Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen …

After Earth (June 7)
Everyone loves to hate on Jaden Smith, who stars alongside dad Will Smith in this sci-fi thriller about a father-son team who explore a planet evacuated by humans. We’re more concerned that M. Night Shyamalan directs.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13)
We sat through the nearly three-hour trudge that was this year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and that just got us to the foot of the Lonely Mountain and page 103 of the book. Only 184 pages to go.

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46 comments
elvenforest10
elvenforest10

*sigh*  I wonder if we're ever going to get a version of Carrie with characters true to the original book.  Carrie was not a pretty girl, not at all.  She was aggressively plain, overweight, clumsy, with a face full of acne.  That was the POINT - she got her revenge because she'd been bullied all her life.  And her mother was not some stick-thin beauty like Moore; she was a big, overbearing broad with muscles hard and strong from hauling sacks of laundry all day, and a crazy-eyed loon to boot.  But you know Hollywood - every woman has to be skinny and pretty, while the guys can be all over the map.  *sigh*

creative_writer
creative_writer

when one makes a critique about somebody else's work, in this case, the movies; better to keep the focus on the details of the movies, without allowing any personal and political biases to affect the outcome of the 'critique' article... after all, everybody has different tastes and opinions... what works for John does not necessarily work for Peter; to each his own.
I'll still watch the movies that I myself am anticipating, and perhaps, still watch the ones that I don't feel so excited about.

ChrisMugglestone
ChrisMugglestone

The Hobbit is about the only one on that list that I am anticipating. A lot of the list seems to be more based on personal preferences about who's involved than the actual stories.

connorhopkinsnolan
connorhopkinsnolan

This is a horrible article.  Whoever wrote it should not be working for what I thought was a decent publication.

MichaelCollins
MichaelCollins

Ragging on The Hobbit yet love Anchorman?  You have no sense at all.

AlanLiotta
AlanLiotta

Sorry to see you started your list with Gangster Squad!  LA Confidential it is NOT!  This features one of the most cliched, hackneyed scripts you'll hear in all of 2013.  You should have dropped this one in favor of Star Trek into Darkness, Thor:  The Dark World, or even The Lone Ranger! 

bluaquarius
bluaquarius

For Sci-fi/Fantasy lovers, a fun time at the movies!

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

How about changing the word "We" with an "I" in the headline of this article?

What bothers me about critics (among many things) is the pretentious way they headline their articles with what "we" believe when I am utterly certain I was not consulted about any of these selections.  So what do you mean by "we" Kimosabe?  (You should know that term, the Lone Ranger is one of your breathlessly awaited movies, after all.)  You scatter that word throughout the article as if dishing on a mass meeting where the entire reading public sat down and told you with a unified voice that these were their choices for the up-coming year, along with a few they'd collectively not want to watch.

I get that you want to engender some sense of unity here, but no one EVER speaks for me, or tells me what I like and don't like.  By saying "we" to obviously include a reader, you are dragging them along on a literary kidnapping, holding them for a ransom of their time until they either honor your efforts and finish reading your words or make a break for freedom by clicking the X on the open tab.  A writer should know better than to make assumptions about their readers or to force a reader to accept things about which they may have a differing opinion.

Siskel and Ebert always put their money where their mouths were.  They said what THEY thought about a movie.  More critics should emulate that.  Leave the goody-goody, group-hug that this article was in the recycle bin and man (or woman) up next time.  Next time, just call it YOUR picks and pans and leave the pretentious "we" out of the title and narrative.  Take some responsibility for YOUR choices and don't try to dilute it with some distorted attempt to make the reader change an opinion by going along with an imaginary crowd.  Unless you have multiple personality disorder, or are pregnant and have talked it over with your fetus, there's only one person writing this article and the opinions, while potentially shared by others, aren't necessarily shared by all, nor does it seem from the other comments that everyone agrees with your opinions.  

Just stand up for your choices by yourself and let the cards fall where they may.  People may not always agree with you, but at least you had the courage to put it out there as just you with your name and no invisible, implied masses supporting your choices.  That, at least, deserves some semblance of respect.  But this cowardly mess was just an awful presentation.

