2012 is now over and we wave goodbye to a year of movie drama and the occasional disappointment (finger accusingly pointed at Prometheus and, dare we admit it, The Dark Knight Rises). There’s certainly plenty to look forward to in the year ahead, so why not browse over what are likely to be the highlights of a very busy cinematic year!
1. Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino’s latest has certainly received positive critical acclaim, and with a cast of Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio (as an evil slave-owner) this is bound to be one of the highlights of 2013. Expect violence. It’s out on the 18th of January.
On the 25th of January Daniel Day-Lewis returns to the screen with Steven Spielberg (who?) directing a biopic. Day-Lewis is notorious for his commitment to his roles so expect an incredible performance from him.
3. Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) takes up the dramatisation of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, starring Jessica Chastain. This should still be tense stuff from the Oscar winning director. It’s out on the 25th of January.
4. Gangster Squad
Released on 11th January, this takes a big heap from cinema classic The Untouchables and stars Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling as a heart-in-mouth, gun firing, gangster fighting troupe.
5. Les Misérables
Three decades after its West End stage debut, Cameron Mackintosh takes this Gallic tale to the big screen; Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe are the leads in what could be one of the best films of the year. Fingers crossed! It’s out on the 11th January.
Anthony Hopkins stars as the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. Helen Mirren and Scarlet Johansson also abound as they pretend to film ‘60s horror flick Psycho. 8th of February sees its release.
7. A Good Way To Die Hard
Yes, it’s another Die Hard! Bruce Willis was actually on top form in 2012’s excellent sci-fi romp Looper so, hopefully, he can translate this into a great film. 14th of February sees its release – expect explosions.
8. The Lone Ranger
Interestingly Johnny Depp stars as Tonto (replete with makeup) in this modern take on the famous Armie Hammer vigilante story. It’s in cinemas from the 9th of August.
9. Alan Partridge: The Movie
If Steve Coogan can get this right then we could be on for an instant classic! Making the transition from the small to big screen is never easy, but if anyone is up to the task it’s Alan Partridge. It’s out in August.
10. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
On the 22nd of November the second instalment of the hugely popular Hunger Game arrives. Shock horror, there’s another death match! Ho hum for Katniss Everdeen.
11. Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a fraught and emotionally powerful take on Hong Kong crime. Rosling’s Julian is a British ex-pat living in Bangkok. He has a secret life as a drug smuggler. March 28th? Yes, that’s when it’s out.
12. Pacific Rim
Guillermo del Toro directs this exciting looking sci-fi film about… the end of the world! Idris Elba (the indifferent Captain from Prometheus) leads the cast in this Godzilla themed, special effects heavy romp. Out on 12th July.
13. Twelve Years as a Slave
Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt lead in this adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s celebrated novel. Steve McQueen (not The Great Escape one) directs. It should be an emotional one come September ’13.
14. Knight of Cups
Legendary director Terrence Malick returns with his latest flick; a tale of celebrity, temptation, and excess. Christian Bale and Natalie Portman star in what is likely to be Bale heading into new territory in his post-Batman career.
15. Man of Steel
Christopher Nolan helps produce this Superman film. June 2013 sees its release. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Russell Crowe star; it’s probably the most anticipated film of the year given what Nolan did to the Batman franchise. Let’s see how it goes.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this sci-fi romp. It sees a space ship struck by debris in need of its crew to guide it home. It’s a future version of Apollo 13, minus Tom Hanks. It’ll be out sometime this year!
Some more sci-fi carnage from Neil Blomkamp, who directed 2009’s brilliant District 9. Matt Damon (minus hair), Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley star. It’s set in 2159 and sees humanity split in two; the very rich living in the bliss of Elysium. Matt Damon (minus hair) to the rescue! Expect this in August.
18. Iron Man 3
Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his debut as Iron Man in this trilogy closer! That would have been interesting, but it’s actually Robert Downey Jr. making his return in action pants mode. May 2013 sees its release.
19. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
The very popular first outing gets its belated sequel and should spawn a new array of quotable moments. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and the rest of the news crew return. Expect this in December.
20. Kick-Ass 2
If you missed the first Kick-Ass then you’ve let yourself down! It was a brilliant surprise hit in 2010. Chloe Grace Moretz returns as pint-sized ninja Mindy/Hit-Girl, with new addition Jim Carrey, for June 2013.
21. Ender’s Game
The acclaimed sci-fi novel gets adapted; it’s all about invading aliens and space fighting heroics, so nothing too revolutionary. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley do the heroics.
22. The Hangover – Part 3
Yep, there’s a third one! You can bet this trilogy maker will follow the same formula as the first two; Bradley Cooper and Zack Galifianakas star. Carnage will be unleashed in May 2013.
23. World War Z
“Inevitable” Brad Pitt croons during his latest bizarre advert for Canal No.5. Boasting long locks and trademark good looks, he’s likely to be a touch more haggard in zombiefest World War Z. 21st June is judgement day!
24. The Great Gatsby
The long awaited adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel will hit the screens on the 17th of May. Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger star, minus The Terminator star.
25. The Hobbit: Desolation Smaug
The second instalment will be out in December 2013. Expect lots more walking and talking interspersed with dragons and battle scenes. Should be fun!