New Year, New Movies
Which 2013 movies to see at midnight, and which to not see at all
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:02
As far as movie quality goes, 2013 has a lot to live up to when compared with its predecessor. 2012 was full of highly anticipated movies and, aside from a few minor hiccups (“Prometheus,” anyone?), it lived up to the hype.
Although, so far, 2013 has been a relative disappointment in the living-up-to-the-hype department (I’m looking at you, “Gangster Squad”), there are still 11 months that are full of potentially fantastic movies.
Here are some of the most anticipated:
A Good Day to Die Hard (Feb 14)
It’s definitely risky to release a movie so obviously targeted at male audiences on Valentine’s Day. But, John McClane is a risky dude. Although the previous installment in the series, “Live Free or Die Hard,” didn’t quite make fans jump for joy and shout “Yippee-ki-yay,” this film’s R rating is sure to get their blood pumping this time around.
The Host (March 29)
Although the “Twilight” franchise is officially over, Stephanie Meyer fans need not worry about fantasy-based romantic melodrama withdrawal. And although the “Twilight” franchise is finally over, the haters need not worry about hearing about Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner anymore. This movie will be the Saoirse Ronan show.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)
Despite its surprising last-minute delay last year, most fans are expecting a heavy improvement upon 2009’s disappointing “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” If the 3D conversion doesn’t help boost non-fans’ interests, then the addition of Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson should.
Evil Dead (April 12)
Remakes of classic horror films may have a terrible track record when it comes to quality and fan expectation, but the remake of 1981’s genre-bending “The Evil Dead” turned around skeptics’ opinions as soon as the first footage was released. Director Fede Alvarez seems to be promising an experience that horror enthusiasts haven’t had in years.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
Kicking off 2013’s summer movie season is Marvel’s first post-“Avengers” film and, although it’s only been a year, the fans miss Tony Stark. New director Shane Black and the inclusion of a fan-favorite villain played by Ben Kingsley definitely can’t hurt the franchise, either.
The Great Gatsby (May 10)
The delay of Baz Luhrmann’s highly publicized adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel has only increased expectations and nostalgia lovers’ desire to see it. Leonardo DiCaprio’s fans wanting to see one of his final performances will no doubt flock to the theaters as well.
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17)