2013 New Movie Releases
If the past few movie trailers have taught us anything, it’s that the new movie releases in 2013 will have us on the edge of our seats. It’s going to be a big year with such highly anticipated titles like ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘World War Z,’ ‘Gangster Squad,’ ‘Carrie,’ ‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ and ‘The Great Gatsby‘ all making their theatrical debuts.
Just so that you may sleep easier at night, we’ve compiled a list of release dates for some of the biggest movies of 2013. Go ahead, plan accordingly!
‘Texas Chainsaw 3D‘ (Jan. 4) — Directed by John Luessenhop. Starring Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. Leatherface is back! A group of friends accompanies a young woman down to Texas to collect her inheritance, but they soon find themselves running for their lives with a chainsaw-wielding killer on their tails.
‘Gangster Squad‘ (Jan. 11) — Directed by Ruben Fleisher. Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Josh Brolin. In what’s being called the modern-day film noir, a member of the LAPD must gather an elite team to take down the biggest gangster in ’40s-era Los Angeles.
‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ (Jan. 11) — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton. After having a limited release in December 2013, ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ which tells the story of the Navy SEAL Team credited for taking down Osama Bin Laden, will have a wide release come January 11, 2013.
‘The Last Stand‘ (Jan. 18) — Directed by Jee-woon Kim. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eduardo Noriega and Forest Whitaker. The head of a prominent drug cartel busts out of jail and is speeding towards the Mexican border, but he has to go through sheriff Schwarzenegger and his crew first!
‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘ (Jan. 25) — Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Peter Stormare. This is not the ‘Hansel & Gretel’ fairy tale you remember from childhood. In this rated-R version, these storybook siblings are professional witch hunters, but their latest job will catch them off guard.
‘Warm Bodies‘ (Feb. 1) — Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. Zombies need love, too! In this post-zombie apocalypse, one member of the “walking dead” falls in love with a human, reviving his humanity.
‘Beautiful Creatures‘ (Feb. 14) — Directed by Richard LaGravanese. Starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emmy Rossum. Based on the Young Adult novel of the same name, a young man falls in love with a mysterious girl who turns out to be a “Caster” (fancy word for witch) with a dark event looming in her near future. [NOTE: While the film was originally planned for Feb. 13, Warner Bros. saw fit to give 'Beautiful Creatures' a Valentine's Day premiere.]
‘A Good Day to Die Hard‘ (Feb. 14) — Directed by John Moore. Starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. In the fifth installment of the ‘Die Hard’ series, John McClane meets his son in Russia, only to discover that he’s actually a CIA operative working to foil a nuclear weapons heist.
‘Snitch‘ (Feb. 22) — Directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Susan Sarandon. In order to help out his son, who’s been set up for a drug deal, a father goes undercover for the DEA to bring the responsible parties to justice.
‘Jack the Giant Slayer‘ (Mar. 1) — Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci. In this 2013 retelling of the classic fairy tale, Jack inadvertently opens up a gateway to the mystical realm of giants, who want nothing more than to take back Earth as their own.
‘21 and Over‘ (Mar. 1) — Directed byJon Lucas and Scott Moore. Starring Skyler Astin, Miles Teller and Justin Chon. The night before he’s supposed to take his med school exam, a student celebrates his 21st birthday ‘The Hangover’-style with his two best buddies.
‘Oz: The Great and Powerful‘ (Mar. 8) — Directed by Sam Raimi. Starring James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz. Stage magician Oscar Diggs is whisked away to the Land of Oz where he encounters three witches, all of whom initially believe him to be the prophesied savior of Oz.
‘Spring Breakers‘ (Mar. 22) — Directed by Harmony Korine. Starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Heather Morris and James Franco. Four college girls attempt to rob a restaurant in order to pay for their spring break expenses, but end up getting thrown in jail. Not-so fortunately for them, a drug dealer bails them out in exchange for their services.
‘The Croods‘ (Mar. 22) — Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders. Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage. A prehistoric family of cavemen have never wandered too far away from their home, until the curious daughter leads them all on a riveting adventure through the world.
‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘ (Mar. 29) — Directed by Jon M. Chu. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Channing Tatum and Ray Park. Initially set for release this year before being pushed back to 2013. Not only does the team have to face their arch enemy Cobra, but now they have to contend with forces within the government that threaten all their lives.
‘Jurassic Park 3D‘ (April 5) — Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. This Spielberg classic will have a 3D release in 2013. During a preview of a new theme park featuring real-life dinosaurs, everything falls into chaos when the creatures break from their cages and terrorize the park.
‘Evil Dead‘ (April 12) — Directed by Fede Alvarez. Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas. A group of friends are vacationing in a cabin in the woods when they discover a “Book of the Dead” and accidentally release a horde of demons.
‘Scary Movie 5‘ (April 12) — Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen and Terry Crews. After all of Lohan’s failed attempts to get out of her contract, the fifth installment of the spoof-horror franchise debuts in 2013.
‘Oblivion‘ (April 12 limited IMAX release, April 19 wide release) — Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Andrea Riseborough. Earth as we know it is a distant memory and Jack Harper is one of the last remaining humans stationed on the planet now overrun by a terrifying threat.
‘Iron Man 3‘ (May 3) — Directed by Shane Black. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley. Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) is back! After the events of ‘The Avengers’ movie, our favorite “millionaire, playboy philanthropist” is looking to piece his life back together when the magic-ringed Mandarin attacks.
