21 Films You Need To See In 2013

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2012 was the year of Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Liam Neeson.We said goodbye to a vampire clan and a bat dressed in black, and three films brought in more than a billion dollars each (The Avengers, TDKR, and Bond).

While its uncertain whether 2013 will bring another billion dollar movie, there are contenders from Disney and Lionsgate hoping to hit that mark with a trip to Oz and a girl on fire.

What other films should you look forward to in the next 12 months?

We’ve sifted through all of the movies coming out in 2013 and have chosen the most-anticipated films of the year.

Whether you’re a horror nut, a superhero fiend, looking for a few laughs, or are a serious film aficionado, there’s something here for everyone.

Release Date: January 11

Why to see it:

Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, and Ryan Gosling as gangsters.

After the shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in July Warner Bros. postponed the film until the new year. It then underwent a reshoot due to the controversial shoot up of a theatre at the movie's end. It's unsure how a re-edit affected the final outcome, but the film was highly anticipated before its push back to January.

Plus, it will be the first time we see Emma Stone and Gosling reunite onscreen since 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.'

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Release Date: February 14

Why to see it:

We don't care if its the fifth film in the 'Die Hard' franchise. If Bruce Willis is in it taking down helicopters and bad guys, we're sold.

Also, if men are looking for a perfect film to bring the girlfriend to for Valentine's Day, you're going to want to see the '007 of South Plainfield.'

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Release Date: March 8

Why to see it:

James Franco's Oscar host privileges may be revoked; however, there's no denying the actor's talents lighting up both the big screen and the small.

With the winning combination of Sam Raimi - the mind behind the original Spider-Man trilogy -- and the production designer from 'Alice in Wonderland,' Disney hopes for Oz to follow in the footsteps of its billion dollar film.

Release Date: April 12

Why to see it:

Though there's the much-anticipated remake of 'Carrie' in March, 'Evil Dead' creator Bruce Campbell had us convinced at New York Comic Con that the 'Evil Dead' reboot would not only be true to its 1981 roots, but equally terrifying.

If the film's anything like the gruesome trailer, than Campbell's will have made well on his promise.

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Release Date: May 3

Why to see it:

This looks like the darkest Stark film yet -- we've never seen Iron Man so brutally battered and blown up in a trailer.

Ben Kingsley will be playing the main villain -- the mysterious ring-wielding (Asian?) Mandarin. But, don't expect him to be the only bad guy. We're not apt to believe Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian is a friendly scientist.

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Release Date: May 10

Why to see it:

By the time 'The Great Gatsby' comes to theatres, we'll have waited an extra five months for what was originally slated as a Christmas 2012 release.

And, it looks worth the wait.

The second trailer for the film based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story, had us in a trance wanting more of the teased chemistry between a lovelorn Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).

With Baz Luhrmann behind the driver's seat ('Moulin Rouge,' 'Romeo + Juliet') and Jay-Z signed on to produce the score for the film, we can't wait to see what Gatsby's lavish parties have in store.

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Release Date: May 17

Why to see it:

Trekkies have been waiting three years for the sequel to J.J. Abrams 'Star Trek.'

Not only does the film look darker -- the world looks all but destroyed in the first trailer -- but it's looking more and more likely that Khan is the villain, despite actor Benedict Cumberbatch's role being revealed as a virtually unknown (red herring) John Harrison.

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Release Date: May 24

Why to see it:

We were disappointed when the sequel to the original was essentially a carbon copy of the first film. Though we may receive much of the same in the final instalment -- if the formula ain't broke, don't fix it -- we can't deny wanting to see Chang back as a cop(?) and to find out John Goodman's role.

We'd also like to know what's going on with the pig masks.

Release Date: June 14

Why to see it:

Move aside 'Hangover' gang. If the movie about the end of the world is anything like the trailer, the film featuring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill and more as, what appears to be themselves, should be one of the funniest films of 2013.

Seriously, the cast of actors alone should have you sold: Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Danny McBride, and Emma Watson (really).

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Release Date: June 14

Why to see it:

'300' and 'Watchman' fans will want to see Zack Synder's recreation of the classic superhero. And, Batman fans have something to be excited for as well since 'Dark Knight Trilogy' director Christopher Nolan helped write the script.

