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10) Gangsta Squad
Emma Stone cosplaying as Jessica Rabbit? Count me in. Gangsta Squad may actually succeed where movies like Public Enemies have failed. At the very least we should get some bad ass actions scenes out of it.
The obligatory post-apocalyptic summer Sci Fi blockbuster. And this one’s got Tom Cruise! And everyone knows just how beloved he is. Oblivion has “hit or miss” written all over it. All too often these movies drown in their own ambition and enormous budget. Regardless, Morpheus Morgan Freeman is worth the price of admission alone.
8) The World’s End
Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; The World’s End has all the necessary ingredients to round out the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy! With Hot Fuzz and Shawn of the Dead both being fantastic movies, The World’s End has large and hilarious shoes to fill. Spoiler Alert: The World’s End will feature the flavor green mint choc-chip. MMM crunchy!
7) Star Trek Into Darkness
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto continue their bromance into space… the final frontier. I’ve always enjoyed the Star Trek movies but the 2009 reboot was easily one of the my favorites. Leonard Nimoy made a cameo in the first movie, maybe there’s hope for the Price Line Negotiator himself, William Shatner!
6) Man of Steel
The Zack Synder directed and Christopher Nolan produced Batman Beg- I mean Man of Steel is the first time since Mark Millar’s Superman: Red Son that I’ve actually been interested in Superman. And, that’s saying a lot. I’m very intrigued by this movie and highly impressed by its ability to make Superman actually look interesting. Now let’s hope Sydner gives us the best Superman action scenes we’ve ever seen.
5) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The first Hunger Games held the top of the box office by the short hairs for quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see if the sequel can recreate that kind of magic. My only beef with the first one was the unnecessary shaky cam. Hopefully they’ll manage to find a cinematographer who’s actually heard of a tripod.
4) Thor: The Dark World
I’ve been a fan of Marvel comics since I was a wee lad and I’ve never so much as batted an eye at a Thor comic. That said, I loved Thor! It was an unexpectedly good so I have very high hopes for the sequel. Much of the fun of Thor was Thor being out of place on Earth and kind of a dick for a while. Without that card to play, I’m interested in what they’ll do this time for comedic relief. Well, the Warriors Three were a joke.
3) Pacific Rim
Jax (Charlie Hunnam ) and Clay (Ron Perlman) trade their kuttes in for giant robots. I’m in. Idris Elba and Charlie Day round out the cast for the Guillermo del Toro directed film. Oh and giant robots!
2) The Wolverine
We all saw how the first attempt a Wolverine movie went. With any hope this adaption of Frank Miller’s Wolverine mini series will erase that travesty from our collective memories and grant Wolverine a worthy stage. I’m skeptical but with The Wolverine boasting both a new director and writer, I’m hopeful that 2013 will be the year of The Wolverine. Seriously though, how can someone screw up something as obviously bad ass as Wolverine traveling to Japan to fight ninjas?!
1) Iron Man 3
If the trailer is any indication, Iron Man 3 won’t treat us to an inebriated Tony Stark blasting watermelons with his unibeam or Scarlett Johansson running around in tight leather(unfortunately). If anything, the trailer indicates a return to the more grounded and serious tone of the first Iron Man movie. Now I must admit that Ben Kingsley looks silly as the Mandarin but you can’t tell me that you didn’t get chills when Stark and Pepper Pott’s cuddle time is interrupted by Iron Man? That alone has me intrigued and wanting to see how Iron Man 3 plays out.