Theater Watch: 2013 Movies You Should See

The year hasn't even ended and there are still lots of movies yet to be released. But, several movies set to be released next year are already getting a lot of buzz. Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, Catching Fire, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University are just few of them.

I've decided to list down some of the movies I'm excited about along with their teaser posters (if available). See if you can find something that suits you. It would be great to have your "movies to watch" list as early as now, right?

So, let's start with this...

A Good Day To Die Hard

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Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard
Who Will Dig This? If you've been a fan of the Die Hard franchise, you're probably among the people already blocking their calendars for the scheduled February 14, 2013 released date in the US. If we're lucky here in the Philippines, we'll be seeing this in theaters within the same week. I'm crossing my fingers for this one, actually. Nothing like a Bruce Willis action film - you know, the good old days' style. Besides, I'm excited to see new faces the likes of Jai Courtney (Spartacus as Varro); he will be playing John McClane Jr. Also, what the heck would Anne Vyalitsyna (yes, Adam Levine's ex-gf no less) do in an action film? 

Anyway, this one's set in Russia so it should be good. You know, Stalingrad and Leningrad and Catherine Palace. Another chance for me to imagine the KGB still in existence; they are great spy counterparts (at least the books and films say so). :D

Iron Man 3

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Iron Man 3
Who Will Dig This? Of course, those who love the Iron Man franchise - comics and movies alike -, those who love the Avengers universe, and those who simply love watching Tony Stark be an ass or see him smooching Pepper. As for me, I'm just curious how Ben Kingsley will fare as The Mandarin - Iron Man's archenemy - as well as Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. Did you get to see Lockout? Man, Pearce was a total badass in that one.

This next saga in the life of Mr. Stark (billionaire slash playboy slash philantropist) is set to be released on May 3, 2013 in the United States. Shane Black is directing. By the way, that's not a teaser poster; it's actually a setup (standee of some sort) at the 2012 Comic Con.

Man of Steel

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Man of Steel
Who Will Dig This? The fans of the Kryptonian universe and the red cape-clad man we all know as Superman or Clark Kent. You know, the nerdy-looking employee of the Daily Planet who would come out of a phone booth as a super hero. Perhaps those who followed Smallville would be interested on how Henry Cavill will portray the character who made Tom Welling popular (at least among television viewers). 

The film includes big names like Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Russel Crowe (as Jor-El, Superman's papa), and Kevin Costner and Diane Lane (as Clark Kent's adopted parents). It's too bad that Viggo Mortensen didn't actually make it into the cast. He was supposed to play General Zod, FYI.

Mark the date on your calendars - June 14, 2013! Directed by Zack Snyder.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Who Will Dig This? We all know how the world waited for the first installment of The Hunger Games saga. I'm sure this one will be received with as much enthusiasm. And why the heck not? It's the Quarter Quell! In this film, all the previous champions will go back to the arena and fight it off to the death. This also means that you'll be seeing new faces (since the last set of players all died except for Peeta and Katniss, of course). Sam Claflin (the guy Kristen Stewart smooched with in Snow White and the Huntsman - no, not the director) was cast as Finnick Odair, a former champion who will play a prominent role in Katniss' life. But, I'll let you find out on your own what that role would be.

The first Hunger Games movie was a memorable one for me. Well, not entirely because it's an uber beautiful movie but because it's the only movie I saw alone (I only watched a movie alone the other time when I was in college). What made it memorable was because even though I was alone, I didn't felt like a loser. Yay! 

Anyway, I'm sure a lot of you will be waiting for this one to come out. Mark your calendars then. US release date will be November 22, 2013. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will be reprising their roles as Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Melark and Gale Hawthorne respectively. Francis Lawrence is directing this time.

Thor: The Dark World

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Thor: The Dark World
Who Will Dig This? Ah, probably those who want to see Chris Hemsworth flex those muscles! I'll probably do. Those who are into Norse mythology would probably want to see how the film will evolve. You know, the first one was not that strong. But, let's see if Avengers had helped build excitement for this sequel. 

Most of the first movie's cast will reprise their roles for Thor: The Dark World (except of course those who already died in the film). With the addition of few names such as Christopher Ecclestone (no, not related to the Formula 1 family) as the villain Malekith the Accursed; Clive Russel as Tyr, Thor's half-brother (My, Thor's father sure knows how to play around. Heehee); and Stan Lee (Thor's co-creator) in a cameo.

Set for release on November 8, 2013. Well, save the date!

The Wolverine

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The Wolverine
Who Will Dig This? Fans of Wolverine and the X-Men franchise of course! And... and those who just love Hugh Jackman, no matter what movie he's in. Mark the date - July 26, 2013!

The Fast and The Furious 6

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The Fast and The Furious 6
Who Will Dig This? The fans of the franchise, of course! And those who love the adrenaline-pumping car chase and heist scenes of the past Fast films. Probably those who fell in love with Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds. And if you loved Gina Carano in Haywire, you'll be thrilled to know that she's one of the additional casts of this installment. 

Fast Six, the alternative name of the film, was mainly shot in England and Scotland. May 24, 2013 is the scheduled release date in the United States. 

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Who Will Dig This? If you're into the Brothers Grimm type of fairy tales, then you'll dig this movie. Think Van Helsing and Lady Anne Valerious (yes, that one played by Kate Beckinsale), only this duo are hunting witches instead of vampires. But no, this is nothing like the Salem Witch trials of Massachusetts; they only hunt bad witches here.

Besides, it's Jeremy Renner playing Hansel! What any other reason do you need to see this film? Maybe Gemma Arterton as Gretel could convince you. Well, here's a teaser of the two:

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Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton
See? How badass can these two look? If you got excited about the film after seeing the photo above, you should mark your calendars, like now! The movie is set for release on January 25, 2013 in the United States.  That's only 3 months from now!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Who Will Dig This? People who love fantasy and adventure films; especially those with mythical creatures like werewolves, vampires, fairies, fallen angels, and demons. 

This film is based on the first book of the Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. So, expect a spew of sequels after this one. The movie is already being dubbed as one of the most anticipated films of 2013. And yes, a lot of teens and young adults are sure waiting for this one. I'm not a teen nor a YA, but I'm pretty excited about it. I'd like to see how Jamie Campbell Bower will fare as Jace Wayland (the male protagonist) since I don't remember him uttering more than one sentence in Twilight (he plays Caius, one of the Volturi). But, I'm sure Lily Collins will be perfect as Clare Fray (the female protagonist). 

I've read 3 books from the series and I've actually enjoyed them. Hence, I'm one of those totally digging this film. Here's hoping I won't be disappointed. Join me in marking the date - August 23, 2013 - for the US release date.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Who Will Dig This? Certainly, those who have waited long enough for the sequel for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Yes, those who also love fantasy and adventure films; they have demigods, demons, and sea creatures you only see in (well) books. 

I'll dig this one too. I guess I'm a sucker for fantasy films - even read the entire Percy Jackson & the Olympian series! So, let's all mark the date - August 16, 2013 - for the US release date of this movie. Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson and Jake Able all reprises their roles as Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood and Luke Castellan respectively. Thor Freudenthal is directing.

Got those dates marked? I've got more movies in my list actually. I just have to cut this short because I'm out of time. It's 39 past 11 in the evening and I still need to wake up early to get ready for work; hence, I need to put the "pen" down and go to bed. Don't worry, though, I'll put the other titles up on the other half of the post as soon as possible. 

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the images used on this post. Please click the link on the image captions to go to the sources. 

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