‘The Great Gatsby‘ (May 10) — Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel of the same name, Nick Carraway is drawn into his next-door neighbor’s lavish inner circle.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness‘ (May 17) — Directed by J.J. Abrams. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch. The Enterprise team returns home to find their planet left in devastation. Now they must travel to a war-zone world to find the man responsible.
‘Fast and Furious 6‘ (May 24) — Directed by Justin Lin. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. The official plot for the 2013 installment of the popular ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise is currently being kept underwraps but we do know it takes the gang to London. Check back soon for more details on this release!
‘The Hangover: Part III‘ (24) — Directed by Todd Phillips. Starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha. There’s no bachelor party or wedding this time around. Instead, the wolf pack heads on a road trip!
‘Man of Steel‘ (Jun. 14) — Directed by Zak Snyder. Starring Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Amy Adams. ‘The Immortals’ star takes over the superhero franchise as the new “Man of Steel.” In this Superman origin story, Earth’s mightiest hero must decide whether to accept his role as savior or to use his abilities for selfish purposes.
‘World War Z‘ (Jun. 21) — Directed by Marc Forster. Starring Brad Pitt. In the wake of a zombie apocalypse, a UN employee races all over the world to try and stop the outbreak.
‘Monsters University‘ (Jun. 21) — Directed by Dan Scanlon. Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. Before the hilarious events of the first ‘Monsters Inc.’ movie, we find Mike and Sully experiencing college life at the University of Fear.
‘Kick-Ass 2‘ (Jun. 28) — Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The Red Mist is plotting their revenge on the costume-wearing high school team, while the superheroes team up with a group of eager-to-fight citizens.
‘The Lone Ranger‘ (Jul. 3) — Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. Tonto recounts the events of how man of the law John Reid became the heroic, masked Lone Ranger.
‘Despicable Me 2‘ (Jul. 3) — Starring Steve Carell, Al Pacino and Kristen Wiig. Focusing more on the minions this time around, the 2013 sequel to ‘Despicable Me’ brings back all your favorite characters, plus a few new ones.
‘Pacific Rim‘ (Jul. 12) — Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi. When a horde of gargantuan monsters known as Kaiju rise from the ocean and attack the planet, humanity’s only defense is a team of pilots who command equally gargantuan robots.
‘The Wolverine‘ (Jul. 26) — Directed by James Mangold. Starring Hugh Jackman and Will Yun Lee. Way after the events of ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ Wolverine travels to Japan to study with a samurai warrior.
‘Elysium‘ (Aug. 9) — Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. In the year 2159, a man sets out on a mission that could possible bring equality to the rivaling classes.
‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones‘ (Aug. 23) — Directed by. Starring Lena Headey, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. Everyone is looking for the next ‘Twilight,’ and we think it’s been found in this new Young Adult-adapted story about a girl who is thrown into the world of demons and angels.
‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones‘ (Sep. 20) — Directed by George Lucas. Starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen. The second chapter in the prequel trilogy to the original ‘Star Wars’ movies gets a 3D release.
‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith‘ (Oct. 4) – Directed by George Lucas. Starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen. The third chapter in the prequel trilogy to the original ‘Star Wars’ movies gets a 3D release.
‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘ (initial release on Oct. 4 and wide release on Oct. 14) — Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Starring Clive Owen, Jessica Alba and Mickey Rourke. The semi-prequel to the first ‘Sin City’ movie follows Dwight as he seeks revenge against a woman who broke his heart years ago, and Nancy as she tries to deal with the death of Hartigan.
‘Oldboy‘ (Oct. 11) — Directed by Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Samuel L. Jackson. In this remake of the original ‘Oldboy,’ an average man was kept in a room for 15 years and now has only five days to figure out why.
‘Carrie‘ (Oct. 18) — Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore. Stephen King’s classic horror story gets new life in this remake, which features Moretz as the angry telekinetic teen and Moore as her insanely religious mother. [NOTE: 'Carrie' was originally planned for a Mar. 15 release, but Sony recently swapped it for a later spot.]
‘The World’s End‘ (Oct. 25) — Directed by Edgar Wright. Starring Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman and Nick Frost. Twenty years after attempting an epic pub crawl, a group of friends reunite in 2013 to try it again. Only this time, they wind up becoming humanity’s last hope for survival.
‘Paranormal Activity 5‘ (Oct. 25) — Directed by TBD. Starring TBD. The ‘Paranormal Activity’ demon is back in the next installment of the popular horror movie franchise.
‘Ender’s Game‘ (Nov. 1) — Directed by Gavin Hood. Starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford. A gifted child is sent into space to train for a future alien invasion in this movie adapted from the novel by Orson Scott Card.
‘Thor: The Dark World‘ (Nov. 8) — Directed by Alan Taylor. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Christopher Eccleston. The Dark Elves attack the realm of Asgard, prompting the God of Thunder to seek out his brother Loki in order to access the Dark World and bring the villains to justice.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘ (Nov. 22) — Directed by Francis Lawrence. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin. The next chapter in ‘The Hunger Games’ series finds Katniss and Peter thrown back into the arena for a Hunger Games all-star edition, where they’re pitted against former victors.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘ ( Dec. 13) — Directed by Peter Jackson. Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Pace. Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfs continue their journey to retrieve the gold the dragon Smaug stole.
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