2013 Preview: The 25 most anticipated movies of the year
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Last year at this time, there were a lot of big movies to look forward to. And while some met or exceeded expectations in a big way – “The Avengers” and “Skyfall,” for example – others didn’t quite live up to our hopes (“Prometheus,” for one).
But now we’ve got a new year and a huge field of gigantic movies ahead of us. So we’ve sorted through all the sequels, bestselling book adaptations, post-apocalyptic adventures, and (of course) comic-book movies to pick out and rank the 25 most anticipated titles of 2013.
25: THE HOST (March 29)
With the “Twilight” saga having come to a close last year, Twi-hards are on the lookout for their next big movie obsession. This adaptation of another Stephenie Meyer novel will hopefully fit the bill. Instead of vampires, this story has aliens which invade the planet by taking over human bodies. But one girl, Melanie (played by Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan), is able to coexist with her alien presence – and, naturally, get into a love triangle (or is it a quadrangle?).
24: EVIL DEAD (April 12)
Yes, remakes of horror classics are a dime a dozen, but this year there are actually a few that look intriguing. Steven King’s “Carrie” will get an updated version in March starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. But the one we’re most excited about is the new take on Sam Raimi’s groundbreaking “Evil Dead.” Mostly because Raimi and his cohorts Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are producing the remake with a script from Oscar-winner Diablo Cody.
23: AFTER EARTH (June 7)
We made it through the Mayan Apocalypse, but the planet’s prospects still don’t look very good as far as the movies go. Tom Cruise will be working in an abandoned wasteland in this April’s “Oblivion,” but we’re the most curious about Will and Jaden Smith in “After Earth.” They play a father and son who crash land here 1,000 years after humanity fled. The trailer looked quite impressive, but writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has a lot to prove after the disastrous “The Last Airbender.”
22: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (March 29)