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What to expect in theaters this year

By Lance Mealer, Jenifer Nicks
On January 23, 2013


The year 2013 is filled with anticipated movies, which are sure to entertain audiences. Here are some of the most anticipated films of the year.

With 2013 at its infant stages, action, horror, fantasy and comedy fans are sure to be entertained by the movies to come this year. The comedy "Movie 43," which features a laundry list of big-named stars, is sure to bring the laughs for fans of raunchy comedy.  Also, movie-goers may be surprised to see a horror/action take on a classic Grimm fairy tale, in "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." Both of these will be released on Jan. 25.

February will present zombie fanatics with a new take on the popular creatures, with the romance film "Warm Bodies," on Feb. 1. Fans of 80s movies may be happy to see "Top Gun," on Feb. 8 brought to 3D or "A Good Day to Die Hard," (the fifth film of its franchise) released on Feb. 14.

March will present action, fantasy and horror fans with a little excitement. The classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk is being brought to theaters as "Jack the Giant Slayer" on March 1 and features a kidnapped princess. The sequel to a beloved horror film will be released on the same day; "The Last Exorcism, Part II" promises to be terrifying. The long-awaited prequel to a classic story is set to be released on March 8; "Oz the Great and Powerful" is Disney's glossy fantasy story of the year. Perhaps the most anticipated film of the month, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," will finally be released on March 29, after originally having a release date of June 29, 2012.

April is sure to bring laughs, tears and gasps. "The Heat," released on April 5, promises to be a raunchy, buddy-cop movie. Unlike most buddy-cop movies, the two lead characters are female, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to be specific. "42," released on April 12, is the biographical film about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball. On that same day, the horror classic "Evil Dead" gets a remake.

May will pack a punch, as it gives awaited sequels and adaptations. "Iron Man 3," released May 3, will put the beloved comic book character back in his own film as he fights The Mandarin. F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic "The Great Gatsby" gets a new look on May 10 in the Leonardo DiCaprio film. The film follows writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he maneuvers through New York City in the roaring 20s. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," released May 17, is the highly anticipated sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 film and features Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain of the film.

June will bring some visually appealing films as well. "Man of Steel," released on June 14, is the newest film to feature Superman. June 21 will bring the family-friendly prequel to a beloved Pixar film; "Monsters University" is sure to bring laughs to the whole family as Sulley and Mike work their way through the University of Fear.

July will be nothing but action and laughs. Disney's take on a classic Western hero, "The Lone Ranger," is set to be released on July 3. The story follows the transformation of John Reid into the Lone Ranger, as told by Tonto, a Native American spirit warrior. July 19 will feature DreamWorks' newest film, "Turbo," which is about a racing snail. "The Wolverine," released on July 26, brings back the fan-favorite comic book character and puts him in Japan.

August brings horror and excitement to audiences. "300: Rise of an Empire," the prequel to 2007's "300," will put more focus on ancient Persia when it appears in theaters on Aug. 2. The horror film, "You're Next," released on Aug. 23, will present a terrifying plot with a family coming under attack from a group of killers.

September is full of action and is sure to please. Vin Diesel returns as a fan-favorite character in a new film, "Riddick," on Sept. 6, in which Riddick takes his revenge on those who have left him stranded on a bleak planet. Kevin Grevioux's web-comic "I, Frankenstein" comes to life on Sept. 13 and combines film noir and fantasy/horror in a tale that places Frankenstein's creature in the middle of a clan war. "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" gets the 3D treatment on the Sept. 20.

October brings action, suspense and terror. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the sequel to the 2005 film, is released on the Oct. 4 and should be filled with suspense. On the same date, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" gets the 3D treatment, which is a little soon, seeing as it's only three weeks after its predecessor. The classic Stephen King novel "Carrie" gets a remake on Oct. 18 and promises to be frightening.

November is full of adaptations. Orson Scott Card's beloved "Ender's Game," about humanity's fight for survival after being attacked by an alien race, will finally see the silver screen on Nov. 1. The much-anticipated sequel to a 2011 movie will be released on Nov. 8. "Thor: the Dark World" promises to please fans of the films and comics with Dark Elves and more of Chris Hemsworth's hammer slinging. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the sequel to the 2012 film that follows the continuing adventures of Katniss Everdeen and the Quarter Quell, will be released on Nov. 22.

December will end the year with a bang. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will be released on Dec. 13 and will follow the dwarves and hobbit as they journey through Mirkwood Forest and Lake-town to take on Smaug. Nearly 10 years after its predecessor, "Anchorman: the Legend Continues" arrives to theaters on Dec. 20 with more laughs and more Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell).

2013 looks to be a fun year. See you at the cinema!




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