13 Movies to See in 2013 – And 13 More

Captain Kirk. John McClane. Tony Stark. Jack Ryan. Clark Kent.

Plenty of familiar names return to theaters in 2013 as Hollywood unloads another slew of sequels on audiences. Some will be great, and others will disappoint. It’s impossible to tell which category any film will fall into, but here are 13 upcoming movies that I am most excited for in 2013 – and 13 more because it was hard enough narrowing the list down as is.

No. 13. Warm Bodies

We may finally get what we’ve all wanted: zombie-human sexual relations. In Warm Bodies, a zombie who has trouble expressing his emotions and repressing his desire to eat human flesh, falls in love with a human girl.

No. 12. Jack Ryan

Over the years, Jack Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears), and now Chris Pine (Star Trek) looks to resurrect the franchise with a reboot. Pine has terrific charisma, and paired with Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and director Kenneth Branaugh, he could be the right man for the job.

No. 11. Thor: The Dark World

Thor reunites with Jane Parker (Natalie Portman), but of course also has to protect the planet – and Asgard – from destruction by an ancient evil. After the successful launch of several franchises over the last few years, Marvel must now prove it can continue to deliver quality with a slew of sequels – here’s to hoping that Thor 2 matches the surprisingly entertaining original.

No. 10. Oblivion

Humanity has been wiped from the face of the planet, and a dude (Tom Cruise) spends his days operating droids that search the planet for who-knows-what. After an accident, however, he discovers that the Earth isn’t nearly as deserted as his government wants him to believe. Why see it? Oblivion has an intriguing premise, and Tom Cruise rarely does bad movies.

No. 9. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the dwarves continue their quest and prepare to battle Smaug the dragon. While far from perfect, the first Hobbit was an entertaining adventure film; with the setup out of the way, The Desolation of Smaug should, hopefully, be a tighter affair – assuming Peter Jackson is willing to listen to constructive criticism.

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By Erik Samdahl
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