The most anticipated movies of 2013

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Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 1/16/2013 11:37 am

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There is a full slate of interesting movies on the way in the coming year. I have a feeling we're not even aware of some that will wind up being the best. Most of the titles we're hearing about this early are big summer releases, sequels, and a few original projects that have some good buzz behind them.

From my perspective here are 15 movies I look forward to seeing:

1. "Star Trek: Into Darkness" (May 17)
Not just because I'm a former Trekkie - the nine minutes of IMAX 3D footage we saw in front of "The Hobbit" have me salivating to see what J.J. Abrams has done for chapter two.

2. "Elysium" (August 9)
At long last, we get the follow up from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp. Two centuries from now, the rich live on a cushy space station and the rest live on a ruined earth. Matt Damon and Jodi Foster star. More sci-fi used as social commentary? Good Lord, yes, please.

3. "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" (Dec. 20)
This has years of hype behind it, and the original is still one of the funniest comedies of the last ten years or so.

4. "The Great Gatsby" (May 10)
We were supposed to see this one last month but it got pushed back to a summer release. I wasn't sure we needed an F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation in 3D,  but director Baz Luhrmann has me endlessly curious.

5. "The Iceman" (May 3)
Michael Shannon (so good in "Boardwalk Empire") stars as a real life hit-man who started killing people to provide for his family. Check out the trailer for this one and tell me you're not interested.

6. "Pacific Rim" (July 12)
Visionary director Guillermo del Toro's film about humans battling giant sea creatures with huge robots looks like the perfect middle finger to Michael Bay's soulless "Transformer" movies.

7. "World War Z" (June 21)
This Brad Pitt zombie movie has had all kinds of production problems and delays, but I feel confident it'll be worth the wait.

8. "Man of Steel" (June 14)
Because "Superman Returns" sucked, I'm looking forward to starting over with the talented Zack Snyder directing, and Christopher Nolan producing to keep Snyder in check so we don't get another "Sucker Punch" disaster.

9. "The Lone Ranger" (July 3)
I know, I know - a Bruckheimer production that went way over budget and got production halted a few times is fraught with concerns. But y'know what? I'm a sucker for just about any fun take on the Western genre (see "Django Unchained"), and I think Armie Hammer deserves to be a star.

10. "Iron Man 3" (May 3)
The last installment of this series was definitely lacking, but the reason I have my hopes up for the third is because Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon," "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang") is directing.

11. "Kick Ass 2" (June 18)
Director Matthew Vaughn is out,  but the fascinating and spunky characters will be back. I quite liked the original.

12. "After Earth" (June 7)
I'm surprised anyone will pay to make anymore M. Night Shyamalan movies after the recent run he's had. But this futuristic adventure with Will Smith and his son Jaden might be redemption in the making. Or it'll be a disaster. Aren't you curious?

13. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (Nov. 22)
Jennifer Lawrence was terrific in the first film, and because I haven't read the books, I'm totally in for whatever Katniss wants to do next. Plus, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on board for this one.

14. "This is the End" (June 14)
A comedy about friends trapped in a house while the world ends outside. The casting of Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson indicates there could be a lot of laughs and improv - or it could be "The Watch."

15. "A Good Day to Die Hard" (Feb.14)
I'm really nervous. The last John Maclaine adventure was a PG-13 rated journey into hoakiness. But when I learned this fifth film got an R-rating, I started to hope. God help me.

Five movies I could easily do without in 2012:

1. "The Hangover III" (May 24)

We're promised this won't be just like the first two movies, which were nearly the same, but I'm not so optimistic.

2. "Fast and Furious 6" (May 24)
Enough already. And I notice it comes out the same day as "The Hangover III." Guess when I'll be planning my vacation.

3. "Riddick" (Sept. 6)
Wow, Vin Diesel left the house twice this year!

4. "Grown Ups 2" (July 12)
I'm getting to where I generally loathe Adam Sandler.

5. "Scary Movie 5" (April 12)
I think it's hilarious that "Haunted House" beat "Scary Movie" to the punch on spoofing some of these horror movies this year. But that's the only funny thing about these movies.

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