(Yes, I'm a professional writer.  These are my words.  This is my opinion.  You are entitled to agree, disagree or just not care.  That's how it works in reality, even when the reality one is writing about exists only in celluloid.)

Mike1234567
Mike1234567

Only god forgives (2013) by Renf and Gosling

cassandraxe
cassandraxe

The latest fashion trend among movie critics seems to be taking a stab at Peter Jackson.  Tsk, tsk!  If you had any real talent, you'd go produce/direct your own movie,  BUT NO-OOO.  The Hobbit was my first 3D movie experience and I'm grateful to Mr. Jackson for his gift of story-telling and subtely with 3D.  I didn't want it to be over.  Many people I know felt the same.

Gallup57
Gallup57

How abour "Ender's Game" staring among others Harrison Ford.  The 1985 best seller book.  I believe it is due out in November.

PeterJohnson83
PeterJohnson83

Yeah if the last 3 Die Hard sequels sucked, it definitely makes sense to think the next one will be great.  

Nfugate1
Nfugate1

I like how the writer misspelled Mandarin...

taguan
taguan

I am really looking forward to watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I loved the first movie, I didn't want it to end at all.  

Not looking forward to World War Z. They got the book all wrong, and I loved the book. 

I've never fully agreed with any of Time's lists anyway.  

hamudm
hamudm

Sensationalist and lazy claptrap as I have come to become accustomed to from Time-Warner.

nunya_b
nunya_b

Alright. I have a few issues with this list, as do others, but the MAIN issue is right at the beginning of the list, enough to make me dismiss this entire article and want to shame the author. No - this doesn't concern a movie I think or don't think should be included on this list. If you are a writer, you surely can understand that the context in which you present your information is very important, and the impression I got from you writing about the shooting in Aurora was very arrogant and harsh. You word it as if the shooting was a nuisance and the main concern you had after it happened was that Gangster Squad was going to be pushed back. There are better ways to respectively reference a tragic event, and you as a writer should know better. Little things like that can stand out and give the impression that you are worse than I sincerely hope you are.

reeblite
reeblite

looking forward to elysium, star trek, and all marvel movies.

madnote03
madnote03

They honestly put The Hobbit in the not anticipated list?  I'm sure the ticket sales will confirm that ridiculous, obviously a writer's opinion, choice.  Learn some real journalism.

dannd574
dannd574

I'm confused as to why they did not include the new Thor movie in this list, but still excited for al the new films comming out this year. I know i'm definetly going to see Iron Man 3, and i want to check out After Earth.

MKE.Dave
MKE.Dave

Being a huge fan of the books, I'm eagerly anticipating Ender's Game. If it's done well, there are a lot of great stories in the series that could be put into movies.

Paracelsus
Paracelsus

In complete agreement with Melkor!  I always get a huge laugh from reading "reviewers" comments and expectations.  Only a complete Dolt would find the first part of "The Hobbit" anything less than excellent.  Obviously, Abrahams is utterly clueless as to how the story was expanded far beyond what was contained in the original book.
"Only 184 pages left to go."  ROTFLMFAO!!! 

(To Jeanne... Don't know about you, but "Stephanie" kinda sounds like a woman's name to me.)

Jeanne
Jeanne

YIKES! CAN ANY ONE GET A WOMAN TO REVIEW AND SUGGEST MOVIES!!?? THESE ARE SO OBVIOUSLY GUY MOVIES! YUK! MORE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION - DARKNESS AND GRITTINESS. CONGRATULATIONS ON ENJOYING WATCHING A WORLD VIEW OF THE DEATH OF OUR WORLD. NOW MOVE OVER AND LET SOME LIGHT IN! BOYS!

Melkor
Melkor

I see Time is continuing in its tradition of ripping on The Hobbit, despite nobody on the staff seemingly having even a basic understand of the books, the movies, or its mythology. 