After Superman's failed return to the big screen in 2006, the latest incarnation of the son of Krypton can only go up with Henry Cavill ('The Tudors') at the helm.

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Release Date: June 21

Why to see it:

We weren't excited by the idea of a prequel to 'Monsters Inc.' instead of a sequel -- who wouldn't want to see Boo again?

However, 'Cars 2' aside, when is the last time Pixar has led us astray?

Release Date: July 3

Why to see it:

Disney has a lot banking on 'The Lone Ranger.' The film underwent several re-writes, delays, budget issues, and a cancellation scare, making some wonder whether it will be Disney's next 'John Carter.'

Between the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' series and 'Alice in Wonderland,' Johnny Depp hasn't steered the Mouse House wrong yet. And, it's always a plus to see Depp in a new, colourful getup.

Release Date: July 3

Why to see it:

What's better than an action film revolving around a superhero? An animated movie centered around a super villain.

Three years after the original film came out, crane machines at amusement parks are still filled with the loveable yellow minions of Steve Carell's super villain Gru.

Release Date: July 11

Why to see it:

If you're looking for the next big monster blockbuster, this may be it.

2013 will see a lot of movies coming out about the earth's end: 'After Earth,' 'World War Z,' and 'Oblivion,' however, it's Guillermo del Toro's futuristic science fiction flick about an alien attack on Earth that's receiving a lot of buzz.

What's so different about this film? Well, for one thing, the humans aren't running away with their tails between their legs.

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Release Date: July 26

Why to see it:

After seeing Hugh Jackman reprise his Wolverine character briefly in an 'X-Men: First Class' cameo, we're ready to see the actor back reprising his signature role.

This film will be based on a limited 1982 series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, following the character's trip to Japan to train with a samurai.

Release Date: November 8

Why to see it:

Iron Man isn't the only Marvel superhero getting a sequel treatment this year.

The sequel to 2011's 'Thor' will also continue where 'The Avengers' left off with the hero battling Dark Elves. If the film gives us a moment like the horse one from the first, then we'll be satisfied. Plus, Tom Hiddleston will be back as Loki.

Release Date: November 22

Why to see it:

Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is thrown back into the games she won in the first film alongside Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

The second book in Suzanne Collins trilogy is probably the best in the series, and it introduces fan-favourite Finnick who will be played by Sam Claflin from 'Snow White and the Huntsman.'

Plus, you get to see the 'most desirable woman' of the year onscreen.

Release Date: November 27

Why to see it:

This is the last animated film we'll include on this list.

Disney's put out an impressive animated film list in the past few years ('Tangled' and 'Wreck-It Ralph'), so much, that we were bigger fans of 'Ralph' than 'Brave' in the past year.

So, we wouldn't be surprised if Disney's 53rd animated film 'Frozen,' based on the children's tale The Snow Queen, makes waves as well -- especially since one of the screenwriters of 'Wreck-It Ralph,' Jennifer Lee, joined the film as a co-director.

Release Date: December 13

Why to see it:

The rising and falling actions of the book involving the main villain of the children's tale, Smaug the dragon, will occur in the second of the three-part film.

If you know anything about, Smaug, the dragon has never been depicted on screen other than in outdated animated adaptations of the book.

Plus, Benedict Cumberbatch -- the villain of the new 'Star Trek' film -- will voice the dragon.

Release Date: December 20

Why to see it:

We're not sure there are many other reasons to want to see this film other than the channel four news team finally reassembling. Oh, and hopefully the return of jazz flute, Wes Mantooth (Vince Vaughn), and another cameo by Jack Black.

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Release Date: TBD

Why to see it:

The Weinstein Company acquired the film about the life of a White House butler (Forrest Whitaker) and his family over the course of eight presidencies which is already receiving Oscar buzz for NEXT year.

The film has some serious star power featuring John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Robin Williams, and Marsden as former U.S. presidents, Melissa Leo and Jane Fonda as first ladies, and Oprah as Whitaker's wife.

After 2012's success of 'The Master,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' and 'Django Unchained,' we're excited to see what TWC has in store for the new year.

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