FrankFMoore
FrankFMoore

@AlineBarrault-Cassin 
"Anyone"?  LOL!  There are a large number of "non-american" films shown in the US.  In fact, many have won Academy Awards.  Surely, you don't live under a rock.

elvenforest10
elvenforest10

@connorhopkinsnolan   Right.  Because you don't agree with the critic's choices, he must be unworthy of a job.  Yeah.  You keep telling yourself that, Sparky.

Paracelsus
Paracelsus

@cassandraxe Touché!  Jackson, and Will Smith's son are definitely on the Critic Clique "Haters List" this year.

madnote03
madnote03

@nunya_b This author is terrible.  With our nation's unemployment rate I'm baffled Time would have an issue finding half decent writers.

Jeanne
Jeanne

@Paracelsus Oops! Stephanie DOES sound like a woman's name.... But this isn't a list of a woman's pick of the most enticing movies. These all sound so unappealing - except for maybe the Oz and Monsters University movies which have some color and humor. I won't be seeing any of these and I am a movie fanatic. All seem weighted to a man's outlook, employ WAAAYYY more male actors than female, are all about darkness, power and destruction. Forgive me but haven't we enough of that in our daily lives? I'd love to see a movie about people really relating to each other - about animals - about fantasy (without all the gratuitous violence) - about life and joy and love..... Something to make you think! But ahh... then I am in that older demographic they think don't go to movies anymore....

madnote03
madnote03

@Melkor Whats funny is there was another article by Time not long ago, obviously by a much better writer, that pointed out all of the box office sales of The Hobbit and how it is crushing everything else. 

This article is essentially trash.  Some of the reasonings or explainations are one liners.  I could have written a better explaination of why a movie is anticipated in junior high.

The reasoning between "Hansel and Gretel" being not anticipated is based on the "forgettable bond girl" as Gretel.  Well, ironically, that movie actually looks really good and also features a very memorable bond girl Famke Janssen as the villain. Two whole minutes of Google and Imdb taught me that, imagine what real effort and research can do!

telva85
telva85

What you said! "This article is essentially trash."

Stephanie Abrahams should have made this a personal opinion article instead of a group opinion article. Comingsoon.net has better articles. Doesn't anyone proof read anymore?

twtr_is_dumb
twtr_is_dumb

@madnote03 @Melkor Most movies released in the slow month of January are trash that movie studios are throwing against the wall to see what sticks. Perhaps the writer should have mentioned that as the reasoning, but either way, you can expect this movie to be truly terrible, along with just about everything else released in January, not to mention February and most of March, plus late August and early September -- all of which are the traditional dead zones when movie studios toss out their tax write-offs and disastrous failed experiments.

FrankFMoore
FrankFMoore

Au contraire!  With the exception of those not concerning Middle Earth, I've read all of Tolkien's works.  Including, the complete "History of Middle Earth". And at fifty-eight years of age, I've read some of them several times. I'm quite well acquainted with him, his philosophy of Myths & Legends, and why he was so detailed in creating Middle Earth.

If you were expecting and direct screen version of the book, it's no wonder you're disappointed.  You must have hated the LOTR movies as well.  If, however, you had bothered to keep up with what was going on, during development of the project, you'd have some clue as to the approach Jackson has taken in expanding it into three films.  His inclusion of material which Tolkien only later included in appendices, adds a lot of depth to the story, which was lacking in the book, as written, which was rather shallow.

I will admit that I was sorry to see Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, left out. 

I've read Chris Tolkien's interviews concerning this matter, and to some extent, I would agree.  However, all things considered, I don't think any studio, production group, or director, could have done better.  Or been willing to try!

BTW... I have a number of friends around the World who are veritable walking encyclpædias of Tolkien legendarium, and so far, all have been highly pleased with The Hobbit.  So Jack...

While I apologize for my initial reply to you.... although you must admit a majority of people ignorant of Tolkien might express a reaction similar to yours... I believe you view is misguided.

JackTurner
JackTurner

lmao, if you saw the hobbit and thought it was good then you know nothing about tolkien

the hobbit wasn't true to the tone and spirit of the origianl novel in any way, in fact in wasn't even true to the details of the stroy